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4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Studying Hotel Administration at Cornell is an amazing experience. It is a small school, so you get a very tight knit community in an otherwise very big campus. The faculty is extremely knowledgeable and helpful, and pretty well connected. The school has a great reputation and there are many career fairs where good employers come to recruit, so there is no shortage of internships. Overall, great academics, brilliant professors, and amazing networking opportunities.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: Most guys are girls are really smart, down to earth, and fun to be around. Of course, every once in a while you will find some annoying frat boy or snotty sorority girl, but these are just exceptions. Cornell kids are mostly great!

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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: There are campus busses but obviously i'd rather not take a bus at all but the campus is too big

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Every school is going to have problems with college kids drinking alcohol and smoking pot. I don't know of any hard drugs though

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Some places are good but others are pretty far from campus so depends. Also, by junior/senior year you probably will just be better off living off campus it's cheaper

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4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Ithaca is a quiet, folksy town in Upstate New York. Big acts or bands won't stop here-so don't expect to see rock stars at the bars. Most of the beauty lies in its idyllic landscape and eco-friendly local atmosphere. When the weather is nice most locals and students enjoy hiking the gorges, swimming in the lake, or walking around town. In winter, one can ski and snowboard close to town, or bundle up inside to stay warm. The townspeople are friendly and encourage students to enjoy nature and preserve it. There are always festivals going on, such as Applefest, the Scottish Games, and the Chili Cook-off. Environmental friendly initiatives and programs are incredibly important and popular in Ithaca to locals and students alike.

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4 College Junior

Facilities: The best thing about Cornell is the variety it offers-in everything. There is a club for everything, from Harry Potter to Teach for America. Greek life offers variety through the many different social fraternities and sororities as well as professional business and honor fraternities. There are more than 30 places to eat on campus, most of which offer vegan, vegetarian, and kosher food as well as normal fare. Off-campus dining includes dozens of great places to eat, most of which will deliver to your dorm or the library you are studying in. Night-life varies as well. There are always parties and bars to go to, as well as quiet movie nights or low-key events on campus! There is never an excuse for you to sit bored in your room on any night of the week.

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4 College Junior

Majors: The History Department at Cornell is especially helpful and welcoming. Professors are always open to speak with students after class and at office hours. The department makes itself open and available to all students and holds events where undergraduate and graduate history students can speak informally with staff and professors to ask questions or just get to know your favorite lecturer. The major requirements are easy to understand and fulfill. There is even a Cornell Historical Society that works with professors and graduate students to help engage undergraduate students in the college and professional history scene.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Finding off-campus housing at Cornell is stressful! Most students live off campus both their junior and senior year. Off campus housing is usually depicted in three general locations: North Campus, West Campus, and Collegetown. Collegetown is the designated "party-area" of Cornell, so living there is convenient to go out but housing varies. Cheap housing in Collegetown is typically 650/month per room in a 3 or 4 person apartment, while expensive housing might be around 1,000/month per room. Houses and apartments on North and West campus are typically farther away from the restaurants and parties in Collegetown, but are usually cleaner andn with cheaper rent. The hardest part of finding off-campus housing at Cornell is signing your lease. Landlords typically don't take great care of the property, and if you want to find good housing at a reasonable price you have to sign your lease incredibly far ahead of time. For your junior year of college, if you want off-campus housing you should sign your lease in August or September of sophomore year! This is stressful to decide where you want to live and who you want to live with so far in advance!

4 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: Transportation is pretty decent, they have buses running regularly. However, they are often running late and that's no fun when you are waiting in the snow.

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5 College Junior

Academics: I am surprised with the students who say the academics are not that great. The teachers are excellent.

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4 College Junior

Academics: I've been very satisfied with my classes. They are all interesting and taught by quality professors.

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3 College Junior

Campus Dining: The food at first is very good. However, as others have said, you do get tired of eating at the dining halls.

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4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Housing is amazing at Cornell. Clean, spacious, and comfortable. The only downside is the housing lottery to determine housing after freshman year.

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4 College Junior

Drug Safety: People at Cornell do like to drink, and sometimes like to do Marijuana, but to be completely honest, the environment is never one where you feel required to partake in any of it. Rather, it's a very open environment - do what you feel you want to and that's it. The official policy is that there should be no drugs and no underage drinking. It is not hard to obtain alcohol or marijuana on campus, but it really is not a huge part of the campus culture. There is very little other drug use. The Cornell Police enforce these rules. but have the safety of the kids on their minds more so. If a student is in need of help, they will help the student before saying "you've been drinking, I'm going to write you up."

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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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