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  • 08/06/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    78 out of 80 people found this review useful. 1 person found this inaccurate. 1 of 88

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students with a desire to learn wishing to become more culturally diverse who want to be with down to earth people

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared for the winter weather, it doesn't stop snowing until April. Make friends with an upperclassman- they give the best advice and can provide answers for the best way of doing something (workload assigned by professors, how to store things, best bus to take to the mall).

    Bang for the buck

    The advantage of going to a prestigious school is meeting famous people and gaining connections. Companies such as Google, Microsoft, Exon Mobile, and Lockheed Martin frequently come to the engineering buildings and recruit engineers. Some famous people who come and give lectures are Bill Nye the Science Guy and John Cleese.

    Am enjoying being here

    I won't lie, weather-wise winter can be very brutal if you are from California and are used to sunshine all year round, but it doesn't take long to get used to. There is no shortage of activities to get involved in; Cornell has over 300 clubs which plan events all year round.

    Am learning a lot

    There are so many diverse classes that are just waiting to be taken including: PLPA 2010 Magical Mushrooms, Mischievous Molds, HADM 4430 Introduction to Wines (must be 21 or older to take), and HD 3620 Human Bonding (for those trying to figure out the opposite sex). There are a lot of opportunities to learn whatever you want, you just have to find the right people.

  • 01/04/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    41 out of 41 people found this review useful. 2 of 88

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Honestly, Cornell is great for just about every student that is willing to work as hard as possible and be open to helping others. Although competition does play a part at Cornell, the student body is much more likely to help you figure out a question that steal your homework the night it is due.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be yourself from the very first day. Cornell has enough students that you will blend in whether partying every day of the week is your thing or playing board games and having laundry parties is your Friday night plan of choice. Walk in knowing that there are many students smarter than you, but you also can compete with the best. Not to mention, you want smarter kids such that you will feel empowered to work your hardest to get the success you deserve.

    Bang for the buck

    Although Cornell's original price tag seems excessively high, they have a very good financial aid program. Not only that, but after leaving Cornell, you will have many ins with other very smart Ivy League students who are well versed in finding jobs and making money. So, although it may cost a lot to attend, it will truly pay off after you leave the campus.

    Am enjoying being here

    At Cornell, there are a plethora of ingenious kids who tend to find a compromise between their social life and the rigorous academic life. Most everyone is extremely down to earth and approachable making the student body appear smaller and more close knit than it actually is. The food is pretty good, but the students are what really makes Cornell so enjoyable.

    Am learning a lot

    With the exorbitant amount of majors offered, it is extremely easy to find your niche at Cornell. As an engineer, I was worried about immediately being funneled into classes filled to the brim with only math and science majors and engineers. I was pleasantly surprised to find that they offer all classes to all students. Therefore, if you come into Cornell with some AP or IB credits, it opens up a world of options from culinary classes with the Hotelies to MatLab with the engineers.

  • 08/31/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    39 out of 40 people found this review useful. 3 of 88

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    People who are self-disciplined will excel at Cornell. Keeping up with classes and clubs on a regular basis minimizes the stress of crunch times throughout the semester. Cornell is also the place to be for determined opportunists ready to take advantage of the many resources made available here.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come in with an open mind and without fear. There are many interesting people and opportunities here, so don't let inertia get in the way of making the most of your time here.

    Bang for the buck

    The administration doesn't exactly fend of the sense that it extorts its students. It often delivers financial aid packages late, and fails to make provisions taken for granted at many college institutions, such as a free gym membership, free printing, or unrestricted internet use. This year 2000 students' social security numbers were stolen on an unencrypted administrative computer in the school's CIT dept. Despite these gaffes and the exorbitant prices, Cornell's prestige as a university and it's extensive alumni and research networks make up for these pitfalls by providing many unique opportunities to its students.

    Am enjoying being here

    Cornell is a chronically busy place with many events and opportunities simultaneously occurring . Generally this makes for an active and enjoyable lifestyle, but there are crunch times throughout each semester when you feel alone, tired, and as if the work never ends. It's important that you manage your time well and actively build up resources early each semester so you can fight through such rough spots when they occur.

    Am learning a lot

    Cornell features many practical professors who bring both a lifetime of experience in the field and high expectations for their students into their teaching. The quality of teaching here (excepting general writing courses) is phenomenal, and the grading generally demanding. Also, due to the size, diversity, and quality of the faculty, many contacts and resources are made available to students via the professors and their connections (such as research, mentorship, internship/job opportunities).

  • 01/10/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    30 out of 30 people found this review useful. 4 of 88

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    If you are driven and have a pretty good idea of what you want to do academically in college, Cornell may be good fit. The people here work hard and play hard, so if you're comfortable with that, then you'll enjoy it. Being such a large university, Cornell has all types of people from all walks of life, so most students will find their niche as they grow accustomed to college life.

    Tips for prospective students

    Cornell looks for students who have made the best effort, given their circumstances, to investigate the field of study they are interested in. Show that in your essay for the Common App supplement, and you'll surely impress whomever reads your application. The rest is pretty much the same as what any highly selective college would expect: good grades, challenging high school classes, and strong commitment to an extracurricular activity.

    Bang for the buck

    Cornell's costs are up there with the other schools of its caliber. However, a student can expect strong academics, good support services, very good food, and an overall excellent college experience when they invest in going to college. Cornell awards financial aid to most applicants for it as well.

    Am enjoying being here

    Because it's such a large school, it will be easy for most people to find people they enjoy spending time with. It may take time to find, but there is something and someone for everyone at Cornell.

    Am learning a lot

    Classes are hard, but if you manage your time wisely, you'll be able to handle your courseload. That being said, don't expect anyone to hold your hand or bail you out of a tough academic situation. Students are expected to take it upon themselves to look for help with their work, whether it's by going to a professor's office hours or using any one of the many other resources available for students.

  • 05/08/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    18 out of 18 people found this review useful. 5 of 88

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    -People who enjoy food - I highly recommend trying their turkey burgers!!! -People who are smart and like being surrounded by other smart people. -And people who are emotionally stable - I believe it's the Ivy with the highest suicide rate, so you best be good under lots of pressure...

    Tips for prospective students

    It's really hard to get in. You really need to have some assets that make you stand out from everyone else. They have an 18% acceptance rate, which is relatively high for an Ivy, but you don't expect it to be that low until you've been denied. However, I know so many people who applied to all of these big name schools - lots of Ivies and such - and then they didn't get into any! I knew one girl who was really academically sound and had a great resume and both of her parents had gone to Northwestern and she ended up not getting in there! It just goes to show you that you can't expect anything. And then she made the mistake of only having back-up schools after that, so she got stuck going to OSU - not that I have anything against OSU, because it really is a great place, but compared to an Ivy or a big name school, it was a big let down. So my advice would be to make sure you apply to an intermediate school you're sure you'll get into and you'd be perfectly fine with going there. It's not insanely difficult to get into, and it's not a back-up. Like if I hadn't gotten into Cornell, I would've gone to Case Western Reserve or University of Rochester before I would've had to resort to my back-ups. And I would've been so fine with going to Case - that was actually my first choice for the longest time. But then Cornell came into play and I just couldn't pass up that opportunity. All I'm saying is be realistic and don't put yourself into a position where you could get screwed over for college.

    Bang for the buck

    The tuition may be high, but their financial aid is super generous! Plus, it is an Ivy League education, which will more than pay for itself tenfold after you graduate.

    Will enjoy being here

    It's a great campus! There's so much to see and do, and it's not ordinary at all. It's scenic, rustic, and modern all rolled into one. And the people there are so nice!

    Will learn a lot

    At Cornell, there is just endless learning. You can feel it just walking around campus. All the people there just seem so focused.

  • 07/07/2009

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    16 out of 27 people found this review useful. 6 of 88

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Studius, intellectually curious, dedicated.

    Tips for prospective students

    Cornell accepts students who are not only intellectually curious, but dedicated towards their prospective vocation. I want to be a journalist, and although I didn't have high grades, they saw that I was talented in my field.

  • 10/12/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    14 out of 14 people found this review useful. 7 of 88

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Cornell is a very social environment. We have fraternities for people who wish to get involved with Greek life as well as over 800 student organizations for those looking for something new. If you enjoy socializing, this is the place for you! Cornell is also one of the top research universities in the world. If you want to get some undergraduate research on your resume, then Cornell would make it easier to do so! Plus, you'd be working with experts in their respective fields. Personally, I think Cornell is a school for everyone. If you're not a big party person, you'll still feel right at home in one of the many gorgeous libraries (like the A.D. White library, seriously, Google it because it's beautiful). Social butterflies would definitely fit in perfectly here. I believe Cornell is amazing for virtually anyone.

    Tips for prospective students

    Include very Cornell-specific things in your essay. When the admissions officers read your essays, they want to know that you've done your research and Cornell has opportunities that you could not get anywhere else. The essay is extremely important! I didn't have a perfect GPA or test scores but I was accepted because I wrote a great essay. Also, don't discourage yourself! Cornell may be an Ivy League school, but everyone has a chance of getting in. Once you do get here, here are some helpful tips: 1. Learn the bus schedules! You're going to want to take the bus once it starts snowing. 2. Bring lots of warm clothing. Seriously. 3. You probably don't need an unlimited meal plan so don't splurge on it because it is more expensive!

    Bang for the buck

    Cornell offers a lot of resources that many schools don't have. There are extensive research opportunities for both science majors and those in the humanities. The dining halls are FANTASTIC because they are all-you-care-to-eat and they're filled with delicious food. Tuition is a bit steep, but Cornell's financial aid is very good so people of all incomes can afford to come here! The only reason I don't give it 5 stars is because they do tend to nickel and dime you (you have to pay for laundry! ridiculous, I know).

    Am enjoying being here

    The campus is beyond beautiful. There are nature trails aplenty to walk on if you're feeling the stress of school. There's a lake called Beebe Lake right in the center of campus with a beautiful, quiet trail around it. I've found that taking a walk around the lake after a stressful day of school makes me feel much better. Besides nature, the school is very easy to acclimate too. There are over 800 clubs so finding a niche for yourself is much easier than at a smaller liberal arts school. Cornell has a very accepting environment and people from all backgrounds are welcome here. I have never felt more at home at a school!

    Am learning a lot

    There are hundreds of diverse classes for you to take. Since I'm in the College of Arts & Sciences, I have a lot of academic freedom in putting together a schedule. You can take run-of-the-mill classes like Calculus and Biology, but there are also lots of strange and exciting classes like Dinosaurs! and Alien Empire: Bizarre Biology of Bugs. The wide array of classes available mean you get to pick classes that you enjoy while at the same time filling degree requirements. Because you're taking classes you enjoy, you're much more motivated to learn!

  • 07/22/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    13 out of 19 people found this review useful. 8 of 88

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Ambitious, hard-working, diplomatic, calm, diligent students

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely be ready to talk with many different offices to help you adjust to college life and to life at the school. Many, many resources are initially pushed aside or blown off (like minority affairs, learning strategies, or housing) but you have to remember that they are the best bet for success. Also, try to become buddies with your professors. You'll get better grades and more opportunities than sitting at the back of a large class.

  • 04/03/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    12 out of 12 people found this review useful. 9 of 88

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Hard working, like to have fun, involved; actually screw this, it's good for everybody

    Tips for prospective students

    During orientation week, say hello to as many people as possible (it's not weird then), sign up for some club at Clubfest because that is a great way to meet people, and leave your door open in your hall, because it is really awesome to make friends with the people in your dorm because you can hang out whenever you want. As far as getting in here, just do your best in school and promote yourself to the best of your abilities on your aplication.

    Bang for the buck

    It is true that Cornell nickel and dimes you for everything, such as printing and laundry, but paying as much as you are on school, it doesn't make that much of a difference. You're going to be spending money where ever you go, so you might as well spend it at a place that will really pay off. Plus, financial aid here is really good.

    Am enjoying being here

    I now know so many awesome people. You meet a lot of work hard party hard people. They get their work done, and then go crazy. Everyone is really nice, I have yet to meet someone I really disliked.

    Am learning a lot

    You can literally take a class on anything, and all are great classes. Because you can take a class in any of the colleges, you can completely explore your interests. Or you can focus on one thing and get a great education in it. People know that if you went to Cornell, you actually learned something.

  • 06/15/2009

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    9 out of 21 people found this review useful. 10 of 88

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Make you interest known early by applying for summer programs, emailing admissions, or attending a summer program.

  • 07/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    9 out of 9 people found this review useful. 11 of 88

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There is a constant alert system on campus that informs students of perpetrators and there is a Blue Light System that calls the campus police immediately to come pick you up if you feel uneasy to walk back to your dorm alone.

    Greek Life

    Many fraternities and sororities on campus that create familial environments.

    Clubs and Activities

    College Fest is an annual event that displays all of the clubs that are on campus. Every club is welcoming and there is a club for everyone on campus, either for professional reasons or for hobbies.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for all students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Collegetown is a great place to go an relax and to find lots of restaurants that differ to have a meal from different countries every night. There are also great clubs and bars to have a good time.

    Bang for the buck

    Cornell offers great financial aid and the classes offered are worth tuition.

    What to do for fun

    There are may clubs to find on campus that you are guaranteed to find at least one that catches your eye.

    Food and Dining

    Wide array of foods and offers many dietary options.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is livable however the buildings range in quality. So when you don't get a choice as to which building you want, it is unfair to those that don't get a study lounge or pool table.

    Academic Rigor

    Though it is considered one of the easier Ivys to get into, it is definitely the hardest to attain high grades. Not only is the content difficult and voluminous, the grades are curved down, making it harder to attain a high GPA.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't go into the school with one set idea in mind as to what you want to study. So many students change their minds within the first year as to what they want to do.

    In three sentences

    Cornell University is an unparalleled college, filled with opportunities. Currently, I am in the Arts and Sciences College and though I wish to aspire to be a doctor, I am given the chance to study Latin and Ancient Civilization as a minor and to explore studies that interest me although it's not within my Pre-Med curriculum. Not only is the Arts and Sciences College full of a wide array of studies, the other colleges allow students to range in future careers from hotel administration to agricultural development.

  • 10/31/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    7 out of 8 people found this review useful. 12 of 88

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students who don't mind the cold, have a good tolerance for stress (easiest ivy to get into, hardest to graduate from), and want a high quality education.

    Tips for prospective students

    The deans of the schools you apply for read your essays so they are your audience. If you do get accepted, sign up for Cornell Outdoor Odyssey as soon as possible if you enjoy the outdoors. I made my best friends on that trip, and it made orientation week so much more enjoyable knowing I already had friends. Learn the Alma Mater and the fight song before you get here. Try to find a roommate before you get here so you don't end up with someone your uncomfortable with. However, I did random and I love my roommate, but that is not always the case.

