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5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: One of the best things about Cornell is the campus is always occupied. Between late night dining and 24 hour libraries, labs, and study centers, you will always find a fellow student when you're cramming for an exam. There is a blue light system and buses to get you back to your room if you stay out late, and you can always find a study spot. With Cornell's abundance of libraries and computer labs, you will never want for study space.

I love Cornell because everyday you discover a new art exhibit in a building, a scientific presentation, or even a whole new library. You constantly have more campus to explore, and top of the line dining facilities to fuel your adventures.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: The facilities are nice, we have a ton of libraries, and plenty of green space. The campus is beautiful.

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5 College Senior

Campus Quality: There's always something to do. Cornell has some really exciting things that are constantly taking place on campus. And some people are just so brilliant here that it's truly awe-inspiring. Classes can be tough sometimes, but it's worth it, because it's Cornell. There's also really cool research going on here all the time and we're always making ground-breaking discoveries.

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5 College Senior

Campus Quality: Students can be found in almost all places at almost any time. There are people who utilize the libraries all hours of the night. There are people playing frisbee on the quads on nice days. There's a great sense of community, and even though there are a lot of people here, you end up meeting and personally knowing so many of them. Honestly, the possibilities are endless at Cornell.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Not much going on if not in greek life

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Most students seem very satisfied with Cornell’s facilities. Construction is continually in progress to improve older buildings and revamp outdated ones—unfortunately, this is sometimes disruptive to classes. The architecture of these buildings varies from modern to traditional and gothic, with the overall effect being a uniquely beautiful campus.

