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2 College Freshman

Greek Life: I am not personally involved in Greek life at Cornell, for various reasons that I have pondered over for some time. I have observed Greek life to be cliquey and also to cause social and even legal problems on campus or just between students in general. I know for a fact that hazing is common in the Greek life at Cornell, due to the fact that some people I know in fraternities have confessed to being hazed, quite badly in fact. Greek life members lie, cheat, act like sexual predators, put down others, objectify women, use hardcore drugs, and otherwise influence their members and those around them to do wrong. I am very unimpressed with the social impact of Greek life on our campus.

8 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Athletics: I am not personally a big fan of college athletics, so I may not be the best person to give this review. What I can say is that from what I've heard, the football team is definitely below par. Many people who are students at Cornell make fun of their own football team on a regular basis. However, the hockey team is quite a big deal, and much hype surrounds it each year. There is significant school spirit when it comes to that particular sport. Other than that, most people I know are fairly oblivious about the athletics.

5 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Cornell is a unique school, full of students who only dreamed of going to an Ivy League institution and also students who are only there because they couldn't get into Harvard or Yale. This causes humility and modesty in some, or pride and frustration in others. Even so, it does happen to have one of the more down-to-earth cultures out of the Ive League schools. Another good thing about Cornell is its inclusion of such a variety of subjects in its course roster, which is fairly typical of a high-ranking university, but the unique part is the fact that the variety is backed up by skilled professors and solid programs in each of the subjects. This creates for many good opportunities in many different fields, should you be unsure of your academic direction when you begin attending Cornell. Overall, it is simply a great institution and I have had a positive experience there.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Health & Safety: I have not experienced any unsafe situations on campus

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Overall Experience: There are lots of great courses taught by professors who are very passionate about their field and are well published. I don't know about the rest of the campus, but Johnson has easily accessible professors who are very focused on everyone getting what they want to out of each class.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Senior

Health & Safety: You get a decent amount of crime alert emails during your time here. Not a ton, a ton. Maybe once or twice a month. Most of the time its little things, but there's usually 3 or 4 sexual assault or violent crimes a year. Mostly drunk frat boys, but there have been issues with locals breaking into peoples houses in the past...if you're safe and lock your doors there's nothing to worry about. Honestly in the 3 years I've lived in collegetown I've never locked my doors and never had problems, but it is better to be safe than sorry. Do as I say not as I do!

6 people found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Overall Experience: Freshman and sophomore year can be a little rough depending on your major since you're likely just fulfilling pre-reqs and distribution requirements, but, even though they've definitely been the most difficult and time consuming, my upper level major classes have been incredible.

The professors are incredibly knowledgable - usually experts in their field - and really truly love their subjects AND being professors. Not once during my entire Cornell experience have I ever felt like the faculty was just interested in conducting their research. They really, truly want the students to learn and succeed. Are they sometimes hard on them? Yes. Does it make us smarter, better students? Yes.

8 people found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Overall Experience: The career services here are great. Most people I know who find jobs and internships find them through companies who reach out to Cornell for applicants. Part of going here is paying for the name but it definitely makes a difference. If you put in the effort to applying for things you will get an offer I promise.

3 people found this useful Report
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.

3 people 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.

5 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.

6 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.

2 people 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.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Classes are pretty stressful and competitive.

4 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

8 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.

5 people found this useful Report
2 College Sophomore

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

8 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.

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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
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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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