    Bang for the buck

    Obviously New York Residents get the bang for the buck because they get to go to an ivy league school for less. However, I come from out of the state and I'm the happiest I have ever been. I love it here and I can see my tuition being put to good use.

    Am enjoying being here

    Everyone is really chill for being so smart. The gorges are absolutely gorgeous, and they make me smile every time I walk past one. Unlike city schools, Cornell had the best of both worlds. A walk around Beebe Lake adds to the natural beauty while the town of Ithaca serves its purpose.

    Am learning a lot

    It is an Ivy League School.

  • 12/19/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    7 out of 8 people found this review useful. 13 of 88

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students who are extraverted, leaders, and have type – A personalities. Don’t be discouraged if you didn’t ace your SAT or ACT. Cornell is looking for students who are hard workers and go above and beyond what is expected of them!

    Tips for prospective students

    I would highly suggest that prospective students take part in the primary – alternate application available to them. This application allows students to apply to two schools within the University. Not only does this “double application” provide students with an extra chance at acceptance into the University, but it also shows admissions that you put in the extra effort. Actions go a long way when it comes to applications, and hard working students who go above and beyond are exactly the types that Cornell is looking for!

    Bang for the buck

    From the majors to the classes, and from the extra-curricular activities to the research programs, the opportunities available to students are endless! There are so many activities to participate in at Cornell, along with getting one of the best educations in the country!

    Am enjoying being here

    I have never been so happy in my entire life! Cornell is literally my Disney Land – I think it’s the best place on earth! Everything about the school is amazing! The people at Cornell are all different, yet all have things in common. We are all there to learn and get an amazing education, but at the same time everyone takes part in activities that interest them! There is not one day that I don’t walk around with out a smile on thinking how lucky I am to have found a school that fits me so perfectly! I love Cornell University!

    Am learning a lot

    I feel smarter after spending just one semester at Cornell. Its not just the material that we are learning, but the way the material is presented to us. The professors treat us like the intelligent, enthusiastic young – adults that we are. They treat us with respect and encourage us to pursue our interests in topics that we wish to know more about. I am NEVER embarrassed to ask a question, and there is always the opportunity to learn more!

  • 08/15/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    7 out of 8 people found this review useful. 14 of 88

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    If you consider yourself to be one or more of the following, become a Cornelian: intelligent, self-motivating, outdoorsy, social, ambitious, food lover, and open-minded.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of everything Cornell has to offer while you are here. Join a club, volunteer, take a random class, get to know a professor, or explore the outdoors; college is a time to explore who you are. Study hard, but play hard too.

    Bang for the buck

    With the Ivy League title and private university standing, Cornell is not cheap. However, the financial aid packages will help cover the costs. You may also be eligible for additional aid through the Commitment based on leadership, volunteerism/service, and research. Work study is also an option and there are job postings available if you are looking for extra cash. The experiences and knowledge you gain as a Cornelian are well worth any money spent. You will have access to an extensive network of alumni and you may get your foot in many doors for future jobs, recommendations, and admission into graduate schools. (Especially for prospective vet students since the vet school is literally down the street).

    Am enjoying being here

    Even coming from out of state, the university will prove to be your second home. Keep in mind, the university is 4 hours from NYC, so you won't be seeing the stature of liberty outside of your window. People in and around the university are extremely friendly. Besides academics, there are numerous clubs, organizations, fraternities/sororities, employment opportunities, and outdoor adventures to experience. While in Ithaca, you really do experience the four seasons; prepare yourself for cold, snowy, windy winters with lots of clothing layers. Once you brave the storm, you appreciate the sunshine and gorgeous landscape that is Ithaca.

    Am learning a lot

    Cornell's motto isn't just an empty concoction of words; the expression, any person, any study holds true with schools from Arts & Sciences to Hotel Administration. There is an endless amount of opportunities for anyone and everyone, and if you can't decide on one, you should double major! ;) The course catalogue includes core classes for a foundation, but also classes on molds, beekeeping, wines, fairy tales, surfing, and so much more!

  • 11/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    7 out of 7 people found this review useful. 15 of 88

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There are always Cornell Police everywhere, and I generally feel pretty safe on campus. We have had several attacks this semester, but the problem is that students keep going around the gorges and abandoned areas after dark, which leads to problems. The lesson here is that Cornell is a campus built around nature, and as a student here you need to understand that well-lit places are safe and dark bridges are not.

    Greek Life

    Unfortunately, I can't give much about Greek Life as I am not a part of it. However, I can say it is very alive here and many about 30% of people I meet are part of a Greek organization. However, there have been several scandals and issues here with Greek groups and racism, so they aren't holding the same prestige as they used to right now.

    Clubs and Activities

    The clubs here are very diverse and, overall, very welcoming. There are academic clubs, sports groups, arts and music ensembles, people just like certain tv shows like Doctor Who, etc. If you have an interest, you will most likely find a ton of other people sitting a room somewhere talking about it. Plus, it's very easy to start a club here yourself, which means you can quickly bring people together and start sharing stories.

    Great for these types of students

    Cornell is great for students who love to work hard but still want a social life. Classes take a great deal of time if you want to do well, so you need to be dedicated to fulfilling that commitment. If you don't want to work, you shouldn't come here. However, there are hundreds of clubs and events going on all over campus any hour of the day, so whenever you do have a free moment, there is 100% of a chance that you can have some fun.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Cornell is full of secret places to study or just unexpected places that have a great view. On North Campus, for example, by Bebe Lake there is a small little shack for the Outdoor Club that is almost always abandoned. If you get there early, you can situate yourself there and study next to the lake, watching the birds and enjoying the fresh air. There are also plenty of secret rooms in the libraries, especially Uris, but I would ruin the fun for you if I told you how to find them.

    Bang for the buck

    Cornell is expensive. There's no doubt about that. However, although tuition is exorbitant, as is housing and meal plans, in the end, they really do seem worth it. Out of the eighteen classes I've taken so far, only two disappointed me, and as I mentioned above, the food is great. Housing, too, is perfect once you figure out your preference. Books are very expensive, but many professors give you electronic copies for free or copy the books themselves and make .pdfs to make things easier. I think, in the end, the high cost is worth it.

    What to do for fun

    Ithaca's a small town, but there still are a few things to do. The farmer's market in town is great and has a ton of wonderful food and products to buy. There's also the Apple Festival in the fall. On campus, there are always dances, presentations, speeches, and club activities going on, so as long as you pay attention to your e-mail, you will find something to do.

    Food and Dining

    The food here is amazing. Honestly, simple as that. There are dining halls everywhere (2 on North Campus, 1 on Central, and over 5 on West), as well as plenty of cafes every few buildings to make sure food is always in reach. Beyond this, the food offered is delicious and always varied at certain places. For example, in the dining halls on North, there will always be grilled chicken and hamburgers, salad, and pasta. However, each day there will be a separate station with something unique, such as sushi, different meat or chicken dishes, vegetables of the day, various side dishes, etc. You never get tired of the food, and 99.99% of the time it's wonderful.

    Dorm Life

    This can be a hit or miss based on where you stay. My first year I stayed in Jameson on North Campus. The room was spacious and comfortable, and there was a reasonable kitchen and common room for my floor. However, there was also too much drinking and smoking for someone of my sensibilities, which made the dorm awkward. I often found myself avoiding it. The floor was also loud and quiet hours were not often enforced. This year I'm living at the Latino Living Center on campus which has none of the above problems and has the added bonus of being closer to campus. Overall, then, I would say dorm life is fine as long as you figure out what type of dorm you want to be in. If you want the stereotypical college experience, go to a general dorm and Cornell will provide that. If you want a closer knit family and tamer environment, shoot for a program house.

    Academic Rigor

    I've heard a saying around here that Cornell is the easiest Ivy to get into but the hardest to stay in. I think that's a fair estimate to say. Most classes here will expect the highest from you and give you a fair share of work to get through. This work is not always in the same vein, as you will most likely have mixes of essays and tests. Participation and attendance are often noted and deal breakers for many students. You will be expected to provide intelligent and boundary-pushing insight, not simply to parrot back memorized information.

    Tips for prospective students

    From what I've seen, prospective students should make sure this is the environment they are looking for before they commit. Do not get entranced by the big name and simply apply, because I've had many friends here who left after a semester or two because they did not think their choice through. Make sure you want to be on top of an ice-cold mountain in the middle of nowhere, walking through misty rain four days a week and laboring under mounds of difficult, but fulfilling, work. I would definitely encourage visiting, especially to make sure that your major gets just due here. For example, although Cornell has a film department, it only offers very specific types of classes and might not be ideal for everyone interested in that field.

    In three sentences

    Cornell is a place where, if you are willing to work hard and explore your own capabilities, you will have a fantastic four years. The classes, overall, are diverse and the professors knowledgeable, but it is up to each student to take advantage of these opportunities. In the same vein, the campus is gorgeous and has many hidden mysterious (such as great places to eat or private study coves) that only careful students will find.

  • 01/07/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 out of 6 people found this review useful. 16 of 88

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Cornell helps students grow into the people who will help change the world (even if the changes are small). Going along with that, Cornell is a great place to be undecided at, though all of the choices could be a little over whelming. Students who are strong in multitasking and willing to pursue difficult goals will do well here.

    Tips for prospective students

    Cornell is a place where students become the people who can change the world (even if it is a small change). While pursuing Cornell, be active in your school and community. Playing your cards right in an application to show off a specific experience that changed you or an hobby or rare interest that makes you 'you' will give you an advantage in the acceptance process.

    Bang for the buck

    The food is a little expensive, and the prices for dormitory laundry keep going up. However, if many of the free/subsidized programs and the access to library, laboratory, and human resources are well utilized by students, the benefits greatly outweigh any costs. Students here have the opportunity to explore one of the most diverse course catalogs in the world - any student, and study as the saying goes.

    Am enjoying being here

    My biggest weakness is getting involved in too many activities. I've definitely met my match at Cornell as there are hundreds of ways to procrastinate from homework, all of which can become lifetime skills or resume boosters. Whether a student has interest in athletics, outdoor leadership, scientific and medical R&D, farming, Buddhism, or musical theater, they can find fun.

    Am learning a lot

    Coming from a rural public high school, the transition to college level work required me to work harder than I ever had before. That said, nearly every professor I have heard lecture, or met with in office hours is equally if not more excited about their subjects. Their excitement helps keep me motivated; learning is much easier when its fun.

  • 05/08/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 out of 9 people found this review useful. 1 person found it offensive. 17 of 88

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Those who care.

    Tips for prospective students

    All the excellence of MIT's engineering without the obnoxious MIT egotism.

    Bang for the buck

    Great financial aid, the best of every private college I applied to.

    Am enjoying being here

    It gets a bit lonely, but that's my own fault. :D

    Am learning a lot

    Psych 1101 is amazing, regardless of your major.

  • 06/17/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 out of 6 people found this review useful. 18 of 88

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Those who study well, interested in learning, and those who do not feel the need to over-socialize.

    Tips for prospective students

    Learn to study early and manage your time well, you don't want to get over your head early on because things can get stressful.

    Bang for the buck

    My financial aid last year was exceptional. I received around $52,000 in grants, so it was definitely worth it. Make sure you apply for financial aid, you might be surprised at how much they are willing to give. Without the financial aid, I would say it would be 4.25 stars because they lack the free things available at other colleges, for example a free gym membership (that is not available at Cornell U). However, there are many connections available via career fairs that have many famous companies such as Microsoft, Google, etc. Once again, the sky is the limit.

    Am enjoying being here

    Things tend to be competitive and the conceptual nature of questions leaves a lot to the imagination when it comes to deciding what and how much to study. The people seem to be attempting for a new start and reaching to be cool and fail. The people don't understand comradery and loyalty amongst friends. Not the best social hub, but a great place to learn.

    Am learning a lot

    The method of teaching tends to be very conceptual, generally starting from the foundations. I learn new things about certain subjects that I have already taken classes on. In addition, the facilities and faculty allow for an individual to go beyond the curriculum for an individual's classes. The sky is the limit if you reach for it.

  • 02/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 4 people found this review useful. 19 of 88

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    campus is pretty safe and if you don't feel comfortable walking to your dorm late at night, you can call campus police and they will escort you.

    Greek Life

    awesome greek life!

    Clubs and Activities

    there are plenty of clubs and activities for all type of students. great greek life.

    Great for these types of students

    if you are serious about an ivy league education and you want to study in a college with no distractions, this is the school for you.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    once a year the administration chooses one day off and students and professors party at a huge concert on campus. the day is random and kept secret until you arrive to that morning class and the professor says no class today

    Bang for the buck

    a cornell education is well worth it. but get ready to work insanely hard. transportation costs are one of the surprises my parents got. the campus is gorgeous. they say to book the chapel for your wedding freshman year. there is a 4 year wait list.

    What to do for fun

    snow tubing, concerts, great college town

    Food and Dining

    food is amazing.

    Dorm Life

    once you become a sophmore the housing lottery is a nightmare. the pressure to move off campus is huge. mainly because you might get stuck in a themed house far far away from your classes. the housing office does not understand that the pressure comes from an archaic housing system and not from the students wanting to move off campus. the housing office offers seminars on how to live off campus but it does not intercede or make sure the leases have a standard of protection for its students. the majority of this leases are enough to make you rethink going to cornell. my parents were very upset about not having adequate housing for jr and sr. year.

    Academic Rigor

    cornell is very hard. you need to make sure the professors know you. the classes are large. some lectures as much as 400 students. stay close to your academic advisor. learn to work in study groups.

    Tips for prospective students

    join a sorority or frat in freshman year. it will help you have a big brother or sister to get you started in the fast track fast and you will not feel lonely when they drop you off. sign up for tutoring as soon as you get in, even if you don't need it. the good ones go fast.

    In three sentences

    i love my school. it has lots of opportunities for research. i hate that it does not provide adequate upperclassmen housing and we have to move into apartments signing a lease a year ahead of schedule. the lottery for upperclassmen housing stinks and it only provides adequate housing for a few. my parents were not happy with that surprise.

  • 03/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 4 people found this review useful. 20 of 88

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The blue light services are available for those traveling late at night, and crime usually isn't an issue.

    Greek Life

    I haven't a clue.

    Clubs and Activities

    It doesn't matter if you're into public speaking or squirrels, there is a club for any and every interest.

    Great for these types of students

    CU is great for eccentric people who crave intellectual stimulation.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Unusual locations include the secret tunnel that connects Uris and Olin. Hint: it's underground.

    Bang for the buck

    Aside from the winter, I'd say that CU is a great place to be.

    What to do for fun

    Honestly, taking a walk when the weather is nice is the most relaxing thing.

