Cornell University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (22)
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.
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.
Hard working, diverse student body. Something for everyone and all interests. Beautiful campus
100% lived up to the billing - wonderful academic environment, brilliant professors, zero problems finding work at graduation.
Cornell is a top tier school. Engineering is a hard program. I had a maybe-slightly-above average GPA with a handful of sleepless nights, but I would have done significantly better if I'd devoted more time to studying and less time to other activities. Cornell has a ton of student activities for you to be involved in, and it's pretty easy to make a new student group if there's something you're passionate which doesn't already have an official following at the school. The Diversity Programs in Engineering office is fantastic. I high recommend you look into their programs if you're even slightly considering engineering as a major. The Materials Science & Engineering department is relatively small, and the professors are great at helping you if you ask for help. Learn to ask for help.
Excellent experience. Big school but community feels small. Academically rigorous but lots of fun as well.
Well, I'm still here, so it's great. It has its ups and downs like anywhere else (no guaranteed housing after sophomore year, *really*?) but it has so many wonderful people and dedicated professors that you can't help but overlook them. The old buildings really give off the feel of the authentic college experience. You quickly grow close to the people in your classes and in your major. The advisors truly want you to succeed, and since they come from all walks of life, their ideas about success are not constricted OR a one-size-fits-all. Also, please know that from about January to late March it is so cold in Ithaca that you will cry tears of bitter despair, but if you think you can handle it, come on up. The ride is worth it.
The quality of the instruction was very high. The school was large enough for me to find a social niche. The course offerings were diverse.
Enjoyed my time there, and the campus and student life were pretty good.
College is a big change that can be either great or awful. Make sure you push yourself outside your normal boundaries to make the best of it. Take classes you never thought you'd like, give people you usually wouldn't a chance, and join a club that you would never have in high school. Doing these things will make college the most fun and memorable. Stick it all out, because it's worth it.