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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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Reviews 1481 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Find places all the time that are new! Living off of the college budget allows me to always find somewhere good to eat!

5 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: Lots of house parties, bars, slope day, concerts. Overall you can find a good time any day of the week.

4 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: So many club sports. They do not always give the club sports the space or resources to make them great, but there is at least some availability of space. Lots of fan support for the sports we are good at.

4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: Overall it is pretty safe. The assaults that have been reported happen around 3 a.m. You should not be out and about alone during that time, duh.

3 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: I'd say it is not as bad as most state schools. The people that use drugs generally cluster together. There is a lot of access to alcohol, but it's college, it happens.

1 Recent Alumnus

Weather: Fall last 2 weeks, spring last two weeks. The entire school year is winter. Snow starts on Halloween, and ends on the last week of classes. It is really really really cold (-30 F), and grey most of the time.

1 Recent Alumnus

Parking: IF you do not live somewhere with a parking lot, then you will almost certainly get a ticket at some point. In C-Town it gets very hard to find parking, about 1% of it has parking laws that actually allow you to park during reasonable times. They are basically out to get you.

3 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: Tcat bus system is pretty good. Will get you pretty much anywhere you want to go. Lots of buses from Ithaca to places like NYC, Syracuse, Cinn., etc. Even have a very expensive airport to fly into. IF you bring a car, chances are you will get a ticket at some point. Parking rules are ridiculous.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: The rules are generally reasonable. The parking is a real pain.

2 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Ithaca is an expensive place to rent, but that is because of the property taxes. The demand for housing is super high, so landlords have no need to make the places nice, because people NEED to buy them, especially since you are not guarenteed on-campus housing once you are a junior.

4 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: Very diverse when it comes to economic background, political beliefs, religion, and sexual orientation. I feel like there is a polarization between Hispanics/Blacks and the rest of the ethnicities. I know that blacks/hispanics feel like they have almost no friends of other races, and that it is because people avoid them, but being Hispanic, I can tell you that those that feel segregated do it to themselves. The black/Hispanic communities cluster together freshman year, then stay that way the whole time. It is their own fault

4 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: As far as fraternities, there is a house for everyone. Financially it is very beneficial most of the time, and it is can be much nicer than living in a dorm. In general, people do not view each other very differently whether they are Greek or not, simply since so many people are.

4 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: I feel that on average the guys are better looking than the girls. The dress is very preppy, not my style. There is huge diversity of interests, so I cannot even make a general statement. You will always find a good group of friends with your interest and have a good time.

5 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: Huge Greek life, tons and tons of different clubs (even squirrel club), great energy for sports, tons of opportunities to do research with some of the smartest professors in the world. Plenty of places to party, although they killed the awesome fraternity open party scene. Also, the setting near the finger lakes, and its wineries!, is great.

5 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: The area itself is beautiful, it is sometimes hard to get club space in an athletic center if you do not have a yearly reservation, libraries are plentiful, though usually full of people not doing work. Don't even get me started on the green spaces, the whole thing is green. Tons of campus events, almost every week. It's a great life....until finals

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Dining: The dinning halls are really great, they even make Stanford dinning halls look lacking. They can get boring since they cycle through similar things every week. On campus facilities like trillium and statler are AMAZEBALLS!

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: It definitely depends on the person but, for the most part, administration keeps the students relatively in line.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I live in co-ops so I don't have much to say about residence halls. Most people like them? Co-ops are the best though.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Most students partake but there isn't pressure to drink or smoke if you don't want to.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Ithaca is definitely a very "foodie" place. Not to mention our dining hall food is actually great.

1 College Freshman

Scholarships: I did not receive aid even though I need it and went to the office.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: The problems concerning diversity have to do with microaggressions that many students don't realize are oppressive (they go to an ivy league school so you think they'd know better but no)

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: We need to do a lot more to solve issues regarding assault.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I love cornell and I would not want to be anywhere else!

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: It's can be great depending on how involved you are. If you don't do any activities, it's harder to hear about parties.

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Overall ExperienceWhat's This?

Mandy Kain and Radhika Arora
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Hewlett, N.Y., and Ithaca, N.Y.
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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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