    Food and Dining

    The freshman fifteen? No, more like the sophomore 20.

    Dorm Life

    Depending on where you live, you may end up in a dorm with people who like playing soccer in the hallways.

    Academic Rigor

    As I said, be prepared to work hard.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to work hard - getting in is only half the battle.

    In three sentences

    Cornell has a huge, picturesque campus. Diversity in everything from ethnicity to interest is easy to find. The professors are generally very enthusiastic about what they do.

  • 10/06/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 21 of 88

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    In general, the campus is very safe. Cornell has implemented many services to see to that. For example, there is the blue light shuttle which will pick you up from the library late at night during finals so that you don't have walk home alone (this is especially reassuring for females). There are also blue light emergency poles located all around campus so that if you ever encounter a problem you can run to one and immediately call for help. Like in any place, you should also take preventative measures and practice street smarts, but I have never felt unsafe on campus.

    Greek Life

    I will be honest, Greek life is a very big part of campus. There are many different types of social frats and sororities as well as service and academic ones. However, it is not so dominant that you will feel isolated if you do not wish to join. I, myself, never wished to join a sorority and never felt out of place because of it. I was friends with plenty of girls and guys in Greek life, and even attended some formals and events.

    Clubs and Activities

    As a mentioned above, there are clubs for anything you can imagine, and if it surprisingly doesn't exist, you can create your own. There is really no possible way that one cannot find at least one club of interest.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students that wish to challenge themselves, to surround themselves with diverse individuals, and that are motivated.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every year, the Cornell Daily Sun (the campus newspaper) publishes the 161 things you should do before you graduate (161 alludes to the number of steps you have to climb to reach the top of our famous clock tower). Item number one on the list is actually having sex in the library stacks. Trying to accomplish as much of the list as you can is usually a shared goal and you will oftentimes hear seniors talking about the items they still have to cross off. Midnight the night before the start of Fall semester finals, it is also a tradition for freshman to open up their windows and scream at the top of their lungs. All of North Campus yells and it's actually pretty impressive.

    Bang for the buck

    It is no surprise that Cornell comes with an Ivy League price tag, but it also provides you with plenty of connections. Throughout the year you see representatives from Fortune 500 companies and from top graduate schools recruiting around campus. Having a degree from Cornell opens many doors. If you are also a member of certain social or academic clubs within campus you have yet another advantage. Moreover, Cornell has an amazing financial aid department. I was lucky enough to attend all four years on a full ride.

    What to do for fun

    For those that look for fun in terms of the typical college partying, you can definitely find it here. Greek life is pretty big on campus and so are fraternity parties. There are also bars and dancing. If you are looking for crazy night clubs, however, you won't find them here. There are plenty of options for people who are looking for fun without alcohol. There are a lot of school clubs that host events and there are often activity nights, concerts, and performances. We also have the Cornell Cinema and a bowling alley on campus, in addition to everything else in town. During the day and weekends, you can find plenty of things to do, especially if you love the outdoors. Cornell has a beautiful campus surrounded by nature. You can explore the Cornell gorges (but please be careful--educate yourself on gorge safety and make sure you abide by any signs that restrict certain areas for safety), bike ride through the plantations, or kayak around Cayuga lake. In the winter you can go to Greek Peak to ski or snowboard.

    Food and Dining

    The dining is really superb compared to other universities. In the dining halls you will find hibachi stations, salad bars, and special themed nights (sometimes catered by local restaurants). There are also plenty of restaurants around town that deliver to your dorm or apartment.

    Dorm Life

    I had the chance to live in Dickson my freshman year and it was an extremely social dorm. It was not a new building, but the atmosphere really made up for it. It is mandatory for you to live on campus for your first year at Cornell, which I believe is smart. All freshman live in one area of campus (North Campus) which makes it easier to meet new people and to feel surrounded by others that are going through the same emotions and overall journey. On North Campus you have many options for dorms, old and new, and different room styles: single, double, triple, suite-style, etc. Each dorm, and sometimes even sections within the dorm, hosts different events to ensure a community feel. I have heard that some dorms, however, are structurally not conducive to a social environment, but if that's the case, you can still hang out at other people's dorms or request to move.

    Academic Rigor

    Academic rigor really depends on which college within Cornell you attend and your major. The School of Hotel Administration, for example, has a reputation of being a breeze, while the School of Engineering is known as one of the most academically challenging schools. However, regardless of these differences, it is true that there is a base level of rigor that seems to surpass other universities. All you need to remember is that it is all doable. You just need to find your own rhythme practice good time management skills and take advantage of office hours and all the resources available to you. If you ever feel overwhelmed, don't hesitate to speak to the professors, ask for extensions, talk to your adviser.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't let yourself become overwhelmed by the workload or competitive environment, find a balance between work and play. Try out different school clubs, talk to professors after class, take classes that you are interested in, regardless of your declared major. You should attempt to be open-minded and try new things. These four years go by faster than you can imagine and I doubt you will get the chance to take advantage of all that a university has to offer, especially Cornell, at another point in your life.

    In three sentences

    While the workload can be intimidating, the resources you will be exposed to and the experiences you'll have will make it all worth it. The different colleges within the university give you the sense that you are part of a small, tight-knit community, yet you get to explore a large, beautiful campus. I would highly recommend it.

  • 06/28/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 22 of 88

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    People who can make their own fun, nature lovers, outgoing people

    Tips for prospective students

    Learn how to prioritize and know that high school studying is different from college studying. Befriend the upperclassmen because they can definitely provide lots of good advice. Also, for the warm-weather people out there, be prepared for the winters.

    Bang for the buck

    The one thing that bothers a lot of students about Cornell is how it seems like NOTHING is for free. We have to pay for laundry, entry into the gym, etc. while other schools provide those services for free. Other than that, I believe the Cornell experience is worth the tuition. Plus, the financial aid is amazing.

    Am enjoying being here

    You'll find all kinds of activities here on campus. We have over 400 student organizations to be involved with. For those that enjoy partying, you will most definitely find one during the weekend. The campus is soo beautiful and the people are pretty down to earth. I found it to be a definite change from my high school days. The food is decent, but West Campus dining would have to be the best. A majority of the people are down-to-earth

    Am learning a lot

    There is a large variety of classes and majors to choose from. The professors are real professionals in the subjects they learn and are always available to help their students if needed.

  • 02/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 23 of 88

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    i have not heard about any dangers since i have been here. the campus feels so safe, even at night when coming home from somewhere across campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    clubs are a major part of cornell, they help form so many different communities.

    What to do for fun

    there are so many trails to explore, various events, like this year we had b.o.b perform at homecoming. also a capella is big here, and they have great concerts.

    Food and Dining

    all dining hall food gets repetitive, yet cornell is very good about varying their food around campus.

    Dorm Life

    everyone in the dorms are nice, the building i live in is amazing and people get to know each other very well. the resident advisors are very helpful as well.

    Academic Rigor

    the classes are extremely challenging depending on the school and major but it is worth it because the knowledge sticks.

    Tips for prospective students

    make sure you study alot when told to, do not underestimate the rigor of the classes you take.

    In three sentences

    cornell is an amazing school when it comes to the atmosphere, which is extremely welcoming. the weather may be cold and the classes challenging, but the experience will put one ahead of the game. cornell has a stressful aura yet everyone here works together to make great experiences.

  • 05/12/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 24 of 88

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    While the tuition is very high, the University has stated its intent on making sure that those in difficult financial situation get the opportunity to come, so financial aid is certainly stronger than the average school.

    What to do for fun

    Gorge jumping, that is, jumping and swimming in the river that cuts through campus. Many great food places. If you are a nature person, the surrounding area is beautiful wilderness. Also, NYC is only a couple hours ride away.

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls are healthy and tasty, but more importantly, there are many many local restaurants known for very good variety and quality.

    Dorm Life

    From what I hear and see, the dorms are very comfortable and modern. The Greek life there is strong, and there is an abundant number of sororities and fraternities.

    Academic Rigor

    The work load is known to be fairly difficult, but at the same time, very doable. If high school was not particularly difficult (not necessarily a lot of work) then you should do very well at Cornell.

    Tips for prospective students

    Cornell wants to admit interesting people: show how you are an interesting person!

    In three sentences

    The unique and intelligent student body is inspiring and fun to be part of. Don't be worried about the cold, it actually makes those cold snowy nights very cozy and comfortable. The reputation and connections (particularly strong with the Alumni network) made there will be very useful in getting a job out of college.

  • 05/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 25 of 88

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    One of the safest campuses and cities I have ever experienced.

    Greek Life

    Excellent despite the administration's recent efforts to curtail the liberties of the individual fraternities and sororities.

    Clubs and Activities

    So many clubs, sports, and various organizations very few students are able to participate in more than 3-5.

    Great for these types of students

    Motivated. Independent. Strives in a very competitive culture.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Unusual traditions: sledding down Libe Slope, camp out overnight for Hockey tickets, milk a cow on Ag Day, streaking through the Arts Quad, Dragon Day prep, not remembering Slope Day, gorge jumping, go on a wine tour. Unusual locations: the gorges, plantations

    Bang for the buck

    Cornell is a very large University. Unless you start exploring the campus and joining organizations early, you may miss out on meeting people and experiencing what the school has to offer.

    What to do for fun

    Explore the campus (not just main campus but the Cornell plantations and orchards as well). Participate in Greek Life and intramural sports. Join clubs.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you establish very strong one-on-one relationships with professors. Have at least one professor/adviser you can depend on for course-enroll help and letters of recommendation.

    In three sentences

    Cornell is the quintessential college-town experience. The student body is incredibly competitive. The school offers excellent internship, job, and study-abroad opportunities.

  • 06/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 26 of 88

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Ithaca is a fairly isolated area, so there isn't the best downtown to go and have fun. If you're an outdoors person, then there are a plethora of trails to go hiking on and many parks to have fun in.

    Food and Dining

    Cornell often boasts about how many options they have and how they're friendly to all cuisines and dietary restrictions - they are. Every dining hall has a healthy balance of healthy food and unhealthy and meets every dietary need and restriction you can think of.

    Dorm Life

    Cornell does do some things correct for first years: some dorms have predominantly single rooms. This gives everyone the space they need and yet everyone is still able to interact well with each other.

    Academic Rigor

    Cornell is among the top in difficulty. No matter what other websites say, Cornell definitely is one of the toughest universities just because everyone is competing with each other to try and be the top dog.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not be fooled by Cornell's supposed greatness in specific fields. Take your money and mental health to a smaller, less competitive school. You will enjoy yourself so much more and most likely get the same experience there as at Cornell.

    In three sentences

    Cornell is a very diverse and large campus with one of the largest selections for majors and opportunities. This is also met with one of the fiercest, stressful, and competitive environments to study in. This institution also is one of the most expensive that I have seen as well.

  • 10/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 27 of 88

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Cornell has it's very own police department and there are multiple emergency phones located around campus if needed. Furthermore, Cornell has it's own medical clinic, and the CUPD does regular patrols of the campus, making a very safe place to be at any time.

    Greek Life

    The Greek life on campus is very diverse. There are numerous professional or service fraternities, in addition to social and bonding sororities and fraternities available. There's basically a Greek house available to almost anyone.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 1000 clubs on campus, ranging from professional and activist clubs, cultural clubs, to learning how to play instruments or watching certain tv shows with one another.

    Great for these types of students

    Any! There are so many types of studies and people at Cornell that it's nearly impossible to feel like you don't fit in.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Cornell has so many fun traditions. For starters, there is a list of 161 things to do before graduating - each thing unique yet fun! There are also multiple concerts and comedy shows available by well-known artists each semester. But the big tradition on campus is slope day! On the biggest hill in campus, during the last week of school, there is a day where all students get to attend multiple concerts and enjoy the sun with their classmates before school lets out.

    Bang for the buck

    Honestly, it depends on what your financial background is. But typically Cornell is pretty fair in their financial aid decisions. Personally it was cheaper for me to attend an ivy league school than it would have been to attend a state school because of the ability of aid that Cornell is able to give to its students.

    What to do for fun

    There are SO many things! There's the Ithaca commons, over 1000 clubs, hiking, gorge jumping, nature walks, and so much more. Cornell also makes a point to put on numerous events to keep the students preoccupied and busy in their free time!

    Food and Dining

    Cornell's culinary abilities are amazing! The options given at each meal are nice and diverse, there is always something to eat. However, if you eat at the same place every single day, the food, like anywhere else, will all start to taste the same.

    Dorm Life

    In my experience, my floor mates are very social and nice. While we may not have the same interests or majors, we are all friends and make a point to hang out in the common room with one another. Everyone is friendly and is going through, or has been through, the nerve-wracking experience that is freshman year, so having a support system of 90+ people on the floor is extremely helpful and comforting, especially when you are feeling stressed or particularly homesick.

    Academic Rigor

    It is challenging, but there is definitely help here that allows anything to be possible. With enough determination, Cornell is definitely a place where anyone can succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    Applying early decision will really help your chances at getting in. Honestly, SAT/ACT scores aren't so important; it's about who you are. Make sure your essays show your passion for something - anything - and it will greatly increase your chances of having a well-rounded application. A visit to campus beforehand also can't hurt, but I don't think it's necessary to be successful here.

    In three sentences

    The campus is absolutely beautiful and breath-taking in the fall. The tutoring and resources available for extra help are immensely helpful and readily available at most times of the day. Cornell also tries very hard to keep its students happy and very entertained while on campus.

  • 11/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 28 of 88

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Cornell is a very safe campus, and they take security and safety very seriously. There are multiple programs in place to make the campus safer at night, including buddies sent to walk you back to your room and the Blue Light emergency phones. You'll know about everything that happens within 48 hours typically, and it's nice to know that the school doesn't hide anything from its students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Dragon Day--that awesome day when the Architecture students parade their dragon through campus. Slope Day--the day everyone looks forward to or wishes they could put on rewind, full of fun, friends, and live music.

    Bang for the buck

    Cornell definitely gives you the bang for your buck, and they'll even accommodate your buck! The quality is overall amazing, and then the financial aid makes it even better with a great and very fair system.

    What to do for fun

    There are clubs and groups for everything you could imagine, and if you happen to think of something they don't have, it's easy to start your own thing. From a cappella groups and varsity sports to squirrel club and Quidditch, there are tons of options available. Plus, there are great places to go and things to see in the area.

    Food and Dining

    Cornell's food and dining is absolutely one of the best, especially on West Campus. Once you take in consideration that it's still campus food cooked in large quantities, you'll come to realize that your food is hundreds of times better than what your high school friends have at their schools. Plus, they accommodate food allergies and other dietary restrictions or choices very well.