Most students commend Cornell’s recreational facilities, including state-of-the-art gyms, basketball courts, an indoor track, a cinema, and numerous student centers. The only major complaint that most students have with the facilities is that not all are free-of-charge—students must pay for a gym membership, although many feel that the rates are reasonable. The Cornell University Library system is the 11th largest collection in the U.S., and this is evident in the abundance of volumes available on campus and the multitude of research opportunities.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
745 acres
Student Centers
  • Appel Commons
  • Community Center
  • Noyes Community Center
  • Robert Purcell
  • Willard Straight Hall
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
Popular Places to Chill
  • Big Red Barn
  • Mac’s Café
  • Olin Library student lounge
  • Terrace
  • Trillium
  • Willard Straight Hall
Bar on Campus
  • Big Red Barn has beer on tap on the weeknights
  • The Regent Lounge in the Statler Hotel has a fully-stocked bar where you can get alcoholic beverages and food
Bowling on Campus
Helen Newman Bowling Lanes
Coffeehouse on Campus
  • Ciabatta's in the Park
  • Ezra's Emporium
  • Libe Café
  • The Green Dragon Café
  • Two Naked Guys Café
Movie Theater on Campus
  • Cornell Cinema in Willard Straight Hall
  • In Uris Hall auditorium
School Slang
  • AAP: College of Architecture, Art, and Planning
  • AEM: Applied economics management, which is the business major
  • Aggies: Refers to students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • Arch Sing: When a cappella groups sing under one of the many campus arches, usually near the dorms
  • Bear Access: CIT's package of network services
  • CALS: College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • CAPS: Counseling and Psychological Services, free short-term on-campus counseling group
  • Chalkings: Advertisements for events that are drawn in chalk on the roads and sidewalks of Cornell
  • CIT: Cornell Information Technologies, computer and network services
  • Cocktail lounge: Reading room that is undergroung in Uris Library (A great place to sleep-I mean, study)
  • COE: Cornell outdoor education
  • The Commons: Downtown Ithaca, containing shops and restaurants, very hippy-style
  • DOS: Dean of students
  • EARS: Empathy, Assistance, and Referral Service, a student-run helpline for counseling
  • FWS: Federal work study or first-year writing seminar (required for all freshman)
  • Gannett: Cornell's health care center
  • Haven: Peer support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students
  • Hotelies: Students in the School of Hotel Administration
  • IC: Ithaca College (sometimes called IK)
  • ILR: School of Industrial Labor Relations
  • ISSO: International students and scholars office
  • JA: Judicial administrator (the people who get you in trouble if you're under 21)
  • LGBTRC: Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender resource center
  • Libe Slope: The hill between Uris Library and the west campus dorms
  • Louie's Lunch: Truck on north campus that serves fast food
  • Midnight Howl: The night before finals students yell as loud as they can at midnight to let out studying aggression
  • Nasties: Name given to Bear Necessities, a convenience store in Robert Purcell Community Center on North Campus.
  • OL: Orientation leader
  • POST: Pre-orientation service trips
  • Prelim: Preliminary exam, any full-length exam that's not a final, often scheduled at night instead of during class
  • Program House: Residences organized around a theme
  • Quarter Cards: Ads handed out or found in mailbox on a quarter piece of paper
  • RA: Residence advisor
  • RHD: Residence hall director
  • ROTC: Reserve Officer Training Corps(military program)
  • RPCC: Robert Purcell Community Center
  • SA: Student Assembly, the student government
  • SAFC: Student Assembly Finance Commission, gives funds to student organizations
  • SAO: Student activities office
  • SHIP: Student health insurance plan
  • The Sun: Cornell Daily Sun, the student-run newspaper
  • TCAT: Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit, public bus system
  • WSH or The Straight: Willard Straight Hall, the student union
  • Zeus: The Temple of Zeus, a café in Goldwin Smith Hall
  • The Chimes: McGraw Tower had become the symbol of Cornell University. It is visible from much of Ithaca and contains the chimes, which are played everyday (occasionally ringing out the Beatles, Disney songs, or Jingle Bells).
  • Dragon Day: Every year, the architecture students make a huge dragon to parade around campus in and then they burn it. Some years, the engineers also make a large Phoenix, and the event becomes a contest. It begins when the architecture students sell Dragon Day T-shirts. The night before, the architecture students beautifully toilet paper the arts quad. The next day, the parade of the dragon begins.
  • Freshman/Seniors on the Field: On the first home football game of the season, the freshmen rush the field; on the last, the seniors do the same.
  • Slope Day: On the last day of classes, students gather on Libe Slope to celebrate the end of the year. It used to be an unstructured event full of very drunk students, but now that it is organized by the University, only those over 21 can easily drink. On Slope Day, there are vendors selling food, a carnival area, and famous bands playing (Rusted Root, OAR, Kanye West).
Urban Legends
  • Cornell has one of the highest suicide rates. This is not true. It does have some suicides, like any school, but in proportion to the student population, the rate is not excessively higher than at other schools.
  • If a couple walks around all of Beebe Lake holding hands they will get engaged.
  • If you are asked for a kiss at midnight on the suspension bridge and say no, the bridge will fall into the gorge.
  • When a virgin crosses the arts quad at midnight the statues of AD White and Ezra Cornell get up and meet each other in the center of the Quad to shake hands and congratulate each other on the chastity of Cornellians. (I don't know anyone who has tried it, but there are footprints on the quad, so maybe it's true).
Favorite Things To Do
Catch a suntan on Libe Slope, eat lunch at the Terrace, examine the stars at Fuertes Observatory, have drinks at the Regent Lounge, meet friends at Libe Café, see a movie at Cornell Cinema, watch a hockey game in Lynah Rink, watch the sunset atop the Johnson Museum of Fine Art, work out at Helen Newman, or listen to the Clocktower Chimes Concert Thanks to its large size, Cornell's campus hosts many activities. In addition to the huge list of activities sponsored by the many clubs on campus (including dances, a capella shows, game nights, and comedy shows), Cornell has a movie theater, bowling alley, rock-climbing wall, gym, theater, and hockey rink. Cornell students may enjoy these activities either at reduced rates or for free, depending on the event.
Student Organizations Web Site
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
There are too many student organizations to count. Actually someone did once and found more than 825 registered organizations on campus. Some of the more prominent organizations are listed below.
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Marching band
  • Model UN
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Pep band
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
  • Student-run film society
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Television station
  • Yearbook
Air Force ROTC: Yes
Navy ROTC: Yes
Army ROTC: Yes

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 122 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 60 responses

  • 17% Hiking
  • 17% Checking out the gorges!
  • 14% Admiring the scenery
  • 14% Drink
  • 10% Wine Tasting
  • 7% Taking a nap on Arts Quad
  • 7% Watch movies
  • 7% People-watch
  • 3% Photography
  • 2% Trivia Nights
  • 1% Cayuga Nature Center
  • 1% The Plantations

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 57 responses

  • 26% Slope Day
  • 19% O-week
  • 17% The Chimes
  • 9% Hiking the gorges
  • 8% Homecoming
  • 7% Dragon Day
  • 7% Rush Week
  • 5% Hockey
  • 1% Freshman/Seniors on the Field
  • 1% Mental Health Awareness Week

How accommodating is this school to students with physical disabilities?    Based on 61 responses

  • 31% Very accommodating. The school does everything in their power to make sure the needs of every student are met.
  • 48% Pretty accommodating. The school has taken a lot of steps to accommodate the needs of students, but they've missed a few things.
  • 18% Slightly accommodating. The school has taken a few steps to accommodate students, but not nearly enough.
  • 3% Not accommodating. Students with physical disabilities are practically ignored here.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 121 responses

  • 29% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.
  • 54% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 17% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 1% I hate my school and have no school spirit.



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