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Reviews 1677 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Nothing amazing, but you'll be okay. Housing lottery is a nightmare, though.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Quite safe. Don't be an idiot and you should be fine.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Local Area: Would never live here. Nothing to do.

6 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Administration: The administration is very harsh on greek life and has been working hard to crack down on the fraternities for anything they can. They are very strict with hazing and if any incidents of hospitalization due to underage drinking occur the houses are likely to get suspended or kicked off. Additionally the police give out parking tickets like they're candy. If you are parked illegally for more than 10 minutes you will get a ticket every time.

3 College Junior

Local Area: Ithaca is beautiful place to live, especially in the summer and fall. The winter months are pretty rough though. There is a lot of stuff to do when the weather is nice but there isn't as much cultural/indoor recreational activity as I would want.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Scholarships: I did not qualify for financial aid, but the people who really, really need it do.

4 College Junior

Party Scene: If you are a part of greek life you are pretty much guaranteed to have a place (probably mixer) to go to Thursday, Friday and Saturday night for the whole year. During the nice months there are also a ton of darties which are super fun. Most events take place at either the fraternity houses or their collegetown annexes.

9 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Majors: I have not had an internship yet (hoping to secure one for the upcoming summer) but the people I know who have gotten internships have not had very much trouble finding them. Cornell has a huge number of companies that recruit here and the CCNET network is incredibly helpful. If you sign up and enter your information you will get emails (normally at least 5 a week) about possible jobs and internships that are applicable to you.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Majors: Obviously admissions is competitive, but once you are in your respective college it is pretty easy to select your concentration. (At least for the engineering school) All you have to do to declare a concentration is do a one page application and get it reviewed by the department, but if you have taken the required classes and have the minimum GPA you will get in. For general admissions the most important things are probably grades and test scores, but most of the people here also have that "something special" to set them apart. If you don't think you have anything that necessarily distinguishes you from other applicants it would be advisable to apply early decision.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Greek Life: I chose to be a part of greek life and I absolutely love it. With second semester rush you have time to adjust to the school before having to commit to joining a house, which was nice. There is a pretty big gap between the greek community and the rest of campus. For the most part if you are not in a house it is pretty difficult to get into frat parties, but there are come open parties during the year that most people don't have a ton of trouble getting into if they want to be there (especially girls).

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Living off campus is awesome because it puts you really close to all of the good food places and bars and parties, but the quality of the houses is pretty low and they are very expensive for what they are.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: This past year (2014) there seem to have been a rise in crime reports - mostly break ins in collegetown when people don't remember to lock their houses. Sexual assault doesn't seem to be any more of an issue here than it is at other schools and the Cornell community has a very good support network for victims.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of really good non-chain restaurants in addition to the classics (i.e. Chipotle, Panera, McDonalds, etc.). They're pretty affordable and there's a ton of variety - lots of different varieties of Asian (so much good sushi), Mediterranean, Greek, American and some good Mexican and Italian a little further from campus.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: I wasn't interested in a big sporty school. Its perfect here at Cornell.

1 person found this useful Report
1 College Freshman

Scholarships: Dont make any mistakes the first time because they ignore corrections. Speak with customer service as they are slightly more helpful. I wish I had better advice but my experience is that the office is mean and not willing to help. Keep all copies of emails and watch for improprieties.

6 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: From what I've heard, housing in Collegetown and in the Commons is ridiculously expensive. A lot of people do choose to move off campus after their sophomore - or even freshman - year.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Academics: No complaints about any of the professors. All of the ones I've encountered have been very smart and happy to help. However, some of the lower-level math classes are taught by TAs, which I hear is unpleasant. Also, a lot of the work assigned is busywork, which is annoying to have to do when you have more important things on your plate.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Ithaca has more restaurants per capita than New York City (they're very proud of this and will tell you several times if you tour Cornell)! It's a very easy place to have dietary restrictions. There are all kinds of restaurants in Collegetown, and many of them have vegetarian, kosher, and halal options.

1 person found this useful Report
2 College Freshman

Athletics: No one really cares about much besides the hockey team.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: How good your housing situation is depends on how where you live fits your personality. Some people are the kind of party animals associated with Donlon; some are the more reserved Balch type. All freshman housing (with the exception of Risley) is a bit of a hike from classes. The rooms are generally pretty large and clean, and I have yet to see a really awful bathroom.

7 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Local Area: Ithaca is a small town with a lot of left-over hippies, which makes for an interesting place to explore, but its not the most gifted with culture. It's great if you're into hiking or camping, as it's the middle of nowhere.

3 people found this useful Report
2 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Dorm security is VERY lax. All it takes is one swipe of an ID card to get in; there's no actual human security presence, and if you're standing outside a dorm someone will usually let you in.

6 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is HUGE. Starting as early as orientation, one of the first questions you'll be asked upon meeting someone is whether or not you're rushing. However, you definitely don't have to go Greek to get into and enjoy their parties, which are generally a good time. You don't hear much about Greek philanthropy.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Party Scene: don't really party so can't give accurate depiction but most parties happen at frats.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Majors: Cornell is based on the premise any person any study, so you can find a plethora of majors to study here.

4 people 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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