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4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: You will rarely see an out of shape person at Cornell. People are well groomed and well behaved.

4 College Senior

Guys & Girls: I have met a lot of great people since being at school here. There is so much variety that it is easy to fit in or find someone they are interested in.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Everyone is so different and I think that's a good thing. There are guys and girls who care about looking nice everyday and partying, and there are those who are very dedicated to their school work and don't socialize much. A lot of the students are from New York so how they dress can be similar at times but it isn't overbearing. You really will meet all kinds of people with a multitude of interests and hobbies.

4 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: I feel that on average the guys are better looking than the girls. The dress is very preppy, not my style. There is huge diversity of interests, so I cannot even make a general statement. You will always find a good group of friends with your interest and have a good time.

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3 College Senior

Guys & Girls: It's a large school so you'll find a wide range of people here


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 11th
    Smartest Guys
  • 19th
    Smartest Girls
  • 107th
    Party Girls
  • 124th
    Party Guys
  • 216th
    Hottest Guys

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Mandy Kain and Radhika Arora
Hewlett, N.Y., and Ithaca, N.Y.
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Although the guys seem to be rated slightly higher than the girls, Cornell University is huge, so there are plenty of choices. Stereotypes do exist, so you may find the occasional anti-social dork or arrogant frat-boy, but there are plenty of fun and attractive people if you look around.

The Greek system is a huge part of the social scene, leading to an abundance of antiquated stereotypes about women, casual hookups, and mindless drinking, but some people enjoy the Greek scene. Others prefer to hang out in Collegetown or downtown Ithaca, and you can generally find a more diverse selection of people at these places.

Facts & Statistics

Female Undergrads
Male Undergrads
Birth Control Available?
In the Gannet Health Center and at Planned Parenthood in downtown Ithaca
Best Places to Meet Guys & Girls
  1. Big Red Barn
  2. The Hotel School
  3. Sororities
Best Places to Hook Up
  1. McGraw Tower
  2. The Gorges
  3. Olin Library Stacks
  4. Libe Slope
  5. The Suspension Bridge
Social Scene
Cornell's diverse student body affords the chance for various unique interactions with many groups of guys and girls from a wide array of different backgrounds. It's not hard to meet friendly students with similar interests as yours. In general, the people at Cornell are very social, and you'll always find fraternity parties and bars packed to the brim with a very good ratio of guys to girls.
Hookups or Relationships?
At Cornell, you'll find a little bit of everything: a lot of non-committal, random hookups as well as many serious, long-term relationships. If you're looking for an evening fling, it's not hard to find, especially at an after-hours fraternity party. Interestingly, an estimated 75 percent of couples who leave Cornell together end up getting married. So if you're still in that relationship at graduation, then carefully consider the possibilities of a wedding in the near future!
Best Places to Meet Guys/Girls
Meeting guys and girls is not difficult at Cornell, especially since you'll find yourself in close-knit groups during sections and seminars. Initially for freshmen, the best place to meet is in the dorms and at the dining halls which promote a relaxed and social ambiance. Parties, although less conducive to good conversation, are also places to meet people. Collegetown and Ithaca bars, like the Chapter House, are popular student hangouts as well.
Dress Code
Most students dress down for class, favoring warmer, bulkier clothing in the cold Ithaca weather. When going out, fashions range from casual to dressy. Fraternities and sororities have semi-annual formal events, which necessitate fancier clothing.

Student Polls

I would say girls on campus are    Based on 62 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Attractive
  • Athletic
  • Creative/artsy
  • Friendly
  • Fun
  • Geeky
  • Hardworking
  • Into partying
  • Outgoing
  • Preppy
  • Religious
  • Smart
  • Stuck-up

I would say guys on campus are    Based on 61 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Attractive
  • Athletic
  • Creative/artsy
  • Friendly
  • Fun
  • Geeky
  • Hardworking
  • Into partying
  • Outgoing
  • Preppy
  • Religious
  • Smart
  • Stuck-up

What kinds of relationships have you had since coming to school?    Based on 66 responses

  • 24% Random hook-up with someone at your school
  • 21% Casual dating at your school
  • 15% Exclusively dating someone at your school
  • 15% None
  • 11% Long-distance relationship
  • 9% Long-term relationship with someone at your school
  • 4% Random hook-up with someone at a neighboring school
  • 1% Casual dating at a neighboring school
  • 0% Exclusively dating someone at a neighboring school
  • 0% Long-term relationship with someone at a neighboring school

What are the best places to meet guys/girls?    Based on 14 responses

  • 25% Class
  • 21% Clubs
  • 17% Fraternity parties or Wine tours
  • 12% Sororities
  • 12% (If you actually are a freshman) Orientation Week
  • 8% Big Red Barn
  • 4% The Hotel School

What are the best ways to make friends at your school?    Based on 14 responses

  • 25% Start talking to strangers in your class.
  • 25% Clubs
  • 14% Meet people on your floor
  • 14% Be friendly
  • 11% Fraternity
  • 11% O-Week as a freshman

What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?    Based on 16 responses

  • 75% Smart, hard working, and stressed
  • 12% Stressed
  • 6% Busy
  • 6% Work hard, play hard

How would you rate the social scene on campus?    Based on 66 responses

  • 3% Lacking, with almost no interesting or popular activities.
  • 5% Quiet, with few popular activities and chances to meet new people.
  • 58% Active, with a handful of popular activities.
  • 35% Very vibrant, with lots of popular activities available almost every day.



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