    Dorm Life

    You'll hear about Court-Kay-Bauer and Mews being the best places to live on North Campus, but in actually, no place is lacking. Yeah, air conditioning is nice for the first and last few weeks of school, but you don't need it the rest of the year. There are a lot of housing options on campus and, no matter where you live, you will find your niche.

    Academic Rigor

    Albeit, as a member of the Ivies, Cornell is tough, but it's the feeling of accomplishment when you work hard and succeed that makes it all worth it in the end. Even if you don't end up doing as well as you had hoped, you'll learn to realize that you've been given an amazing education and wonderful opportunities that not everyone gets.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not let finances or your numbers get between you and applying to Cornell, especially if your desire for this school is great; Cornell looks past those things to see if you're the kind of person who idealizes the school, and they'll try hard and fair to get you if they want you. Also, buy a winter coat, or two.

    In three sentences

    With a beautiful campus, variety of course offerings, and great student body, no one can go wrong with Cornell. Ezra's founding line holds true to this day with the seven colleges offering a tremendous breadth of majors and minors, each one led by a wonderful set of professors and staff. You can't go wrong with the Big Red.

  • 03/01/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 29 of 88

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who want a large school in a rural area. School offers programs in many disciplines allowing students to explore their interests.

    Bang for the buck

    Cornell has so many options than students can study almost anything they want here at the university. Most students receive financial aid of some kind, making this school worth attending.

    Am enjoying being here

    Cornell is in a small town in upstate New York. It's really peaceful to look out and see so many trees surrounding you. There are plenty of organizations to get involved in on campus. There are a lot of groups that help out in the surrounding community of Ithaca as well as just on campus. Ithaca is full of culture and many of the campus groups help bring the culture closer to the students.

    Am learning a lot

    There are so many different programs here that most students can find a program they will enjoy. Many classes to choose from ranging from art to science to economics and government.

  • 06/17/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 30 of 88

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Even if you're not sure you'll go, I recommend applying to Cornell anyway, if you can afford it. The supplement to the Common App is not difficult, and it might be a good choice if you (to be blunt) don't make the other Ivies that you apply to.

    Bang for the buck

    It's pricier than my state's public university, but it's for an Ivy League education. Plus, financial aid helps cover a lot of the cost.

    Will enjoy being here

    I visited during Cornell Days, and I absolutely love the campus. In addition, there are many activities, clubs, and facilities (gyms, community center), so I'll have plenty to do if I ever get any free time.

    Will learn a lot

    I'm planning on attending in the fall, and I think I'll learn at lot in Cornell's challenging and recognized engineering program. I've taken a look at the required classes for engineering majors, and it seems like I'll have an interesting and stimulating first year!

  • 07/15/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 31 of 88

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    If you're driven and hard-working, Cornell really isn't as hard as it's reputation claims. The workload is monstrous, yes, but everybody seems to be handling it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Write a killer essay. My SATs and grades were okay, but I feel like my essay really secured my spot here. Also, even if you know what you want to do, I suggest you apply undecided. I was pretty sure I'd major in English, but spending my first year undeclared gave me quite a bit of freedom to explore.

    Bang for the buck

    Cornell is overpriced and its financial aid system can be frustrating, but Cornell works to meet every student's financial need. Right now, they kind of messed that up for me, and this year's financial aid seems completely unorganized, but hopefully it will work out. I guess I'd still say you get the bang for your buck. You can't beat Ivy League and the classes and professors are usually pretty great.

    Am enjoying being here

    I get stressed at times, especially because Cornell is set up in a way where you never really get a break. Instead of a week designated for midterms, Cornell has prelims, or big exams which happen throughout the semester. When they stack up, I find myself buried in work. There is always so much to do to get unstressed, though, even considering that Ithaca is in the middle of nowhere. The amount of clubs one can get involved in and all of the people one has the opportunity to meet helps, too.

    Am learning a lot

    I absolutely love the time I've spent at Cornell so far. My first year was crazy, exciting, and life-changing. My classes have pushed me to grow and the people I'm meeting, from all different backgrounds, teach me more every day. I love talking to people who come from a completely different life than I've lived and I love my classes which have me thinking about issues I've never had to worry about.

  • 12/26/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 32 of 88

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who are serious about academics, but who also are social.

    Tips for prospective students

    Look into all of the colleges and programs that Cornell offers.

    Bang for the buck

    Everything has a price tag, but most things are worth the price. Must pay for bus pass, gym pass, and concerts (I know that at some other schools these things are free).

    Am enjoying being here

    Not only do I learn so much, but I have made so many close friends and formed so many relationships with people.

    Am learning a lot

    I am being challenged to work hard and learn the material presented in lecture. Learning is very rewarding! Also, my classes are diverse, and I enjoy taking part in discussions with people who have different values and opinions than myself.

  • 06/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 33 of 88

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I always feel safe on campus even a night. Ithaca is a safe town and there are many phones on campus that are easily found that are tied directly to cornell police if help is needed.

    Greek Life

    Greek system is strong and there are many open parties hosted by them.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs for people to join and it is fairly easy to form a new club if the one you are looking for cannot be found.

    Bang for the buck

    I think Cornell is absolutely worth it because I think that in terms of getting an education there is no place that could be better and the same goes for networking opportunities the university provides in terms of finding what you want to do after school.

    What to do for fun

    There is a lot of natural beauty in the Ithaca area with many gorges and waterfalls nearby to explore and many place to go hiking if you want. There are many places on campus where you can get together with a bunch of friends and play some games, toss around a frisbee or something. There are also always party's and activities that are fun to go to on weekends.

    Food and Dining

    The quality of the food in the dining halls if good especially for dining hall food but the food in the a la carte eating facilities are excellent. Cornell dining also provides money in the meal plans for use at a la carte eating facilities.

    Dorm Life

    Some of the dorms are not great but most are. The dorms provide a nice balance between social life and the ability to study. All freshmen live in dorms in the same area which is a good way to meet other people and make new friends.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor is very high but the professors want you to succeed and will help you if you meet with them and tell them you need help.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not underestimate the workload and make sure to make time to balance studying and social life. Take advantage of programs designed to help students learn and succeed. Do not be too proud to ask for help if you need it there are programs to help you if you need it.

    In three sentences

    Cornell is an excellent school with great social life and while the workload is high I feel that you learn a lot. Generally the professors know what they are talking about and are usually receptive to students. There are many activities for students and many organizations and programs designed to help students succeed.

  • 06/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    It's a very safe campus. There are occasionally the problems you find everywhere on college campuses, such as drunk guys harassing you, but those are fairly rare.

    Greek Life

    The Greek life is very large on campus. There are lots of frat parties and sorority events, but it's definitely not necessary to be into the greek life to have an awesome social life.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many activities, from cultural to musical to debate (special shout out from a debater). It's fairly easy to start a new group and people are always welcoming new members.

    Great for these types of students

    Those who don't mind a smaller town. There's such a large variation in the students here that there's not really a specific type.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are many, many of these. Dragon Day. Slope Day. Refer to the list of 161 Things to Do at Cornell for further details.

    Bang for the buck

    It's an expensive college, but college is expensive everywhere. It's annoying to have to pay for laundry and the gym, but you can petition to take as many classes as you want. There are ways to get around the annoying little fees for living there. Tuition is high, but not as high as some other colleges.

    What to do for fun

    There's plenty to do in Ithaca, although sometime shopping can be a bit frustrating. There is an Ithaca Mall, with a theater, that can get a bit old very soon. It's rather small but has the essentials. There is more shopping in Downtown Ithaca, if you're willing to make the trek or take the bus. The gorges and surrounding natural areas are amazing, and running and hiking through these places can be incredible. The Cornell Plantations are also worth noting. Syracuse, a much larger city with a huge mall, is about an hour away so there is that option.

    Food and Dining

    The food is quite impressive at Cornell. There is a wide variety of options, from vegetarian to Chinese. With several all-you-can-eat dining halls as well as an assortment of a la carte places, pretty much everyone will find something they like. The Ithaca area also has many restaurants, including ethnic ones. On campus places that are especially good are Goldie's in the Physical Sciences Building and The Terrace in the Statler Hotel.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms vary. The newer freshmen dorms, such as Mews and Court-Kay-Bauer, as well as the new West Campus dorms are very comfortable, with climate control and new infrastructure. The older dorms...not so much, although they are certainly inhabitable. It really depends on your luck. There isn't enough housing for upperclassmen though, which is a bummer.

    Academic Rigor

    Cornell is a tough school. There's no way around it. There isn't very much grade inflation, especially if you're on a science track. Intro classes are usually curved to C+, B-, or B, so it won't be a piece of cake to get those A's. On the other hand, you do learn a lot in those classes and professors are good, for the most part.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prospective students may be intimidated by the large campus and especially the separate dorms for freshmen, but I've found that this allows you to become integrated into college life without the stress of upperclassmen, at least at first. Don't be afraid to try everything on campus. There are so many groups, classes, and events that there's something for everyone. Intro classes can be large, but if you take the time to go to office hours and talk with your TA, you'll get all the personal attention you could want.

    In three sentences

    Cornell is an amazing place with amazing opportunities, if you're willing to put yourself out there and take charge. It's a large school, certainly larger than its Ivy League peers, which can make it intimidating. At the same time, this facet gives students so many more opportunities to explore different fields and meet different people.

  • 07/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    For the most part, campus is very safe. As long as you walk in pairs late at night, you should be just fine. I have personally never felt threatened or worried walking home from the library late at night. There are only a few instances of petty crime.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is HUGE. Even if you're not in a fraternity/sorority, their presence can be felt. Nevertheless, there are plenty of people who did not go Greek that have great social lives. You certainly don't need to go Greek to be involved (I didn't).

    Clubs and Activities

    There are hundreds and hundreds of club, organizations, sports, ensembles, and activities. It's very easy to get involved and meet people with similar interests. There are plenty of professional clubs and organizations, as well as less serious ones. Cornell is known for its lacrosse, crew, hockey, and (occasionally) basketball teams. The Glee Club is well-known, too.

    Great for these types of students

    To succeed at Cornell, you have to be self-motivated. You have to be willing to go the extra mile to set yourself apart from the pack; everyone at Cornell is naturally bright. Some students spend their days cooped up in the library or their room, but the most successful students get involved, both on campus and in the community.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Dragon Day is a competition between the architecture students and the engineering students (the architects always win). The architects build a dragon and the engineers build a phoenix. There's a parade across campus that attracts people from Ithaca as well. Slope Day is held on the last day of classes. It's a massive, campus-wide celebration that features a concert on one of the big hills (hence slope). This past year, Taio Cruz and Neon Trees performed. It's a crazy, awesome day.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is steep, especially if you don't qualify for financial aid. (By the way, Cornell has fantastic financial aid). That being said, Cornell has an extensive- and active- alumni network. Not only that, a Cornell degree looks good; it's an Ivy League school.

    What to do for fun

    There's always something to do on the weekend. You can hang out with friends in your dorm or apartment or rage at a bar or fraternity party. There's a little something for everyone. You don't need to drink to have a social life, but alcohol is quite prevalent. Drugs are popular in certain groups, but if you're not interested in that, you won't encounter it. Explore Ithaca! There are tons of trails and waterfalls to see when it's warm outside, and the town itself is fun to explore when you have the time. Just be warned, the mall is awful.

    Food and Dining

    The food on campus is amazing; it's been voted some of the best in the country. The best all-you-can-eat dining halls are on West Campus. There's a wide variety of food on campus to choose from. Off-campus food is great as well. Collegetown has many good restaurants, and Ithaca is full of high-quality cuisine. Collegetown Bagels is very popular. There's a great (and affordable) Mexican restaurant called Viva Taqueria in the Commons. Vegetarians like myself will have no time staying well-fed with or without a meal plan.

    Dorm Life

    The quality of freshmen dorms varies. I was in what is considered one of the worst dorms (the Low Rises), but I had a great time and made tons of great friends on my floor. Housing is rather pricy, and laundry is not free. Upperclassen housing is very nice, but also varies. Most upperclassmen live off-campus in Collegetown.

    Academic Rigor

    If you don't work hard, you're not going to do well. Most of your intro classes will be based on a curve, so you have to push yourself to be above the median. Everyone is naturally smart, so don't expect to skate by like you might have in high school. In my opinion, the academic rigor is what makes Cornell so great. You're surrounded by brilliant people-students and professors- that will inspire you and motivate you.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're looking for a school that will be academically challenging while still being able to have a good time, Cornell is the place to be. Cornellians work very hard, but play just as hard on the weekends. If you want the quintessential college experience, you can find it here. You can take classes across every academic discipline and make friends from a vast variety of backgrounds.

    In three sentences

    My favorite thing about Cornell is the people; you'll meet passionate students and professors in your discipline as well as people with very different backgrounds and interests. Cornell will challenge you, no doubt, but you'll have a lot of fun, too. If you're willing to work hard and get involved, you'll enjoy your time here.

  • 07/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 36 of 88

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    What to do for fun

    Shopping, movies, hiking, sightseeing

    Food and Dining

    Many options available with 10 All-You-Can-Eat dining halls and many nice cafes.

    Dorm Life

    Townhouses are awesome and dorms are like close-knit families.

    Academic Rigor

    Study groups are your friend!

    Tips for prospective students

    Mix fun with studies and explore Cornell's beautiful campus, clubs, and organizations. Take advantage of the abundant academic resources available! Don't stress and do your best!

    In three sentences

    Cornell has a beautiful campus, dedicated students and lots to do! Professors are interesting and helpful. Many option and lots of opportunities for help.

  • 07/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 37 of 88

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus is really safe overall. There are a good number of forcible touchings down by college town at night, but these things occur to drunk people at like 2 am, so if you're smart about it, you're safe. They have a blue light system installed around campus. During finals and study week, they have a special late night shuttle for people who don't want to walk back to the dorms in the dark.

    Greek Life

    There are a lot of sororities and frats, but I don't know much about them. You can't rush them until spring semester though; they don't allow freshman to rush during the fall.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are way too many clubs and activities to mention. There is seriously something for everyone; dance, singing, squirrels, pokemon, cards, environmental science, entomology... Everything you can imagine.

    Great for these types of students

    Hard workers. You need to be pretty self-disciplined and hard working to go here. You can't be one to let one bad grade make you give up.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Dragon Day; the day before spring break, there is a huge party around the dragon the architects spent the year building. Slope Day; on the last day of classes in spring, there is a massive party on the slope. Lots of people, food, and a concert. Pre-finals screaming; at midnight on the night before finals start, everybody screams out their windows at the same time. It's eerie and cool at the same time.

    Bang for the buck

    It's expensive, but they do do a lot for students. They put on lots of fun activities for us throughout the year and give out a lot of 'free' stuff (t-shirts, bags....) Plus, you get the opportunity to learn from top professors and have the chance to work on cutting edge research with them.

