Location
Ithaca, NY
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14,245
Tuition
$43,413
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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Reviews 1369 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: A fair amount of students use alcohol and other drugs, but still less than half. I have not engaged in these activities and my social life has been fine.

2 people found this useful Report
College Freshman

Greek Life: I don't party or go to Greek houses much. A significant portion of the undergraduate population is involved in Greek life.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: I don't actually know much about my friends' sexual orientation and economic/religious background. There are many international students here. I have not encountered any problems regarding acceptance of these people.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I enjoy the academics and social life around my school. It is very large, but buses aid with the transportation.
The largest problem I have with Cornell is the financial aid.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I can't give it a score of five since I don't have much experience with the police or the health center. Nevertheless, I know that the police are very accessible without being too intrusive in campus life. Some of my friends used the health center over the past semester, and they commented that it was very helpful.

College Freshman

Nightlife: I do not party, so my responses are only based off the reactions of my friends. Most of these occur in collegetown, which is reasonably far from the campus but still within walking distance (and certainly accessible through buses). Those who party or attend bars tend to enjoy them.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: I have not participated in club or varsity sports. However, I have used multiple athletic facilities in the campus, such as the gyms, locker rooms, etc. They are kept in good condition, with staff overseeing the facilities almost all of the time. The gyms have many machines to use, and are rarely crowded. Cornell students are fairly proud of their varsity athletes, though athletic spirit hardly dominates campus life.

College Freshman

Parking: I don't have a car on campus. I have heard from those who do that spots fill up rather quickly, and the cost is high (though not "outrageous").

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are quite a few restaurants open, with different options. They open late at night, which is good considering that the dining halls close at 8:30 P.M. I have not tried many of these options, but the ones I have tried did not offer student discounts.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Transportation: I only have experience with the buses. Cornell provides free bus transportation year-round. The buses come frequently, so this is convenient. As for long-distance transportation, I use the ShortLine buses to get to New York City. This is also convenient (though rather expensive), as the buses come frequently.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Meal plans are expensive, though the food is great. All dining halls close by 8:30 P.M., so there aren't many late night options close to where I live save for one rather expensive grill.

2 College Sophomore

Nightlife: These nerds don't really know what a good party looks like. Frats are LAME, but there is always something going on.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: While at night i wouldnt walk alone just because i'm a girl and there are many rapes, in general i feel safe.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Academics: My major has the greater career services department ever. Got an internship and so much help and advice from it.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Academics: While the professors can be biased, they are all very knowledgeable and there is a great selection.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Weather: Everyone complains but its not that bad. Cold, rains, and snows, but it is still stunning.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Added freedom is great, but it most certainly comes with a cost.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Majors: While i really lk ILR, i feel like it has definitely become more HR focused than Labor Law focused.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Majors: It was very competitive as there are such limited spots. I don't like that there are so many guaranteed transfers... just let us in already!

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Guys are preppy and stuck up. Girls are preppy and stuck up.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Wish there was more of a town sometimes. Mall is crazy small.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Other than being incredibly expensive, the meal plan here is awesome and delicious.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Computers: WIFI is great when you have your own laptop. Email system gets kind of messed up often.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Ithaca has plenty of good places to eat. Refreshing to not be eating at franchises all the time. CTB is a gift from god as a new yorker who absolutely NEEDS a decent bagel every so often

1 person found this useful Report
2 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Campus housing is incredibly expensive and limited.

1 person found this useful Report
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Overall ExperienceWhat's This?

Mandy Kain and Radhika Arora
Hometown
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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