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Ithaca, NY
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14,245
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$43,413
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are some good ones, like Moosewood but most are in the Commons which is quite a walk, college town has an ok selection.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Computers: All libraries on campus are equipped with computers that run smoothly and efficiently, and some libraries have stations with dual monitors to use

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: The campus police is very strict on frats and their parties in recent years, but other than that, nothing really unfair in my experience.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: Cornell only provides need financial aid, no merit or athletic scholarships, but if you have a financial need like I did, in my experience, they will make sure you are able to attend.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: This is coming from an incredibly picky eater: Food here is delicious. The dining halls always have different dinners of every night while keeping pasta, salad, and grilled chicken for people who might not like what is being served. The meal plan is a little expensive, but it does last you through the semester, so I think it's worth it. Places like Cascadeli have great sandwiches, and Libe Cafe isn't too expensive and is great for a snack while studying. There's always food close by, and to be honest, that food is almost always wonderful. The only exception is Okenshield's, which just about everyone avoids.

5 College Junior

Facilities: Cornell has access to internships and coop programs all over the world.

5 people found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Majors: Right now I am doing an internship for credit in Robotics. It will turn into a paid internship at $12 /hr for the spring semester. I did an internship assisting a professor in keeping the Lab in order and taking notes during freshman year. It opened doors to better internships the following years and the professors got to know me as a reliable and dependable student.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Parking: There is a parking deck but the preferred method around campus is walking. You also can get a parking permit to park by your dorm. You will still have to walk to class or pay for parking at the deck.

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5 College Junior

Majors: Engineering is very demanding. I suggest you start your freshman year doing Calculus 1 even if you have taken all the way to differential equations in high school. There is a lot of material that is not taught in high school that you will need in the higher level classes. Once you are done with the first two years of weed out classes the third year is mainly your core major and the opportunities are amazing. Also to keep costs low, Cornell allows you to transfer up to 18 credits, mainly your electives, from another school, so you can take the online or classroom classes from your local community college at a big fraction of the cost and have a less hectic semester load. I also joined a Sorority at the end of my Sophomore year and I wish I had done it Freshman year because I would have felt less lonely through the transition. My Sisters are like a family and are there for any help I need. Choose wisely. A Sorority that takes your schooling seriously respects you as a person and matches your personality will be a great personal and networking experience.

5 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Diversity: There's a huge amount of diversity, and a group for every imaginable ethnic, religious, political, etc. sub-category. Overall, the student body skews toward upper-middle-class Downstate liberals, but you don't need to search out exceptions. Tolerance is much higher than average.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Majors: its been pretty easy so far, the standard submitting of scores and transcripts last year, and now im here

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: theres nothing really to do but shop or party on the weekends

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: pretty good, usually it can get pretty crowded and they may run out of drinks but they're frequent enough parties

5 College Senior

Majors: I'm a Biology major in the College of Arts and Sciences, concentrating in Neurobiology and Behavior. We have several influential professors in our department, plus a lot of others who just seem to have connections with faculty members in our field all over the country. If I ever need some contacts or internship ideas, I always have many options to choose from.

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4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: The restaurants here are great. There's all sorts of fast food (JJs, Dominos, and at least a half dozen places where you can order Chinese) and delivery options are fairly good. There are also a few dessert-only and other specialty places (Yogurt Crazy, Cafe Pacific, Insomnia Cookies) that are open late at night. Then there are some good Greek/Mediterranean, Indian, American, all vegetarian etc sit-down places. All of them are pretty reasonable in cost, with the exception of a couple of expensive sit-down restaurants (Madeleine's and Stella's) which you learn not to visit anyway unless you are planning to spend some serious cash.

3 College Senior

Greek Life: Recent crackdowns on underage drinking on campus have reduced the number of open Greek parties to a very low minimum. When there are parties, they're usually really well attended and attract a large mix of people.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: A Lot of Walking, and/Or a Bus Pass – Ithaca, and Cornell, has a fantastic bus system. You can get pretty much anywhere by bus. However, with the exception of the vet school, it's easier to simply walk around campus. Biking is not an option for inexperienced bikers because there are a lot of hills, and there's a fair bit of traffic.

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4 College Sophomore

Majors: I'm Very Happy With Science of Earth Systems – I am very happy with my Science of Earth Systems major. I'm concentrating in Ocean Sciences, and it's been a lot of fun. I'm planning on going for my PhD in Biological Oceanography and going into research or becoming a professor. The only thing I would change about my major is that I would add more physical/geochemical oceanography classes, because the marine biology coursework far outnumbers the oceanography coursework

5 College Sophomore

Majors: Great Department – I'm in the Science of Earth Systems department, which is cross disciplinary between the CALS, Engineering, and A&S colleges at Cornell University, and the department is fantastic. The professors are really laid back and friendly, and I'm on a first name basis with most of them. Both the professors and the department staff are very helpful, and will go out of their way to answer questions or find opportunities for you.

4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Hippie Town Central – The college town is fantastic, and the local town is nuts with hippies. It can be small at times, but it's a lot of fun.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Well, Better Than on Campus – It's near impossible to stay on campus after sophomore year... and the freedom is nice. (though expensive.)

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Can Be Way Too Pricy – There are some really great locations but make sure to ask people about the reputations of the landlords. Also, college town might be way noisy and north might be dead boring. Shop around until you find something that works or you and your budget.

4 College Senior

Campus Dining: So Many Options – There really isn't any way of getting bored with the Cornell University dining system unless you don't explore enough. There are so many options including locations, cuisine types, price points, etc. etc. the only drawback that I see is that not every dining option isnt on meal plan.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Professors Are Human – I came to Cornell because it is a world renowned school. I had the preconceived notion that teachers would be cold and unsupportive, but having attended office hours I learned other wise. Most teachers are ready and willing to help their students in need. For that reason I am a regular attendee of office hours, and I always seek help when necessary.

2 people found this useful Report
3 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: Unless you're willing to get drunk, nightlife isn't that great.

3 people found this useful Report
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Mandy Kain and Radhika Arora
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Students express both praise and criticism of their overall experience at Cornell University. Positive experiences seem to outweigh negative ones, with most agreeing that even some of the negative aspects of Cornell—the immense workload, competition, dreary weather, and social pressures of a large campus—have taught them valuable life lessons. The large size of the campus can be both a blessing and a curse.Cornell offers a wealth of academic, professional, and personal opportunities, but can also offers the feeling of getting lost in the crowd.

Most students agree that it falls on the individual to make the most out of one’s time at Cornell to be outgoing, open to new ideas and experiences, and proactive in pursuit of one’s goals. Classes are difficult, and no one can expect to coast, but for those who are willing to work hard, classes can be very fulfilling. Finding a balance between coursework and social activities can be difficult, but if you can manage it, you will find a campus filled with new and interesting activities to get involved in.

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