    What to do for fun

    Downtown Ithaca is just a walk or bus ride away, and is full of shops, a movie theater and eateries. There are parks and waterfalls all around Ithaca; they're beautiful. The mall is only a short bus ride away. There are always activities happening on campus and tons of clubs to join.

    Food and Dining

    There are a ton of places to eat on campus! Some of them use your meal plan, and others take Big Red Bucks. Each dining hall has the basics, like salad and burgers, but they do a really good job at trying to make a wide selection of food available. Plus, it's pretty good quality; not like cafeteria food!

    Dorm Life

    People are loud and drunk all the time. Even in the freshman dorms. The dorms themselves are quite nice; they have brand new ones and cool old ones and both types have their perks.

    Academic Rigor

    It's a big change from high school; don't expect A's in everything. You're responsible for a ton of reading and you have to make sure you take the time to study (which is sometimes hard to do with all your new freedom). Your teachers obviously expect a lot out of you, but this means you'll learn a ton.

    Tips for prospective students

    Bring an umbrella and rain boots. You WILL need them. And if you don't like winter, don't come. It's New York. It snows here. Invest in a good bag; you'll need one when you're running across campus! Don't bother bringing a car; the bus system is great and will take you anywhere you need to go (plus, freshman ride for free).

    In three sentences

    The campus is beautiful, but huge; you're going to have to really hustle between classes if you have to walk from one part to the other. The teachers are great; they're enthusiastic about what they do and at the top of their fields.

  • 07/26/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Cornell is a very safe university. It isn't located in a major city, so there isn't a steady flow of traffic through the campus, unlike many other schools in America. The campus offers the Blue Light System, which contains a phone that will immediately contact campus security or the police, should you feel uncomfortable or simply want an escort back to your dorm.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is very prevalent at Cornell. However, involvement is not necessary to have a successful and fun undergraduate experience. Should you choose to participate, however, you will become very close with your sorority/fraternity and create bonds that will last you a lifetime.

    Clubs and Activities

    Being the huge school that it is, Cornell is home to hundreds of clubs and therefore provides students with activities of great range and variety. Whatever it is that the students are interested in, they are bound to find a club with others of the same interest, or can even start their own!

    Great for these types of students

    Because Cornell is so diverse in its student population, any student would feel at home.

    Bang for the buck

    Cornell offers great financial aid, and if you are able to afford it, it will be worth your every penny. No matter how much you are paying to attend, the university will meet your academic needs and will offer the student with great opportunities and a bright future.

    Food and Dining

    Cornell is ranked by Princeton Review as the 5th best in dining experiences in the nation. Needless to say, the food is great. There are multiple dining halls that students can go to with their meal plans, and a great diversity to what students can eat.

    Dorm Life

    Cornell has several different residence halls for freshman, who are located on North Campus, away from the upperclassmen. This provides for a smaller and more intimate environment for the new students to get to know each other. The residence halls can be viewed online at the Cornell Housing website. There are also alternatives to the classic dorm life, where students can live in a building with people of the same diversity or interests (ie. Akwe-gon or JAM).

    Academic Rigor

    Although there are majors that have less requirements than others, Cornell University will still challenge its students to get the most out of them. However, if you properly manage your time and work hard, you will be successful.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of Cornell's college system to plan specifically what it is you want to do, and if the several majors offered are right for you.

    In three sentences

    Upon arriving at the college, you will be absolutely captivated by the beautiful structures and the landscaping of this university. However, looking past this, the school offers insightful ways for leading students to their future and preparing them incredibly. With its large population comes much diversity, as well as great opportunities for close discussions and group work to further enhance your undergraduate experience.

  • 09/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Visit and enjoy the local scenarios. Take a trip to the Cayuga lake and t he local farms.

    Food and Dining

    Cornel offers many different selections of foods from healthy food to more rich food. There is a place for anyone.

    Dorm Life

    Freshman year dorms definitely provide a great opportunity for students to meet lots of peers and befriend one another.

    Academic Rigor

    Some courses are definitely challenging and require good study habits to keep up with the materials. But once the student was able to keep up with everything even in the face of adversity, he will find that everything is worth it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to experience lots of walking around the campus, especially during the beginning of the fall semester. Always bring rain gear to be prepared for the rain.

    In three sentences

    Cornell is a beautiful campus that allows students to fully explore his or her potential while taking some time to experience what mother nature has to offer. The local people are very nice and will always be very eager to help you. While the academic rigor of the school can be especially rolling during the winter months, the student who was able to triumph over those challenges will come out confident, independent, and strong.

  • 11/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 40 of 88

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    What to do for fun

    There are always pick up basketball, soccer, and ultimate going on also a myriad of clubs for every activity you can think of.

    Food and Dining

    Food and selection at Cornell is phenomenal especially West Campus, can not complain.

    Dorm Life

    I got one of the better dorms on North, but some are not so lucky, overall still pretty good.

    Academic Rigor

    As a pre-med, the classes are definitely competitive and hard but not cut throat.

    Tips for prospective students

    Of course have the GPA and test scores, but be sure to communicate who you are and never sacrifice who you are or what you want to do to craft the perfect resume.

    In three sentences

    Overall, it is a very great school with a wealth of opportunities. don't expect your hand to be held, have to be proactive and big intro classes suck, but I absolutely love it here so many cool opportunities.

  • 11/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 41 of 88

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    Greek Life

    Very prominent, something like 30% of students go Greek

    Clubs and Activities

    Dancers, singers (tons of a capella groups), athletes (club and varsity sports, not many intramurals)

    Great for these types of students

    Self-motivated, efficient workers

    Bang for the buck

    VERY expensive, and Cornell tries to suck money out of you at every opportunity, but the reputation and networking is worth the price

    What to do for fun

    Hang out in Collegetown, go to dance/theater/choir performances, see movies at Cornell Cinema (they play movies every night), and there is a pretty prominent Greek life, so even if you're not interested in going Greek there are always frat parties to go to on weekends.

    Food and Dining

    Fantastic! Cornell is consistently rated in the top five for university dining hall food. It's always good, even if you're just getting a burger or pizza. Watch out for the BBQ tofu though...

    Dorm Life

    Fantastic! I lived in the newest dorm on campus, and it was absolutely beautiful with big rooms, hallways and lounges, brand new TVs and furniture, and air conditioning! Some of the older dorms are not nearly as nice, but they are still fun to live in I've heard.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are tough, but I found them very manageable if you are willing to put in the time and effort. Because it's a really big undergrad population (about 14,000) a lot of classes are taught by TAs, especially 1000 and 2000 level courses, so a lot of the time the rigor/enjoyability of classes depends on the competence of your TA.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit at least once, more times if possible. Also, when applying, keep in mind that Cornell values diversity--not just in terms of ethnicity but in all other aspects of your personality. Try to get an alum or current student's insight before you apply.

    In three sentences

    Cornell has the most beautiful campus I've ever seen, in pictures or in person. Freshmen are treated extremely well; upperclassmen are helpful and the professors and TAs I've had have been very understanding and helpful. Plus Cornell has a great reputation--this place will open tons of doors for you in terms of professional/grad school, jobs, and internships.

  • 12/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 42 of 88

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    Campus Safety

    It has its own police force.

    Greek Life

    Great Greek System!

    Clubs and Activities

    The problem I have is choosing between them!

    Great for these types of students

    Driven, focused, fun loving, intelligent.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Slope day - every year before spring finals there is a huge on campus party.

    Bang for the buck

    Totally worth the price. The facilities, professors, campus, and everything else is top notch.

    What to do for fun

    Gorge jumping, hanging out with friends, visiting college town.

    Food and Dining

    The food is AMAZING. So many options. Vegan and vegetarian friendly

    Dorm Life

    Great dorms. Great people.

    Academic Rigor

    Don't be deceived, it's not easy.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early. Be specific in your essays! Visit the school, it's beautiful

    In three sentences

    It is absolutely amazing. Very challenging curriculum. Very worthwhile experience.

  • 12/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Hockey is big at Cornell, with the most popular game of the season being the Cornell-Harvard game (watch out for people trying to throw fish on the ice).

    What to do for fun

    There is so much to do at Cornell. Clubs, sports (intramural co-ed water polo team, anyone?), and hanging out will friends will fill most of your need for fun. If you want to do something away from campus, the city bus can get you close to anything you could think of doing.

    Food and Dining

    The food at Cornell is amazing. There are times that you will long for horribly unhealthy fast-food as it requires leaving campus to find, but the options on campus are healthy, delicious, and there is something for everyone.

    Dorm Life

    Which dorm you are assigned to really determines what the environment is like. Some dorms are noisy and others are quiet. Where ever you end up, you will have the chance to make life-long friends.

    Academic Rigor

    Courses at Cornell are hard, but what professor you get really determines how well you will do. Some professors curve the class to a B-, while others will teach you more than you ever thought you would know and your grades will reflect that.

    Tips for prospective students

    The best tip I was ever given at Cornell was to plan out your time. If you make a schedule and stick to it your life will be so much easier.

    In three sentences

    Cornell's campus is gorgeous. Here you will work harder than you have ever had before; but if you can manage your time, you will also be able to play harder. It is the type of place that once you've gone there you will forever be a part of the Big Red Family.

  • 03/21/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    What to do for fun

    GORGES!

    Food and Dining

    Amazing dining halls at Cornell and restaurants in the area. Locally, make sure you check out Bandwagon Brew Pub and Just A Taste.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are okay. Always loved living off campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Study hard, read the assigned reading BEFORE class (preferably not the day before the test). However, Olin Library Stacks are a great place to cram.

    Tips for prospective students

    Never walk home alone. It may seem safe, but bad people are everywhere, even at a pretty ivy league college.

    In three sentences

    An amazing place to be taught by well-known, intelligent professors. It is a large school with opportunity everywhere. Be sure to take advantage of the events, talks, classes, clubs, and extra-curriculars.

  • 04/16/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 45 of 88

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Cornell is safer than other campuses I've visited.

    Greek Life

    eh, I know it exists; I have yet to really experience Greek Life though.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over a thousand clubs/ groups for you to chose from. Don't be afraid to get involved in the community!

    Great for these types of students

    Cornell is great for hard working, down to Earth individuals.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The slope.... you have to experience it for yourself.

    Bang for the buck

    This really depends on whether or not you receive a lot of need-based financial aid. I personally think any money I spend on attending Cornell is worth it, but then again my financial aid package was great.

    What to do for fun

    Join a club, sorority/ frat, or group on campus. You'll have a lot more things to do. Also, going to NYC for a weekend is always an option if you don't have too many assignments to do.

    Food and Dining

    For me, food and dining was great when I visited, but I heard you can easily get sick of it. (Sidenote: Risley has the best breakfast food)

    Dorm Life

    Some dorms are nicer than others to be honest, but don't despair - it gets better.

    Academic Rigor

    This really depends on what classes you take and which one Cornell's colleges you chose to enroll in. If your professor keeps you engaged during class and you like attending it shouldn't be so bad

    Tips for prospective students

    Work hard and take your high school years seriously.

    In three sentences

    Cornell is an extremely challenging school. It's home to a lovely group of down to Earth and intellectual individuals. Overall, it's absolutely gorges.

  • 12/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 46 of 88

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    What to do for fun

    Friday nights generally consist of: 1. Parties 2. Going to Wal-Mart 3. Studying more There isn't that much to do in Ithaca, to be honest. It's very different from any university within a few minutes walk/bike from a major city. Most fun activities will come from clubs or other student organizations, so look into those, if you are interested in any. The people are great, but the activities are limited.

    Food and Dining

    Good, but even then, it gets old. While Cornell dining is well known to be among the best, it's still not quite restaurant caliber. As someone who grew up surrounded by great food from around the world at low prices, I've been somewhat spoiled. The biggest issue here is cost: given a standard meal plan, each all-you-can-eat meal comes out to about $14.

    Dorm Life

    Very dependent on location. While still better (in general) than many other schools, it can vary. As a Freshman, rooms in Dickson are worthy of 2-star ratings (cramped, poorly lit, old), while rooms in Mews or Court-Kay-Bauer (spacious, great restrooms, excellent facilities) are easily 5. As a Sophomore or Junior, the Gothics on West Campus are trash (generally unpleasant to live in), while Alice Cook House, for example, is great.

    Academic Rigor

    It is fairly rigorous for engineers. The pace at which the classes move is reasonably fast, and falling behind is unforgiving. That being said, everything is still very manageable. The textbooks are generally well written (get digital versions, don't waste money with hard copies!) and allow for effective self-study. Even if you are having difficulty in the classes, there are many opportunities for extra help; group study sessions, free tutors, and many other offerings won't fail you, as long as you're willing to put in the time and effort.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do NOT come in with the same mentality as you did in high school (if you were a procrastinator/slacker like me). Many students struggle through Freshman and Sophomore years and decide to drop out of the Engineering school because they are unwilling to put in the amount of work necessary. You cannot afford to cram or do the bare minimum required on the problem sets. To do significantly better than average, you will have to put in significantly more work. Everybody at Cornell comes from the top of their class in high school; you are not as special as you once were.

  • 06/21/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    Must be dedicated and an excellent student.

    Tips for prospective students

    Amazing campus if you can get it.

    Bang for the buck

    High cost of tuition but awesome financial aid department!

    Will enjoy being here

    Teachers and students all seem very helpful!

    Will learn a lot

    That's what you get from a top academics school.

  • 07/08/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    I've been doing some research for the best computer science programs and this is one of them.

  • 07/26/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    Hard Workers Well-Rounded Students Students who are independently motivated

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely do your best throughout high school and work your hardest, but don't overdo it either. I know that I always stressed myself out, and many times it was completely unnecessary. Just focus on having a great, well-rounded experience.

    Bang for the buck

    I have received a fantastic financial aid package from Cornell, though I wish that they would not have such high expectations for summer earnings. I did manage to get a part-time job this summer, but even if I saved every penny, I would not have nearly enough money for their suggested amount.

    Will enjoy being here

    After corresponding with a friend of mine who went to Cornell last year, I know that I will have a great time. Everything from the food to the clubs to the orientation activities seem amazing, and I am ready for the challenge of college courses.

    Will learn a lot

    I am incredibly excited to be going to such a prestigious university, and I am beyond certain that I will get a fantastic education. It has one of the best engineering schools in the country and I cannot wait to begin learning.

  • 07/29/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    Outgoing, hard-working

    Tips for prospective students

    Work hard and show your passions!

    Bang for the buck

    A degree from Cornell will definitely pay off in the long run. You will make many connections.

    Will enjoy being here

    The campus is beautiful, the food is good, and there are tons of clubs you can join. Plus, Ithaca is GORGES!

    Will learn a lot

    Cornell is such a large school with so many classes and outside learning experiences. You will definitely learn a lot.

