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Ithaca, NY
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$43,413
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College Junior

Nightlife: I don't go to parties much. That being said, I've heard the social life thrives, even in the dead of winter when it's frigid outside. Being a non-partier, I can attest to the plethora of activities that exist and don't involve drinking When it comes to socialization, there is something for everyone at Cornell.

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College Student

Computers: I frequently have to wait in line for a computer at the library if I didn't bring a laptop. Library search stations are generally available, but not all computing facilities are full productivity. RedRover is fast, and Wi-Fi computing on the slope is pretty sweet.

College Junior

Transportation: Public transportation is good enough. We have buses that go to the mall and around campus that run at convenient times.

College Sophomore

Nightlife: The nightlife in Collegetown is 21-and-up, unless you have a fake ID. We have a huge Greek culture here, and at least one fraternity usually has a party every Thursday through Saturday night. These parties can be kind of sexist, but they are free and an interesting place to meet people.

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College Junior

Campus Strictness: I have to say that the campus police are fairly lax about drinking, considering the large amount of underage drinking that goes on, but less so about drugs. If you are going to do either, don't do it in the dorms, you'll most likely get caught.

College Junior

Transportation: The T-Cat bus system is a very convenient way of getting around the Ithaca area. First-year and transfer students get free fare, and all other students ride free on weeknights and during the weekend.

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College Junior

Campus Dining: Really, I can't complain about campus food. The dining halls are mostly good and offer a decent variety. At least, there are enough dining halls that you can avoid stuff you don't like. As for cash-and-carry places, most are alright. They can be a bit expensive-except the Dairy Bar, the cheapest coffee on campus-but the food is alright. Trillium's tomato cheese soup is amazing, and the Dairy Bar is awesome for breakfast!

College Student

Facilities: The libraries are awesome, but there are so many that it's difficult to pick one to study in. The gyms are also great, but always crowded and way too expensive. We shouldn't have to pay for them with what we pay in tuition. The food is also amazing at the dining halls, but once again, it's way too expensive.

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College Student

Campus Dining: The dining halls on North Campus offer a huge variety, and the ones on West Campus less so. The meal plans are very expensive, though. There's a lot of really good, cheap food in Collegetown and Ithaca Commons, like Taste of Thai.

College Freshman

Diversity: Diversity at Cornell is a joke. There are some token international students from Latin or South America and some French students. Sadly, the MAJORITY of the school can be divided into two groups: stuck-up, jappy rich kids and Asians. The former spends all their time copying notes/homework and partying, while the latter group keeps to themselves entirely. It sucks.

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College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: There are many places to live off campus, but some apartments are very expensive. Usually cost is dependent on location, so if you want to pay less you might have to sacrifice convenience.

College Junior

Campus Housing: The bad dorms on West Campus (upperclassmen) have recently been demolished and new dorms have been built. These new dorms are modeled after residential colleges, and each has its own dining hall, faculty in residence, and activities. While some complain the new buildings look like "student factories," rooms in these buildings are now some of the best on campus.

College Junior

Athletics: We probably the best sports in the Ivy League. Hockey, track, lacrosse, wrestling, basketball, and other sports are perennially at the top of the Ivy League and nationally ranked.

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College Junior

Guys & Girls: There are plenty of good-looking girls on campus. The last few years has seen a dramatic increase in the number of good-looking girls with every incoming class, plus they are smart and usually outgoing.

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Niche User

Academics: It's Cornell. Need I say more? When you're lucky enough to have an actual professor instead of a TA, you really are receiving an education from the best of the best.

Niche User

Academics: It depends on your major, but in general, they are good. You get more attention in the smaller majors. I was a food science major and graduated two days ago. I was happy to notice that I knew every professor in the department.

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Niche User

Academics: Virtually all of the professors are exceedingly nice and genuinely want to help you succeed in their courses. They all are required to hold regular office hours so that students can come in for extra help with the subject matter.

Niche User

Academics: Cornell is moving more toward having professor and student interactions take place outside of the classroom. One effort in doing so is by having `faculty fellows' for each residence hall. These faculty members associate with the residents through social and educational programs that the resident assistants organize. Each residence hall also has a `faculty-in-residence,' a faculty member who actually lives in the residence hall. Again, they socialize and take part in programs with the students.

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Niche User

Academics: The teachers are excellent. The thing you must keep in mind about college teachers is that they are not there to teach. They are at Cornell to do research and they just teach on the side. I am speaking mostly of physics, math, and engineering professors. Government and economics teachers are probably not like that. Another thing about college is that you have TAs in addition to professors. So, if you are taking a big government class, you will have a government professor for your big lectures and a government TA for your small sections.

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Niche User

Academics: The professors are good depending on the class. I've had some really good professors, but then again, I've had some pretty bad ones. I think it all depends on the subject.

Niche User

Academics: It depends on the school you are in. Personally, I have found them to be quite brilliant in their fields of study. All the professors that I have encountered are quite approachable and friendly.

Niche User

Academics: All of the professors, TAs, and grad assistants are very capable and knowledgeable individuals within their field. Most of the classes were very stimulating, which directly results from the teacher's influence upon the class.

Niche User

Academics: I can only recall one teacher who made the effort to learn each of his students' names. He was a very personable individual as well. Classes are interesting; Cornell offers a wide variety, so you have opportunities to find out what really trips your trigger.

Niche User

Academics: Most of the professors have outstanding minds, are quality teachers, and are approachable. Cornell offers a variety of classes that are usually interesting. With seven different colleges, it's difficult not to find a class you like.

Niche User

Academics: The teachers all have very diverse backgrounds. All seem very interested in teaching the subjects they lecture on, and some are just better teachers than others. Good teachers make classes interesting and show concern for their students, while bad teachers lecture without regard for their students and are not very approachable. Both kinds are found at Cornell, probably in equal quantities.

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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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