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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Raging: Encouraged but Optional – Drinking, especially within the fraternity scene, if very noticeable. However, parties are very fun if that is what you are looking for. Hard drugs, not including marijuana, are hardly noticeable.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Fun, Inspiring, Challenging – Cornell has the balance between rigorous academics and a sprawling student life down to a science. I am convinced anyone could come here and find their niche. If you are disappointed, you didn't look enough at what is offered.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Majors: Psych--big major. CU is mostly research-focused, so not many clinical courses offered.

Faculty are genuinely interested in their fields, and ridiculously smart. Some are more dedicated to students while others are mostly research/engagement-oriented, and many fall in between.

That being sad, psych can be tiring at times but if you're genuinely interested, you'll have a great time. Recommended: classes by Regan, Gilovich, Pizarro, Zayas, Goldstein, and Cutting.

4 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: Pretty Diverse. More culturally diverse than economically (at least it appeared that way). Very religiously diverse (lots of different services/groups on campus), and LGBT has a strong presence.
Great thing is that minority students are an active voice on campus, and fight inequality when it occurs.

4 Recent Alumnus

Parking: Free on Weekends – Free on weekends, but during the week it's tough to avoid getting tickets.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Some Sports Are for Everyone, Others Are Not – Some sports like Ice Hockey are very huge and are popular. Big games are often a major event at Cornell University. However, other sports are not as popular and are overshadowed by more popular sports.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: Expensive and Inconvenient – I don't have a car, but my friends lament having brought cars to campus all the time. Parking is something like $600, and there's barely any parking near academic buildings, so it's not even worth it to drive to class.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Not as Bad as It Could Be! For a school full of nerds, Cornell actually has some great looking guys and girls. You'll find most of them involved in Greek life, but there are also some hot GDIs (I'm dating one!)

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Dining Is Good – The Dining is pretty good at Cornell. In the dining hall sit is like an ok all you can eat buffet restaurant not great but good for a dining hall. The a la carte dining options are good with a lot of good variety in the where you can choose to go and what you can get at the various locations.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Libraries Are Excellent – The libraries at Cornell are excellent with many offering different options in what you may want or need with some open all night long. Some could use more electrical plugs to make them more convenience but others make up for it with many things which make students life easier. Mann library is in my opinion the most modern one and therefore most useful for studying in some regards Uris is better especially because it is open all night on weekdays.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: College Town and the Commons – Both the college town area and the commons in ithaca have a good amount of restaurants of different types at good prices and the food is usually good. Both locations are fairly close to campus and there is a good variety between cheap and expensive restaurants to keep people happy.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There Is a Lot of Variety – You can live close or far from campus in a nice house or a small apartment. There are many choices, but you have to decide early because if you wait until the last minute, you will not have many choices because availability decreases quickly because there are so many students.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Many Types of Dorms – Freshman year, you do not get to choose where you live, but rather your dorm is assigned. Nonetheless, there is a large variety of dorms, and each has its benefits and detriments. For future years, you can enter the housing lottery, which is not great. However, sophomores are guaranteed housing but that does not mean you are guaranteed a good dorm.

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5 College Freshman

Diversity: Many International Students – At Cornell, there are many international students from many different countries. In fact, they even have a dorm called the International Living Center which has a mix of international and American students living together. Though I did not live in this dorm, I visited it a lot, and it was a great environment for meeting people from all over the world.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Great Variety – There are tons of places to eat off campus at Cornell. When the dining halls become a tad too familiar, my friends and I either walk to Collegetown where there are dozens of quaint, unique places to eat, or hop in the car and go to more typical, chain restaurants. Food is not hard to find, and it is easy to get just what you're craving.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Large Campus – There are buses running all the time, even at night.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: There are definitely Greek life at Cornell and they are outgoing and create many events. Although there is a lot of Greek life, it is not too overbearing. There are also many people who arent a part of Greek life, so there is always a place where one will fit. Greek students are views as outgoing, friendly and cheerful, but everyone around here are like that too!

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4 College Freshman

Transportation: Buses Are a Great Option – Once you get the bus schdule down, it is easy to catch a bus. Buses run regularly and even later on weekends which is a great plus for those who like to go out late on weekends. It is easily accesible and not too expensive. There are many routes buses take and you can get to almost anywhere. Without a car is no problem.

1 College Freshman

Weather: Epic Winters – The only reason I didn't give this an F is because I hear the summers are really beautiful here. Other than that the winters are notoriously bad. Im quote on quote "used to the cold" but that doesnt help when u have to go dinner in it and walk to class in it when the TCAT bus gets too full to pick up more people. The weather is also known to be bipolar. IN one week I saw rain, hail, snow, and sunny skies.

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3 College Freshman

Administration: It's Pretty Cool – the RAs are laid back, the police dont so much unless they have to break up parties. but even then they only really enforce punishments if they have to (i.e. u r under 21 with a drink in hand). They dont seem to go looking to give everybody a citation. I have heard of them to sometimes racially profile though.

2 College Freshman

Local Area: Nothing Much Outside the Campus – Great for hippy people, but the small,isolated atmosphere probably isn't a great fit for city people such as myself. Beautiful, with lots of lakes, gorges (which I had never even heard of before coming to Cornell) and hills make it pretty aesthetically pleasing. Collegetown is a joke, nothing to do there unless you're into the bar scene and even then those are closing down left and right. Great pita place there though. All in all, beautiful but boring.

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3 College Junior

Transportation: Bus Service – buses run along west campus, charge for buses except for freshman

3 College Junior

Local Area: Laid Back – Pretty low key, quiet, not much happening, shopping is OK if you have a car.

3 College Junior

Academics: Operations Research – Operations research at Cornell is extremely theoretical and math-based. Applied classes are usually left to senior year. Even then, they are not very applied.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The school is very difficult for course work, but the rewards offered by the opportunities are certainly worth it. The student body is very intelligent, and I cannot imagine getting a better education at any other school.

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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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