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- Party SceneA
- Campus FoodA+
- Student LifeA+
Cornell is a highly rated private university located in Ithaca, New York. It is a large institution with an enrollment of 15,175 undergraduate students. Admissions is extremely competitive as the Cornell acceptance rate is 11%. Popular majors include Biology, Computer Science, and Business. Graduating 95% of students, Cornell alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $64,800.
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Evening Degree Programs
- of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.119 responses
- of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.151 responses
- of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.150 responses
Most Popular Majors
Computer Science353 Graduates
Hospitality and Tourism Management247 Graduates
Agricultural Business210 Graduates
Mechanical Engineering127 Graduates
Political Science and Government123 Graduates
Animal Sciences and Husbandry103 Graduates
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Freshmen Live On-Campus
- of students say that Greek life is pretty big.165 responses
- of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.185 responses
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- of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.78 responses
Cornell University Reviews
Cornell is an amazing blend of people from various cultures who have come to one place for the purpose of pursing an education. I come from a very small town in Maryland. Coming to Cornell has allowed me to experience different cultures in lots of new ways. However, I believe that Cornell could work on accepting people not only from diverse backgrounds, but also from various socioeconomic statuses. I am middle class. My father is a principle of and I am grateful to have a well-supported family. Many Cornell students are in top-earning families. Currently, I am taking a class called “Controversies About Inequality.” I have learned that Cornell accepts more students from the top 1% than they are from the bottom 1%, and this cycle continues. I would like to point out that Cornell is very aware of this issue and is taking steps towards leveling the playing field for both high and low income students. And the food is absolutely amazing here, so that’s a huge plus!
Prepare to work hard - especially if you're in STEM. As an engineering major my life here is a never ending cycle of attending classes, working in lab, engineering project team related work, doing homework and crashing/going to bed at 1-2AM. It may seem rough to the outsider but if you're coming from a challenging high school (as I did) its a relatively seamless transition and I am infinitely happier here at Cornell! There is constantly something new happening from the range of amazing speakers visiting, cool things your classmates are creating/doing, Ithaca's quirky charm, your eccentric professors , etc... I came here expecting the competition to be intense and thank goodness its not ; there's a sense of general comradery amongst engineers. The motto 'any person, any study' is really true. They have just about every major allowing allotting the opportunity to study a great variety of fields. Fair warning about Ithaca; it gets REALLY cold! Invest in a warm coat!
I love Cornell! It is the perfect balance of everything I could want out of my college experience, including academics, environment, fun, extracurriculars and more. Ithaca is a great town with a good amount of things to do. However, Cornell isn’t for everyone so be aware that it is far from cities, it’s a lot of work (depending on your college), and it’s really big. I’m fine with all of those things, so it’s great for me.