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

Computers: Limited computers to rent out from libraries, not enough computers during testing periods

1 College Sophomore

Weather: Too Grey – Too much snow and too much rain makes the campus grey and sad most of the year.

1 person found this useful Report
2 College Sophomore

Athletics: Not many people enthusiastic about sports events. People just don't care because the teams aren't really that great at anything.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Extremely Diverse – Depends on where you are on campus. If you're near the chemistry/biology/physics/engineering buildings, you'll see lots of asians. If you're near the track, you'll see mostly whites and blacks.

4 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Great School, but Tough – You get what you're in for at Cornell. It's a tough atmosphere, depending on what your major is. But it's an Ivy League, and you have to know what you're getting into. Other than that, I love it here. Everyone is really chill and it's such a beautiful campus.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Facilities: Great Libraries – There are so many different libraries to choose from, each with their own unique flair. If you need to get some hardcore studying done, or just want to hang out in between classes, there's a library for you.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Good, but Boring – Many places to get meals, however, some places have the same menus and you may get bored.

3 College Freshman

Computers: Wifi Everywhere, but It Might Cost You – There is a very good wifi signal all across campus, but Cornell puts a limit to the amount of free data you can use. There is a limit of about 50,000GB per month that you can use. I have yet to exceed this limit, but if you're the kind of person who is always on Netflix or playing online games (e.g. World of Warcraft)then you might have some issues.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Ithaca Is Gorges – Crime is almost a non-issue here, but there are safety issues with the beautiful gorges on campus. Although the gorges are fenced off and students are told not to go down into the gorges, many still do. We have had a handful of students pass away in the pass because they did not heed these rules. However, if you follow the university's rules you should be completely safe.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Facilities: Research Is Key – Cornell is, above all, a research institution. Students here from all majors and courses of study are able to do research with professors if they take the time to find it. The resources here are amazing and Cornell offers fantastic opportunities to prepare yourself for a career doing independent research.

4 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Transportation: Fantastic Bus System – The Public Transportation Association named the TCAT bus system a 2011 Outstanding Public Transportation System in North America. It is one of only three bus systems in the country to do so. This isn't a fluke either; as someone who has used the bus on a daily basis, I can vouch for just how convenient they are. They are rarely late and there are many different routes for wherever you want to go. Freshmen get a free bus pass too!

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Parking: There are a decent number of parking lots around campus but freshman are really discouraged from bringing cars with them. There are high parking prices for freshmen and some of the lots aren't near certain dorms. If you're a freshman, I would suggest you don't bring a car. They give you a free bus pass for your first year so I would make extensive use of that (I know I have!).

1 person found this useful Report
5 Recent Alumnus

Majors: Great Career Services – I switched majors halfway through, and studied human development. With the help of a very flexible curriculum, and fantastic career services, I was able to land my dream job working in HR at an international investment bank. Go Cornell!!! :)

3 Recent Alumnus

Parking: There's not a ton of parking available (and you WILL get a ticket if you park illegally), however, I would argue that you really don't need a car to get around on campus. Walking / taking the bus, etc. work just fine!

4 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: Fantastic Range of Options – Great range of nightlife options, from frat parties, dorm parties (in your first year), collegetown bars (must be over 21 / have an ID). It's a fantastic mix, and everyone stays on campus, so you get to see a lot of your class (and other years) out at night. Only downside is that the bars close at 1:00am. Otherwise, love it.

5 College Freshman

Academics: Endless Options – Cornell's academics are unique in that they offer every major you can think of and then 20 more you have never heard of. All programs are of high quality and many such as engineering, architecture, and hotel administration are ranked nationally as some of the best programs in the country. Workload is heavy as a result, however.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: They Make It Affordable – Cornell's policy of no loans makes it a lot easier to focus on my education without worrying about how I am going to pay for it later.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Alcohol in Excess – Alcohol is easy to find on campus, but this means it is easy for people to overindulge.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: It's Diverse, With a Catch – Cornell has a lot of diverse students, both ethnically and religiously. but they tend to stick together so having a diverse group of friends can be difficult.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Nightlife: Fun, Easy, Accessible – If you want to go out, you can. If you don't want to, then you can do that too.

4 College Freshman

Computers: Many Computer Labs With Choices – On campus, throughout the libraries and computer labs there are many computers, mac and pc so users can choose which they prefer.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: The title says it best. Since most undergrads aren't 21, the people who do go out are pretty much restricted to the massive frat scene. As a fall semester, freshmen this is (was) nice and all, but if one isn't in Greek Life during and after their freshman fall semester (until one hits 21), they won't be seeing too many parties unless they know the right friends in or out of frats. And with the new university regulations, freshmen aren't even allowed at frat parties for most of their first semesters, further sucking away possibilities.

As for the bars/clubs, most of them are in Collegetown, with a few downtown (filled with Ithaca College students). They are all 21+, which pretty much excludes most undergrads; and in the last two years, three bars have went out of business. There is still some diversity, but the already mediocre bar/clubbing scene is diminishing even more.

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: Many Popular Options – here are plenty of greek life in cornell. there are host a variety of events throughout campus. There are greek houses around campus designated to greek sororities/frats. it makes campus atmosphere very friendly and outgoing.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Facilities: There are a few gyms around campus and they are really clean and the equipment there are great. There are many libraries as well and they open late for student use. The general campus aesthetics is great. Weather it is in the summer, spring, fall, or winter, there are many spectacular views on campus.

5 College Junior

Facilities: Ithaca Is Gorges – The natural and man-made landscape both on and off campus is breathtaking as the campus includes several gorges and waterfalls with more nearby. Very open air campus, when the weather is nice, it is filled with people enjoying the outdoors.

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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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