  • 01/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    artsy, confident, ready to accept that they won't be the best in the class

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit us before you decide!

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is expensive, there's no getting around that.

    Am enjoying being here

    I couldn't imagine a better setting for an education. It's beautiful, the buildings are varied in architecture and are all quite unique, my dorm is amazing, my friends are amazing, and I love my classes and major!

  • 01/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Diverse, opinionated, fun, hard-working.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Screaming at the top of your lungs at midnight on the day before final exams start.

    What to do for fun

    Movies, bowling, shopping and parties. ;)

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not procrastinate and don't be afraid to change your major.

    In three sentences

    Cornell has a very relaxed atmosphere. One school motto is freedom with responsibility and the students practice it often. The professors are mainly down to earth and helpful.

  • 01/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    we got our own university police.

    Greek Life

    it is not as bad as people think. i think it's pretty normal.

    Clubs and Activities

    there is everything you can imagine.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    west campus has the best food.

    Bang for the buck

    it's a little expensive, but you get a great education.

    What to do for fun

    we have everything that you can imagine. extracurricular activities, fraternities, sororities, etc.

    Food and Dining

    we have some of the best dining halls in the country.

    Dorm Life

    some are nice. some are not. some are quiet. some are loud. it really depends on which dorm you get.

    Academic Rigor

    it is an ivy league institution so it is not a smooth ride.

    Tips for prospective students

    don't be disappointed if you do not do as well as you thought you would do. it is a very challenging school and as long as you work hard you will succeed.

    In three sentences

    it is a tough experience. you are surrounded by smart people. however, it is rewarding.

  • 03/13/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    library, laboratory and equipped clinics

    What to do for fun

    studying for hours especially in cardiology

    Tips for prospective students

    the vital beatings of animals are in our hands, with the hope of the eradication of any death caused by any kind of cardiomyopathies

    In three sentences

    there are copious of conspicuous aspects which are reasonably breathtaking to expand cardiology in this university

  • 05/01/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Join clubs, visit the natural beauties. Take time each day and walk on the campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Hey, it's the best Veterinary Medicine University, right???

    Tips for prospective students

    BE yourself. Don't care about who is gonna read you essay. Presume that it will be somebody just like you.

    In three sentences

    It has any different kinds of activities. The environment is fit for me. I heard awesome things about it.

  • 06/16/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    1. Agreeable environment campus 2. Great research university 3. Ample opportunities for showing uniquenesd

  • 01/08/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    I went to the summer school program for hospitality management, and it was amazing! I've been to so many summer programs before but this one was the most rigorous and meaningful time of my life! Now Cornell is my dream school, and I'm hoping my effort would be worth it! I'm applying next year :)

  • 01/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    The natural beauty of Cornell's campus should be enjoyed: hiking, trail running, skiing galore! The Ithaca Commons hosts local events such as Apple Festival in the fall and Chili Festival in the winter. There isn't a whole lot of shopping available, but Ithaca is only a 4-5 hour bus ride from NYC.

    Food and Dining

    There are 2 full all-you-can-eat style dining halls on North Campus, where the freshman dorms are located, as well as a late-night student convenience store. The dining halls offer fresh, local produce and are very mindful of the environment in their composting and going trayless campaigns. Various cuisine types can be found: Asian food, salad and soup bar, sushi bar, and stir fry stations are available daily. Plus the staff are always friendly!

    Dorm Life

    Freshman year, the dorms are fantastic. All freshman are on North Campus together with a two gym facilities, two dining halls, two student services desk, and multiple bus stops mere steps away from your door. After freshman year, the dorm options are harder to come by as Cornell operates on a lottery system, so many students choose to live in apartments or houses with friends or live in their sorority or fraternity house after freshman year.

    Academic Rigor

    This is an Ivy League school, and the course work surely proves it. Expect to spend 8 hours a week reading and studying for your average 4-credit class. However, the academic rigor here shouldn't deter anyone from applying. Professors applaud passion and question-asking. The TAs here are fantastically helpful and most departments have a plethora of extra resources (tutoring, study groups, etc.) if you find you need more help.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study what you love! If your coursework is genuinely interesting, you'll be much more likely to apply yourself now that mom isn't around to make you do your homework. Cornell has seven undergraduate colleges, each with a specific area of study. Ezra Cornell wanted this school to be an institution where anyone could find instruction in any study, and this is indeed the place to cross academic, cultural, and institutional boundaries. Be willing to be flexible!

    In three sentences

    Cornell's campus is second to none. The natural beauty, gorges, waterfalls, mountains, are breathtaking at every time of year. Study in comfortable, modern tech buildings or cozy, gothic art buildings.

  • 02/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Absolutely the best decision I made at Cornell was to join Greek life. We have over 40 fraternities and 12 sororities. An incredible experience!

    Great for these types of students

    Outgoing, studious

    Bang for the buck

    I think while Cornell may have a high price tag, the investment that I am making for my future is worth all of the loans. Cornell gives you the resources and network to succeed in your post-undergraduate life and there is nothing more worthwhile to me than that.

    What to do for fun

    Campus activities, intramural sports, extracurricular clubs in every college and major, club sports, Division 1 varsity sports, fraternities, sororities, dancing, more restaurants per capita than New York City- so many fun restaurants to explore!

    Food and Dining

    Whether you're looking for sushi, stirfry, a burger, salad, sandwich, hot meal, cereal, bagels, - you'll find it in the Cornell Dining Halls. We have been ranked as having some of the best college campus food around the country and I can say that I ate in the dining halls for breakfast lunch and dinner my freshman year, thoroughly enjoyed it, and didn't gain the Freshman 15! Additionally, there are many other eateries on campus to go to if you are looking for something other than the dining halls!

    Dorm Life

    Every dorm at Cornell has a different personality and will allow you to transition to college seamlessly. I lived in Dickson (the largest dorm in the Ivy) in a single and it was one of the best experiences I have had thus far in college.

    Academic Rigor

    Cornell offers different undergraduate colleges within the University for each student's preference in education.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are looking for a school that encompasses challenging academics, a supportive community, lifelong relationships, and fun all into one campus than Cornell really is the right school for you. You will not be simply a number in a large classroom nor an unrecognized face on campus, while Cornell is the largest Ivy League, they really make it so you do not realize how big the school truly is.

    In three sentences

    Cornell is an open-minded University that fosters learning with diversity through people, academics, and experiences. Time here at Cornell will make you a better person by learning through your classmates and creating relationships with your professors. Cornell challenges you to become the best you can in any study you pursue.

  • 03/02/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    Great school academically with a beautiful campus and great opportunities, but it is EXTREMELY cold. Visited in September and it was already freezing.

  • 03/09/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    There are many options and the food is great!

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are extremely nice and comfortable.

    Academic Rigor

    There are many classes to choose from that will help students reach their career goals.

  • 03/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    good system

    Greek Life

    very active

    Clubs and Activities

    everything

    Great for these types of students

    smart and motivated

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    dragon day, slope day, etc.

    Bang for the buck

    Great financial aid!

    What to do for fun

    Gorge trails!

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early!

    In three sentences

    Cornell has a great teaching system with wonderful teachers. The campus is beautiful and the social aspects are enjoyable. Great food :)

  • 05/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Cornell has our own cops! WE have blue light safety

    Greek Life

    1/3 of campus is greek

    Clubs and Activities

    Hundreds of clubs and organizations!! It is easy to make your own......There is a club for EVERYONE.....For example there is a squirrel watching club

    Great for these types of students

    Great for everyone!!!!!!! any student, any study is the saying

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Cornell has a lot of beautiful Gorges all around campus. One tradition is Dragon Day. They architecture students build a dragon and then they burn it at the end of the yr but because Cornell is also big on environment, they just take it down instead of burning it

    Bang for the buck

    A lot of money but financial aid is great!!

    What to do for fun

    I like to party as much as I can. Having a social life is a must at Cornell because they academic work can drain you. I also like to go to concerts, performances and banquets that are on campus.

    Food and Dining

    The food is actually pretty good! There are a lot of dining halls,cafes and eateries on campus. One of Cornell's majors is Hotel Management where they manage a 4 star hotel on campus that serves great food as well

    Dorm Life

    My freshman year, I lived in a Townhouse. It was a mini apartment that had a kitchen, living room, dining room, BR, and only 2 bedrooms. It cost the same as a single bedroom in one of the other dorms. It was great. Compared to other schools dorms I believe we have it good. Cornell also has one of the biggest dorms in the ivy's called Clara Dickson, which calls for a great social life

    Academic Rigor

    Be prepared to get your first C!! Everyone that comes to this school were at the top of their class so it is very competitive! Very draining! But the degree will

    Tips for prospective students

    Step out of your comfort zone!! Cornell can open your eyes to a lot if you do. Ask for Help, ask for help, ask for help!!! Can't stress that enough

    In three sentences

    Cornell is a very tough school that requires a lot of motivation. It is huge! Cornell is fun and is what you make it

  • 05/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    It gets a little bit creepy at night only because this campus is huge and there are areas where it's darker than the normal campus. However, you will find that so many people study till very late at night on campus, and there is the blue light system that you can use to make sure that you get home safe (the police will escort you to your dorm/ house/ apartment). Overall, it's a very safe campus.

    Greek Life

    Cornell has an amazing Greek life for those of you who are interested. There are so many fraternities (can't remember how many but there definitely are more than 40) and 12 sororities. Sororities tend to accept more people than fraternities given that there are only 12 of them on campus. They are predominant in a student's social life.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are countless clubs, and all of them are very much involved on campus in their own ways. There is a club fest at the beginning of every year, so I recommend you go check that out. It is a great opportunity to network with people who share similar interests. Make sure you don't sign up for too many, however; the amount of emails you get from those listservs is ridiculous.

    Great for these types of students

    Cornell is a huge school, so if you are someone who is easily intimidated by big groups of people or who needs a closer environment when pursuing a study, I say Cornell might be a difficult place to get used to at first. However, since it is a big diverse school, you will find your niche for sure, and you shouldn't worry about not fitting in at all.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    On Halloween, they put a pumpkin on top of the clock tower. Also, there is a list called 161 things to do at Cornell, and you should try to do a lot of it because 1) they are bizarre, 2) they still sound fun, and 3) why not.

    Bang for the buck

    Cornell is expensive, and you will spend a lot more money just by living in Ithaca because things tend to be monopolized around here. However, you are going to a big name school with a great reputation, so why not invest in you as a human capital?

    What to do for fun

    Ithaca Commons has a lot of great restaurants, so definitely go explore those. A lot of people join Greek organizations in spring of their freshman year; social life is largely dominated by Greek life, and I definitely recommend going through the formal recruitment because it is a lot of fun after all. Other than those, there are some bars in Collegetown that are worth checking out as well as hiking trails and parks that are nice to go to when it is warm out.

    Food and Dining

    Cornell has a lot of dining halls and cafes as well as restaurants. Each dining hall has different characteristics. In my opinion, Statler Hall (Hotel School) tends to have better dining options on campus with their salad being legendary.

    Dorm Life

    Some dorms are more recently built than others, and, therefore, they are cleaner and better-designed than others. Freshmen all live on North Campus, which creates an atmosphere where you can get to know each other very well as well as a sense of community. After the freshman year, you are on your own in finding housing. West Campus dorms are new and nice, but most people join sororities or fraternities, so their housings are handled by their Greek organizations (which is also a lot of fun).

    Academic Rigor

    Cornell makes its students work hard. Often times, course loads are heavy, and only those who try and put consistent effort into her work can get good grades. You get a grade that you deserve for the most time, but you definitely need to work extremely hard to be successful.

    Tips for prospective students

    I think being well-rounded extremely important; however, what is more important is being excellent at what you want to pursue and what you are passionate about. For example, if you are looking to apply to Cornell University of Hotel Administration, an ideal candidate will be someone who understands the trend in the hospitality industry and has a creative approach to the market -- the knowledge that you can only gain through past experiences.

    In three sentences

    Cornell offers you so many diverse areas of study and presents the academic environment with ample opportunities to gain hands-on experiences. Cornell is a big school for people with big dreams: all Cornellians come to this school with big goals and ambitions, and although everyone is very different from each other, he/ she strive to be stellar in his areas of study.

  • 05/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Slope Day, which is the last day of classes is probably the best day all year. There is a concert and all sorts of fair like activities.

    What to do for fun

    Take a walk around Bebe lake. Frat parties and formals. Go see a concert at the State Theatre.

    Food and Dining

    Generally good cafeteria food, although it can get boring at times. Stella's in Collegetown is one of the few nice restaurants in the area and it has great coffees and tea.

    Dorm Life

    I really enjoyed my dorm (Clara Dickson). I do caution against the Town Houses and the High Rises though.

    Academic Rigor

    It's challenging and time management is definitely something you must be aware of. However, it is generally not impossibly hard and if you work hard the results will reflect that.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't take on too many activities all at once. Do try new things. Try to eat at Louie's and the Hot Truck.

    In three sentences

    I've met some of the most talented people. It has great food. I can't imagine going anywhere else.

  • 05/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Nothing really bad every happens.

    Greek Life

    Soo many frats, and a good amount of sororities.

    Clubs and Activities

    A large variety.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Yelling at 12 am across campus the day finals week starts for the fall semester.

    Bang for the buck

    All collegetown foods restaurants.

    What to do for fun

    Join a club to keep active, there are plenty to choose from.

    Food and Dining

    Good food on and off campus.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are good and roomy.

    Academic Rigor

    It hard for the most part.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared for a lot of work and have time management skills.

    In three sentences

    It can be very challenging at times with some easier class. There is a lot to do on campus since it is so big. And it is filled with good people.

  • 06/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There's so much! I can't even begin to list the massive array of activities that are going on literally all the time. You will not have a problem finding things to do, but you might have a problem managing your time and getting your work done between them.

    Food and Dining

    The food is good, especially when compared with other college foods, but it is still dining hall food. It can get quite repetitive. I would suggest having a minimal meal plan, particularly if your schedule is heavy during mealtimes, and just using Big Red Bucks when you need to buy food.

    Dorm Life

    Every dorm has a different personality. I am in Risley, which is a program house for the performing arts (we now have a website at risley.org). I have had a wonderful time there, living with all sorts of interesting characters. It is a particularly welcoming place with people from all backgrounds and studies.

    Academic Rigor

    Of course, the classes have a wide range of difficulty, from unbelievably easy to shoot-me-now hard, and you get to choose which courses you want to take, so your experience can really be as academically rigorous as you want it to be. Personally, I take classes that are more on the psychopathic level, but it's important to always have some light classes. I like to take meditation or yoga, which also count as a gym course.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to ask for help. If you are confused, go to your teacher's office hours. Speak up in class and in discussion. Get enough sleep. Eat 3 meals a day; it is easy to miss them when you are busy with all the neat activities on campus.

