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Reviews 569 total reviews with an average rating of 3.3

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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

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.

3 College Freshman

Administration: They're not insanely strict, but people in power, like RAs, tend to go overboard with what they think they can do.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: The town is small and quiet, but adorable.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I don't eat off campus, so I don't know.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: You can party, or not. It doesn't really matter.

4 College Freshman

Majors: It is pretty interdisciplinary; there's no dept.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: We're an academic school, so no one likes sports.

3 College Senior

Party Scene: If you're legal you're going to have a great time. If you're a minor- have fun drinking in your room and avoiding getting stopped by campus safety! Honestly it's not hard to party here, it's not hard to get caught because the cops in this town are really on top of their game as far as busting drunk idiots goes. Generally people will party in a dorm room or at a friend's place in town and then hit the local dive bars. I don't think the "party scene" particularly effects your experience as a student unless you are attending prepledge parties because it's at those where you'll generally make the most friends and have the most fun.

5 College Senior

Greek Life: As an active member of the greek community on my campus, and having seen other greek groups at larger state schools, the greek community here is wonderful. It's such a small campus it's impossible for real rivalries to exist and everyone is friendly with each other. The groups are also smaller (the largest of which being only about 60 or so people) so that means better environment to develop and maintain lasting friendships AND a better chance of becoming close with your alumni. Greek life here is great!

3 College Senior

Athletics: Financial aid based on academics, not sports.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Most convenient, can be cheaper, more freedom.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: No theft, left items places and got them later.

3 College Senior

Local Area: Small town, fun stores, mostly antique.

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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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