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5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Professors are the leaders in their field, and almost never fail to inspire me almost every class. Classes and workload are insane and require a lot of work (if you are in one of the "good" colleges like College of Arts and Sciences and College of Engineering). Very little free time, but endless opportunities.

If you are in one of the contract colleges, you will have all of the time in the world (AG. and Life Sciences, ILR, etc.) You still graduate with a Cornell Diploma, but acceptance rates are far higher than the private colleges. Those in the competitive colleges will most likely look down on you if you are in a contract college.

5 College Junior

Health & Safety: Administration genuinely cares for student's well being and offers plenty of resources for those in need of help.

5 College Junior

Campus Housing: West Campus is the best. No RA's that monitor your every move, food is ranked #3 in the nation, and the Gothics are just gorgeous.

3 College Junior

Athletics: No one really cares about Varsity sports...except for hockey! Games are well attended and loads of fun. Some of my best memories at Cornell are at Lynah rink.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: I could not imagine being anywhere else. Endless opportunities, if you are willing to work for it...

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Cornell is an excellent and incredibly scenic university, and I'm thrilled every day that I was given the opportunity to study here. I'm a student at the School of Hotel Administration, which was recently rated as the best hotel/hospitality management program in the world--if Hotel Administration is your passion, this is the place to come. The professors at Cornell are highly educated and at the top of their respective fields. This can be either a blessing or a curse. My freshman year, I had one professor who, despite having spent so much time in school and receiving an extraordinary amount of degrees and allocades, was seemingly unable to teach the subject to freshman with no prior knowledge. On the contrary, many professors who are at the top of their fields are fascinating. It is not uncommon for innovative (tech) companies to pitch their new projects to Cornellians, or for extremely high profile individuals to show up unanounced and lead lectures. I won't disclose any more here; my ratings and reviews relating to specific aspects of student life here at Cornell are better placed in their respective sections.

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5 College Junior

Health & Safety: I am often out on campus very late at night, coming back from office hours or the library. I have very rarely felt unsafe and never, ever actually BEEN in an unsafe environment. The campus is well lit, especially major areas where people walk, and there are always people around at all hours. There are Blue Light phones that connect you to the police all over the place, you can see one from anywhere on campus.

Every week, the police chief sends out an email to all the students with comments about things that are going on around the world, in Ithaca and on campus. Often these emails are funny and lighthearted, demonstrating the very personal relationship the CUPD has with students on campus.

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3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Living on campus at Cornell is pretty typical for the first two years. After that, people tend to move off campus. The best places to live freshman year are the townhouses, Mews, and Court-Kay-Bauer. These buildings are all new, have air conditioning, great amenities like pool tables and foosball, and are pretty spacious. Next best would probably be Dickson, a very social dorm that has a lot of singles. Balch (the the all girls dorm), the high rises/Jameson, and the low rises are oaky. Other than Balch, there all pretty social and it's easy to meet new people. The perk of Balch is it's the closest to classes and Central campus. The worst option for freshman housing is Donlon. The rooms are small, it's always filthy and there's always people shouting all night.

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3 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life consists of around 35 percent of the Cornell undergraduate population, but that number is skewed based on gender, since a larger percentage of girls join sororities than guys join fraternities. Greek life is a way of life for those who join and it becomes the majority of their social interaction. Many sororities have mixers 2 or 3 times a week, meaning the commitment is very demanding on top of classwork.

The outsider perception of Greek life at Cornell is relatively negative. Cornell is an incredibly diverse school, with more than half the undergraduate population identifying as non-white. However, Cornell's Greek life system (particularly the fraternities and upper-tier sororities) is mostly made up of white students. There are individual exceptions to this, but as a whole inclusion is an issue that the mars the Greek system's image.

6 people found this useful Report
2 College Junior

Athletics: Students at Cornell generally prioritize academics over athletics. Cornell is in the Ivy League, which means it can't give scholarships for athletic performance. For this reason, varsity athletes are first and foremost students. Most students do not regularly attend sporting events or even know when or where they are.

