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Reviews 609 total reviews with an average rating of 3.3

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4 College Senior

Academics: For Environmental Studies/ Biology we have great off campus courses and some scholarship to help you pay for them. We have a field station up in the Boundary Waters, Minnesota and a few classes go up there every fall. We get off campus a lot into the field since we only have the one course so we get some great hands on research

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: I feel like I am familiar with a lot of concepts and am eager to apply my knowledge, but unless you use your education and connections to get internships, you will most likely not gain the practical skills necessary for a job after graduation

5 College Senior

Overall Experience: Professors are amazing and so are the courses they teach. I don;t think I could have been happier with my education. Cornell really helps you to see the interdisciplinary connections.

4 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Everyone has their own look, and other than usually first years, everyone just does what they want. You're in college and dressing to the most recent fashion couldn't be cared less about.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: Health services via our 2 nurses are O.K....meaning if you are sick they'll give you some advil/ibuprofen and send you to the doctor's office down the road. We have a couple of counselors, but only one is really cool and good at what she does. Sexual assault on campus is seldom heard of, but the few instances that have reached my ears were not very well addressed by administration, but they are working hard to address the issue. We have a safe house and a student group on campus called Third Wave Resource GRoup (TWRG)

3 College Senior

Athletics: Not much to say about them. Pretty average Division 3 teams. Some people attend games, but it's usually just other athletes. Every once in a while a professor will congratulate a student on a win or ask them about a match.

3 College Senior

Greek Life: No personal vendettas, but they are pretty cliquey. Not much purpose to join one on campus, and all groups have some form of hazing (except the they say). A few groups (OWLs, AXEs, and Delts) should not be groups anymore due to hazing issues over the past few years, but due to alumni funds that come from prior members of the groups, they are still around and only have their ability to have a pledge class suspended.

College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: I have never lived off campus, but the college doesn't help you find any and it's only if you are picked in a self-entered lottery system your senior year, or if you're married, or over 21, or have differing health abilities

3 College Senior

Party Scene: Very average, nothing ever too exciting, and it's always the same people. Usually we all get the most crazy the WEdnesday night when Block Break starts and/or on Fridays

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: We have 3 great places to eat in town: Lincoln Wine Bar, Palisades Cafe, and the Skillet. The first two are on the pricey side, but amazing for a fun hang out with friends. There is also the Skillet (breakfast/brunch), Fuel (coffee), Algers (pizza), and DQ, Subway, and Mexican food. Chameleons and Scores are two bards that also have a decent menu. Things can be repetitive, but usually I just stick to eating on campus anyways

4 College Senior

Administration: When you get to know the staff and professors, they are wonderful. but there is always the exceptional few people that seem to always be having a bad day. Out of my four years on campus I can only say I had 3 bad experiences with professors (out of 33 classes) and can think of 4 staff members who were just b*tchy all the time. As for policy, so long as you stick to guidelines and aren't a s**t about things, you'll get along just fine. TALK TO STAFF AND FACULTY!

5 College Senior

Scholarships: They gave me an amazing financial aid package due to my inability to cover the costs. Each year, tuition is increased by about 2%, but my need-based aid still covered the hike.

4 College Senior

Campus Food: In the fall they are GREAT at getting season food and mixing things up. In the winter it can get a little repetitive (November-March). Chefs are still making the best of their kitchen and it progressively enhancing

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: Freshman residence halls are all being renovated and are EXTREMELY nice. Sophomores and juniors typically live in the lower-end residence halls, but they are still pretty nice with spacious rooms, laundry and kitchens in every building, and the bathrooms are all updated except for Bowman-Carter. Senior living is wonderful if you can get into Russell Hall (Clock tower). Russell is suite style with 4 people getting their own living room, storage space, and bathroom with vanity sinks.

2 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: There's very little off-campus housing to go round, and it isn't worth the hassle of obtaining much less maintaining.

3 Recent Alumnus

Party Scene: If you're looking for some intense debauchery, Cornell really doesn't have the population to support it. But house parties do exist and they can be pretty fun.

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: Within walking distance of campus, there are maybe five sources of food in town. It's a very small town. But if you have access to a car there's amazing food nearby.

4 Recent Alumnus

Administration: It's a small campus, so the administration is fairly accessible and understanding because they know a lot of the students really well.

4 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: I've seen Cornell really go out of its way to provide aid to students who need it.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Food: Cornellians complain, but only because we spend so much of our time at Bon Apetit that we microanalyze it. Compared to most schools we have an amazing amount of variety and great food, and all it takes is someone visiting from another school to remind you how good we have it.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: The dorms are decent for a private college, better than any state school's, and the freshman dorms were remodeled this year to be just about the nicest on campus.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Not sure, I have only lived on campus.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Again, honestly I don't know, I usually stick with Bon Appetite Dinning options and that works for me.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: Honestly I am not really sure, party scenes aren't always mine.

4 College Freshman

Administration: Everything seems to be pretty good.


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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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