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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 Senior

Athletics: Sports is a big culture at Cornell. The facilities are nice and open to students

3 College Senior

Academics: I am a Development Sociology major and frankly, when I was going into it I was skeptical at first. But the classes can be interesting and the faculty is readily available and willing to help with questions.

4 College Student

Drug Safety: "Work Hard, Play Hard" is a common theme across campus. During the week, we study (most of us). Weekends, we let off steam. It's fairly low pressure, decently visible, and enforced fairly. Be smart and safe. Don't lie to yourself or go crazy and you'll be ok.

4 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: Off-Campus Dining is pretty mixed. Break out of Collegetown, and there are some spots that are really great. The Moosewood Restaurant has some of the best Vegetarian food I've ever tasted. There also some decent Ethnic cuisine, as well as cheap "Americanized" options. But, if you're looking for really good food, you can always go to NYC.

4 College Student

Majors: Architecture is (one of) the hardest major to get into on campus. I heavily recommend attending a summer college program (Cornell has a great one) or interning for a firm, because they almost take no one without some experience that shows they are dedicated. You need a pretty great portfolio, but don't fall sort on the essays or interview. The admissions department is really helpful--if you can go to an info session when you tour the school. Invest a lot of time into your application. If you can, apply early. It will pay off.


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