Cornell University Top Questions

Describe the students at your school.

Nathan

Most people are very nice and friendly, fun filled people.

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Taylor

They are driven, unbelievably friendly, and thoughtful.

Jon

focused, hard working

Anna

Depending on a student's focus, classmates can range drastically from extremely competitive pre-med students to laid-back AEM majors and there is always a wide variety in people's socioeconomic backgrounds, ethnicities, home state, etc.

Sophia

My classmates are hard working, intelligent, and independent thinkers.

Claire

There is no typical Cornellian. We have so many diverse students in every way.

L

There are a variety of types of students. Everyone is very accepting and friendly. There are a lot of international students and students from all different backgrounds.

Jessica

Students at this school for the most part are laid back. Everyone here takes their academics very seriously, BUT they also know how to have fun. There's a good balance of work and play. The students here are very diverse and accepting of one other. There are international students from countries such as Korea, Ghana, and Canada to name a few and a lot of them intermix. I don't think anyone would feel out of place at this school, there is something for everyone here.

Jill

I think there really is every type of student at this school and I don't think anyone would feel out of place here. Not only is the campus diverse, but there are student groups and clubs that represent all of the different types of students on campus as well. What people wear to class really varies- some people will wear all sweats, and others will wear designer clothes- it's really about what you feel comfortable with. Different types of students do interact, and there is actually a huge push for diversity and interaction at Cornell right now (such as diversity dinners and different student groups co-sponsoring events). There are students from all over the country and all over the world at Cornell. However, I think most students are from New York State than from anywhere else. This is partially because of Cornell's land grant status. Students are politically active- the Cornell Republicans and Cornell Democrats are both active groups on campus. I don't think I've ever spoken to someone about how much they'll earn one day

Alex

There are hundreds of student organizations representing and myriad of interests. I am involved in the Society for India, despite not being Indian, simply because I enjoy the company of some of the people in the club. The student body is very accepting, and incredibly diverse. Few students would feel out of place at this school. Any open-minded, friendly individual will find a niche at Cornell. Students, depending on the weather, usually wear jeans and sweat shirts in the winter along with normal winter coats, and shorts and t-shirts in the summer. Most of the students are from the Tri-State area. Students are politically aware, with a slightly left leaning campus, but anyone of any political orientation will have numerous groups supporting their interest.

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Zac

They are all pretty nice, friendly people. It sounds unrealistic, but I haven't really met that many assholes here. There are annoying people, but they aren't mean. There are student groups for every interest, nationality, belief, etc I can think of. The students are work hard play hard, meaning most get their work done, then go party. I guess the people who don't do well here are those who have their singles and don't make an effort and don't leave their room; and even most of those people find a group of friends. I honestly have a hard time thinking of a type of person who would do badly here. The majority of people are from New Jersey or Long Island. This being NY, there are a lot of Jewish people, and there are a lot of people with an Asian background. It is a college campus, so it is liberal by majority, but there is a strong conservative presence as well.

Monet

I am happy to say that the students at my school all offer something different to the overall community. There are plenty of different cultural, religious, and interest groups on campus, just to name a few. In my experience, the students here are all very accepting of each other and our differences. The students here are very motivated and always strive for achievement. Although people come from varied financial and cultural backgrounds, it's very reassuring when everyone can get together at the end of the day and have fun together at a party, dinner, or fun event.

Nicole

Students overall seem pretty open to the variety of individuals that are present. There are students from every state, many international countries, students of many races and other diverse backgrounds. I have enjoyed meeting so many different, but interesting people and I really don't see any type of student not being able to fit in. A majority of students are probably upper-middle to upper class, mostly because it is a private school with fairly high tuition.

Yoonsoo

The student body is diverse and you can expect to see a whole motley of students simply by just walking down campus during the day. Sure, you will see cliques based on race, geographic location, interests, etc. but there isnt any hostility down these lines. It's just a matter of preference since the student body is just that diverse and big. You won't get lost in the crowd because there is always at least one friendly face among the masses.

Shannon

All kinds come to Cornell. Hipsters, Greek, future corporate leaders, future politicians, smart people, ugg wearing, sperry wearing, black, latino, white and asian, prep school kids, some come from elite backgrounds but we are not an elitist bunch over all. many from the upper class, but there is socioeconomic diversity as well.

Sam

Cornell has a wide variety of student backgrounds...There is a substantial Asian population, as well as a substantial Jewish population at Cornell. He LGBT community is active and is constantly planning/promoting their events. Students (boys) tend to wear Jeans and T-shirts or buttondown shirts to class. By and large, Cornell is certainly a relatively wealthy school, but there is, obviously, a huge range in this respect as well. Some of my friends at school are extremely politically aware and active, while others are almost indifferent. For those who want to become or remain politically active, there are plenty of clubs and organizations to join. As is the case at almost any university, students are overwhelmingly liberal, especially in terms of social issues. Students occasionally discuss their career aspirations, though this is hardly a primary topic of conversation.

