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3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: It is okay but a lot of work with all of its grade deflation.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: When all of the first-year students arrived on campus, there were several events addressing the health and safety of students on campus, especially focusing on consent, safe alcohol consumption, what constitutes assault, mental health awareness, etc. Student are also provided with a wide range of safety services for assault victims, those struggling with mental conditions, and people who just need someone to talk to. There have been several alarming crimes and safety alerts from Cornell Alert, though they do not exceed what is to be expected from an open campus. Despite the alerts, I feel very safe on campus, and I have been out and about as late as 0400 in the morning feeling safe. Compared to my home neighbourhood, I can walk outside at any time of night without the fear of being shot or stabbed.

One of the greatest hallmarks of the Cornell health and safety effort, in my opinion, is the mental health awareness week and de-stressing events during exam times. The sheer amount of events that address stress, depression, anxiety, etc, make help available for all students at any time. It has significantly helped me as I worked my way through my first finals at Cornell. The support and encouragement present definitely helps boost morale and make the tense times more manageable.

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is a pretty big part of campus life, but it is not everything. Sure, they throw good parties and know how to have a good time, but there are plenty of other ways to have fun without going out to one of their parties. The campus itself provides fun activities to do with a small or large group of friends, and no one with judge or say anything about you if you choose not to rush. It's a personal decision, and everyone respects that.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Cornell doesn't have the best athletic teams, (especially when it comes to football) but hockey is a big part of school spirit. During hockey games, the whole school comes together in Lynah Rink to cheer on our pretty successful hockey team! Proud to say that we have won every game except for one, including the number one hockey team in the nation. GO BIG RED!

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I'm very happy to be an engineer at Cornell. I had thought that I wouldn't have much of a social life, and I'd find myself studying most nights in a library, but that's not true at all. A lot of my engineering friends and I find time to hang out with all of our friends, within and outside of Cornell. Academically, there are so many things one can explore, and Cornell really forces you to see the bigger picture, and this grand spectrum of things one could be. The professors are passionate in what they teach in lecture, and provide hands-on experience to prepare us for the real world. Most importantly, finding that balance of doing work and making long-lasting friendships was very valuable to me, and I'm grateful to have found that healthy balance my first semester here. Go Big Red!

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Most of my professors definitely know the material they are teaching and are passionate about teaching the subject. They clearly explain the difficult concepts with analogies (and occasional references to Lord of the Rings), making the lectures much more enjoyable than a robot spewing words at 300 students. Admittedly, many classes (especially in the science and engineering fields) are graded rather harshly, and the curves tend to something you are fighting.

One of my favourite classes so far is actually my first-year writing seminar, which took place in a small discussion setting rather than a lecture hall. I enjoyed that it was a much more personal experience, and I was not simply trying to absorb information being lobbed at me. The lectures are not horrible, and are usually average-sized, typical of a college class.

Overall, there is a great variety of classes available at Cornell, and it always astounds me to hear about a major or department that I hadn't known was offered at Cornell. The diversity present in the course offerings is reflective of the diversity within the student population, and the mantra of "any person, any study."

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The value of a degree from Cornell is astronomical, and I believe that the rigor and prestige from this school is widely recognised. This will definitely help in the future with career opportunities. There are also several career fairs and many networking events held throughout the year to connect students with potential employers and recruiters. The opportunities are endless, and one only needs to make an effort to reach out. Admittedly, the opportunities for freshmen are significantly reduced, and finding internship or research opportunities is extraordinarily difficult. However, this obstacle is temporary, as there are many more opportunities to look into and there is absolutely no harm in trying.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: First-years all live on North Campus, which gives everyone something in common, and creates a greater sense of community among freshmen, in a sense. I personally consider residence halls as systems that could be improved upon, but I realise that Cornell has a great residence hall system compared to those at other schools. I was also fortunate in being assigned to one of the newer dorms, and I have found some friends in my hall. It may just be my floor, but the social atmosphere is very clique-y and seemed to develop from finding groups to party with. The communal areas were also cleaned less frequently than they to be, leading to a rather messy and disturbing kitchen.

