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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

Campus Strictness: They are pretty strict with drugs. They're less strict about drinking, although it is still an issue for many.

Niche User

Campus Strictness: They're not all that strict. I mean, it's all about using discretion. If people are inattentive, they'll get in trouble. The campus police won't really go out of its way to bust you. Alcohol is not allowed in the residence halls. This policy is taken seriously, but for those who are underage and want to go to parties to drink, it is not difficult to do. I wouldn't say drugs are big here. At least they're not nearly as prominent as alcohol.

Niche User

Campus Strictness: The whole point of the Cornell police is that you can get in trouble and not deal with real Ithaca police. You are pretty much guaranteed to be safe from police at frat parties. If you drink in the dorm, you can get caught by RAs and get turned into judicial administration. Just be careful and smart about what you do. I won't say police are loose about it, but they are definitely not too strict.

Niche User

Campus Strictness: It depends on the situation, but for the most part, I think they are pretty lenient. They will bust parties, but I've never heard of any long-lasting academic repercussions.

Niche User

Campus Strictness: For the most part, campus police are not very strict. They will arrest you for drinking in public, but most underage kids can drink all they want at frat parties. Occasionally, the cops will break one up, but it doesn't happen often. If it does, there aren't usually any arrests.

Niche User

Campus Strictness: Depending on the offense, if caught there is a campus judicial system which typically awards community service fines. I'd advise that if you or friends decide to break the law, don't do it in your room. The housing office is generally harsher than the police.

Niche User

Campus Strictness: Repercussions for drugs use are bad, but people rarely get caught. If for some reason you are arrested for underage drinking, you can get JAed, which is a joke.

Niche User

Campus Strictness: Most recently, police have cracked down on drinking to a ridiculous degree. Since people are much more careful when using drugs, it does not appear to be a lot of police drug busting.

Niche User

Campus Strictness: Police are very strict in Ithaca and have no problem arresting or ticketing naive boozers. Police are especially ruthless during orientation week when they rampantly arrest unsuspecting underage freshmen under the influence and on public property. The police are harsh, so it's important to be wary. If you're caught urinating, be prepared to suffer the inconvenient consequences.

Niche User

Guys & Girls: Cornell is fairly diverse, therefore, some guys are hot, and some are not. Some girls are hot, and some are not. Either way, the atmosphere is very open.

Niche User

Guys & Girls: All right, I'm a very candid guy, so here it goes. I think that the guys are better looking, on average, than the girls. I'm not sure why this is, but I think most people would agree (except maybe some of the girls who just don't want to admit it). I even heard rumors that Cornell's good-looking guys were rated high-better than other colleges-but the girls were not. Frat guys are stereotypical frat guys. Most of the hot girls are in sororities. I'm not sure why-it's just kind of that way. There are plenty of hot guys here.

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Mandy Kain and Radhika Arora
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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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