    In three sentences

    A welcoming and diverse environment for all students. While intro classes are sometimes quite large, teachers are happy to meet individually with students, and there are almost always smaller discussion sections. Also wonderful scenery, great for nature walks and hikes.

  • 06/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have never felt unsafe. It is a generally quiet area with campus police available when necessary.

    Greek Life

    I am a member of Alpha Xi Delta and have found it to be a rewarding experience. The sisterhood bonds last for life and they will help you through anything. There is no apparent Greek vs. Non-greek stigma and everyone just finds the place where they are meant to be.

    Clubs and Activities

    Everything you could possibly imagine. For example, I learned how to belly dance and joined a belly dance troupe on campus my Freshman year. There is a group for everything!

    Great for these types of students

    All students can call Cornell home. Diversity and acceptance are a huge part of the university's values.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The McGraw clock tower is home to the Cornell Chimes. They are played by Chimes Masters two to three times a day. They play requests like Happy Birthday or Hedwig's Theme. This makes the campus more magical when passing between classes.

    Bang for the buck

    The school is expensive, and in reality you are paying for name brand, but it is worth it. The connections that you make with people will lead you to success in your field.

    What to do for fun

    Check out the list of student clubs and organizations on the school website to get just the tip of the iceberg. There are concerts and lectures during the year and you can always find someplace to go on the weekends.

    Food and Dining

    The food is abundant and pretty good. There are many options on campus and you are sure to find a favorite place. There is also ice cream in every all-you-care-to-eat dining hall.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are social and filled with a diverse group of students. Keep your door open when you are there and get to know the friendly faces of your RA and hall-mates.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are challenging, but don't let that discourage you! There are many resources and help available. All you have to do is ask, so don't be afraid to.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved on campus. There is so much going on that it is hard not to! College is an opportunity to explore and build lasting relationships. Cornell is a place for that.

    In three sentences

    This is a great school with impressive resources and staff. The campus offers a diverse host of student activities, so that it is easy to call home. The people make the campus experience amazing, as we are all trying to get through the challenging courses and often gloomy weather together.

  • 07/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Excellent system.

    Bang for the buck

    Financial aid is 5 star ++

    What to do for fun

    Choices are endless!! Every sport, club, group, function you can think of. So many it's hard to choose. 5 star

    Food and Dining

    Absolutely every type of dining you can imagine. Food is amazing!!! 5 star +++++

    Dorm Life

    Dorm choices are unbelievable. Choices are numerous. Like many colleges some options are better than others. Impossible to not find a match for your personality though.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are very demanding, but the help is there. Budgeting your time and taking advantage of all the resources will make it all worth the commitment!

    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of ALL that Cornell offers. The staff and community at Cornell wants you to succeed and is so incredibly supportive. All you have to do is look and ask. Beyond academics Cornell is bursting with amazing opportunities. Budget your time, study hard and leave time to relax and have fun. Advisement team is incredible!!! Never ever give up, there is always someone that is willing to help.

    In three sentences

    The Cornell University motto is: I would found an institution where any person can find instruction in any study (Ezra Cornell). . Cornell is top notch Ivy League and is a one incredible supportive community within another. Five Star PLUS!!!

  • 07/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are always parties every weekend.

    Food and Dining

    depends on each dining hall

    Dorm Life

    I suggest you don't sign up for Risley.

    Academic Rigor

    Work hard.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you keep in mind your college's and major's requirements before choosing classes! Also, everything you've heard about how bad the winters are - multiply that by 10. It's that bad.

    In three sentences

    It is a very large, diverse place. Faculty is outstanding. I enjoy weekend activities and clubs.

  • 07/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus blue light system makes you feel safe even in the darkest places at the latest hours.

    Greek Life

    Close to 40 frats and 20 sororities, some of the best Greek life in the country.

    Clubs and Activities

    Find any club you can ever think of, literally.

    Great for these types of students

    All types.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Dragon Day: where engineers build a huge dragon and bring it around campus on the streets with a police escort.

    Bang for the buck

    Very expensive school but well worth it.

    What to do for fun

    I am a varsity athlete on the wrestling team and is the most fun I need.

    Food and Dining

    Cornell is ranked top 5 in the country for dining and deservingly so. Delicious food with a multitude of options.

    Dorm Life

    I lived in the townhouses which were awesome with a kitchen, family room, bathroom, and two bedrooms.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics are very challenging but help is there whenever you need it.

    Tips for prospective students

    You must get involved in clubs and extracurricular activities. Knock on your neighbors' doors and get to know everyone you can, you will not regret it.

    In three sentences

    Cornell University is the best thing that has happened to me in my life thus far. It offers an opportunity to anyone from any background to be successful and achieve his/her dreams. I could not be happier with my decision to attend Cornell University.

  • 07/31/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Social activities at Cornell are vast. It is only a manner of discovering which are the ones that appeal to you.

    Food and Dining

    Food and dining is top notch. There are different locations to choose from as well as a great variety of dishes.

    Dorm Life

    Still have not experienced dorm life myself, but I have heard no complaints. Everybody seems to find their niche in each of the different dorms. There are also apartment-style, themed, and Greek houses as other living options.

    Academic Rigor

    I have yet to try Cornell's academic rigor, but am sure it is a challenge.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not be intimidated by hectic coursework rumors. One only needs to be organized and have confidence.

    In three sentences

    Cornell's campus is gorgeous: it is broad and scenic. You continuously learn new things from Cornellians and their different backgrounds. Boredom is never an option, because daily activities seize to stop.

  • 08/01/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    Overall a great place. The summer weather was lovely and everyone was quick to offer assistance in navigating their large campus. The admissions officers were friendly and honest about what they were looking for.

  • 08/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There have been many incidences in the previous year, but all were in/near collegetown.

    Greek Life

    Any kind of person can join greek life. A third of the campus in involved in greek life!

    Clubs and Activities

    Amazing number of clubs.

    Great for these types of students

    ALL

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    SLOPE DAY. Not unusual at school, but maybe compared to other campuses. enjoy.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is ridiculously expensive, but I guess all Ivies are like that.

    What to do for fun

    Go to the commons, explore campus, go on a beautitul, scenic run, do the list of 161 things to do before you graduate.

    Food and Dining

    GREAT FOOD. We are always top ten in the country and ranked second for vegan/vegetarian options. You won't be disappointed.

    Dorm Life

    This can vary a lot. If you are in one of the newer and air-conditioned dorms, life will be awesome. They're beautiful. However, if you get stuck in one of the older buildings, you may not be as comfortable, but there's definitely cool people in every dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    If you're want to be an architect, engineer, or you're premed/prelaw, life WILL BE DIFFICULT. Some classes have strange curves, and you will probably never know your exact grade until you receive it at the end of the semester. Be careful in choosing difficult classes your first semester.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit during the months of January or February so you can get a feel for the weather. It's definitely not for everyone. Have an open mind and explore as many new clubs and classes as you can the first year. Don't be afraid to take chances.

    In three sentences

    Cornell is the most welcoming place you will ever go. You will meet so many different kinds of people. Your world will open up to numerous opportunities and experiences.

  • 08/11/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    Cornell is the most beautiful campus I have visited. I love the different programs offered, as well as the academic reputation. I hope I get in!

  • 08/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Ithaca is a relatively small town and safety concerns are rarely an issue in the mind of students. Especially on campus, there is plenty of lighting at night and many students are walking around campus after late classes or activities. The safety service personnel are also readily available and accessible and many night transportation services are available for students who are wary of being out at night. When incidents do occur, they normally occur off campus and Cornell and Ithaca police departments work quickly to inform the students and gather pertinent information. I, personally, never have felt in unsafe on campus. Students should just remain cognizant of their surroundings and try to travel with others, especially at night.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many different clubs and activities available on campus that have already been created or are in the works of becoming official. From sports teams to music clubs to service to random common interests, there is a club for just about anything you can think of! Just be sure to seek it out! Club fest is a great way to be introduced to hundreds of organizations that already exist on campus and are actively looking for new members.

    Great for these types of students

    Intelligent Hard-working Cooperative Fun Friendly Leaders Creative thinkers

    Bang for the buck

    Cornell is an amazing place where students are sure to have a wonderful college experience. As the price of college is rising, however, it is notable to consider whether an Ivy League education is worth the 60grand price tag. In that sense, I feel that all education is overpriced. But Cornell's education may be somewhat justifiably overpriced. You definitely get a great education from an ivy league faculty, many extracurricular opportunities, and great future networking--however, the amount of money after tuition and housing, etc for any private college these days is borderline ridiculous.

    What to do for fun

    Although the town of Ithaca is rather small, the beauty of the campus and surrounding areas is unmatchable on a college campus. There are huge gorges and waterfalls to see and hike to, beautiful rolling parks with wildflowers and trees, and the famous, pristine Finger Lakes. Such scenery allows for many outdoor activities. Besides the nature, Cornell also organizes many fun activities to participate in, and there is always something interesting going on somewhere on campus--whether it is a dorm field trip to the Corning Glass Museum or celebrating the Indian Holi festival with a paint festival or listening to visiting professors' talks.

    Food and Dining

    The food at Cornell is top quality; ranked 3rd overall in the nation! There are many options in the dining halls for all meals of the day--with many conveniently spaced near the residence halls on campus. The dining halls use a meal swipe system where once you enter, you have an all-you-can-eat buffet. There are also many small cafe's where you can purchase sandwiches, soups, salads, etc (one time meals) for when you don't have time to go to dining halls. Obviously after 9 months of eating the same type of food, it does tend to get a little bit boring but the food quality is generally quite good.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are very nice, comfortable, and clean. Although freshman dorms are quite far from main campus, the walk to central is refreshing and helpful before classes. Many dorms have suite style living which allows you to connect with many people broadly and smaller groups on a close-knit scale. Some of the dorms are older than others but usually most appliances and furnishings work well. The dorm environment allows friendships to build extremely well and the supervisors (RA's and the like) are sometimes helpful but not overbearing.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic level of an Ivy League school like Cornell University is intense. Everyone always has lots of work to do--especially the engineers and science/math students. However, the faculty and staff are very open and available to students and many assignments are designed for cooperation with peers--so it is often easy to find help.

    Tips for prospective students

    Know what you want ahead of time from your education. If you want an intense curriculum with many challenges but also significant opportunities for help and growth along the way, Cornell may be a great option for you. If you plan to slack off in college and take it easy, Cornell is definitely not the place for you. Make sure you get involved and interact with as many people as you can the very first few days--that is how you build amazing relationships with other students, friends, and professors.

    In three sentences

    Cornell is a fantastic university concerned about higher education and cooperation. There are a wide variety of activities to become involved in which encourage students to become active members in their communities and improve their own lives. Cornell is the place to be in a growing, high speed world.

  • 10/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The Cornell Police Dept does a great job helping keep campus safe. We have a blue light system you can use if you feel unsafe at any time while on campus.

    Greek Life

    The greek life on campus is amazing. I am part of a sorority and I have had nothing but positive experiences. The houses are all nice and some are old mansions!

    Clubs and Activities

    There is every type of club you can imagine on campus. Ranging from the cheese club, the squirrel watching club and winemaking club! You'll definitely find a club that is right for you.

    Great for these types of students

    Agriculture, Engineers, etc. Our motto is Any person, any study.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Gorge jumping/swimming in the gorges, 161 things a Cornellian should do before graduation (there is a list you can google), eat ice cream made by the Cornell Dairy.

    What to do for fun

    Go on a walk, join clubs, volunteer, sports, join a fraternity/sorority and explore the Ithaca Commons.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would definitely try to get involved with some research that a professor that you like is conducting. This is a great way to start getting involved and help make a path to what kind of career you want after college. Doing research will also help you decide if you truly enjoy what you are studying.

    In three sentences

    Cornell University is an institution where you learn so much. Not only academically--but, how to manage time and what kind of person you are. At Cornell, I have really grown into a responsible and educated person.

  • 11/09/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    MANY extracurricular activities ranging from clubs to sports The club are very competitive and win many global competitions

    Food and Dining

    Ranked 3rd in colleges across the nation

    Dorm Life

    Freshman dorms are a bit away from classes but they do receive a free bus pass

    Academic Rigor

    As an Ivy League College the standards are set high, but they are accomplishable. The professors are really looking for their students to succeed.

  • 12/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have always felt safe even at night.

    Bang for the buck

    Many things are overpriced. Gym classes and gym access aren't even included in the tuition.

    What to do for fun

    Parties, late night food truck runs, travel to Syracuse, explore Ithaca, events on campus.

    Food and Dining

    Compared to most schools, the dining here is high end. THe food is good and there is variety.

    Dorm Life

    North campus (freshman housing) is a 10-20 minute walk from Central Campus, and there are no libraries. West Campus (upperclassmen housing) is coveted and hard to get. Also, you walk up the slope to class. Most people try to live in fraternity or sorority housing or in Collegetown.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes can be hard, and prelims (midterms) and finals stress everyone out. However, in many classes, it is possible to work hard and succeed as a result.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not be put off by Cornell's location. I have trouble making time to leave campus just because there are always events going on!

    In three sentences

    Enough academic rigor to ensure a successful future. Enough social events to provide the classic college experience. A great way to spend four years.

  • 12/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I would say Cornell is one of the safest campuses due to its location and commitment to safety. Each week, students receive emails from campus police as updates of the campus' current safety practices. There are also blue lights all over campus that allows students the option of being escorted back to their dorms at night, should they not feel safe. I have never had that issue before, but it is nice to have the option. Like on any campus, there are always potential dangers, which is why I gave safety four stars, but we haven't had very many compromising safety concerns at all. You should definitely feel safe at Cornell.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 900 (yes, 900) clubs on campus that range from squirrel watchers to a club just for meat lovers. The campus clubs certainly reveal the incredible diversity at Cornell. I can guarantee that you will find a club or activity that fits your interests. If not, make your own!

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone who is willing and ready to be challenged! It is worth it in the end, even if it does't seem that way in the moment.

    What to do for fun

    Ithaca is a fairly rural town but you should be able to find things to do on campus. During the fall and spring, many students attend local farmer's markets. There are also a number of sports teams students are welcome to support, including ice hockey, football and basketball. You could also consider hiking, canoeing, swimming, going to the gym, yoga, a movie, or a day in downtown Ithaca.

    Food and Dining

    The food is some of the best in the country! There are 30 dining places on campus, and I'd say the cream of the crop is actually on West Campus where many upperclassman stay. Freshman are welcome to venture off to West Campus with their meal plan, but also have the option of two full-service dining halls and a small convenience store and grill on North Campus.

