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1 College Junior

Overall Experience: After spending almost three years here, I can conclude that I either wish I worked harder in high school so I could go to Brown or Penn, or slacked off more so I could go to Michigan

4 people found this useful Report
2 College Junior

Drug Safety: It's Cornell so it's obviously not a party school, but alcohol is very prevalent.

5 people found this useful Report
1 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life runs the social scene and is honestly pretty miserable, but we're in Ithaca... What else is there to do?

5 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: It's great! Faculty is very helpful, program is amazing and wonderful place to live.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: There is an extreme variety of courses offered. After all, the motto of the school is "any person, any study."

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: We have a phenomenal alumni network, especially compared to other Ivy League schools. This, in part, has to do with being the largest school in the Ivy League.

Our alumni are always willing to help out a fellow Cornellian in the professional world.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Although there have been a couple of incidents in the past year, the administration has done a great job with their zero-tolerance policy and followed through by expelling those students.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Best dorm on North Campus is Donlon because of its social atmosphere. Everyone is outgoing and the RAs tend to be pretty lenient with letting things slide. The only downside is that there is no AC, but that only becomes a problem during a week in August and the end of the semester in May.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Not in greek life but have friends who are. The Cornell greek life has a great community!

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Big support for hockey and football during homecoming

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I've had a better experience than I would've ever imagined. Although it is a school of high prestige, people are not pretentious. Rather, everyone wants to help one another succeed.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Athletics: Hockey games are so much fun so try to go to as many as possible!!

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Cornell is the most wonderful school on earth.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Cornell is generally a safe place to be, at least for me. I feel that the Greek life presence makes it a little less safe, especially for women.

6 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: There is a very wide variety of courses offered at Cornell, though it can be difficult to get into many of the more interesting ones due to their popularity. I have found that the courses that one takes during freshman year due to their required status tend to be very large, impersonal, and harshly graded. This is to weed out students, but it also is discouraging during that critical year of a student's time in college. Professors can also sometimes favor certain political ideologies over certain others (generally leaning strongly to the left), and you may not be graded very favorably if you disagree with that political leaning.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: As Cornell is an Ivy League school, just having the name on your diploma can make a big difference for finding employment. However, they also have good advisors to turn to for career help and advice, and are generous to the students with assistance for finding internships and such.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: My personal opinion of the campus housing revolves around my freshman year experience. I chose to live in a program house entitled JAM, or Just About Music. I very much enjoyed living there due to the people that I met and the strong friendships I formed with people who lived in the same dorm. The living conditions, however, left a little something to be desired. It's not that they were terrible; it simply did not look like it had been updated since the 1970s and it was rather small, especially for the price. I like the sense of community in the housing at Cornell, but the actual buildings themselves are not superb (unless you live on West Campus).

4 people found this useful Report
2 College Freshman

Greek Life: I am not personally involved in Greek life at Cornell, for various reasons that I have pondered over for some time. I have observed Greek life to be cliquey and also to cause social and even legal problems on campus or just between students in general. I know for a fact that hazing is common in the Greek life at Cornell, due to the fact that some people I know in fraternities have confessed to being hazed, quite badly in fact. Greek life members lie, cheat, act like sexual predators, put down others, objectify women, use hardcore drugs, and otherwise influence their members and those around them to do wrong. I am very unimpressed with the social impact of Greek life on our campus.

7 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Athletics: I am not personally a big fan of college athletics, so I may not be the best person to give this review. What I can say is that from what I've heard, the football team is definitely below par. Many people who are students at Cornell make fun of their own football team on a regular basis. However, the hockey team is quite a big deal, and much hype surrounds it each year. There is significant school spirit when it comes to that particular sport. Other than that, most people I know are fairly oblivious about the athletics.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Cornell is a unique school, full of students who only dreamed of going to an Ivy League institution and also students who are only there because they couldn't get into Harvard or Yale. This causes humility and modesty in some, or pride and frustration in others. Even so, it does happen to have one of the more down-to-earth cultures out of the Ive League schools. Another good thing about Cornell is its inclusion of such a variety of subjects in its course roster, which is fairly typical of a high-ranking university, but the unique part is the fact that the variety is backed up by skilled professors and solid programs in each of the subjects. This creates for many good opportunities in many different fields, should you be unsure of your academic direction when you begin attending Cornell. Overall, it is simply a great institution and I have had a positive experience there.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: I have not experienced any unsafe situations on campus

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Overall Experience: There are lots of great courses taught by professors who are very passionate about their field and are well published. I don't know about the rest of the campus, but Johnson has easily accessible professors who are very focused on everyone getting what they want to out of each class.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Senior

Health & Safety: You get a decent amount of crime alert emails during your time here. Not a ton, a ton. Maybe once or twice a month. Most of the time its little things, but there's usually 3 or 4 sexual assault or violent crimes a year. Mostly drunk frat boys, but there have been issues with locals breaking into peoples houses in the past...if you're safe and lock your doors there's nothing to worry about. Honestly in the 3 years I've lived in collegetown I've never locked my doors and never had problems, but it is better to be safe than sorry. Do as I say not as I do!

5 people found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Overall Experience: Freshman and sophomore year can be a little rough depending on your major since you're likely just fulfilling pre-reqs and distribution requirements, but, even though they've definitely been the most difficult and time consuming, my upper level major classes have been incredible.

The professors are incredibly knowledgable - usually experts in their field - and really truly love their subjects AND being professors. Not once during my entire Cornell experience have I ever felt like the faculty was just interested in conducting their research. They really, truly want the students to learn and succeed. Are they sometimes hard on them? Yes. Does it make us smarter, better students? Yes.

6 people found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Overall Experience: The career services here are great. Most people I know who find jobs and internships find them through companies who reach out to Cornell for applicants. Part of going here is paying for the name but it definitely makes a difference. If you put in the effort to applying for things you will get an offer I promise.

2 people found this useful Report
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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.

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