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3 College Sophomore

Administration: Never had a problem with anything so I can't really comment but for the most part things are lenient as long as you're a reasonable person

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: It is amazing if you're from a low-income family, mediocre if you're from a middle-class background, and irrelevant if you're from a wealthy family.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: A dining hall is a dining hall and for the most part you'll get sick of it no matter what considering you eat then again and again throughout the year. With that said, Cornell does a great job with trying to provide variety and accommodate all tastes. West campus in particular has excellent options and it is easy to find something you'd like at one of the five locations there any night of the week. Be careful not to go overboard on the desserts though - the Cornell ice cream and their cookies are so good!

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Depends heavily on the dorm you're in.

West Campus = Awesome buildings, dining halls in your dorm, good view, but you've gotta walk up the slope

Cascadilla / Sheldon = Mediocre buildings, no dining hall, great location in collegetown

I can't speak on the North campus dorms as I transferred in

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Hard to get sometimes but nice, reasonably priced places.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Plenty of good restaurants and shops downtown and in Collagetown.

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3 College Freshman

Administration: The administration doesn't get in my way...but it could if I had different healthcare...

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4 College Freshman

Campus Food: The dining halls food is great relative to other schools. Of course you might get bored of the dining hall food. The Temple of Zeus has great food but unfortunately is cash only. This is the only place on campus that only takes cash.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: For Freshmen year, the program houses are a great option. They are more spacious than the normal dorms and allow you to meet and interact with students from all levels. The Ecology House has an especially good community.

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College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I don't know much about off-campus housing as a freshman.

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College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I don't usually eat in college town but there are lots of options.

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College Freshman

Administration: I am not familiar with the administration or its policies.

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College Freshman

Party Scene: I am among those who do not involve in the part scene.

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4 College Freshman

Scholarships: As long as you submit all required documents by the deadline you are golden.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Menus do not vary a lot across dinning hall and meal plans aren't cheap.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Balch Hall is the best option for freshman girls who prefer a quiet living environment. There are tons of program activities for meeting other people so you will not be missing out on anything.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing is generally expensive. Collegetown apartments are on the higher end in terms of cost, but they are in the heart of the social scene. There are also apartments in the surrounding neighborhoods, which are cheaper but farther away from most places.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of dining options off campus. There are a bunch of tea shops. There is also a lot of variety in the places. There are Japanese places, Korean places, Greek places, pizza places, etc.

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3 College Sophomore

Administration: The school is not incredibly strict. People can get written up for being caught using drugs or underage drinking. However, sometimes these charges are let go by RA's and non-authoritative figures.

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3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: There are a lot of fraternity parties that go on. People also have house parties. They have a good impact because people can relax after a week of work.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: There were no real problems with the financial aid process. Sometimes there were some issues with communication when trying to send in scholarship money, but it worked out in the end.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: There are two dining halls on north campus, five on west campus, and one on central campus. In addition, there are a bunch of places all around that take Big Red Bucks. Dining halls have different food each day, so there is a lot of variety. The best place to go for food is Trillium.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: It is dependent on where you live. North campus has nice residential buildings that are cleaned sufficiently. There are also two dining halls and a gym in close proximity. West campus is divided into the main buildings and the gothics. The gothics have a nice appeal from the outside but tend to not be as nice on the inside as the main buildings. There are five dining halls on west campus with a gym. The down side is having to walk up the slop everyday to get to class. The housing process is inconvenient unless you get one of the first time slots. Otherwise, your options are limited and generally not as favorable. Both campuses have a good social atmosphere.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus housing can be really great, but it is pretty expensive.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of restaurants and options for everyone

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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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