Cornell University Reviews

4.41 out of 5 stars
(45 Reviews)
  • Ithaca (NY)
  • Annual Tuition: $55,188
98% of 45 students said this degree improved their career prospects
98% of 45 students said they would recommend this school to others
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4.7 out of 5 stars
Rebecca Baldwin - 3/30/2017
Degree: Biology
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."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Jensen C - 3/21/2017
Degree: Architecture
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."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Lindsay - 3/20/2017
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."
4.3 out of 5 stars
Jenna B - 3/19/2017
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."
3.5 out of 5 stars
Josephine Francesca - 3/16/2017
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."
4.5 out of 5 stars
Nancy Machado - 3/4/2017
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."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Bin Bin Fan - 2/22/2017
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."
4.4 out of 5 stars
Kim Layne - 2/15/2017
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."
3.9 out of 5 stars
Anonymous - 7/22/2016
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"
4.7 out of 5 stars
Anonymous - 7/22/2016
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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