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5 College Senior

Overall Experience: GO BIG RED! I love this school, it is definitely part of my identity.

3 people found this useful Report
4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Cornell can be a real pressure cooker as competition and stress levels run high, especially as a pre-veterinary (me) or pre-medical student. Some days I doubted my decision to come to this school. I thought it ruined my mental health. I thought my GPA would be better if I went somewhere else. I thought I was sacrificing a lot for the "Cornell experience". I learned that yes, I did sacrifice a lot. But it was entirely worth it. The connections I have made are ones that I can't imagining finding anywhere else. Every obstacle along the way built character. My experiences at Cornell completely changed my future -- what I knew I wanted was not enough, and Cornell pushed me to work for more.

4 people found this useful Report
3 College Senior

Overall Experience: There are certainly some great professors but there are many things that just don't work well, like a somewhat run-down building that has needed updates for a few decades.

There is a lack of support for things like help with statistics programs--I was trying to finish a project the last couple weeks of this past spring semester and the Stats lab was already shutdown, the math learning center didn't know how to use stats software.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: My school is alright. It has great academics, but there is such a competitive and stressful environment that I am commonly unhappy. That being said, there is great networking and opportunities.

6 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I really enjoyed my first year! Cornell has a great campus and a great atmosphere!

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Overall, I've had a pretty good experience. I've enjoyed my classes and there are a lot of opportunities present.

3 people found this useful Report
3 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Cornell is highly competitive, and a hard place to make friends if you're a transfer. You have to work for everything, including friends, on-campus resources, student life events, and teacher attention. Morale is incredibly low, especially in winter. I eventually found my place, but people just go here for the reputation, not to be happy.

11 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Is the best in the nation for my career interest and it certainly lived up to its standards. Despite its vast size, I was easily able to find a social group whose interests matched mine.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I really love Cornell but there is a serious stress issue.

9 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Cornell has quickly proved to be much more than just the name I chose it for. I've had both mind-blowing and fun classes, met some amazing people - both students and professors, explored the beauty of Ithaca and the surrounding area, and experienced first hand our tremendously strong alumni network. As an undeclared major, I've been able to take a wide array of courses spanning various schools in everything ranging from organizational behavior to mycology to digital and video media. I've had 100-200 person lectures and 10 person seminars. I've stressed out about some finals/prelims for weeks, while others I've aced just by studying the night before. Whatever kind of college experience you want, you can definitely have it at Cornell.

6 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Cornell University is an educationally stimulating place. You feel a bond with the individuals you meet due to either your common interests or the fact that you all somehow are making it through the rigorous academic curricula. Cornell is known to be the easiest Ivy to get into and the hardest to graduate from. Depending on your college within the university you have to really make an effort to get advice, as it will not be handed to you. Be aware that the public schools within Cornell are considerably easier than the private. I wouldn't take back going to Cornell no matter what my other options were, however, Cornell has a long way to go in order to make their classes fair, and not extremely different between the private and public schools, as everyone receives a "Cornell University" degree.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Although I came in as a transfer, my experience at Cornell has been incredible. I've met people from all over who are passionate about their pursuits, whether that be the path to medical school or learning about architecture or even studying labor relations! There is something for everyone here at Cornell which makes it a great place to be.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Being at an Ivy League school I am definitely challenged but I am also helped and guided greatly. I wouldn't have it any other way.

3 people found this useful Report
4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: I really enjoy always meeting new people, as I do at a school this size. It's also great that my school is very strong in many different fields, which means that my friends are all from diverse backgrounds with widely varying interests and career goals, which creates a really enriched learning environment. I would definitely choose my school if I had to do it all over again just given its friendly atmosphere, stellar academics and opportunities, and the people that I met. The only downside is that I feel like there are many things that I wish I had known about to get involved in before it is too late - freshmen really have to know how to navigate through the thousands of clubs and opportunities, and that can be hard and overwhelming.

6 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Being surrounded by like-minded people who share the same intellectual as well as recreational interests is fantastic! I have enjoyed (for the most part) my classes and my professors; the TAs aren't altogether horrible either. I am constantly surprised by how good the food is, and how beautiful the campus is, even when covered in snow and super cold. I am definitely looking forward to my next 3 years at Cornell!

4 people found this useful Report
2 College Sophomore

Local Area: TCAT is the worst in the world. Beautiful area

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Guys are great. Girls should try harder.

2 people found this useful Report
2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: From what I understand, people will start signing leases in the fall of their sophomore year in order to get a place for their junior year. You need to make friends early and be ready to jump into things. Things can get expensive and overwhelming.

Many people will choose to live in a house associated with their fraternity or sorority if they take part in Greek Life.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Going out and experiencing the party life was not something that I was over excited to do when I came to Cornell. However, I became friends with an upperclassmen, and he invited me to a party that they were having at their frat. I am so thankful that I found these people. It is one of my favorite places to go when I go out because of the people. If you can find a group of people like that, then the party scene is great! CAUTION: Always go to a party with someone you trust. As great as the people are, it is always safer to be around a friend.

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are an incredible amount of restaurants to go to off-campus. Some require a car, though there are buses that can take you there. Others are right in Collegetown. There are so many places to explore, so ask an upperclassman or a townie for some options.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Administration: Attendance can be very lenient. If you're in a large lecture, professors don't care if you show up or not. If you're getting the notes from someone else so be it. YOU are held responsible for your progress. If you decided to sleep in every day and skip lecture, that's your choice and something you need to consider for yourself. Going to lecture is a very useful tool for most students, so if you want to succeed and Cornell I highly recommend going to lecture.

If you're in a smaller class like a "discussion section" then attendance is usually mandatory. Skipping these will reflect poorly on your grades.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Food: I absolutely love the food at Cornell. It is so easy to be a vegetarian at school (much easier than it is at home.) Everything is marked very well to indicate its ingredients.

The staff everywhere are incredibly nice and welcoming.

There is always variety in the dining halls, and I highly recommend eating on West Campus! Their dining halls are the best.

3 people found this useful Report
2 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: If you happen to get lucky with Cornell's lottery system for housing, or if you have a friend that is lucky, then the housing process can be okay. From what I understand, trying to secure a spot on West Campus is extremely stressful. I was one of the unlucky ones who will have to live on North Campus for their sophomore year (primarily freshman.) Cornell guarantees housing for two years, but the "good" or "desirable" housing is out of reach for most.

2 people found this useful Report
4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Most of the options were fairly expensive, but my friends and I found a place we loved and stayed there for the two years we lived off campus.

4 Recent Alumnus

Party Scene: If I was ever looking for a party I usually had no trouble finding one.

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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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