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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are some good places nearby. Maybe not the healthiest though.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I've never had a problem with my health or safety while I've been here. Had a friend get an infection and they helped her. Every once in a while you hear of weird attacks in Collegetown at night.

5 College Freshman

Academics: Definitely good. Very prestigious. If you put in effort you can learn alot.

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: You don't see it. Although you can guess it's used. There is no peer pressure and policy enforcement is usually pretty chill.

1 College Freshman

Weather: ITHACATING. Our weather here is horrible. Rains, snows and hails all in the same day, and then suddenly turns sunny. It's insane and makes me sick, literally, quite often.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: They're there if you need them but it feels a bit of reach. You really have to reach out for them to come.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: I don't participate in the nightlife so I wouldn't know.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: Cars are very helpful but it is insanely difficult to find parking spaces. Buses are good but the rides are so long and it takes forever to get where you want to go. The bus schedules are also completely unreliable and sometimes bus drivers don't even bother showing up. Transportation is necessary to leave our very isolated campus, but so inconvenient that I don't bother anymore.

3 College Freshman

Majors: Application is relatively easy. Some classes have prerequisites so you have to wait, while others just need you to have a basic plan idea in your head so you can apply right away whenever you want.

4 College Freshman

Majors: Facilities and curriculum is great, but internship opportunities not so much. The workload really depends on the class and the professor.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Professors are sometimes horrible at teaching and disorganized, registration process is unnecessarily stressful, the workload is unspeakable, although the curriculum offered is plentiful. However, there are so many requirements that it is hard to take fun classes unrelated to your major without burying yourself in work.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: At best it's really great, but at worst it's pretty bad too. Housing process is horrible and unfair, the cost is enormous, and the amenities are good only when other people in the dorm keep them in good condition after use. Social atmosphere really depends on the people in the building - all a matter of luck.

3 College Freshman

Computers: There are lots of labs, but almost all are always filled up, even on Friday nights, especially during exam season. Wireless access is usually good, although some places that should have them lack them. The need for a personal computer is essential, as it is inconvenient not being able to work at your dorm or whenever you want. Some classes you need to bring your laptop to to take notes etc. Printing on campus is costly, but so is printing on your own. The inks are expensive.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: To be honest, I don't know much. But from what I've experienced personally, school policies are relatively chill. You get in trouble, but you get second chances so that you aren't reprimanded immediately.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Each sport has it's own practice area, and there are indoor fields, outdoor fields, rinks and everything needed for each varsity sports team. School spirit is strong especially for hockey, and team performances are good for most sports.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Don't take the healthcenter's word as law, if you think you may need a second opinion, get one. I heard a friend of mine who was diagnosed with a Hernia was apparently given a prescription for pills that dealt with menstrual cramps.

2 College Junior

Campus Strictness: CUPD tends to want to give out tickets for almost anything.

2 College Junior

Athletics: I'm sad to say people don't come to Cornell to care about sports. Men's Lacrosse and Hockey are pretty big/good. But Football is bad, and there is relatively no tailgating.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Greek Life: Very very big here on campus. There are over 35 fraternities, and 13 sororities.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Campus Housing: If you can get into one of the newer dorms, it's quite nice.

1 College Junior

Weather: I'll be honest, it sucks. It's been snowing and cold ever since thanksgiving. It wasn't that bad the previous two years though, so could just be a bad winter.

4 College Junior

Computers: The wifi is great, just make sure you don't torrent while using it!

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: There really isn't all that much to do at Cornell.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: A decent amount of people smoke weed, some do cocaine. A lot of people use adderall.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Nightlife: It's great if you're in Greek life. If you aren't in greek life, join a club sport because besides those two things you won't find many parties to go to.


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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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