    Dorm Life

    All freshman live together on North Campus. There, you will find single rooms, double rooms, triple rooms, and townhouses. What's more, there are several program houses also located on North Campus, including Holland International Living Center, Ujamaa Residential College, Latino Living Center, and Just About Music. There are so many options when it comes to living arrangements, you are sure to find one that suits your lifestyle. Every dorm has Residential Advisors (RA's), which are generally upperclassman who have gone through training to assist you should any problems in the dorms arise. There are also faculty advisors in each North Campus dorm to assist freshman with the transition from living with family to being out on their own for the first time. If you aren't used to sharing bathrooms or sharing space, it will probably be a slight adjustment at first, but it is all a part of the transition.

    Academic Rigor

    Cornell is probably one of he most challenging Universities around because of its notoriety and commitment to academic excellence. Prepare to be challenged and shaped into a world-class scholar.

    Tips for prospective students

    Allow the admissions officers to see your true colors and be completely honest. They can generally spot a lie or an over exaggeration. When writing your essays, remember that this is your time to brag about yourself and your accomplishments. Ask yourself, How have I grown over the last 4 years? and most importantly, What can I add to the Cornell campus? Just as you are to learn something during your time at Cornell, Cornell should be able to learn something from you.

    In three sentences

    Cornell University is a hidden treasure. It is absolutely beautiful during the fall and winter, which can be comforting during finals week, and it has a wide array of opportunity. The faculty are at the top of their field, the programs are tier one, and a degree from an Ivy League Institution certainly doesn't hurt either.

  • 01/04/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Visit the lakes and explore downtown. Applefest is a must!

    Food and Dining

    Expensive but good!

    Dorm Life

    Varies from dorm to dorm. Usually the SAs and GRF are quite helpful. West campus housing is remarkable.

    Academic Rigor

    Keep up with the workload on a daily basis. Never hesitate to seek help if need be.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try to get to know your professors, indulge in activities outside classrooms and explore the campus as well as Ithaca!

    In three sentences

    A plethora of majors are available to students which allow them to explore a variety of disciplines. Amazing faculty and research opportunities are available. Housing and dining is also one of the best in the US!

  • 01/18/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Ice skating, bowling, ping pong, tennis, go to the commons, and so much more!

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply, don't let your gpa stop you!

    In three sentences

    The school is true to it's mission. There are so many opportunities. Also, the people you meet here are unique, in a good way!

  • 02/21/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    Cornell Piano Society Fun PE classes (tennis, swimming, cardio kickboxing, dancing, self-defense)

    Great for these types of students

    All types of students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have the beautiful gorges.

    Bang for the buck

    Cornell is great at getting undergraduate students involved in research.

    What to do for fun

    Cornell Cinema, Lynah Rink, Collegetown, Dance Classes, etc.

    Food and Dining

    The best part about the food is the variety. There are several dining halls and caf�������©s all around campus.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are not the best, but they definitely are not the worst. My only wish is that the Housing Office would be more willing to accommodate students and care about suiting individual needs.

    Academic Rigor

    Very challenging, but manageable.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't worry about making friends, many people are very friendly and helpful here. Try to do something outside of your comfort zone, just to see if you find a new interest (great way to meet new people).

    In three sentences

    Cornell University provides numerous opportunities for students to pursue their dreams here. During my time here as a student, I have found it very easy to develop my old interests and pick up new interests. With the education I receive from Cornell, I have no doubt that I will accomplish all of my goals.

  • 02/23/2014

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Keep your grades up, you don't get into an Ivy league by just passing

    In three sentences

    Cornell seems to be a very socially together school. I went to a football game there and it was very clear that the entire school wanted to support their team! It made me really want to be a part of that kind of college life.

  • 05/03/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Students at Cornell enjoy concerts, lectures, club and intramural sports, parties, and more. On-campus amenities include 2 climbing walls, several gyms, bowling, movies, and more. When the weather is nice, the Cornell Plantations feature hiking and gardens.

    Food and Dining

    Cornell has some of the best dining options of any college in the country, with a wide variety of food options, including several all-you-can-eat dining halls. Healthy, natural and local options exist, and Cornell Orchards and Dairy products often show up on campus. Although late-night options are limited to two locations, there are generally few other complaints.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are great at Cornell, especially for freshmen. Court-Kay-Bauer and Mews are generally held to be the nicest North Campus dorms, although the others are by no means bad. Townhouses are further away, but nice if you want more independence and to build a close relationship with 2-3 housemates. West Campus upperclass dorms are phenomenal, with dining halls in dorm buildings, and other amenities like libraries and recreation rooms. They are somewhat tough to get into, so upperclass students may end up in less-desirable off-campus dorms. However, if you do get West, you can stay there as long as you like! Many students, especially upperclassmen, will opt for either off-campus housing or Greek housing.

    Academic Rigor

    Cornell is without question one of the hardest schools in the country. People are here to push themselves academically, and faculty have no problem helping them reach that goal. The environment, despite popular belief, is not cutthroat. During exam weeks, the school basically shuts down as students crowd into libraries. People here care about their grades. Luckily, once testing is done people lighten up.

    Tips for prospective students

    It's important to have good numbers, but you need more than that as everyone here excelled in high school. Cornell places a very strong emphasis on community , so demonstrating how you will get involved in the campus and build a stronger community is crucial for a successful application.

    In three sentences

    Cornell epitomizes the work hard, play hard attitude the Ivy League is known for. It's exclusive, but not elitist, and academics are obviously the priority. Hundreds of student organizations exist, and Greek Life is prevalent but not overpowering.

  • 07/11/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Cornell has a blue light system, but overall is not super well lit at night. I never hear about attacks on campus, but it's always a good idea to follow the buddy system no matter where you are. I have felt very safe on campus even when walking alone at night, though.

    Greek Life

    I'm not personally involved in Greek life, but about 30% of the student body is. If you're looking to be involved in a fraternity or sorority, there is definitely opportunity here for that. If you don't want to be involved, that's totally fine! Neither does the other 70% of the student body. This definitely isn't a campus where you have to pledge to be social.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is literally a club for every person. If it doesn't exist already, you can make it yourself with a group of friends.

    Great for these types of students

    Cornell is great for dedicated students. I didn't fit in super well in high school but I've found tons of people like me here. It's a great community of people that want to do well and learn. We have our fun and Greek life is very prominent on campus, but even those students know when it's time to study.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    DRAGON DAY! Every year, the freshman architects make a huge dragon that they parade around campus. They compete with a phoenix that the freshman engineers make. It's a pretty cool tradition! SLOPE DAY!! After the last day of classes in the spring, Cornell hosts an all-day party on the slope. There are concerts in the afternoon and it's a great way to celebrate surviving the year! It's also a nice break before you have to start studying for final exams.

    Bang for the buck

    So, it's expensive. The education is phenomenal, there's no debating that. There are financial aid programs available, but overall this isn't a bargain college.

    What to do for fun

    There are hundreds of clubs that you can join as a student at Cornell. If you're athletic, there are tons of club and intramural level sports to participate in. If that's not your thing, you can find activities ranging from engineering project teams to qudditch to squirrel watching. There are dance teams, community service organizations, musical groups, etc. Basically, if you can think of it, there's probably a club for it. If there isn't, you can get a group of friends together and make that club. The possibilities are endless. There is a club fair every fall so you can see what's available!

    Food and Dining

    Cornell's food ranks really well compared to other college campuses. They try really hard to accommodate dietary restrictions and offer a variety of meal options. In addition to the all-you-care-to-eat dining halls, there are lots of cafes on campus where you can find other (sometimes better) food. Those are closer to classes and where most students choose to eat lunch. That's a good thing to keep in mind when considering which meal plan to choose. There is one dining hall on central campus where the classes are, but that can get pretty crowded.

    Dorm Life

    Some dorms are definitely better than others, but you have no choice between the freshman dorms. The RAs and Residence Hall Directors work hard to make events for the residents, including both on campus programs and trips to get you into the Ithaca community and beyond. Overall, facilities are average, with the newer buildings coming with perks like air conditioning and semi-private bathrooms. If you don't want to live in a dorm, Cornell offers several program houses such as ecology, music, arts, international students, native american students, african american students, etc. Students from any year can live in the program houses and they are generally well liked by their residents.

    Academic Rigor

    Challenging doesn't even begin to describe classes at Cornell. You will be faced with more work than you've ever though possible, but that forces you to learn how to time manage and work efficiently. Introductory level classes are fairly big and individualized attention comes from office hours and recitation sections. If you want the individualized attention, you have to go above the actual course requirements.

    Tips for prospective students

    When you come to Cornell, you have to know what you're getting yourself into. This is a rigorous school with dedicated students that want to succeed as much as you do. There will be competition in classes and grades may not come as easily as they did in high school. Don't let that sneak up on you before the first round of tests. While academic excellence is almost certainly a concern, make sure to find balance in your life and join one of Cornell's many clubs. This is a great way to meet people, let off some steam, and get involved with the campus community.

    In three sentences

    Cornell is a work hard, play hard type of environment. The classes are rigorous and challenging, but there is also a club or activity for every person. As a world renowned research institution, there are opportunities here that you would not find elsewhere.

  • 07/11/2014

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is pretty safe as well as the surrounding area. Violent crimes are really rare, however, the most reported crime is forcible touching and crimes of a similar nature. Even then these crimes occur slightly off-campus. It is unlikely that something will happen to you while you're walking at night, but it is always a good rule of thumb regardless of where you are not to walk alone at night. This campus is equipped with the Blue Light systems so the police are just a phone call away.

    Clubs and Activities

    Let me put it this way: if you have an interest in it, there is most likely a club for it. Cornell has a lot of clubs and organizations on-campus including professional societies, intramural sports, community service groups, martial arts clubs, religious organizations, and performing groups just to name a few. Most of these clubs are well funded so they are able to do almost whatever they want/need to do.

    Great for these types of students

    Adventurous, enjoy a challenge, not opposed to a lot of walking (Cornell has a very large campus), strong willed, nature lovers, down-to-earth

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    1) Cornell has a small lake between North and Central Campus along with many gorges and rivers. 2) There is also a botanical garden and arboretum that is part of the campus that is very beautiful during the spring and summer. 3) The biggest celebration at Cornell is called Slope Day where everyone gathers on Libe Slope after the last day of classes for a massive concert with guests such as Ludacris, Kendrick Lamar and many more. Not to mention great food.

    Bang for the buck

    I was always comfortable with knowing my money was being well spent. Due to the funding Cornell gave to one of my clubs, I was able to go to conferences in Nashville, St. Louis, Indianapolis, and Pittsburgh, paying less than $150 each time. I also took advantage of a lot of free services such career services, transcript orders, bus pass and more than I can count. Also, if you are from a warm climate (e.g. California, Texas, Florida, etc.) the financial aid office will reimburse you up to $500 for your winter clothing if you submit a budget increase form. As far as post graduation, Cornell really helped me get into a PhD program in Mechanical Engineering even though my grades were not that high.

    What to do for fun

    For fun, there is always something to do on campus except during study period and finals week. If you join a club or two and keep your eyes open for flyers finding something to do will be easy. Word of mouth always works too. As far as off-campus goes, Ithaca is one of those towns that would not exist if not for the universities that reside there, but there are a couple things you can do. In October, the city hosts a weekend-long apple festival where many local vendors come out to showcase many edible goodies for sale such as apple cider, funnel cake, caramel apples, and much more. The apple cider donuts are to die for. In February, you can warm up to Ithaca's Chili Festival. There are also tons of restaurants in Collegetown and the Commons that serve a diverse cuisine (this is how I first tried Indian food). If this isn't enough for you, there is a list of 161 things Every Cornellian Should do. If you start running out of stuff to do, refer to this list. http://cornellsun.com/blog/2005/02/27/big-red-ambition-161-things-every-cornellian-should-do/

    Food and Dining

    Cornell Dining food is delicious, I've had food at other universities and none of them compare to the level of Cornell dining. I guess having a culinary school on campus helps. The food is the closest thing to a home-cooked meal you can get without going to an expensive restaurant or going home. The meal plans can be a little pricey compared to buying and cooking your own food, but as long as you use it (don't skip meals) it's worth every penny. The best thing that Cornell consistently does is their ice cream which they make on campus. Be careful though, it's called the Freshman 15 for a reason.

    Dorm Life

    Some of the dorms may be a little old (i.e. 1960s and 1970s), however they still have a very cozy feeling to them. Some of the older buildings do not have air conditioning in the rooms, but the weather in Ithaca, NY only requires you use it 3-5 weeks out of the academic year (unless you stay for the summer). As a freshman, you are guaranteed housing in the dormitories and you will be placed in North Campus with other freshman, facilitating the social experience. After your freshman year, you have the option to move into the West Campus or Collegetown housing system with more modern dorms if you choose to where the dorm life is similar aside from the possibility that there is a lower turnout at dorm events due to a busier academic life. The housing office gives plenty of money to the dorms to sponsor a variety of events such as barbecues, movie nights, trips to New York City and Niagara Falls, and many more at a free or discounted price.

    Academic Rigor

    It would be a disservice to the Cappex community if I said that Cornell will be easy. I was in the International Baccalaureate (IB) program in high school and while it prepared me a little bit for the lower level courses I took during my freshman and sophomore year, the classes were still very challenging especially if you are taking a science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) class. Most STEM classes are curved, so your performance in the class is based on how you did in relation to everyone else in the class. You can always unwind in one of Cornell's 150+ PE classes if you have time, I personally recommend the archery or martial arts classes taught by Kevin Seaman. The academic journey at Cornell may be difficult, but it is certainly worth it in the end because it will prepare you for your future endeavors whether it be graduate school or employment. Luckily, your finals period are stretched out over 2 weeks with no classes during that time.

    Tips for prospective students

    1) Make sure you have some longstanding extracurricular activities (nonacademic ones especially) to put on your application it really sets you apart from the crowd. During the 5 years I spent there I never met anyone who didn't do an extracurricular activity during high school 2) If you have the opportunity to do so, visit the campus. It is really important that you know where you are going to be spending 75% of the next 4-5 years of your life. Whatever college you choose should make you feel at home. 3) When writing you college application essay speak about something you're passionate about, speak truthfully, and from your heart it will catch administrators' attention. 4) Go into your freshman year expecting the worst as far as academic rigor, this way you will not be caught off-guard. Do not underestimate the difficulty of your classes

    In three sentences

    Cornell is a wonderful institution with a beautiful campus complete with rivers and waterfalls. The five years I spent there were academically challenging, socially rewarding, and an unforgettable experience. I would not trade my undergraduate career at Cornell for any other institution.

  • 07/31/2014

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    Cornell University is an excellent school to choose in order to continue your academic journey. It has a beautiful campus, amazing professors and can provide an excellent education. The location of the campus, New York, is also an amazing place to live.