Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

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Cornell University

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Overall School Rating:

Rated 5 of 5 Stars 10 Review

Nightlife:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 3.5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 3.5 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars

Student Ratings

Reviews for Cornell University

Student at This School - Grad Year 2015

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Nightlife:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Overall

The old pun around Cornell stands ever true; Ithaca is Gorges. The atmosphere around Ithaca and Cornell's campus may seem a bit wet sometimes, but overall it is the most beautiful campus I've ever been on, and being able to interact with the faculty and the students here have been a blessing with me.

Academics

The professors come from every nook and cranny of diversity, and always hold esteemed degrees in the fields which they teach. Freshmen have the opportunity to jump right into research/projects that reflect on their grades as well as on their personal achievements. If you can manage your time decently, the workload isn't terrible, and learn very quickly that it is never a bad thing to ask someone for some help.

College Life

There is a club for almost everything already, and if you can't find one then it is extremely easy to make your own. If you want to party, then collegetown is always buzzing with life, and then if you just want to stay in there are pool/ping pong tables, movie theaters, the mall, etc. The people here are friendly and welcome intelligent conversation, but are never afraid to goof off and have fun.


Student at This School - Grad Year 2014

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Nightlife:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars

Alumnus - Grad Year 1999

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Nightlife:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Overall

Cornell's a great place to spend 4 years of your life. The school has a gazillion opportunities to learn with 7 colleges and hundreds of top-ranked programs to choose from. The setting combines awe inspiring natural beauty with a local culture and personality that is hard to beat.

Academics

On the one hand, students at Cornell are super-focused. It seems like everyone I met there knew what they wanted to study and what their career path was going to be by the time they started high school. This is not a school where people say they want to take a couple semesters to figure out what they want to major in. On the other hand, everyone I knew was super eager to take advantage of the incredible selection of elective courses available to enrich your experience. Some of the most popular electives were Wines (yes, wine tasting- must be over 21), Astronomy 101, Web Site Development 101. The urban legend/stereotype is that the academics are so hard at Cornell that the school has the highest suicide rate of any college. Nobody at Cornell believes this myth. Sure the academics are challenging, but that doesn't mean you won't have plenty of time to excel at school and have plenty of time for friends, sports, a job or anything else you want to do on the side.

College Life

Greek life is definitely a major force at Cornell, however, there is little pressure to join if it's not your thing, With a very diverse group of 13,000 undergrads, 6,000 grads, as well as students from nearby Ithaca College, everybody is bound to meet a large group of like minded friends to spend their time in Ithaca with. There really is something for everyone, no matter what you're into. Even the most niche interests like organic farming, Young Republicans or even medieval reenactment all seemed to have a strong community at Cornell. Freshman year, nearly everyone lives in the dorms. After that, most people move off campus with their friends. It really doesn't matter if you have a car, but if you do bring one, be prepared to play chauffeur to your friends on snow days.


Alumnus - Grad Year 2003

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Nightlife:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 1 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 1 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Overall

I enjoyed the academic rigor at Cornell. I felt extremely challenged from my classes, fellow students and professors alike. The facilities were also first-rate. From the libraries, research facilities, classrooms, computer labs, I always felt that I had the best in terms of knowledge, information access and resources. However, what Cornell lacked was diversity and sports. There was an extremely low percentage of underrepresented minorities present at Cornell and not many resources available to assist such populations through what can often be a very intimidating environment.

Academics

The classes and programs were top notch. The level of exposure, the content of the material and the highly reputable professors made academics at Cornell unmatched. Additionally, the class sizes were perfect. I never felt that classes were too big or too small. It was perfect!

College Life

The student life and campus life at Cornell was very lacking. There was so much focus placed on academics that there weren't many fun activities outside of the classroom. Additionally, because Cornell lacks a first-rate Basketball and Football team, there weren't many fun basketball and football games to incentive students to come out to have fun....


Alumnus - Grad Year 2003

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Nightlife:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Overall

Great school, beautiful campus!! The thing I remember most about Cornell is how beautiful the campus is. You really do a lot of walking! There are gorges in the middle of campus, waterfalls, etc. It's a great place to go to college.

Academics

Cornell is very strong academically. Classes were hard and you learn a lot. Upper level classes were smaller, intro classes larger. Wonderful professors. Students learn a lot at Cornell and learn how to think critically.

College Life

Great student life - with so many students living on campus there's always something to do. There are tons of outdoor activities. Some people join sororities and fraternities and others do not. The campus feels very safe.


