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Daniel
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Cornell will challenge you greatly and there is a lot of stress. It will push you and you have to respond and adapt effective...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Cornell will challenge you greatly and there is a lot of stress. It will push you and you have to respond and adapt effectively. The opportunities are tremendous and I am so grateful because Cornell helped me build a lot of confidence in my abilities and potential. You have to find your niche but remain open to new opportunities, people, and experiences. The friendships I made at Cornell are lifelong, the network is strong and will help you, but you have to put the work into your education. It is very supportive but not hand holding. Despite the competitive and stressful environment at times, my experience was once in a lifetime and I have so many fond memories of my time there and so will you. Like many things you have to take advantage of the opportunities and shape your own experience. You will have people rooting for you along the way though.

Jenna
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Cornell is the perfect work hard play hard school. It is academically very rigorous, but there are plenty of fun things to do...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Cornell is the perfect work hard play hard school. It is academically very rigorous, but there are plenty of fun things to do everyday. Most students are very involved and participate in at least one extracurricular. People here are very driven, so it is a great environment to be in. The alumni resources are amazing.

Amy
What is your overall opinion of this school?

It has a very intellectual, academic atmosphere, but the workload is not constantly stressful. It may be hard to figure out y...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

It has a very intellectual, academic atmosphere, but the workload is not constantly stressful. It may be hard to figure out your interests early on, as it is easy to get lost in the sea of students, especially in large classes. The weather is pretty dreary, and the ground is super hilly, but you can still enjoy yourself.

David
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Cornell is a great university. Anyone who comes here can find people doing what they are interested in, and the majority of p...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Cornell is a great university. Anyone who comes here can find people doing what they are interested in, and the majority of people I have met are friendly and accepting. The academics here are top notch, and while I have had a bad teacher or two, the vast majority are excellent and easy to talk to when I needed help. The food is excellent: even the worst dining halls are good, they're just not as good as the best on campus.

Etinosa
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Personally, I kind of hate it. One thing that I didn't know would be such a big thing for me is location. It is very much in ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Personally, I kind of hate it. One thing that I didn't know would be such a big thing for me is location. It is very much in the middle of nowhere, and there's not much to do in Ithaca. If you enjoy the rural areas--especially scenic places--Ithaca would be a good fit. However, I realize that rural settings are just not my cup of tea. Another thing I have found to be extremely difficult is making friends. I am a pretty socially-engaging person, so it is baffling me how I am in my third year and have a total of about 3 inconsistent friends. I won't say that the school is "cliche-y", because honestly, that describes just about any and every social setting. And it may be just me, but something about the general vibe of people on campus just hasn't fit for me. And I am not familiar with other college campuses, so it may just be a college thing, but our campus is very overtly segregated. It's interesting (and actually very disheartening) for me, considering I usually seek to explore all types of friend groups. However on campus, it's like people only associate with those of the same race/ethnicity as them, and if you're not doing that, it is looked upon as odd. I'm not complaining--I made my bed, so I am lying in it. Plus, Cornell is considered to be of high "prestige", and provides me with an excellent education, which I am ever grateful for. Other positives about the school that I can point out include the amount of RESOURCES AND OPPORTUNITIES made available to students (the university does a VERY good job of this; if you put in your due diligence, you can benefit from many of them), as well as the vast number of extracurriculars that students can engage themselves in. However, if I had to choose again, there's no doubt in my mind that I would not make the same choice.

Emma
What is your overall opinion of this school?

I love this school. Not only is there a beautiful campus (with all four seasons!), but the education that Cornellians get is ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I love this school. Not only is there a beautiful campus (with all four seasons!), but the education that Cornellians get is unparalleled. The classes students take push them to dig deeper, think harder, explore more. There's also a thriving social life, and there are activities and organizations to suit every taste and interest.

Jennifer
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Cornell offers amazing opportunities, not only through its classes but through how it connects individuals with similar passi...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Cornell offers amazing opportunities, not only through its classes but through how it connects individuals with similar passions and goals. The facilities are amazing, and the school is always working to improve them. On-campus housing needs to be easier to come by, since often students are forced to live off campus (which is expensive).

Bridgette
What is your overall opinion of this school?

I have fallen in love with Cornell. The campus has fantastic facilities and amazing resources for students. As a student athl...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I have fallen in love with Cornell. The campus has fantastic facilities and amazing resources for students. As a student athlete, I find that there are many opportunities to get extra help or support from others, which I think is very important considering the new stressful environment college can be for students.

J
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Cornell University is a fantastic institution! The professors are often animated and their true knowledge in the subjects the...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Cornell University is a fantastic institution! The professors are often animated and their true knowledge in the subjects they teach (and research) shows every day. They make themselves available for office hours many times throughout the week. While many of the freshman lectures are extremely large, the accompanying courses like the labs or discussions are much smaller. There are a multitude of places to study and often those places have some sort of cafe nearby. The food on campus exceeds that which I have tasted at other colleges and universities and is also healthy. The only shortfall is that while there are many vegetarian and vegan options, it seems they have gotten rid of many of the protein dishes. When a dish high in protein is offered, there is often a long line for it. Much of the on-campus housing on North Campus (freshman) is amazing. I currently live in Balch Hall, the all female dorm. It is very quiet and beautiful, and has many study lounges. However, like with all the other dorms, visitors must be accompanied at all times. I have been into Dickson and Donlon and both are extremely nice, but more modern dorms. I do not know much about the off campus housing, but it is a MUCH longer walk to get to campus/classes. Cornell is a large campus and the many hills make it quite a workout to get from one class to another. The plus side to that is there is a large bus system that runs throughout the whole campus. In addition, the campus is absolutely gorgeous (excuse the pun, you will understand if/when you attend) and the view from the top of Libe Slope is amazing. If you don't like small towns/nature, don't attend this school. Students are pretty much restricted to campus activities, hence the reason why more than 30% of the student population is part of a fraternity or sorority. Those not in a Greek house, still participate in many of the parties and other activities. As far as the nature, there are lakes, waterfalls, gorges, trails, etc everywhere. As a biology student who loves nature, and hates concrete jungles, I love the school. But to each their own. Overall, Cornell exceeded my expectations and I am very glad to have chosen to attend.

Zac
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Awful, super nerd, no life, class size is too large. Cornell faculty always say this with FAKE smile: "I want to help you, bu...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Awful, super nerd, no life, class size is too large. Cornell faculty always say this with FAKE smile: "I want to help you, but you got to talk him/her first, his/her office is xxxxxx" They always want to pass the buck to others; they dont want to deal with your stuff. SUPER NERD, so many course materials are unnecessary. We are dealing with the real World, teach kids how to dress and how to social.

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