Ithaca, NY
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Reviews 1379 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I only lived in dorms my freshman year, and the living was fine, but dorms just didn't agree with me.

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2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The school is very willing to help with finding off-campus housing but there doesn't seem to be enough supply to meet the demand for off-campus housing.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Some aspects of school policy is more heavily focused upon than others.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: It's fine. when ever there is a problem on or around campus, the police make sure that the students are informed.

4 College Freshman

Computers: There is a laptop check out system in the libraries and there are plenty of computer labs and places to access a computer.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Everyone here is sincere and genuine and very easy to get along with.

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3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Ithaca is not a very big city so there are a limited amount of things to do in the city.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Although the bus system may not be the most reliable at times, they run very frequently and have many accessible stops.

4 College Freshman

Academics: There are plenty of resources for help purposes within engineering.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: All professors are willing to help and most of them are great teachers.

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3 College Freshman

Nightlife: So many people in the college campus that finding nightlife is accessible.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Some dorms are great to live in while others aren't so much but overall they are above average.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Far away from school so it's hard to get to if you are looking for that.

4 College Freshman

Majors: There are a lot of different choices of a major and ways to get involved within each major.

2 College Freshman

Weather: Cold and windy and not pleasant winters.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I haven't lived in off campus housing but as far as I know its far away from the campus.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: They have fairly decent facilities for the students, but the ones for the athletes are above average.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: No peer pressure, visibility is prevalent.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: It's a long and strenuous process but the money they give is worth the effort.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: They're not too strict yet not too lenient on policies and from my awareness of other schools, they are average.

4 College Senior

Campus Dining: The all-you-can eat facilities are my favorite because they have so many choices. Dining on central campus would be better if they had facilities that accepted "meal-swipes."

4 College Senior

Facilities: There are lots of libraries and the quads are great green spaces. The athletic facilities are top notch for both varsity athletes and regular students.

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5 College Senior

Facilities: Cornell gives its students the opportunity to succeed in every aspect of life: from academics to social life. The scenery is amazing and the buildings around campus are unique and beautiful. Visit in the summer and I guarantee you'll fall in love.

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3 College Senior

Campus Housing: The housing lottery system sucks, but the dorms are pretty nice, especially West Campus dorms.

1 College Senior

Weather: The weather usually sucks but nice in the summer.


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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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