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Degree: Nutrition
Graduation Year: 2010

I really enjoyed the quality of instruction and the access to professors and advisors in the division of nutritional sciences. However, because the school was located in the northeastern United States, networking opportunities were limited for California, my current state of residence.

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Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2014

Cornell University had a profound and positive influence on my life. The four years I spent in Ithaca was enriched in memories that will be with me for the rest of my life. I have also learned many lessons and made countless discoveries about myself during my undergraduate journey there. Although a rigorous school, I would highly recommend this university to anyone who wants to achieve their maximum potential.

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Degree: Animal Science
Graduation Year: 2016

Cornell University is undoubtedly a great university in terms of reputation and a number of academic programs the Animal Science department is no exception. As someone who was born and raised in Idaho, I chose to go to Cornell primarily because of the reputation that the Animal Science department has and because of the opportunities that an Ivy League institution could provide. I also never toured or visited the campus before deciding to attend, so everything about the area was a complete surprise to me when I moved into the dorms my freshman year. I will go over as concisely as possible the categories that I had to rank for Graduate Programs. In regards to the quality of instruction, I found that my animal science professors were amazing, supportive, and good educators. Some classes were overly difficult, but overall I enjoyed all of the hands-on opportunities ranging from laboratory work to farm chores and field trips. I was always comfortable asking for help and there were plenty of opportunities to be involved in research and extracurricular activities. In terms of classes outside of my respective department the quality of instruction was really quite variable. In large classes it was easy to feel like you were lost in a sea of other students who were simply trying to fill a prerequisite and the professors similarly had casual attitudes towards teaching some of the introductory courses with true quality. That being said, almost every professor was very helpful if approached after class or in person. Hardly any of my classes were taught by graduate students and the few classes that were taught by grad students were still high quality. I gave this category 4 stars overall primarily because I felt that my prerequisite courses were of a lower quality than the rest. The coursework at Cornell University is hard. Thats just the simplest way to put it. You will work hard in almost every class and there are only a few majors that are known for being considerably easier. If you put in the time and bear through the long nights, you will graduate and realize you learned quite a bit. The plus side is that you can kind of pick-and-choose from a great course catalog and ensure that you have some easier courses to balance the ones you know are going to be brutal. Student diversity at Cornell University is 5-stars. The very motto of the institution, I would found an institution where any person can find instruction in any study, says it all. You will have classes with people from around the world and be surrounded by those who believe and think differently. I learned so much just from other people at Cornell University, and I feel that diversity is really a strong suit for the campus. Its undeniable that there are many students from very affluent backgrounds, but there are also many students who receive Pell Grants, are self-funded, or are working to maintain scholarships. Any individual can find there place at Cornell and feel comfortable with their socioeconomic status. Campus safety gets only 4-stars because there were too many instances throughout my four years when I or my friends had something sketchy happen. Several of my friends had their apartments broken into (just off campus), and there were some years where women were assaulted walking around at night. That being said, this campus is unbelievably safe compared to most institutions across the United States. My opinion is coming from an Idaho girl that rarely had to lock her door at night as a kid. On a different note, a lot of students actually leave their laptops unattended at the library or other places on campus for minutes or hours because theft is so uncommon. Overall, I felt very safe at Cornell and walked around at night by myself quite often. The one significant negative I have about the university is that depression and feelings of hopelessness are prevalent throughout the university. Whether due to the high stress environment, the weather, or some other factor, many students will experience depression at some time. The university offers many resources to help with mental health issues. This is something that prospective students should be aware of though. Lastly, in terms of career opportunities Cornell was great. As a graduate, the internship and career opportunities are one of the main reasons Im satisfied with my education despite the many nights when I thought I would never graduate or survive ha! All of my friends and I had wonderful internship opportunities and everyone I knew graduated with jobs or had higher education plans.

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Degree: Developmental Psychology
Graduation Year: 2014

I got the master's degree as part of the PhD program, which I would recommend to anyone pursuing psychology research

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Degree: Computer Science
Graduation Year: 2015

It was really nice and I felt like the professors were helpful and honestly cared about how the students learned. It was so tiring and it took a lot of effort, but I'm happy with what was my college experience.

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Degree: Biology
Graduation Year: 2014

Very very very hard and stressful, not a very sympathetic administration but you will learn and you will be smarter because of Cornell. You will have very good job prospects upon graduation. Requires a lot of hard work.

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Degree: Sociology
Graduation Year: 2012

Cornell University is a wonderful institution with a myriad of opportunities for its students. Students, however, should not approach Cornell without the right mindset. One must truly be prepared for the rigor of the courses of instruction. Take your education here very seriously and you will go far.

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Degree: Biomedical Engineering
Graduation Year: 2014

Cornell University has an endless amount of opportunities for getting involved in research, community service, tutoring, and pre-health organizations. The best part was the diversity of educational programs. Engineering students, pre-health students, pre-law students, and humanities students work together to ensure each other's success.

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Degree: Biology
Graduation Year: 2013

Cornell University is an amazing place. The opportunities I was afforded were endless. During my four years at Cornell University, I transformed into a leader, problem solver, and global citizen. I co-founded FootPrints, an organization whose mission is to provide shoes and school supplies to children in need. Cornell funded the organization and because such opportunities, we were able to travel and help those in need internationally. In my opinion, the networking opportunities at Cornell is one of a kind. The people I have met are always willing to help and so friendly. As a current medical student, Cornell prepared me for success. Medical school is challenging, however, with the training I received at Cornell, I am able to handle the rigor. I would encourage anyone to apply and attend Cornell University. This school and my experience changed my life.

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Degree: Hotel/Motel Administration/Management
Graduation Year: 2009

Cornell is an extremely rigorous academic school where students take their studies seriously. You are surrounded by one of the most gorgeous campuses in the country.

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