The exception to this is Cornell Big Red Hockey. Students fill Lynah Rink every home game and enthusiastically cheer on their home team. Hockey games are full of traditions and rituals, such as throwing fish on the ice every time we play Harvard. It is highly encouraged that everyone attend at least one hockey game during their time at Cornell

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: My experience at Cornell had been a whirlwind of endless opportunities. It has absolutely had it's ups and downs, with times where the stress and fast pace of classes seems to be unbearable, but usually when that happens a break was right around the corner and there was time to catch up. All the students at this school, from the engineers to the Hotelies, are used to being the top of their class in high school. It takes some getting used to learn that not everyone can be the best at this university.

That being said, Cornell can offer you the change to truly impact the world in whatever field you pursue. Your plant science degree with lead to cutting edge research, your business major with give you connections others need years to build and your engineering degree will give you your choice of career straight out of college. But that diploma does not come easy, you will have to work relentlessly for four years to earn it (five years if you're studying architecture!).

Looking back to choosing this university my senior year of high school, I wouldn't change a thing. My experience has been far from perfect: I've experienced failure just like the rest of my peers. I'm not, however, the same person I was in high school and this is a good thing. Cornell has changed me for the better and I highly recommend you let it do the same to you!

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Overall, I have enjoyed my experience here. I made a lot of friends, and the scenery is beautiful. However, the academics are very tough, and can often feel like a pressure cooker, especially during exams.

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3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I think I will be able to secure a job after graduation.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I generally feel safe on campus, but there have been several sexual assault cases within the last year.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Balch Hall is one of the best housing options for girls. It is an all-girls dorm, and the social atmosphere is great. The community is really tight-knit, and there are many activities for residents to participate in every week. The Tatkon Center downstairs is definitely an added bonus, with a cafe to buy a quick bite to eat and some study spaces.

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: There are a lot of Greek houses. A large number of people are involved in Greek life. There are a large variety of Greek organizations.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: The hockey team is supposedly very good. The football team rarely wins. There is a lot of school spirit all around.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I made a lot of friends. I was able to get help when I needed it; I had some very caring TAs. The scenery is beautiful, and there is a lot of nature to look at. The food was relatively good, and the ice cream was amazing. Expect to walk a lot. Some negatives include the high cost of attending, the lack of adequate housing beyond the first year, and the rural setting. Large lecture halls and the large class size may make some students feel insignificant.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: Gannet health services is just fine. Its a pretty safe place and sexual violence will not be ignored by the school (I am looking at you, Umass...)

5 College Senior

Overall Experience: It is Ivy league, and Cornell and Columbia in particular are very highly valued degrees in the business and banking world. It is just about as good as it gets in the world. If you want to have money and status, a Cornell degree will get you much of the way there.

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2 College Senior

Campus Housing: If you are in the gothic buildings on West campus like I was, its just bad period. But the dorms on north for freshman can be quite nice.

2 College Senior

Greek Life: They are everywhere and unavoidable. If you don't plan on joining, they will still affect your life at Cornell in many ways.

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3 College Senior

Overall Experience: The good thing is, if you go to Cornell and do well and CHOOSE A FOCUS, and then follow that up with lots of career event attendance and a polished resume, you will get a great job. That is the main reason why anyone should be going (applying to those who do not plan to go into academia).

The people are generally quite rich, snobby, and a bit egotistical, or generally un-fun without the use of alcohol, which I find very disappointing. It can be a depressing, and very judgment-heavy place. If you go to Cornell, don't expect to have all that much fun (though you will at least be having some, of course). You go for the job and life opportunities. Period.

Unless you grew up particularly privileged, well off, or connected, going to Cornell will absolutely change your entire life, so unless you got into another ivy, just go if you have the privilege of being accepted. It is an almost guaranteed gateway into the 1% if you do things right and work your ass off.

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5 College Sophomore

Diversity: Extremely diverse in terms of ethnic background and religious beliefs. Less diverse in terms of economic background due to the general need for support throughout childhood and funding for school itself. Still we pride ourselves as being open to "any person, any study".

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4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Much underage drinking but that is not unusual for college campuses. Marijuana in abundantly available and aderall is commonly used by students as a study-drug. However, more hard core drugs are much less visible and are only common among certain circles. Policies on alcohol are very lenient, marijuana less so but still very easy to access.

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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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