Ithaca, NY
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Reviews 1503 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: North campus is good for freshmen.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Not as much as city though.

5 College Freshman

Majors: Just the application. I can change major anytime. I enjoy it.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: No peer pressure, but a lot of people do drink. No drugs though.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Only problem is maybe too much worrying about grades and competition.

2 College Freshman

Weather: Cold for 6 months from October to April.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: Diversity and acceptance are high.

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College Freshman

Greek Life: Don't know anything about it.

College Freshman

Scholarships: I haven't really looked much.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: College Town Bagels, close to engineering Quad

3 College Sophomore

Computers: I do not have much experience with computer labs and printing on campus, but the wifi is excellent.

1 person found this useful Report
College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I am living off campus now.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: I am usually too tired by the weekend to have much of a social life.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Academics: Academics are very tough at this school.

1 person found this useful Report
College Sophomore

Majors: I have not had an internship through Cornell.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I believe my program has me on a path that will help me realize my career goals.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: I meet different types of people all of the time. People have really different backgrounds and are from all over.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: The guys and girls in the frats and sororities seem really cliquish.

4 College Senior

Athletics: Sports is a big culture at Cornell. The facilities are nice and open to students

3 College Senior

Academics: I am a Development Sociology major and frankly, when I was going into it I was skeptical at first. But the classes can be interesting and the faculty is readily available and willing to help with questions.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Student

Drug Safety: "Work Hard, Play Hard" is a common theme across campus. During the week, we study (most of us). Weekends, we let off steam. It's fairly low pressure, decently visible, and enforced fairly. Be smart and safe. Don't lie to yourself or go crazy and you'll be ok.

4 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: Off-Campus Dining is pretty mixed. Break out of Collegetown, and there are some spots that are really great. The Moosewood Restaurant has some of the best Vegetarian food I've ever tasted. There also some decent Ethnic cuisine, as well as cheap "Americanized" options. But, if you're looking for really good food, you can always go to NYC.

4 College Student

Majors: Architecture is (one of) the hardest major to get into on campus. I heavily recommend attending a summer college program (Cornell has a great one) or interning for a firm, because they almost take no one without some experience that shows they are dedicated. You need a pretty great portfolio, but don't fall sort on the essays or interview. The admissions department is really helpful--if you can go to an info session when you tour the school. Invest a lot of time into your application. If you can, apply early. It will pay off.

5 College Student

Majors: The Architecture Program is (usually) the best in the country. Architecture isn't for everyone. It's rigorous, stressful, and time-consuming, but if you're passionate, you love it. The professors are exceptional, the staff caring, and the community tight-knight and fun-loving. The alumni network is strong, and there are a lot of resources to push you forward. The facilities are always improving and being updated with new technologies and equipment. The 60 (55 by second semester) of you in the freshman class will bond and basically become a family. Just remember to get out of studio once and a while and keep in touch with non-Archie friends, because at times it's easy to get caught up in the world of Architecture. Nevertheless, in such a big school, being in a small program prevents me from ever feeling like a little fish lost in a big sea. Be prepared to work hard and love doing it.

5 College Student

Health & Safety: It's pretty safe here I like to think. The campus is well isolated, and the swipe card system does a decent job at making dorms and academic buildings safer.


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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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