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Reviews 1677 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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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.

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.

3 people found this useful Report
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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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Most of my courses have been enjoyable and it is clear that the professors are passionate about their fields of study. The classes are challenging but the shared sense of heavy workload amongst the students fosters a close and supportive community. De-stressing activities are wide-spread across campus especially during the dreaded exam weeks. In general I have found that the common phrase rings true for Cornell; students here "work hard and play hard".

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The networking opportunities and connections with alumni make any degree here more worthwhile. Students are very successful post-graduation and often are very confident about their proficiency in their field and the job market.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Drinking related problems seem to be abundant on campus. There is a program that students are referred to for drinking and drug related problems known as BASICS but the program is generally seen as a joke.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Not too bad. I only lived in the dorms freshman year and was lucky to be placed in one of the newest buildings. I loved my floor and became good friends with my RA and felt lucky to have had the experience of dorm life. I think it is beneficial to freshmen that they all must live on north campus for the first year. This fosters an excellent sense of community that may be lacking in later years once everyone moves their separate ways.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: As a member of Greek life, I have enjoyed the benefits of a greatly expanded social life and party scene. Many of the parties on campus, especially during the spring semester, are closed mixers meaning that a place outside of the Greek system leaves little options. Other social events such as wine tours, date nights, and formals mean many weekends filled with fun. While there are many social aspects to Greek life, I didn't find any negative impact upon my studies. There are many offerings for help and tutoring among members and as a sorority sister living in the house I found abundant support and people willing to help me focus. Unfortunately the rushing process itself is a trying and arduous process that many find it hard to persist through. While I hated rush week and all it entailed, I am glad that I gave it a chance and stuck it through for the benefits. While I didn't initially plan on joining Greek life due to the streotypes often flouted, I have met many interesting people involved in a wide array of activities and pursuing many diverse interests. I would say it is accurate to say that there is no specific "type" of person whose is involved in Greek life and that it is beneficial to give it a try if you are on the edge.

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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: While most sports don't draw huge crowds, hockey makes up for it. The hockey games throughout the winter bring in large crowds and are a lot of fun. The traditions surrounding the games are fun to learn and participate in, such as throwing fish on the ice during the Harvard game. For other sports, the most that is generally heard of them is when they throw parties at their houses off campus. These parties can be fun and because they are open are popular among the non-Greek community.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Cornell has exceeded my expectations in every possible way. Coming in I expected to find a high achieving, generally stressed out student body but I never imagined that I would also find the most interesting and fun-loving people I have ever met. Despite the large campus size, clubs and organizations make the school smaller. I always see people I know walking to class or studying in the library. In addition, there is always something to do- whether it is an outdoor adventure, an educational speaker, a concert, or a party, the possibilities are endless. I truly love my school.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I have a great advisor and was (luckily) able to get into all of the classes I wanted -- this semester, anyway. My professors are great and I learn a lot in their classes. My school is as difficult and competitive as its reputation says, but there's a caring community within it, too.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: A degree from my school means a lot, especially within my program. It has a very large alumni network and many of its students are accepted to serve in the Peace Corps. I haven't used its career/student services but I'm sure it's helpful.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Generally a safe campus, but many cases of rape this year, especially by fraternity leaders and athletes. The school seems to give a lot of privilege to those assailants.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The housing process is okay, but dorms can be bad.

4 people found this useful Report
2 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is very prevalent. It rules the school.

4 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Athletics: The athletics scene is minimal, thankfully.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The administration's bureaucracy is challenging.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I am not in greek life

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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: I don't really participate in athletics on campus

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1 College Sophomore

Diversity: I'll just state the obvious here: because of it's "elite" status, an Ivy will never be truly diverse because almost all of the students at an institution like this came from money... Think about it, the kids at a school like this had to be able to afford tutors in high school so they could get the competitive GPA and SAT scores necessary to be admitted, as well as participate in many extracurriculars, all of which require time and/or money to participate. Anyone who considers Cornell or any Ivy League college to be diverse has clearly never left the little silver spoon Long Island bubble they grew up in.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The light system makes me feel very secure.

1 person 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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