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Reviews 1418 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: Very Diverse – You see people from all over the world here at Cornell, and international students as well from everywhere from China, Pakistan, Israel, Greece, to Alaska, Brazil, and Canada. For example, when my friends and I go to the dining hall for dinner, usually just looking around the table, you'll find someone from 5 or 6 different ethnicities.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Freshman Options Aren't the Best – All freshman live on North Campus but not always in the best housing. Even though some of the housing is old, it's a great atmosphere for freshman to live together. Other options after freshman year, like West Campus and Cascadilla, are much better and newer. After sophomore year, a lot of people get off campus housing in Collegetown. There are plenty of great apartments and houses in Ithaca if you put in the time to find the hidden deals.

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2 College Freshman

Administration: I hear tons of stories about people doing things they shouldn't, but I never hear anything about people getting caught for it. One time I saw a cop stop a group of guys and take a drink out of each of their water bottles, but that's about it.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: 1/3 of Students in Greek Society – Greek life dominates Cornell. Most attractive girls and guys I know are in a fraternity or sorority. There are a ton of choices as well. The fraternities are definitely the place to party on campus. As a non-Greek I would say that they enjoy their parties but most are not stuck up about being a brother or sister.

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3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Pretty Good Selection – There are attractive guys everywhere you look. And the cool thing about going to an Ivy League is that almost everyone is smart, ambitious and will most likely be successful in life. There are quite a few nerdy boys, but you will also find well-dressed athletes. There is pretty much every type of person here.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: Pretty Good – busses are usually on time, but the times at which they come are slightly annoying.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Pretty Good – the food is pretty good, and there is no shortage of places.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: At first the food seems great, but as a freshman it does get boring. Constantly eating at North Campus is a bore, but as you explore there are plenty of good places to eat at.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I received a fantastic aid from the school I cant complain.

2 College Sophomore

Diversity: Great school diverse learning environment and student body is somewhat diverse.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Depends on How Much Money You Have – Cornell has excellent financial aid, but rarely gives scholarships. So if you have a lot of money, then you won't get much aid, but if you don't have much, you can go for free. Personally, I'd describe myself as middle to upper middle class and I got half the price covered. As far as smoothness, I didn't have any real issues, though I know some who have had quite a headache too

5 College Sophomore

Technology: Wifi and Interenet Unbelievably Fast – There are tons of computer labs with quality computers all across campus in the over 20 libraries, the community centers, houses, and then some more, so if you want, you can find a computer. Plenty of people go without personal printers, and if need be, you could go without a computer. Whats really impressive though is how fast the internet is, I have to come across any faster connections, and WiFi is just about everywhere.

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5 College Student

Scholarships: Cornell is excellent about financial aid. It gives more financial aid than most colleges in the country. If you really need financial help to attend Cornell, Cornell will gladly help. I know a few people who have free tuition and room and board. When they graduate, they will not owe Cornell any money.

Also, if you are a NY resident, you receive a discount on tuition for the ILR school or CALS school.

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5 College Student

Overall Experience: Cornell is an amazing university. It offers so many opportunities and gives you a great education. The university sets up a lot of activities and there are a ton of clubs.

The waterfalls and nature scenes are also gorgeous and I see them every weekday on the way to class.

Students are friendly so it's easy to find your place and make friends. Also, most professors are very kind and genuinely love what they teach.

4 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: Freshmen must live together in North Campus (on-campus) and can choose to live on West Campus (on-campus) as sophomores.

Off-campus housing is more popular for juniors and seniors. It can cost less than living on Cornell's housing plans. However, it is hard to find parking when traveling from off-campus to class.

4 College Junior

Scholarships: Very Reasonable. I'm from a family of creative types, so money has always been a concern for us. I've gotten a great financial package from Cornell with my need and my GPA, and I've also earned a few private scholarships to supplement that. I'm in the midst of looking for summer financial aid, though, and that has proven somewhat frustrating.

2 College Junior

Weather: It's the Northeast. I am actually being charitable here since a lot of people would give Cornell much lower grades. But yeah, it's the Northeast, so it's cold a lot of the time (requiring one to wear several layers) and the wind and rain/snow can make getting to classes a real pain. And since I have SAD, I have to gird myself particularly against the February/March gloom. But fall and spring are lovely when there's no precipitation, and winter days with gentle snow are magical. Everyone complains about the weather, but I couldn't handle being without seasons.

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3 College Junior

Athletics: Go Big Red! or Not. Athletics are encouraged at Cornell, and we do have many wonderful athletic facilities. There is a lot of spirit when it comes to our teams, particularly hockey and basketball (especially after we made it to the Sweet 16 last year!) There are lots of great PE classes too, that I regularly take advantage of. However, the divide between the athletic and non-athletic communities couldn't be starker. I wish that weren't the case.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Excellent Aid but Bad Policies – This college requires the CSS profile, which was a huge headache for my mother to fill out. Without her help, I would have never have been able to fill it out. Another annoying thing about their financial aid is that they only allow scholarships to cover work study components of the aid package; not the EFC. This made me angry because I have to pay the EFC by myself, without the help of parents. Nevertheless, they did give me MUCH better aid than another private New York college: Syracuse University.

1 College Freshman

Parking: There is almost no parking by actual halls and buildings with classes. Bringing a car to school is pretty much pointless; taking the bus or walking are much better options.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: Small Program With Interesting Instructors – I'm an interior design major (option of the Design and Environmental Analysis major.)With about 15 or fewer students each year, we get one-on-one interaction with skilled professors. The workload is manageable, but challenging. However, with the small size of the major, and its placement in the College of Human Ecology, I feel there are less resources for interior design than the architecture program at Cornell.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Academic Opportunities – The professors here are real-life professionals who know what they're doing. The research facilities, such as the nanotechnology lab are also reowned and something you don't get at any other school.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Not Huge – Smoking is somewhat prominent but haven't heard of much else.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: Mostly fraternity parties for the younger kids. Older students go out to bars sometimes.

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3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Didn't get much aid, the amount kept changing too. I would get keep getting letters that said my aid decreased due to circumstances.


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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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