Cornell University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (37)
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.
Great for those who want to experience a non urban college campus setting. May not be as prestigious as other ivy leagues but still great name on resume and offers same opportunities as other schools
Great school. The faculty are all very dedicated. The campus is beautiful and located in a small town surrounded by nature. Some of the students are there because they have to be, but many of them still enjoy learning. The classes can be stressful, but if you enjoy what you're learning then the stress doesn't account for much, the ones you hear complaining the most are the ones who don't want to be there.
It really does try to live up to it's motto of "Where anyone can find instruction in any study." You work, live, and socialize with people who come from different walks of life and have interests in just about anything. That being said, it IS an Ivy League school, so "different walks of life" generally means 50% upper to upper-middle class white kids, and 50% everyone else. However, of the Ivies, it definitely has the biggest breadth of academic diversity (7 different colleges, half public, half private) and the large size means that you'll be able to find your group of friends (and avoid anyone you can't stand). Greek life is big (about 1/3 of students when I was there), but there's no real pressure to join up. There really isn't a single "Cornell experience" - it's a choose-your-own-adventure book where you can have both frat bro electrical engineers and hardcore academic art students playing beer pong at the same party as B.N..
Cornell was an amazing place to study. I did a lot of hands-on work and had professors who were leaders in their fields. The campus is beautiful, and the town is really geared towards college students, so it is a truly welcoming place to study.
The school is very large, but is a great place for someone who knows exactly what they want to study. It is not for the faint of heart.