However, the good qualities of the housing system can be found. My RA (and the other RAs of the building) are fantastic; they are approachable and show care and concern for the residents. The programs they organise, along with the RHD and faculty-in-residence are great at fostering a sense of community tradition and helping with stress-relief.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: In general, the atmosphere and vibe on the Cornell campus is fantastic. The campus itself is beautiful, with the open and natural quads, the uniquely juxtaposed modern and Gothic architecture, and the characteristic gorges. The people I encountered have generally been open and welcoming, especially towards the freshmen. Events and meetings were held in the first few weeks that really emphasised the inclusiveness and encouragement present at Cornell; the faculty and staff truly want to see the students succeed, and they make great efforts to lead us through our educational journey. The academics here are tough, and sometimes the curves just don't seem fair, but the most important thing to remember here is not to lose hope; at Cornell, you are at one of the greatest institutions in the country, and you are here for a reason. You are not going to be handed success without much toil, many tears, and many more failures.

While I genuinely love my Cornell experience so far, it took a while to even begin integrating myself into the Cornell culture. I honestly did not enjoy Orientation Week, though that may be mostly due to personal taste. The entire experience felt rather superficial and hectic; there were ten events occurring at once, all around campus, and everyone was frantically trying to form social groups and make friends, leading to conversations and meetings that were quite shallow at face value. Throwing the freshmen straight into Orientation Week did not seem like the best way to get them to make meaningful connections with others, and I personally did not gain much from it.

Despite the rocky start to my Cornell experience, I can confidently say that all of it is for the best. I foresee amazing semesters ahead at Cornell, and I would not trade this humbling experience for anything.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Amazing library, students, professors. Cornell is an outstanding academic institution geared toward research.

4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: Cornell really cares about student safety. The University is currently undergoing renovations on its health center, which also highlights the degree to which health takes a front seat at Cornell.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Cornell has a housing shortage. While some of the first-year dorms are beautiful and fairly new, others are not as nice. College town is over-priced with a handful of landlords controlling the entire market. Overall, however, every student ultimately find accommodations.

4 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: Greek life at Cornell really creates a sense of community for students in a huge campus, where it is easy to get lost and feel isolated. Because Cornell has a housing shortage, fraternities and sororities also serve as a great way to secure housing in a communal setting. While about ? of students are in the Greek system, there are so many other opportunities for socialization at Cornell.

5 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Cornell has an elite and egalitarian ethos. A rare combination in the Ivy League. The professors are amazingly dedicated to students, especially in the humanities.

4 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: In terms of school spirit, Cornell students have a lot of pride when it comes to supporting the ice hockey team. Overall, however, many students are apathetic when in comes to attending games because of their busy schedules and work load. Academics take a front seat at Cornell.

5 Recent Alumnus

Academics: It's very rigorous and enriching, I'm so glad I have the opportunity to study at Cornell!

5 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: I haven't heard from anyone about sexual assault, but there's a lot of support for preventing it on campus.

4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: It's really nice here, althought it is somewhat intimidating at first because of the large campus and community.

4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: I haven't used it too frequently, but I've heard good things about it.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: It's honestly not terrible, but considering how much money Cornell rips off of students for residence halls, it's pretty bad.

2 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: Greek life is huge at Cornell, but non-Greeks don't regard of Greeks too highly. There are definitely nice people in the Greek system, but there is a negative stereotype that the non-Greeks put to Greeks at Cornell. As a non-Greek, I might have a biased opinion towards this topic.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: There are amazing professors at Cornell, and sometimes the workload can be very heavy but the material is always interesting. I wish the tuition was cheaper, but I'm just glad to have the opportunity to study at such an institution. I personally like the cold weather too, and it's honestly not as bad as everyone seems to make of. The campus community is also very warm and welcoming, although it is a bit large.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I feel very safe on campus and it is mostly a closed campus.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: As a transfer student, Cornell is a great place and amazing campus.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Very easy to be placed in a great company, and the academics are rigorous.

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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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