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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 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Most professors are okay, there are only very few bad professors. It is really about pairing up to do research.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: It is hard to say when this is the only school I have been to. I like to think that the degree from this school carries some value. It really is about the research and project opportunities that you had while you are here.

2 people found this useful Report
4 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: They always lose my W-2. Not sure why.

1 person found this useful Report
5 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Lots of work, lots of learning. Do a project team or research, or your education is worth nothing in the real world!

2 people found this useful Report
5 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Mechanical engineers work really hard, and have lots of opportunities.

1 person found this useful Report

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