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3 College Senior

Campus Housing: I only lived on campus my freshman year, and I had a fine experience. The room was a bit small, and it wasn't new or nice by any means but it was definitely livable. Definitely was excited to move out of the dorms after freshman year though. It is just easy enough to find a nicer place elsewhere for the same price.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Greek Life: I have personally had a great experience with the greek system. Its where I met all of my best friends and I can't imagine my college career without those people. Also if you're someone who likes to party (I hate to say it) but you pretty much have to be in greek life. Cops crack down pretty hard on open parties, so if you don't want to go to bars every single night greek mixers are pretty much your only option.

There is definitely some tension between the greek and non-greek community. From my perspective it seems like non-greeks have somewhat of a vendetta against the greeks, but then again I am also greek so I am probably biased. As far as I know there aren't any people within the greek system that have anything against people who chose not to join.

4 people found this useful Report
2 College Senior

Athletics: Most of our teams aren't very good. Our football team has only won one game in the past. three. years. But hockey is amazing! Go to as many games as you can. So fun. Especially if you're a girl because watching large men slam each other into walls is weirdly erotic.

4 people found this useful Report
3 College Senior

Overall Experience: Cornell has an incredibly diverse mix of people. If you can find a good crew it will make your experience exponentially better. The academics are definitely hard, but professors do want you to succeed so use them as a resource! The weather obviously sucks, there's no way around that. Don't try to be strong. By a giant puffy coat (everyone wears them I promise) and some winter boots. You'll need them. "No winter maintenance" is Cornell's November-March motto.

If you get the chance spend the summer. It will be the best time of your life hands down. Its mostly people who slacked off a little bit and like to have fun. Go to wineries, go to gorges, take a class or two and just enjoy the two and a half months of the year the Ithaca weather is pleasant.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: It's pretty safe here, but based on emails, there have been cases of campus crime.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Classes are pretty stressful and competitive.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I wouldn't know yet, but I assume it's better than average.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

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3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Very stressful but it has its moments

7 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Most of them are really nice, a couple that are pretty bad for cornell, but overall still decent

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: If youre smart, since Cornell provides great measure to make sure youre safe, youll be safe

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: If youre in Greek life its amazing. There are over 30 frats and over 10 sororities, so if you want to join, and have an open mind about where to join, getting a bid is pretty easy. The kids that don't join Greek life usually dont go out as much or do not want to make it a big part of their college experience. GDI's typically look down upon Greeks and try to interfere with greek lifes through slander and even some times direct action. In all honesty if you're not on a sports team, which has the same social opportunities as Greek life, you should definitely rush a house.

4 people found this useful Report
2 College Sophomore

Athletics: The teams are all pretty bad except for Track, Wrestling, and Hockey

7 people found this useful Report
5 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: I loved my time at Cornell, and wish that I could have had more. There's a place for pretty much anybody there.

5 people found this useful Report
4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Everyone that I know from school was able to find a job in their chosen field.

5 people found this useful Report
4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: Overall, safety is excellent. The police force is fast to respond, proactive, and professional. The most likely place to encounter a problem is in the fraternity system.

4 people found this useful Report
4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: As an underclassman, living on campus was great (especially West Campus, with its excellent facilities and multiple dining options. Many upperclassmen live off campus, but it's a college town so there's plenty of affordable housing right around the school.

7 people found this useful Report
1 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: About a third of students are involved in Greek life. It colors much of the schools social scene, and has caused some problems in the past. Of note, there have been multiple severe injuries and a hazing-related death in the fraternity system over the past few years.

15 people found this useful Report
4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: I loved my time in Ithaca. I wish that there was a bit less busywork in some of the classes, but if you're willing to put work into your education you'll reap huge benefits.

5 people found this useful Report
3 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Football is terrible, but it's fun to watch/follow lacrosse and hockey. There's big culture around the hockey games, and I had a lot of fun at them even though I had never followed or played hockey before coming to Cornell. The wrestling team also has a strong history, but is more of a niche sport.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Cornell is the best combination of an intimate, Ivy league education in a large enough university to have a lot of opportunties.

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Based on the median salary income and signing bonus of MBA students exiting the program, I'm not particularly worried about how in demand I will be.

4 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Ithaca is an incredibly safe community, I've never felt my personal safety threatened.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I've never lived on campus so I'm not super familiar with what that experience is like.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I've neve had much experience with the greek system.

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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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