K

I'm not sure how to continue, because there's just a lot of different people here... it's a diverse place to be. There are so, so, sososo many clubs and groups here on campus. There's a club for every race, orientation, political preference, career, interest, anything. That's one of the good things about Cornell's being a slightly bigger campus with a slightly bigger population of students, because it means that literally every base is covered when you're looking for things to get involved in. I can't really tell what the dominant financial background of everyone is, quite honestly. Every now and then I'll see an extra cute pair of boots or an extra sharp looking dress, and I'll think, hmm, there are some pretty well-off people here. But Cornell's expensive, so it's inevitable. I also know that Cornell's pretty awesome at giving out great financial aid, so there's no visible divide between the social classes. We're a school of focused, smart people, so there's talk about "what we want to be when we grow up," I guess. College is where you want to be figuring things out for the future, and I think that we all see that Cornell's going to do a pretty good job at helping us with that. Most of the people are from New York and the neighboring East Coast states, and then a good chunk from California. Politics-wise, I haven't really seen too many people that are crazy about proclaiming their political ideology to their friends and the world, but there's a fair amount of liberals and conservatives and whatever. There's always some sort of demonstration or "Occupy Cornell" or something going on in Ho Plaza. Students are active in those sorts of things here.

robert

Cornell's diversity reminds me of a walk down a crowded street in New York City. Many diverse religions are constantly about advertising faith based programming or simply giving out a free Menorah or Christmas ornament around December. I honestly do not think any student could feel out of place here unless they are frightened to interact and become friends with people of different races or creeds. Students tend to wear comfortable clothing to class with few exceptions for those dressed in business attire for interviews or information sessions. Students are from all over the United States and there is a large contingent of foreign students, the majority hailing for China or other Asian nations. The political climate is slightly left leaning though there are a number of conservative clubs and publications on campus. Every club has a yin to its yang on campus. The Cornell Democrats have the Cornell Republicans, even the Cornell vegetarians have the Cornell Meat eaters to debate with. Students tend to talk less about how much they'l earn one day and more about what they want to do or improve in the world as they grow older. The environment is not one of competition but rather one where every student will lend a helping hand to others who are struggling.

Bryce

There isn't really a set stereotype that fits with students. There come from all over the world, of every economic status, every interest of study, every everything. Almost everyone is hard working and dedicated. It's great meeting so many interesting people everyday I'm here.

Zac

They are all pretty nice, friendly people. It sounds unrealistic, but I haven't really met that many assholes here. There are annoying people, but they aren't mean. There are student groups for every interest, nationality, belief, etc I can think of. The students are work hard play hard, meaning most get their work done, then go party. I guess the people who don't do well here are those who have their singles and don't make an effort and don't leave their room; and even most of those people find a group of friends. I honestly have a hard time thinking of a type of person who would do badly here. The majority of people are from New Jersey or Long Island. This being NY, there are a lot of Jewish people, and there are a lot of people with an Asian background. It is a college campus, so it is liberal by majority, but there is a strong conservative presence as well.

Helen

Classmates are nice and friendly; competitive but usually willing to help.

Kris

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Jasmyn

My classmates are crazy, weird, caring, smart, creative, and awesome.

Jerry

In one word, diverse. Each one of my classmates comes from a different background, which makes for very interesting class discussions. Everyone has their own opinion and viewpoint when considering issues. It is likely that only in the setting of a college can such diverse people speak a common language and pull together to brainstorm on shared interests.

Jasmine

The most well-rounded group of intelligent, competitive, athletic, and yet compassionate students.

Alex

There's a significant amount of diversity, but there is some intermingling among people of different backgrounds. There are a number of residential halls geared to certain interests and cultures (music, Native American heritage, theater, etc.). Most students socialize in the dining halls and then elsewhere on the weekends. Most students are from the east coast (especially NY), but many also come from other U.S. regions and other countries.

Ellie

Cutthroat.

Scott

Diverse and mostly hard working

Antoinette

My classmates are hardworking, intelligent, passionate and self motivated.

Christine

My peers are an ecclectic group of activists, innovators, and leaders who are able to adapt to and embrace their ever-changing surroundings.

Nancy

My classmates were extraordinarily smart, and also had that uncanny combination of ambition, common sense, and the ability to adapt to what life handed them while continuing to succeed.

Amanda

Students may describe some schools as cut-throat; however, the students in the engineering department at Cornell are anything but. When first starting classes, I realized that although the class work may be difficult, classmates look to form study groups and work together to help each other, and although there are those few students who hole themselves up in their rooms and study all the time, most students like to reach out and commiserate about the workload together.

Christopher

The classmates that I have met are very amiable, helpful, dedicated, and responsible.

Alicia

My classmates are very driven students from all over the country and different parts of the world.

Wangzhong

very hard working

Melanie

My classmates are extremely bright, determined, and competitive from a multitude of ethnic and religious backgrounds.

Timothy

Smart, dedicated, and articulate.

Julien

They are very driven individuals.

Elease

My classmates are generally helpful and kind. However, sometimes they don't want to help you because they don't you to do better than they are doing. So, sometimes, it's every man for themselves.

Daniel

Energetic, busy, stressed, motivated.

John

Very goal oriented, hard working, and intelligent

Christine

They are such a wide variety of everything in every topic imaginable; I kind of like it this way.

Zach

My classmates are all very intelligent, motivated and friendly people.

Christina

My classmates are intelligent, confident, and very interesting people.

Brittany

My classmates are very intelligent, and at the same time, they are great friends and like to have fun just like me.

Brian

Completely different from one another, but by some anomally everyone iis somewhat the same too!

Kelsey

A melting pot

Jessica

Students are determined to get good grades and learn.

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