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Reviews 1369 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: Diversity is prevalent here, but not maximally.

2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Housing is awful here. Apartment rent is most definitely overpriced - anywhere from $900 to $1100 per month per person, if lucky $800. I would like to continue to live in university dorms, but they have no rooms for upperclassmen.

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3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: A typical collegetown with running history, but not practical for students who want more variety in their dining and shopping options. Limited number of stores and clubs makes students stay home most of the nights and study in their rooms.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Scholarships: It was tedious but well worth it.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: There is only pride for the hockey team.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: It's okay so long as you start the process early. Essentially you really have to plan ahead and sign a lease an entire year before you would move in.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: Cornell offers a decent amount of money but you always need to ask for more. Also, it is essential to continue to look for scholarships.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I think that friends tend to be the most supportive for problems. The police is always available but I've never been in a very serious situation.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: You have to know which places to go. Some are really expensive and you only go when parents are in town but others are decent and are frequented often.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Athletics: The gym for non-athletes are really good and close to dorms. Fan support for the teams that win games tend to be much better than for teams that loose games.

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4 College Freshman

Nightlife: The parties tend to be on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights as most people tend to study on weeknights. However during the week people tend to hang out in smaller groups with their closer friends. I like how you have both options throughout the week.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I have a single in Balch and therefore I essentially have the largest single possible on Cornell campus. I absolutely love it and then I have a sink mate if I ever get too lonely.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: I have personally never had a problem and my friends who in theory would get into trouble for things like alcohol and drugs really don't.

College Freshman

Computers: I have my own computer and therefore never use other computers.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: Lots of snow, but beautiful spring

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Good, but i could always use more money

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: they just do their job

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3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Its difficult when you're not a part of greek life. That sucks because thats not what college should have to be like to party.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: The snow can suck, but it's natural. Spring is beautiful and reminds you of why you love the school so much.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Much easier to party and be involved and make new friends.

2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Have to pick housing quickly at the beginning of the year and its usually expensive.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Sometimes you hear crazy things through emergency emails. Most people don

t questions safety here. Police usually show up at parties if anything.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: If you live in newer dorms it's great. There are many good aspects but getting housing is very difficult.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: There's plenty of things to do if you're interested in art, food, and nature. This is especially true in the spring. Having a car helps.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: So many places to try. They are a bit far, but there's Thai, Waffle place, Mexican, Italian, you name it. I am always looking to try somewhere new.

1 person found this useful Report

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Overall ExperienceWhat's This?

Mandy Kain and Radhika Arora
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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