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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Freshmen Housing – Freshmen don't get much of an option of where they live. Every freshman lives on North Campus, which is nice, it provides a sense of community. Most people live in the dorms. Some dorms are better than others, but all pretty good. Then there is program housing, which you can apply to if you want, but some people get thrown in there without choice.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Runs Everything – Yup i thin that says it all, the greeks run everything.

2 College Freshman

Party Scene: What? Yeah Um Its All Frat Driven – Yeah, What? on a saturday night if you are not studying you are at a Frat, and if you are not at a frat you are trying to find a frat that will let you in. Bottom line. The Frats run the social scene.

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4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: If your fat, you cannot survive here, really. I have seen one obese kid on campus and he stand out like a sore thumb against all of the well toned bodies of the students of Cornell. We walk up an down hills all day, so exercise is built into our schedules, you really have to try to be overweight. Beyond that, there are a lot of uninteresting people, people i would not find emotionally attractive. Physically speaking though: the girls are great, the guys could use some improvement. There are a long of lanky nerdy types, mainly around the engineering campus, and a ton of farm boys ... and girls hanging around the Ag School. The really attractive people are in hotel

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1 College Freshman

Transportation: Can You Say TCAT – Seriously, you would think with the amount of money Cornell has they could put in place an efficient transport system that runs on time. We use the county's public transport system, which is fine considering Cornell and IC make up most of the county, but to get down town, to the groceries, or to the airport, is inconvenient and takes hours. A car is needed, but the school charges a ton of money for students to park on campus. There is enough space for use to build more parking, but I guess I guess Cornell is just hungry for more dinero.

3 College Freshman

Administration: After last years death, there has been a lot of buckling down on underage drinking on campus, particularly in frats. First semester freshmen are "banned" from frats, but no one takes that seriously and any parties at the chapter house must have a faculty member present to check Cornell ID and verify the year of the student.

3 College Freshman

Academics: Enrollment Sucks, Profs Are Good, Classes Are Huge, Difficulty ... Overrated – I was surprised when I first started class at Cornell how easy it was. I flew through without a challenge. Given Cornell's excellent reputation, I would have thought that the classes would have been a lot tougher, but I guess that just speaks to the diversity of students at the university. Some students are brilliant, others make you wonder why most of your high school class did not get in. One thing that struck me is that i did not have a class under 20. I went to an elite private high school where the average class size was under 10 students. The sudden growth in the number of students in my lectures was shocking to say the least, and was he real challenge that I had to overcome. The profs were good, not great, but good. The course enrollment system needs work. We currently use an online course enrollment software that crashes whenever course enrollment time comes around, it is really frustrating.

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4 College Senior

Overall Experience: Cornell University has given me the best three and a half years of my life. I have met incredible people, learned so much, and have had experiences of a lifetime. When I look back on my experiences at Cornell, I wouldn't change anything about it. I had my ups and downs,academically, socially, and professionally, but I love the school. The Professors in the School of Hotel Administration genuinely care about their students and want to see them succeed and grow.

3 College Senior

Athletics: Non Athlete Commenting on Sports – I am not an athlete by any means, but from what I can see the two sports that are the most important at Cornell are Hockey, Football, and Basketball. There is a lot of school spirit within these sports, but definitely shared only by a percentage of the student population.

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5 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: There are many options in Collegetown for dining. Japanese, Thai, and Indian seem to be the most prevalent cuisines offcampus. Many Cornell students order off of campusfood.com which sometimes has discounts such as 10% off orders or a couple of dollars off. The discounts are never amazing and the food is not usually cheap. If one wants to order out and get deliver, one is usually spending at least $12. However, when the stress is high, many students are looking for meals and not sandwiches or wraps and will buy meals. Collegetown Bages (CTB) is probably the most visited location since it is located at the corner where collegetown really begins on College Avenue. CTB is the "place to be" since they sell bagels, sandwiches, wraps, breakfast meals, smoothies, etc etc.

Overall, offcampus dining is not cheap, but I will say that Cornell Collegetown is a lot more frequented than Downtown Ithaca...

5 College Freshman

Majors: cornell love economics and economics loves cornell. amazing faculty and research opportunities. pretty easy and exciting major.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: Buses Are the Way to Go – the buses are great for getting around town, a problem occurs when you want to get out of ithaca, besides some buses there are very few options to get you home. luckily ithaca has an airport if you can deal with the cost of flying.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: i guess some people may miss a successful football team but the hockey totally makes up for it. i would encourage anyone at cornell to get season hockey tickets, it's an amazing display of school spirit and the team is great!

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4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: The Guys – the guys at cornell are extremely varied from frat bros to nerdy engineers (and even fratty engineers). it's not that easy to find a relationship but there are plenty of eligible guys on campus.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: Cool Town – Ithaca is a great place to be most people are friendly and there are lots of things to do. Ithaca is very accepting of the Cornell Community.

1 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drugs Are Rampant – The title says it all. Drugs are so popular at Cornell, it's impossible to never come across it. D for Drugs.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Non-"All You Can Eat" Locations – The food itself is an A. The order-made sandwiches are amazing at Goldie's and Ivy Room's Asian is great. However, it's all very pricey and inconvenient.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Nice rooms, plenty of variety. However, it's not uncommon that girls burst into tears and run to the bathroom. "Stressful" would be an understatement.

5 College Senior

Party Scene: Great Greek Scene – Party party party! Something going on at least days days a week.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Sports Are Fun, Not Center – Sports aren't the biggest thing. Homecoming is not a must-go-to event. Hockey and basketball are pretty big, but it's not a school phenomenon. There's a lot of sports though, and we have a decent reputation. Go Big Red!

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: This school is probably one of the most diverse campuses in the nation. There is people from every single corner of the globe. It's a large school, so it's easier to incorporate different cultures and such.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: On Campus – The food is good, but expensive. The best places to eat are the ones you must pay out of pocket, not using your id.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Could Do Better – Its an isolating place and very restrictive. Its hard to study what you want because you can't major across schools, some subjects dont have minors, and each school has its own unique requirements to fulfill. To have a social life - being a part of greek is a must. West campus housing sucks - living in collegetown is much better. I honestly wish I had went somewhere else - I would've been much happier living in a place where everyone actually cares about each other, I actually know my professors, and the classes aren't as large/ poorly organized (at times).

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3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Greek Rules – Nearly all the parties take place at frats - although now they are starting to move to collegetown houses because new restrictions have destroyed frat parties. Greek has turned in on itself - mixing and partying only with its members and not really providing opportunities to meet new people. There are a few bars that are always options but some are cruddy. Walking is always a requirement for anything unless you have a bus pass

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Good Food but Poor Plans – The food is good and it offers variety on campus - which is good because there aren't many other places you can get to without a car. However, living in dorms beyond the freshman year requires you to have certain meal plans that are way too much and a waste of money, especially since they don't fit with a normal student routine of being on central campus during school hours. Food anywhere can get old and it does here too.

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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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