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Ithaca, NY
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14,245
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$43,413
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Very Hard
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Academics: Cornell is one of the few places that allows for such exceptional exposure to one of the world's most prominent faculty on a day-to-day basis. I've always been impressed with the caliber of teaching and the commitment professors make to each individual student. It's up to the student to be proactive after class or in supplementary office hours where professors contribute quality time to explain or discuss topics in-depth. Highlights of my Cornell experience include the interactions I had with countless professors of the most impressive backgrounds who engaged me that much more and instilled within me new intellectual interests.

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Local Atmosphere: The town is full of hippies-lots of vegetarian and eco-friendly people. Ithaca is fun, but sometimes it gets a little boring because you're far from any major city. There are always things going on around campus.

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Local Atmosphere: Ithaca is very nice, and Manhattan is only four and a half hours away, if you want to go into the city to have fun.

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Local Atmosphere: Ithaca is decent-sized with Ithaca College on the other side of town. There's really not much to do in town, but there is so much that is offered on campus.

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Local Atmosphere: Ithaca is a very progressive town. A lot of the locals (not associated with the University) are hippie types as a result (though not all of them are; that's a generalization). Ithaca College is also here, but it's a fair distance away from Cornell. There are also other schools that aren't far like Cortland and Wells. There is a lot of stuff to visit, but it depends on what you're into. The scenery here is incredibly beautiful. We have waterfalls, gorges, and gardens. So if having a beautiful campus is a major issue to you, then that's definitely a bonus in Cornell's column.

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Local Atmosphere: Ithaca is a relatively calm city with 30,000 people. The atmosphere is not like that of a big city. The other school is Ithaca College, which is not too far away. Visit the Pyramid Mall to shop and see movies.

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Local Atmosphere: There are a couple of other colleges and universities around. We don't really mix with them since they're separated. The parks near us are really nice, and there are many waterfalls.

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Local Atmosphere: Ithaca is a great place. It's small, but there are a ton of things to do. Ithaca College is close so students come to Cornell a lot on the weekends. But honestly, you don't have to leave campus. There's always so much going on-movies, plays, a cappella groups, performances-you'll always find something to do no matter what your taste.

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Local Atmosphere: Ithaca College is across the hill, but the two campuses don't interact that much. The town is relatively lively and has a lot of shopping and many events during the warmer periods. Cornell is a college town with many students everywhere.

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Local Atmosphere: You live in Cornell world. There is no reason to leave campus since everything is around you. This is a college town with bars and restaurants to entertain each and every college student. Ithaca College is located about a mile away, and you can meet IC students all around (they have prettier girls).

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Local Atmosphere: It's no secret that Ithaca is remote and isolated; it's thanks to Cornell University and Ithaca College that it has a place on the map. But surprisingly, the town is dynamic and vibrant, not only when school is in session, but during the summer as well. There are many things to do: visit Buttermilk Falls and Cascadilla Creek, swim in the gorges when it's warm but steer clear of the cliffs, go on booze cruises at Cayuga Lake when it's warm, and ski at Greek Peak in the winter.

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Health & Safety: Once a year, there may be a problem such as a mugging, but it never results in anything that bad.

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Health & Safety: Despite its reputation, Cornell is still a college campus. Like all schools, it has its statistics of crimes. However, our security here is decent.

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Health & Safety: Safety is pretty good. It isn't a city or anything, so when you are on campus, you are pretty much safe. There are random incidents, but everyone feels safe on campus.

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Health & Safety: The campus is both very secure and safe. We have something called blue-light escort service, which is a system with a blue streetlight and a special phone. Supposedly, no matter where you are on campus, you can see one of these. You push the button on the phone and it immediately connects you to Cornell police. You may also have an escort take you to wherever you have to go on campus late at night.

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Health & Safety: I've never had any security or safety issues. Although, I've heard of instances where people have gotten harassed. For the most part, Cornell does a good job of keeping students safe, at least as far as I can say.

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Health & Safety: I always feel pretty secure on campus. There are escorts and blue-light phones that are available if you're walking at night, so you feel better. I've never had to deal with any crimes, but there have been some racial issues in the past.

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Health & Safety: I never personally had any problems, but in the past few years, there has been a major problem with minorities being harassed.

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Health & Safety: The campus is really safe. Ithaca doesn't really have that much crime.

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Health & Safety: I felt pretty safe walking around late at night and early in the morning. Cornell has blue-light phones and other precautionary measures in place.

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Health & Safety: If you're a girl, you might want to walk with someone at night.

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Health & Safety: Personally, I have never had a problem, and it's never been a major concern of mine. There are blue-light phone systems, and I have only heard of a few people getting mugged. I've never been really worried; just try to walk with someone else if it's past dark. The campus is pretty well lit, and my car has always been safe as well.

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Health & Safety: In four years here, I've never had a problem with anything. I feel totally safe walking anywhere within Cornell and Ithaca at any given time. Occasionally, you'll hear about something like a robbery or a sexual assault against a woman, but it rarely happens.

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Health & Safety: Security is good. Police are always on hand and prepared for any incidents that might arise.

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Health & Safety: There doesn't seem to be much security, but there doesn't seem to be a need for tight security either.

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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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