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Reviews 581 total reviews with an average rating of 3.3

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College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I have never lived off campus so I don't know.

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are 3 restaurants within walking distance not including the 3 bars and the coffee shop. The Palisades, a higher class family diner, The Lincoln Wine Bar which is a very fancy establishment and The Skillet which is primarily a breakfast place that closes around 3. There is nothing open in the town after 9 other then the bars. There is no pizza delivery other then Paul Revere in the next town over which has no posted hours online and is usually closed by 11 anyways. The only way to get to other food is to drive to it. Within five minutes (15 if walking) you have subway, dairy queen, hardees and a mexican place. If you want options, drive to Cedar Rapids or Iowa City.

3 College Freshman

Administration: Our policies need a healthy review. Liveable, but they are pretty bad imo

2 College Freshman

Party Scene: Quality? there really isn't quality, just gross dirty basements and drunk messes. Prevalence? The same people are at the same houses partying each weekend and on Wednesday nights, that's pretty much what you have to choose from. The best parties are probably the prepledges but there is a lot of social pressure happening there as well. Hook up culture is strong here and many people see their random partner walking around the tiny campus for the next four years.

5 College Freshman

Scholarships: The school was really good about finding a way for me to be able to attend this school. Pretty much everyone I know here has some scholarship from the school.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: Bon Appetit at the Hilltop Dining Hall does a nice job providing healthy options, their variety could use some work but I think they are working on that. It is generally an expensive meal plan option which is frustrating. Their meal plan options range from 20 meals per week to 14 meals per week with an added 100 flex dollars available for use at Zamoras these options are very limiting and seem over expensive especially if choosing the lower option.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Campus is small, everything is pretty close to everything which is nice. The newly renovated Pauly-Rorem Halls are gorgeous and hopefully Dows and Tarr will follow suit. Pfeiffer is decent, it was renovated in the last 5 years and is the only handicap accessible dorm. I am less familiar with Merner and Olin but from what I have heard neither is ideal. Bowman-Carter (all female) has a lot of character because of its age but unfortunately is falling into an reprehensible state of disrepair.

College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I have not tried to live off campus

4 College Sophomore

Administration: They're pretty laid back about most things

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: They tell you as soon as you apply how much your scholarship is, and my financial aid counselor is lovely

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: For college food, it really isn't that bad. They do try

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: You have to live here, so they try to make it not suck. The showers aren't great though

4 College Junior

Academics: academics is where cornell really shines. the professors are amazing and the schedule is nice. the only issue is a variance in workload between classes. some classes require 6+ hours of work per night while others require next to none. i personally enjoy it very much, but it isn't for everyone

3 College Junior

Campus Quality: most facilities are at or below average (this is mostly due to the fact that the whole campus is on the national register of historic places), but many facilities are getting ugrades

2 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: off campus housing is not allowed until senior year for most students. the only exceptions are those who live at home and commute and people with special living requirements (both cases have to be approved by the school and often times are not)

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: there is almost no variety. there are only a few restaurants in town and 3 national chains. the thing that bumps the rating up is the fact that the local restaurants are all amazing and are reasonably priced

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: two words: cornell goggles. the attractiveness of people here is definitely lower than other schools

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: i have had an amazing time so far. the biggest factor is definitely the fact that i can participate in many different campus organizations (athletics and greek life)

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: our overall course quality is very good. i have only had one class here that was awful and it was because it was taught by a visiting professor. our in house professors are amazing. they are all highly educated and extremely passionate about the subjects that they teach. i personally believe that the block plan is the best way to learn in a college and our class sizes (no more than 30 per class) is great

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: i have never met an unemployed alum from here. a degree from cornell will get you a very good job

3 College Junior

Campus Food: the food here can either be really good or really bad. there isn't any middle ground. meals get very repetitive, especially during the winter. decent amount of variety at each meal

3 College Junior

Party Scene: the party scene here is decent. the greek groups throw the best parties by far, but you can find parties that are not thrown by a specific group and still have a good time. all of the organized parties take place off campus (for obvious reasons), but small parties can be found on campus every once in a while.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: I like the small town, but Cedar Rapids is close

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Some dorms are nice and others are not good at all.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I always feel safe on campus, even late at night walking around alone. I know that if I go out, there will always be someone there who can help me out if I don't feel safe. If someone crosses the line in what they say or do, most students have no issues with letting them know that it's not acceptable.


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One Course At A Time (OCAAT) pervades every aspect of the Cornell experience. From the academic schedule and athletics to involvement in organizations and the expected response time to e-mails, OCAAT becomes embedded in Cornell students’ way of life. The block plan has a way of distorting time at Cornell. Many students find themselves marking time by the day or week of the block rather than by the actual dates. Though, from an academic standpoint, the block plan isn’t for everyone, it does allow the flexibility necessary for learners of all types to be successful in the classroom. Additionally, OCAAT allows most students to at least pick up a minor, while many students double or even triple major. There are valuable internship opportunities around every corner, and several programs and centers focused on helping students thrive. Study abroad experiences are unparalleled and easily affordable, due to the shorter time frame. Why take a Spanish class on campus in Iowa when you can take it while living in Mexico for the month?

While the problem of student apathy tends to get a lot of lip service on campus, it is really only true in terms of school spirit for athletics. Cornell has over 100 student organizations—impressive for a school with a student body numbering less than 1,200, and a majority of these are very active and visible on campus. Recognizing that small-town Iowa may not have a lot to offer in terms of entertainment, Cornell works hard to bring entertainment to campus. The theatre department puts on four to five productions each year, and student organizations like the Performing Arts and Activities Council (PAAC) and KRNL-FM bring bands, comedians, and other performers to campus on a regular basis. Best of all, it’s all free for students. Ultimately, the Cornell bubble can be a bit confining if you let it. But if you make an effort to enjoy your four years at Cornell, it will be more than worth it.

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