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I love Cornell University. This place is the most challenging and interesting university environment. I am consistently pushed to do my best here and surrounded by excellent educators and resources to help me achieve my goals. Campus is beautiful. The only thing in need of change is the university culture at this Ivy League institution centers heavily on competition; it is easy to get overwhelmed in this environment. More focus should be placed on mental health services here.
Cornell is an amazing college to grow your horizons and learn from your fellow peers and everyone around you.
I love the environment and community, and the hidden cafes and delis are a delight to find and sample. The slope, rivers, gorges, lakes, waterfalls, and trails are soothing when the semester gets hectic, and there's no shortage of available activities, clubs, events, and things to do on campus! The winter is harsh but its gorgeous to see, and the overall environment is very friendly.
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I enjoy the numerous activities the students can partake in. The city is also very beautiful in the spring. On a negative note though, it’s a hilly environment so there will be a lot of climbing up and down to get around. Depression is also a major problem at Cornell. The system of median-grading in many of the classes results in a rather competitive environment, which doesn’t help that problem.
Beautiful campus with great professors. It wouldn't kill them to put AC in the dorms though. Transportation around campus is hard to get the hang of, but there are lots of cool places around campus and around Ithaca.
Great campus, great food, great atmosphere, and great education to be had. Wished it was cheaper or at least offered some sort of scholarships.
I'm a rising sophmore in the Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management. The food in the dining halls are great and the nature is beautiful (depending on the time of the year). The weather is completely horrible during the winter, so come prepared with your warmest clothes. The dorms are also not the best quality, with the exception of the newest ones for North campus. Expect a lot of hills and exercise.
Cornell is a very diverse campus that challenges you in all your weaknesses. Unless you went to a very rigorous college preparatory school, be prepared to work harder than the average college student. In addition to the rigor of classwork, the campus life at Cornell is also great. So many activities in every category possible are available on a weekly basis.
Although predominately white, Cornell does seem to make an effort in terms of diversity. The campus is beautiful and the people are very welcoming. Financially, however, it can be a struggle.
Rigorous academic culture. Great food. Great community. Lots of social and academic opportunities. Greek life is strong, if you're into that thing, so ample amount of parties.
My Favorite Things About Cornell:
- The people at this school are the most genuine in the Ivy League
- Everyone is such a go getter
- AMAZING Professors
- Amazing opportunities in and out of school
- Generous financial aid
- A community for everybody
- Diversity in thought. I didn't realize that even within your own political party, there is so much divergence in how people think. I came from NYC's bubble and talking to Southern Democrats is always interesting

Least Favorite Things:
- The workload can be grueling and some classes grade deflate
- Our clubs and school admin get NOTHING done that improves the school
- Stuff on campus is unreasonably priced all the time
- While Ithaca is pretty, it's also pretty dead
- Multiple hate crimes (and crimes in general) this year
Cornell was stressful at times but I had support for friends and faculty who helped me succeed during my four years.
Cornell University offers a campus life with all the bells and whistles - the impressive dining halls with it's own ice cream from Cornell Dairy, appealing gothic architecture, and a landscape echoing the paintings of the Hudson River School in an isolated Ithaca, New York. The academic offering is equally impressive and expansive as it offers the top education from architecture to agriculture, engineering to hotel administration. The education is practical and skill-based and students can easily take classes that peak his or her interest outside of his or her major, which is a great asset. The large student body, however, does make popular lecture classes feel impersonal due to the large class sizes which would be the opposite at a smaller liberal arts college. There is also a strong sense of conformity in student social life as the majority of the student body joins sororities and fraternities, which makes it difficult for more individual-minded students to make friends.
Cornell University is located in a gorgeous town in upstate NY and experiences all 4 seasons! Not only is the campus beautiful but so are the surrounding areas. The academic courses are demanding and require a lot of your time as a student but there are many things you can do on campus to balance the rigor of the courses. Overall Cornell is an Ivy League institution and that status allows the university to offer its students a lot of unique experiences that other colleges cannot.
While the university has great resources , they are not necessarily available to students. Since it is a research university, many professors do not have a primary focus on teaching. Each department varies greatly. Some departments are small and a student can grow tremendously throughout their years there, while others have students and professors taking the easy way out--defeating the purpose of the institution.
Academics are good, but nothing that you can't get anywhere else. Remember that if you're going to a certain school for education, you're going for the wrong reasons. People attend selective universities just for the brand name. Frankly speaking, the price I am paying is nowhere near worth what I am getting in return.
Cornell is a community of brilliant people with varied interests. I have met talented students in many different disciplines through the extracurricular activities available on campus.

The work at Cornell is difficult; however, the student body is very collaborative. Students work together late into the night to complete major projects, and at the end of a course the knowledge you gain prepares you well for the professional world.

Especially in the engineering program, there are many opportunities to be involved in student organizations that offer technical experience and hands-on work applicable to roles you might accept for an internship or full time job. While job-hunting can be competitive, career services on campus ensure every Cornell student is prepared well to interview with their dream company.

Overall Cornell is a great experience, despite the long winters. The vibrant social scene also makes it easy to forget that you are far from any major city.
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I was one of various students from University of Puerto Rico chosen to form a part of the Hurricane Maria Relief Program. I had an amazing once in a life time experience where I enriched my vocabulary and academic knowledge. Also, had so much fun in all the activities coordinated through out the year. Cornell University is in Ithaca, NY where unfortunately there is not much to do, but if you make a nice group of friends you will be all right.
I have absolutely love attending Cornell University. Their staff within the Communication department really care about your well being and your progress within the program. Professors, no matter what major, will always take extra time to make sure you are truly grasping the material and want to help you succeed. The only downside about Cornell is their location. Ithaca can become repetitive and start to feel small after awhile.
I transferred to Cornell this year as a sophomore. It was 100% the right decision. This school has become my home and have been welcomed into the community. The students, faculty, and staff all share common values and care about their studies and work. And everyone is very down to earth. There is so much to do on campus, so much diversity, so many opportunities. I am honored to call this place my home.
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