Cornell University Reviews

  • 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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  • Reviewed: 3/31/2019
  • Degree: Political Science
  • Graduation Year: 2002
"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."
  • Reviewed: 2/10/2019
  • Degree: Biology
  • Graduation Year: 2014
"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!!!"
  • Reviewed: 2/7/2019
  • Degree: Sociology
  • Graduation Year: 2014
"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!"
  • Reviewed: 6/7/2018
  • Degree: Political Science
  • Graduation Year: 2010
"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."
  • Reviewed: 3/20/2018
  • Degree: Public Health
  • Graduation Year: 2016
"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."
Erica S
  • Reviewed: 3/17/2018
  • Degree: Liberal Studies
  • Graduation Year: 2018
"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!"
Jessica Ridella
  • Reviewed: 12/27/2017
  • Degree: Human Services
  • 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."
  • Reviewed: 12/24/2017
  • 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."
Angela H.
  • Reviewed: 11/13/2017
  • 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."
Alyssa Holman
  • Reviewed: 6/19/2017
  • 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."
Rebecca Baldwin
  • Reviewed: 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."
Jensen C
  • Reviewed: 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."
  • Reviewed: 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."
Jenna B
  • Reviewed: 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."
Josephine Francesca
  • Reviewed: 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."
Nancy Machado
  • Reviewed: 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."
Bin Bin Fan
  • Reviewed: 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."
Kim Layne
  • Reviewed: 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."
  • Reviewed: 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"
  • Reviewed: 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."