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3 College Freshman

Local Area: Cornell is located in a decent size town with lots to do. There is a mall here with stores like Dick's, Aeropostale, Victoria Seccrets, Claire's, and many others. There are also several grocery stores in the area. There is Target, Wegman's and Walmart stores in Ithaca. Cornell hosts numerous events and there is so much to do here.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus housing is an awesome option, but pricing and location can get ridiculous. Also you have to move fast or all the good apartments will be gone. I would recommend shooting for collegetown if you want to do it, and start in the fall.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: There are lots of places to eat on campus - both all you can eat dining halls and smaller cafes that take BRBs (Big Red Bucks). Also if you get tired of on campus eateries college town has lots of awesome restaurants to choose from. Ithaca is full of foodies and the quality of most of the food here on campus is really awesome.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Girls suck here. Many ugly folks. The 10 scale does not apply here, it's a do or don't system. All the semi attractive girls let it go to their head. Good luck.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Cornell's campus is one of the most gorgeous campuses in the U.S. There is so much greenery and natural areas. And the buildings are either old and beautiful or modern and sharp. All of the facilities are clean, well kept, and up to date. We have a number of great libraries, cafes, dining halls, and study areas. There is never a boring moment here. There's always something to do and someone to do it with. We have a huge range and variety of clubs and organizations - most students I know are actively involved in at least one club.

4 College Senior

Athletics: The fan support for certain sports is great. Football and other fall sports aren't that great. But, sports including Hockey, Wrestling, Basketball, and Lacrosse are great. I can personally recommend and affirm the school spirit around the hockey team.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: There are many off campus dining options. There are an ethnically diverse array of options including options for late night food and options for where you would take your parents.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: The facilities for fun, eating, living, and socializing are always excellent at the places that I frequently visit (North Campus and Central). I know that even more exist on West Campus, where the upperclassmen live!

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Sometimes police report "forcible touching" incidents in college town or around campus.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Student centers are excellent for upper and underclassmen. Food is top in the nation.

3 Recent Alumnus

Party Scene: Nightlife is alright. There are a few bars/clubs but unless you are 21, they are hard to get into. There are also frat parties and house parties. Most of the nightlife centers around Greek Life.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: All freshman live in the same part of campus, which is a bit far from central campus, but has food selections, a gym, and other amenities. There are many different dorms, and while some are great, others are old and the amenities are poor.
Upperclassmen can live on West Campus or Collegetown dorms, but most live off campus in Collegetown apartments.

2 Recent Alumnus

Weather: It snows a lot here and is very, very cold in the winter. The summer is nice and warm, but most students aren't here during that season. The spring and fall are also quite nice, but the horrible, long winter outweighs the nice seasons.

4 Recent Alumnus

Technology: There are many computer labs throughout Cornell, from inside the many libraries, in many dorms, and also in some buildings. There is also wifi throughout the entire campus and you can print remotely from your own laptop. The only bad things is that depending on your college, you may be charged for printing.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Cornell is reasonably diverse in that although the majority of students are white, over 30% of the student population is comprised of Asian-Americans, African Americans, Hispanics, and international students, and one has the freedom to practice his/her own religion.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Pros: close to campus, cheaper than on-campus housing, diverse (from studio-sized to smaller ones) can be found by talking to upperclassmen friends
Cons: must sign the lease a year before you move in, good apartments can go fast

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4 Recent Alumnus

Majors: There are great internship opportunities are Cornell. The pay ranges depending on what type of position it is. But, given the size of the school there are seemingly endless opportunities for research or job involvement on campus. Career services will also help match you to a job off campus.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: The academics are very strong. You will be expected to work hard and learn a lot, and arguably spend more time on school work than at comparable schools.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Technology: The computer situation is pretty good. The libraries are full of computers and its fairly easy to gain access.

3 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: Drinking is a more popular activity. You have to seek out the drug scene to find it.

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: There are many options, and a few really good restaurants, but several very mediocre/generic places.

3 College Freshman

Majors: You need to have high grades and a high drive to learn. Also, extracurriculars are a must.

3 College Freshman

Majors: I've applied to a few. There are many options for my major.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: If there is anywhere you need to go around Ithaca, the TCAT bus system will take you there. There are stops all over campus. The only reason I didn't give this an A+ is because after your freshman year, you have to pay bus fare during the weekdays. They also have really convenient, inexpensive shuttles to the Syracuse airport around breaks, which is nice because Syracuse is way cheaper than Ithaca. Same with buses to NYC -- the campus-to-campus buses aren't expensive.

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3 College Freshman

Local Area: Ithaca is a very quirky, liberal town that focuses a lot on local products, most of which are cool and delicious. Collegetown and the downtown area have lots of great restaurants, and the Commons has some interesting shops, especially a great used bookstore. However, once you've seen the Commons once, you've basically seen everything -- the mall and movie theatre are both tiny, and there isn't a whole heck of a lot else to do.

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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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