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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Cornell does a great job of keeping the students informed, but as long as you use street smarts, the chances of you being safe are very high. There are some instances of poor safety on every campus.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Wouldn't want to be anywhere else!

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I love all of the opportunities that Cornell provides. There's a niche for everyone!

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: There are so many opportunities to connect with alumni and recruiters.

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: Great life is very prominent at Cornell. The great thing is that there's no pressure to participate if you don't want to. Beyond social fraternities and sororities, there are also many professional and an honors fraternity available.

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: Some sports are more popular than others. Hockey games are particularly fun and well-attended.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: A large portion of upperclassmen live in off-campus apartments. I have heard they are, for the most part, pretty nice and that there are many options: collegetown, more west, or north.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I personally love the farmers' market! There are so many great foods to eat as well as the best produce to take home with you.

4 College Freshman

Administration: Cornell students are vocal about issues that they believe should be addressed, and the administration, I believe, does a great job of listing to the students to address concerns.

5 College Freshman

Scholarships: Financial aid is need based, so it kind of stinks for the students with more wealthy parents. However, if you are middle to low class economically, the financial aid is fair, and very helpful.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: Personally, I am not as socially active in the party scene, but there are a lot of options for those that wish to participate.

5 College Freshman

Campus Food: Of course there are a few bad nights, but for the most part, you can't go wrong! My favorite place to eat is the Big Red Barn.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Some of the dorms are older, but still maintain a lot of character. There are a lot of housing options for upperclassmen.

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: I love it. Definitely join greek life.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Ithaca is known for its food

4 College Freshman

Administration: You have a lot of freedom. It could be difficult to handle at first but then you get used to it.

1 College Freshman

Scholarships: Extremely difficult to get them to increase your financial aid budget.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: I am a male in a fraternity, so my opinion is biased.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: Always good food from Cornell Dinning but little outside options unless you have a car.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I have no complaints. However, I live in one of the newest dorms, so my opinion is biased.

3 College Freshman

Administration: I haven't had much exposure.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: No merit aid, need met.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I live in the worst dorm (Balch). Others arent bad

2 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Last thing: Cornell offers the worst soap! I pay so much money; I want higher quality bathroom soap, not the shi**y pink and white stuff this school offers! My hands never feel clean! YUCK!

1 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I had an indifferent viewpoint toward Greek life, but now I despise it. Note this review ONLY applies to social Greek life and is my OPINION.

Greek life adds very little to Cornell. The philanthropy they carry out is often for publicity stunts, and they do very little philanthropy and volunteering. The students very rarely care much about academics and are only concerned about sliding by classes with good grades and getting good jobs. Greek life is cultish and cliquey, and I find that if you're not part of Greek life, you may be able to get into parties, but you'll generally be excluded from the Greek community as a whole. And even the social scene they offer is very limited and almost always revolves around alcohol. I'm sorry, but wine tours? How is that fun!?! Because you go and get blasted out of your minds! Although Greek life states that it exists for academics, philanthropy, and fraternity, I, as stated above, find that it's the complete opposite.

The worst part about the issue with Greek life is that it seems that the administration ignores the woes of Greek life because students in Greek life will end up being the most generous donors to Cornell after they graduate. Yes, I've said it: The reason why I think the administration is often lenient (note: NOT always lenient, especially with regard to hazing, thank the Lord) toward Greek life is because Greek life becomes a symbol of fraternity to Cornell students, which increases the likelihood that they'll enjoy their experience at Cornell and want to give back. So I think that the administration actually discriminates toward Greek organizations.

Additionally, what Greek life does do can be accomplished with through on-campus housing. Philanthropy? Look into the PSC (doubt many Greek life even know what it is). Fraternity? West Campus, although it may not be the best fit for many students, is plenty fraternal. Academics? Honors and preprofessional fraternities.

I'd say more, but no more space.

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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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