Alumnus - Grad Year 2006

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Nightlife:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Overall

Cornell is freezing in the winter, but that can be taken care of with some good coffee, no doze and late nights in a warm library. I thoroughly enjoyed my experience at Cornell. The professors were amazing and had great insight into my area of study. We always had some of the best guest speakers who have extreme insight into the industry, and always happened to be the BEST in their fields. One of my favorites were the career fairs, which allowed you to network with some of the best employers across the US, predominately the North East.

Academics

Hotel School rocks! Awesome classes if you love hospitality and want to learn and grow more within a specific field (marketing in hospitality, planning and design, event planning, etc) Professors are always available and when you cannot meet with them, they have teaching assistants that have excel in their previous classes available for help. There are tools there for every student to grow and develop at Cornell. I loved the food, great dining halls and food options. Now the workload...pretty heavy! Be prepared to study late and hard, trust me it will all pay off in the end.

College Life

Cornell had several "blue lights" which are located every other block around the Campus. The blue light is used for students when they are lost at night of feel like they are in danger. The Campus is quiet and extremely safe. No clubs, but Dinos, Stellas and Dunbars were always super fun. Collegetown, a small section located off of West Campus is always fun. Grocery stores and malls are very very close to campus and Ithaca has a great bus transit. I would recommend a bus pass to anyone, even when I had a car--I used a bus pass.


Alumnus - Grad Year 1999

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Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Overall

Cornell is an outstanding institution with vast resources to take advantage of as a student and a consumer of knowledge. The professors and faculty are top rate and make themselves available to students of all levels. The facilities are some of the best and the campus thrives with activity.

Academics

My program (Hotel School) was directed to business-minded students. We used case studies and real on-site facilities to enhance the learning experience. Classes were relatively small. Workload was heavy but manageable. Despite the separate of colleges within the University, students have ample opportunity to take classes in a range study areas.

College Life

A decently large sector of the school is social and seeks out a good time. The athletics are weak (except hockey) compared to other schools of comparable size. The surrounding areas offers a wide variety of outdoor activities that are fully available to students with or without a car.


Former Student - Last Attended 2000

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Nightlife:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Overall

I attended a 3 week Hotel Operations management summer program the summer before my senior year of high school. I HIGHLY recommend this program, attending Summer College at Cornell helped me gain knowledge in the hospitality industry, a subject that I was interested in without having had experience in the field. The CHESS hotel simulation program was what I liked best about the course. It gave an overall idea of what it is like to manage and operate a hotel. Summer College helped me gain experience in college life, learning how to manage work, courses, and social life in college.

Academics

Needless to say the workload was intense, this is not just a summer party. We worked really hard, which provided the expectations of what to expect as an undergradaute. GO hard or GO Home.....enough said. Throughout the program I developed professional and effective oral and written business communication skills, learned to write a concise and well-organized business report, and practiced Microsoft Office skills in a state-of-the-art computing lab. You'll also learn about hospitality careers and the real challenges and rewards of working in this exciting industry.

College Life

I liked that our professors got to know every one of us. Also, the class was full of information that I knew nothing about. But what I liked best was how passionate the professors were about what they taught, that made it much more fun to learn! The knowledge that I gained both in and out of the classroom made be a better student and person. Cornell is a great place with amazing professors, challenging academics, and a gorgeous campus. LOVED IT


Former Student - Last Attended 2005

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Nightlife:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars

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Nightlife:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Overall

I have never been to Cornell before in my life, but i have seen glimpses of it from the photos of my friend. I think that it is a school with alot of history due to the stone buildings that i see in the background. From that i know there is a probability that it is a very well established school with a high reputation. I do not know if i meet those standards, but at least i will try to apply there to gain the chance of learning what i have been contemplating almost my whole life.

Academics

I hope the classes are filled with warm and inviting students and a kind teacher. I hope the program is flexible enough to know the needs of the student. The professor i hope is kind enough to accept any learning impairments the student may have, and is willing to steer his or her student in the right direction. Of course the student will try his or her best to follow what the teacher has to teach, despite and difficulties that he or her has in their life. The workload i hope shall follow the student's pace, weather they decide to learn slowly based on environmental influences, or incredibly fast based on the students desire to learn. I am hoping that the school's classes are small, with a almost 1 to 1 student to teacher ratio, so that the student would have more time with the teacher.

College Life

I hope to be able to do running, walking, swimming, and row boating. I hope there is a club that likes anime. I hope all the students and faculty are accepting of the individual, someone who doesn't want to bother anyone and just wants to learn. I hope the campus is rich and diverse and safety is not an issue as everyone is very welcoming. On the weekends i would like to go eat with friends and watch a movie, or just hang out thinking about any interests that we share together.


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