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Basic Statistics

Ithaca, NY
Full-Time Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
Small city
In-State Tuition
Out-of-State Tuition
Room & Board
Acceptance Rate
17 %
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
Average SAT Scores
Average ACT Scores

Best ThingsMore . . .

  • Outdoor scenery, especially in the spring
  • Slope Day
  • Great friends
  • Great food

Worst ThingsMore . . .

  • Weather
  • Icy hills and paths
  • Early morning classes
  • Finals week

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Overall ExperienceWhat's This?

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.

Cornell Student Reviews

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4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is kind of naturally self selecting at Cornell. All of my close girl friends are Greek, though I have many guy friends who aren't. I think that's partly because most of the greeks all know each other, and being Greek perpetuates more Greek friendships, but a good part of it is because the people who rush are similar and naturally are attracted to each other anyway.

I find it difficult to find friends who aren't Greek -- they are less involved on campus.

Non Greek is just as likely (if not more likely) to look down on Greek life than vice versa.

Greek housing is great. I live in one of the shittier physical houses and it's still way better than any on campus housing (spacious, aesthetic, cheaper, clean)

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: You will feel safe if you go to Cornell.

As far as sexual assualt goes, I think there is less assualt here than at other schools, but that it is more reported and discussed. Our student body is very vocal, and cases are handled seriously.

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5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Ithaca has great food and booze available in vast variety of taste and time.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Best of the best.

As a vegetarian and sometime vegan, I've never had a problem finding HEALTHY food. Also, everything is delicious and the salad bars? Dear lord they're amazing. You'll come here and leave spoiled.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Campus security is very backwards at Cornell. They crackdown on noise violations, regulated fraternity parties, and drugs (weed is more dangerous than alcohol?), but (far more dangerous) off campus partying thrives and dorm drinking is rampant. Campus is super strict about drug use and greek life, very lenient with alcohol/sex.

Oftentimes, police will write people up for noise violations, but blatantly ignore the underage drinking. Fraternity house parties get shut down regularly on campus (where brothers try their best to control regulated, registered parties), but then the party just moves to a more rowdy, less regulated off campus scene.

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