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Cornell University offers an incredibly diverse curriculum in an idyllic setting in the Finger Lakes region of Upstate New York. Unlike the other Ivy League universities, Cornell features various specialty schools that focus on subjects like agriculture, hotel management, and human ecology that make it uniquely practical. It also features an incredibly renowned liberal arts program through its Arts and Sciences School. Now, with its New York City technology campus, Cornell truly has stayed on the cutting edge while maintaining its roots as a school that prepares students for the real-world economy. Cornell has often been referred to as the easiest Ivy League school to get into, but the hardest to stay in. Whether that is true or not, students who attend will receive a world class education in a picturesque college town.
My time at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York was one of the most rewarding years of my life. Cornell has a ton to offer; From Collegetown, Academics, Greek Life, Sports, it truly has it all. Anyone thinking of attending this school must visit during the winter because it gets cold!!!
Cornell University is a prestigious Ivy League that definitely earns its reputation. The two years I spent at Cornell were jam-packed because I had to fulfill my graduation requirements and work multiple jobs to keep me afloat. Because of my crammed schedule, my undergraduate experience was difficult. When I look back and think of how it would have been if I decided to focus solely on my studies, I think it would have been much different. This is not to say however, that Cornell is not a hard institution. I think Cornell is probably the most difficult out of all the U.S. Ivy Leagues. However, Cornell has A LOT to offer with a wide range of course selections and most of the professors are willing to help you with networking and connections with other departments. You need to be smart about using your resources (if you're more focused on networking) and make the connections before your time is up. Attend all of your classes because even if the professor doesn't take attendance, you will probably miss something that he/she will be putting on the exam!
Cornell was a very special place to spend four years. Its "any person, any study" motto can sound unsophisticated when compared to its peers, but it really gets to the heart of what makes the institution unique. Women and minorities have always been welcomed at the school, and its broad curriculum means you will have the opportunity to learn not just in the classroom but also through a class that represents all forms of diversity. After all this is the land of Carl Sagan, Vladimir Nabokov, Richard Feynman, and even the millennial favorite, the notorious RBG. There are so many people and academic opportunities that it is impossible to not find your niche.
I had an excellent undergraduate experience at Cornell. I found the faculty and graduate students to be approachable, supportive and actively involved in my learning. There were also ample opportunities for me to engage in research and hands-on learning outside of the typical classroom setting.
The campus is beautiful and there are many resources to help you be a successful student. Academics can be quite challenging, but the course load and work prepares you for a successful future. Professors are invested in the courses they teach, and provide substantive materials to help their students succeed. Office hours are very helpful to boost your grades. Would highly recommend visiting campus before applying - getting to class can be a workout in itself!
I would highly recommend Cornell University for individuals that are self motivated, hard working, and interested in a large school with rigorous academics. The courses I took in the college of human ecology were some of the best classes I've experienced. The professors were engaged, and knew many of us by name, despite the size of the university. The material we covered was fascinating, and as a sales professional at IBM, I still use much of the understanding of human development that I learned from my courses in my daily work. The Cornell brand will carry you very far in life, I have had much success with job interviews, and have recently been accepted into the Kellogg school at Northwestern for my mba. Some things to look out for: Cornell is a large school who's social circle can be dominated by a very small group of Greek life. I was a part of a sorority, and while it was a fun experience, I do wish that I branched out to participate in many of the clubs and other activities on campus. Additionally, while I enjoyed my major, I have heard less positive things from my pre-med peers. Cornell's premed program is extremely difficult, and many students I know were not able to achieve high gpas in the program, thus causing them much difficulty in their med school acceptances. Overall, Cornell is a wonderful school with a challenging curriculum that will set you up to succeed both academically and professionally.
Cornell University's founder once said "I would found an institution where any person can find instruction in any study," and in my experience, this is absolutely true. Cornell has a range of leading academic programs, from hotel administration to veterinary studies, from agricultural studies to engineering. Cornell is truly a place that empowers its students to learn about any subject he or she is interested in. Even if there is not a particular class that meets your criteria, Cornell allows students to conduct independent studies to accomplish what they would like. Cornell also has a very strong alumni network that has supported me throughout my professional career. Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, Cornell has a very generous financial aid package, particularly for low-income students.
The eCornell executive leadership program is a complete/not complete program with minimal time commitments. The courses are very short and succinct - you get a nice small package of information about the particular course topic along with very useful tool sheets to use throughout your career.
Although I have only finished three out of four years at Cornell, I can confidently say that it is one of the best institutions in the United States. It is notoriously a difficult school and has been known for a high suicide rate, but when you meet the students, you do not see that what-so-ever. The students are intelligent, friendly, and driven. In terms of my major, choosing Biology was the best decision I could have made. Between the kind faculty and the stunning facilities, nowhere is better than Cornell.