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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There is a big seminar for all incoming freshmen to talk about consent and sexual assault so the safety is a big deal.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The professors really get to know you and the small class sizes make sure that you are not just another grade. The teaching is very personal and not just lecture but rather a give and take with the teachers and students.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The programs are designed to make sure everyone has an opportunity to explore career choices and what they want to do.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Kids are very messy so weekends without the janitorial staff are pretty messy, but the over all dorms are beautiful. RA's are pretty lenient with rules and such but everything flows pretty smoothly.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: The greek life is very accepting and its not a big deal whether you join or don't

4 College Freshman

Athletics: The coaches are very willing to help every sport and the facilities are beautiful. Athletes are very welcoming and supporting of each other, but it is also not a huge deal if you are not in athletics.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: This school has a very welcoming environment and easy access to help. It feels like a home away from home. The one course at a time makes stress easy to manage and getting involved easy.

2 College Freshman

Campus Housing: We had to fill out a housing preference form prior to getting assigned a room and roommate. This included several entries related to preferences for a roommate. I filled out the form early, but almost none of the preferences were met, and to make it worse, the roommate had autism. This is the worst living experience I've ever had, and the housing department was unbelievably unhelpful in helping me get out of the room (when the other kid really should have had his own room to begin with). It was clear that I needed to get out after 3 days of rooming with him, but it took 4 months, many emails, many meetings, and a call to the president of the college to get the residence life staff to help me.

The housing itself isn't bad, but I am extremely dissatisfied with the staff.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: We all have to take an Alcohol Ed course before we attend. Also, we need to take a second part after being in school for a month. There is also a zero tolerance.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I really like the one course at a time. In a way, it gives you less to worry about. Plus, after the 18 days, there is a block break. So far, the course I have taken are interesting and would love to take them again.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: My major is very popular at Cornell, and I do not feel lost at all. I also feel comfortable about finding an internship when the time is needed.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: All of the halls are inconsistent. Some of them are renovated and others are super old.

4 College Freshman

Academics: There are a lot of places to study and get help. Class are a little challenging due to having to learn a lot in 18 days.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: I have been to a couple pre-pledges, and I have met a lot of cool people. I am looking forward to pledging.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: I do not really keep up with all the sports.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: One course at a time really allows you fully immerse yourself in the class. It also really gives you the time to pick up some extracurricular activities. The people you meet are also very life changing.

4 College Freshman

Academics: You will be busy from sun up to sun down

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Average, no good school, problems are solved

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Research, Student center helps with connections

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: small class size, great professors,

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: 9% join greek life, anyone can join, not much goes on

3 College Freshman

Athletics: So-So, not much goes on with sports

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: One Course At A Time, Block Program, Study Abroad

2 College Freshman

Overall Experience: By far the biggest problem with Cornell College is their administration. In multiple instances, it has chosen to profess their arbitrary, socialist views over a commitment to enhancing academic learning and success. While most New Student Orientations are used to lay out all of the rules of the college and the available academic resources, the entire time was spent in lectures where essentially different variations of fascists professed to us how we should come to some tenuous conclusion based on no evidence. At the time I am writing this, Yale was having a standoff between a residence hall master who considered intellectual freedom a higher value than the Totalitarian ideal necessary to create 'safe spaces' and the students who opposed him, the president sided with the students. This can only detract from the already dwindling focus on academia.

I have encountered problems with both the registrar and the bookstore. The registrar seems to consider themselves above the students rather than as business partners, since when I expressed disappointment when the registrar made a mistake and wanted to put the burden of proof on me for something that was too late to do, the registrar responded by saying that they did not expect to be treated that way.

The real stinger is that when I asked what the average rate of tuition increase per year was, I was told the historical value was 1.5%. In an email sent by the president to the students, the president said that the rate for next year increased by 3%, and is, "the third consecutive year of tuition increases of 3 percent or less," meaning I was told that tuition increases at the rate of inflation, while tuition rates historically increase above the rate of inflation.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The atmosphere is great and so are the people. The one course at a time is an awesome challenge.

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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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