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Reviews 1677 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Student

Drug Safety: At Cornell the most prevalent seen drug use is alcohol, however even this is only used by select groups of people. There is very little peer-pressure to join in this behavior.

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4 College Junior

Drug Safety: A lot of people drink, but if you don't drink, it's perfectly fine. I'm sure there are hard drugs going on all the time, but not in the open, or at open parties.

2 College Junior

Party Scene: Greek parties are limited now since rules have become much stricter. That used to be where most underclassmen would go. Now they either need to know someone in a fraternity, be in one or a sorority, or find something in Collegetown if they are looking to go out. The TCAT buses run all the time and are free to all students at night which is helpful since the campus is so large. There are quite a few bars in Collegetown that are pretty popular and that is where most of the nightlife has moved to recently.

11 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Academics: The Biology and Society major is great for someone interested in science but also the social, culture, humanities side of science. It is flexible to just about any interest you have and multiple courses fulfill the major requirements. The workload varies from class to class depending on if it is a science or humanities course. The program staff are very helpful as well. This can help prepare you for a career in anything from science journalism to medicine. Emails are also sent out when career opportunities arise that may be of interest to students.

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4 College Junior

Academics: I'm in Arts and Sciences, and there is a lot of freedom as far as choosing classes to take. The distribution requirements are pretty easy to get done (with the exception of the language one). You can take a class on pretty much anything you want.

5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Awesome! You will love them here. You will have lots of time to socialize and the people are awesome.

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2 College Sophomore

Majors: I am an engineer, and the curriculum is absolutely hellish. The program is the hardest program in one of the hardest schools in the nation. Especially compared to engineers elsewhere and other Cornellians, you will find yourself resenting almost everyone else for their lack of work and simplicity of their classwork. However, graduating from Cornell's engineering school is supposed to be ticket to major bank.

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2 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking is incredibly expensive, although there are typically plenty of free parking spaces. Expect a ticket whenever you park in any area that you don't have a permit for, even for 15 minutes. Renting out parking spots from fraternities is typically a much cheaper bet.

1 College Sophomore

Weather: It's fairly miserable here weather-wise. It's gray and very cold for a vast majority of the school year, which, even when it's not precipitating, makes walks around campus hellish and contributes to temporary depression for many students.

12 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: On-campus dining is probably above-average for a college, but gets a little tired after a while. Few students continue living on campus as upper-classmen, and end up cooking in apartments or on fraternity/sorority meal plans.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Freshman are issued free bus passes for the year, so transportation both on and off campus is expedited. Cabs are outrageously expensive in Ithaca and hardly ever on time if you try to arrange them previously. Bring a bike! Campus is hilly, but very bike friendly. All main roads on campus have a bike lane.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: There's always something Greek related happening on campus, whether it is a party, fundraiser, or volunteer event. One-third of the undergraduate student body is involved formally in Greek life, but it is definitely possible to engage more moderately without formally rushing.

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3 College Senior

Drug Safety: People smoke weed on campus, but that's probably about it. You need to actively look for it to find it.

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3 College Senior

Athletics: Hockey is the only sport people are really enthusiastic. We had a good basketball run a few years ago, but that's died down.

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4 College Freshman

Party Scene: There are always fraternity events every weekend. If you look hard enough, it will be easy to find a fraternity party any day of the week. After you turn 21 most of the weekday nightlife occurs at the bars. Because of how many people we have, thrres always something to do

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4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: The most prevalent style is preppy/affluent, but thanks to the undergraduate diversity there are individuals from every style. People tend to be well groomed with a high priority on personal appearance

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: While this school lacks the strong football atmosphere at large state schools, we have a strong hockey following with support for the lacrosse teams and to some extent the wrestling team when they do well

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Strong Greek life with more options then most places. The large number of fraternities ensures a good fit for everyone in the house while the large sororities offer extensive friend networks for females

3 College Junior

Athletics: With multiple fitness centers, courts, and fields, it's pretty easy to at least play most sports for just recreation. Club sports tend to be very competitive and thus limited in participation, but intramurals is still large and popular despite budget cuts that have resulted in the removal of a few sports (ice hockey being the biggest case).

Varsity sports as a whole aren't nearly as good compared to schools like Stanford, Syracuse, etc. Some of that may be because Ivy League schools don't offer any form of scholarships, but some teams still stand out as being very competitive nationally--men and women's ice hockey, wrestling, and men's lacrosse. Unfortunately, with the exception of men's hockey games, school spirit is fairly lacking, and these teams usually fall short of winning anything big (see: men's hockey last night against Quinnipiac and last year against Ferris State).

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3 College Senior

Weather: A lot of people complain about the snow here, but it's not too bad if you're from the north east. If you're from Cali, don't expect it to be sunny 24/7.

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4 College Senior

Drug Safety: There is not a lot of drug doing or dealing. Alcohol is pretty popular, but it's pretty rare to see other drugs or illegal substances around unless you're hanging out with the wrong crowd.

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3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: The restaurants here aren't the greatest either because of the cost or quality. The Subway is nice, but you can get tired of eating it after a while. If you live in collegetown, it's probably better if you cooked your own food.

4 College Senior

Scholarships: It was a very smooth experience and they've really only made one mistake during my time here so far. But they were very friendly and were very quick to make corrections. They're pretty generous with need-based grants.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: There are so many sports on campus. Everyone can participate in any of them. It is great because people on campus are active all the time.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: There is diversity here. I do agree that most people are white, but I'm half white and half latino in which case it doesn't bother me. I do think that some people feel left out because of their racial background but I think that the school is getting more diverse every year.

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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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