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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.

Eleanor
Exclusivity and inferiority complexes galore

My major is actually industrial and labor relations, but that wasnt an option. Cornell University is a very tough place. We h...

Exclusivity and inferiority complexes galore

My major is actually industrial and labor relations, but that wasnt an option. Cornell University is a very tough place. We have a lot of surface level diversity (sort of) with students from all over the country and the world, but they're all pretty similar and there is a very apparent lack of non-Asian minorities. The clubs are incredibly exclusive and you have to apply to take part in everything, leaving a lot of people barred from activities they want to join. Furthermore, Greek life dominates the social scene as there is basically nothing else to do in Ithaca and students do not like to partake in non-alcoholic social activities. Although a Capella groups are a big deal and there are a lot of dance groups, the arts scene is pretty insular. As a freshman I have found my classes boring and not at all stimulating. I've been shocked by how easy they are and I'm pretty sure that the "work hard" mentality of cornelians is a myth. Overall, my time at Cornell so far has been underwhelming and quite frankly the worst semester of my life.

Maureen
Want to learn all the things?

If you want to learn as much as possible about a variety of different subjects and disciplines Cornell provides an unparallel...

Want to learn all the things?

If you want to learn as much as possible about a variety of different subjects and disciplines Cornell provides an unparalleled experience. A note on housing: on campus was double the price of off campus, but off campus housing was and remains extremely disappointing. Be an RA!

Erin
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

The advice I would give my former self is to not be afraid to challenge myself. Do not be afraid to get to know new people, b...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

The advice I would give my former self is to not be afraid to challenge myself. Do not be afraid to get to know new people, because they are all so amazing and come form places and have done things you have not even dreamt of yet. Remember not to be afraid to present your work, you deserve to be here, and your contributions will help your peers as well as the underclassmen who will look up to you. Don't let work control your life, but understand that working hard will earn you respect for yourself and what you do. Be open to being put out of your comfort-zone, it's where magic really happens and where you will always surprise yourself. Finally, stay warm! Ithaca can be cold, buy good books.

What's unique about your campus?

Cornell was a place that helped me orient myself in the world and understand how powerful my thoughts and ideas can be. Cornell taught me how to see, create, experience and respond to the world around me.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

I wish I had known how quickly it would all be over, and how I should have tried to go after more opportunities as they came or even sought them out. There is so much available that it was overwhelming.

james
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Cornell coursework is very rigouous. The students are above average in intelligence and know it. The facilites are spread ...

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Cornell coursework is very rigouous. The students are above average in intelligence and know it. The facilites are spread out and dated. The cafeteria food is very good. Greek life is active

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

My fellow students. I find them to be fun and interesting. I am a fan of the greek life.

Jenna
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Dear Jenna, If I could give you one piece of advice it would be to think very carefully about what you want. It may feel easy...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Dear Jenna, If I could give you one piece of advice it would be to think very carefully about what you want. It may feel easy to choose Chemical Engineering because you did well in Chemistry, or Disney Imagineering so you can work at Disney, but there is more to a career than that. Think about what you enjoy doing. What projects have you loved working on? What type of work do you use to procrastinate from doing less interesting work? Those are the clues that you should start paying attention to. Don’t be afraid if it’s not engineering. Passion is what drives success, not industry. When you do figure out what it is you want to do, use this to make informed decisions. While choosing your college, research the courses offered. Do you have the opportunity to learn what you want to learn? If you apply to the Disney College Program, look into what the roles actually entail, and think about what will be most valuable for your future. Finally, don’t obsess over being "the golden child", make friends and keep them, and have some fun. You’ll do great. Love, Jenna

What's unique about your campus?

Best thing is definitely the size and diversity, as I mentioned in the previous question. With majors ranging from Agriculture Studies to Wine Making to Engineering Physics to Fashion Design and Fiber Science, it's a great place to be if you're not quite sure what you want to do. Once you figure it out, there's a 99% chance that you'll be able to find a class here.

Alex
Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

Cornell University is beauty hidden in gray skies, bridges connecting cliffs, and a place where, "Any person can find instru...

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

Cornell University is beauty hidden in gray skies, bridges connecting cliffs, and a place where, "Any person can find instruction in any study." And Food, Cornell is food. Cultural food, fast food, good food. It may sound silly, but the multitude of colorful dining options truly evolves into a common ground for meeting others, and engaging in scholarly debate. The community is open, and students study well into the morning hours on a regular basis. These qualities naturally drew me to Cornell. In no other college did I find this awesome combination of intellectualism and collabaration. I could grow here.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Relax. Alex, 10 AP classes was enough, you've done enough and you've more than earned your place at a world renown collegiate institution. The poverty, and long weeks of hunger and struggle are over now. You don't have to carry the weight of feeling that you are not equal to those around you anymore. You can move on. Surely as you prepare for your undergraduate years and pursue your premedical future, these things will permanently be a part of who you are, but they do not have to dictate the person that you are meant to become. Remember to keep moving forward, and in times of doubt, think about all of those times you saw yourself through the darkness, the assault, the near death experiences, and 9-11 calls. Cornell is going to be tough. It's going to be tough. I know you are a fearless boy, but a huge part of your success will come in learning how to put your trust in others. You're not invincible, and you can't handle it alone. Everyone needs a support network, so don't be so quick to turn friends away. I'm rooting for you.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

I wish that I had known that unlike high school, where I could depend on my individual intelligence, surviving at Cornell means that you need good friends, you need a network, and you need to utilize your resources. I wish that I had realized that living at Cornell is an experience that transcends academia, and that being a Cornellian is a way of life that extends beyond the graduation date. I also wish that I would have known that I wouldn't be able to finance my upperclassmen years and I would have applied to more scholarships like this one.

Abri
Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

The View! It is amazing up here as far as scenery in every season. Between the campus location above the city, the hill overv...

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

The View! It is amazing up here as far as scenery in every season. Between the campus location above the city, the hill overview looking towards the stars, the beautiful creatures (deer & squirrels), and the waterfalls all throughout the Cornell University campus, anyone would be amazed at the sight, I know I was. Also the amazing people you meet. I am sure many people believe college brings them engagement with awesome people but up at Cornell even the most disagreeable people are nice in comparison to others I have met.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, knowing what I know now about college life and making the transition, the advice I would give myself would be to focus, organize my life before it’s too late and my grades and mental stability suffer the consequences, and to not feel wrong for loving two guys but picking neither and choosing yourself. I would say I needed to focus more on what works for me and not what is said to have worked for others. As far as organization goes. It is very important for me to have an organized life and understand where I am going with that life and this year I didn’t so I would make a point of telling myself to get organized. Lastly, as far as the love life goes, “Abri, do not feel wrong for loving two people or for choosing yourself. In the end you make the right decision and get closer to God thanks to such loves. So relax girl.”

What kind of person should not attend this school?

The kind of person that would attend Cornell University is a unique one. A smart individual with a vision for where their life could go. A Cornell University student is non discriminant as it comes to race for the most part, for Cornell is the most racially diverse Ivy League University, and many but not all are wealthy yet not snobby.

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