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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.

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.

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.

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.

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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3 Recent Alumnus

Administration: There is quite a bit of drinking and personal accountability is key for most things

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5 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: Need blind aid and very supportive financial aid workers

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4 Recent Alumnus

Party Scene: There is always something to do and a very strong greek life.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Food: Didn't really eat there very much

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: I lived off campus, but from what I have heard the housing was great.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I don't live off-campus so I'm not an expert, but I hear that people camp outside the rental office the night before it opens in August in order to get a good apartment. I also heard that the good apartments are expensive and the affordable ones aren't good.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I'm from Ithaca so I am completely biased when it comes to this. I love the food here. I eat it all the time. It's what I'm used to and it's what I love.

3 College Freshman

Administration: I don't have much experience with the strictness on campus since I've never really broken any rules or had to deal with them. My friend was once visiting me and the meter on his car went like ten minutes over and he was immediately ticketed which was annoying.

2 College Freshman

Scholarships: I always hear great things about Cornell's financial aid, but they really screwed my family over. We are paying nearly full price and my family certainly is not rich. They take into account things that really have no influence over the actual amount of money we have or are able to pay, such as the value of our house (which we built ourselves) and the amount of property we have (which we acquired 20 years ago). The financial aid office was extremely unhelpful when my dad went to talk to them about the aid and basically just told him to get another mortgage and forget about retirement.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: I really rarely go out, so I'm not the best person to ask about this. I prefer smaller things with friends. The couple of times I've gone out, it's been okay. I have nothing to compare it to, though.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: It's much better than I expected. I can usually find something good to eat everywhere.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I live in Balch and I really love it. My room is huge, Balch is the closest dorm to the Arts quad, and the building is beautiful. It's a pretty nice community. The housing lottery system is really terrible though and the majority of people essentially get screwed out of decent housing for sophomore year.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The apartments are nice but you need to start looking fast and they can be pretty pricey.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of places to eat off campus, but they're pretty expensive.

4 College Freshman

Administration: They're pretty strict about alcohol/drugs in dorms so don't do it. It's fairly easy to get into any bar since this is a college town.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I, like many other students, am in that unfortunate range of having just enough money to not qualify for much financial aid but not quite enough for tuition to be not an issue. I would definitely look for scholarships over focusing in financial aid.

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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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