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5 College Sophomore

Local Area: I love Ithaca! Collegetown is right outside of west campus and has a performing arts center, restaurants, and some stores. The Commons, only a short bus ride, has more interesting shops and great places to eat. Downtown is nice as well. Ithaca also has festivals at different times of the year, my favorite is Apple Fest. :)

14 people found this useful Report
2 College Sophomore

Parking: the parking lots are so far away from everything! and it costs a pretty penny for a parking permit. My tip, leave the cars at home

6 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Transportation: I love the TCAT, it takes you to many useful points on campus. However the buses do get behind sometimes so make sure you aren't cutting it to close to class.

7 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life dominates because the frats host most of the parties to attend.
But contrary to popular Greek belief—you can have a social life without being in a frat/sorority. However, the frats host the major (and minor) parties, and if you're not involved in Greek life it can be pretty difficult to get into them. There is a pretty big social divide between Greeks and non-Greeks.

20 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Transportation: There are buses that run through the central campus that can take you where you live with ease. As a freshman, you are given 24/7 free access to the TCAT bus system of Ithaca until the beginning of your sophmore year. From then on, the 24/7 access is limited to the weekends, but you are given free access everyday weekday after 6pm. The free access pass is included with your student ID card, and can be used to travel anywhere the TCAT bus system can travel.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: If you are not very familiar with the process and you are already a student on campus, there are resources to help you with the application process on campus. However, if you are a high school senior planning on attending the university, then getting help via phone or email can be irritating if you are expecting anything close to an immediate response. As the deadline for the application approaches, the financial aid office becomes more tied up with the large population of incoming undergraduates, so it's best to assemble all the questions you can think of before you contact the office of financial aid so that you can be on your way in one contact attempt. How smoothly the process will go for an applicant depends on how easy it is for the applicant to gather all the forms necessary.

15 people found this useful Report
5 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Off campus dining at Cornell is great. Collegetown has a plethora of restaurants to eat at. There's a wide variety quick of choices from pizza to burritos to Chinese food. There's also a fair number of nicer sit down places if you're interested in a more formal meal. The costs are fair and the quality of the food very high.

7 people found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Scholarships: I don't receive financial aid, however many people that I know do. From what I've heard, Cornell is extremely accommodating to those in need. Were it not for the efforts of the financial aid program there are a great number of deserving and hard working people who would not have the opportunity to receive such a quality education.

5 people found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Academics: It's Cornell University, so obviously it's not a walk in the park. The curriculum is challenging. The professors give you a lot of responsibility and expect a lot of you. But it's nothing you shouldn't be able to handle. With proper time management and good study skills, everything is manageable. There are excellent resources on campus to help you succeed, all you need to do is put in the effort to reach out to them.

38 people found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Technology: The computer labs on campus are an invaluable resource. There so many located all over campus, making them accessible to everyone. They are well kept and up-to-date. If though most people have their own laptops the computers are still regularly used by a majority of the campus.

4 people found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Academics: My experience so far as an engineer has been pretty good. The first two years were difficult, but necessary to determine who really is fit for this career. Now as an upperclassman I am finding my classes much more focused and enjoyable. The professors are more animated, the material more engaging. It was definitely worth the wait and worth the pain of pushing through those weed out semesters.

6 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Greek Life: I'm not sure how the grade is supposed to reflect Greek life, but I chose it to mean that Greek life has a huge influence in my school.With 37 social fraternities, 12 social sororities, 13 cultural Greek organizations, and many more professional fraternities, almost everyone SOME type of Greek. Most of the social Greek organizations have large on-campus university owned houses, and other Greek organizations usually arrange their own housing. It's a big part of social life here, and the biggest sources for students who wish to partake in underage drinking.

1 person found this useful Report
1 College Junior

Drug Safety: Greek life is very big in Cornell, and therefore the drug scene is also pretty big. Drinking is an extremely popular activity, and alcohol visibility is high in areas near frat houses and around campus, with varying degrees, from Wednesday night to Saturday night.

11 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Health & Safety: It's pretty safe on campus. The lighting is good, there are usually always a lot of people around, and emergency telephones are well labelled and easy to spot. However, once in awhile we do get emails regarding "forceable touchings" and other things, which makes everyone somewhat uneasy.

1 person found this useful Report
1 College Junior

Weather: It's basically winter time from the end of October to the end of April. It snows a lot, but classes never get cancelled. When it's not snowing, it rains a lot. But I didn't give the weather an F because when it IS nice outside, it is absolutely beautiful.

10 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Academics: Classes are challenging and most freshmen classes tend to be in huge auditorium like rooms because of the amount of students taking them. However, these classes always have a small discussion which makes it easier to interact with the material and ask questions and professors are always readily available to talk and will reschedule office hours with you if you ask.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Most guys are the cliche kind of guy that comes from a well to do family. The same goes for the girls. They all are pretty and good looking. People do tend to have a varying amount of interests which is good for the social atmosphere because even though everyone tends to be from the same kind of "pretty looking" atmosphere you get people who you can relate with no matter who you are.

22 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: The restaurants off campus are costly and can sometimes be a sort of cultural disappointment, if you know what I mean. There are nice little snack areas in College Town like College Town Bagels and a Boba/Bubble Tea place.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Academics: I'm an Environmental Science of Sustainability major and I really like how all of my classes even the general requirements, are very hands on courses. There is not a class you take that doesn't teach you a new technique that would be handy for you if you went out in the research field.

2 people found this useful Report
3 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: It depends what social circle you are in. There are a lot of fraternities/sororities but there are also theater kids, athletes, etc. so it just depends who you surround yourself with.

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: There are a bunch of restaurants in the area. A lot of asian and american food. People usually eat on campus because we have great dining options. The price is comparable to a city.

3 Recent Alumnus

Local Area: It's pretty remote but there's a lot of outdoor hiking areas, wineries, swimming holes etc. Not a lot of shopping. It's a college town.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Senior

Campus Food: The dining hall food is pretty good, but it usually upsets my stomach so I avoid eating there. There are a lot of little cafes around campus also so you can get something quick for lunch.

1 person found this useful Report
1 College Senior

Parking: Parking on campus sucks. The passes are very expensive and it's impossible to find a spot. You're better off taking the bus or riding your bike to class if you live farther away.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: I have never felt unsafe on campus, but things have happened. I go running at night by myself, and I've been fine. You just have to be smart.

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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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