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Degree: Human Development and Family Studies, General
Graduation Year: 2014

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.

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Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2013

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.

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Degree: MBA in Organizational Leadership
Graduation Year: 2017

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.

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Degree: Biology
Graduation Year: 2018

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.

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Degree: Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Graduation Year: 2015

Cornell University was my home for 4 wonderful years. There are countless things about the school which made it the ideal university for me. The classes were rigorous, the people were kind, the scenery was outstandingly beautiful. One of my favorite things about Cornell is that every day I walked to class, I had the privilege of walking over a gorge! A large part of my Cornell experience was my club ultimate frisbee team. Though Cornell doesn't provide maximum support to its club sports programs, our team was always able to find a place to practice and we traveled to tournaments around the East Coast. One drawback of Cornell is the large size. Regardless of how much you try to get to know professors, it is sometimes a pointless task. Most classes have hundreds of students and many professors don't make an effort to get to know their students. I found that the best way to gain a rapport with a professor was to be their TA or work in their lab. Cornell offers incredible opportunities, academically and otherwise. If I had the chance to do-over my undergraduate career, I would go to Cornell again in a heartbeat.

5 out of 5
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Degree: City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning
Graduation Year: 2015

Cornell is an excellent institution for any person to pursue any study. The university is a hub for intellectual advancement and achievement. Students hail from all fifty states and from all over the world. Located in Ithaca, NY, Cornell is a great place for any student to earn their diploma at.

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Degree: English
Graduation Year: 2017

I felt that Cornell University was the perfect place for me to grow as a writer and as a collaborator. The University encouraged me to work with others in group projects, and my professors were always willing to meet with me if I had questions or wanted advice. Also, Cornell has seven distinct colleges that bring in students who are diverse in not only backgrounds but also ambitions and interests. This diversity allowed me to hear myriad viewpoints and become more open-minded. I was able to take a wide-range of classes that helped me to delve into other cultures and other times, such as Punk Culture and the 1960s. I truly believe that attending Cornell University gave me the best best undergraduate education possible and a multitude of new experiences and unique opportunities that I could not have received anywhere else.

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Degree: Environmental Science
Graduation Year: 2015

I truly enjoyed my experience at Cornell, and in the Natural Resources Department. The professors were engaging, passionate and supportive. I learned a lot, and was given the tools needed to start a career in the environmental field. I can't imagine a more positive college experience.

4 out of 5
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Degree: Sociology
Graduation Year: 2013

I entered Cornell University as a transfer student and that had a large impact on my perception of the school. It is a very large university, with approximately 25,000 students; so finding a niche is particularly important. As a transfer student, my transition was a bit rough. I did not feel fully supported by the university during my adaptation period. Orientation was only one day of lectures and a campus tour. After I was largely on my own. As a large, well-endowed, world recognized ,Ivy institution, , Cornell has a lot to offer as far as resources and a vibrant campus life. In a way, Cornell is like its own city and it helps that the campus is beautiful, with natural waterfalls in its landscape. However, you need to know where to seek and find resources. Make sure to sign up for list-servs that you find pertinent to you. As a minority student, I also found the Office of Diversity Initiatives very helpful as it offered free printing services, study space, and career support. When it comes to campus life, every day there are guest lectures, concerts, speaker events, and student meetings occurring simultaneously. This may seem overwhelming at first. So once again it is important to find your niche. No matter what major you choose, you have to make the most of your education at Cornell. As a Sociology major in the College of Arts & Sciences, the largest school in Cornell, it is easy to feel like a number. The majority of my classes were large lectures, with a few break-out discussion groups. In order to succeed here you need to go above and beyond to know your professors and network. Career Services are available throughout campus to provide one-on-one help with acquiring an internship or full-time job post graduation. Take advantage of these services. They provide resume and cover letter feedback, job fairs, and job listings. The power of the Cornell name is definitely a plus. I can say I learned a lot in my 3 years there. Cornell allowed me to study abroad and the career services helped me get an internship every summer while I was there and a full time job after I graduated. Overall, when contemplating attending Cornell it is important to keep in mind three things: the size of the school, what your niche is or what you are interested in, and lastly, what you want from your education. Cornell is a large school and you need to think about whether or not it can provide you with what you need.

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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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