College Sophomore 2013-10-14T04:22:07Z
the teams themselves are generally not super successful, although this is slowly beginning to change each year. where the program really shines is the emphasis on being a student athlete. it is very easy to be involved in clubs and keep your academics in check while also being a part of a team
College Sophomore 2013-10-14T04:19:02Z
greek life at Cornell is a great experience. a very large portion of the student body is affiliated and it is very easy to pick out which people are in which group. there is also a great variety of groups to fit every interest, so it is fairly easy to choose a group. they also throw the best parties on campus (specifically one group) which makes it all the more appealing. the only real drawback to greek life at Cornell is that all of the officially recognized groups are local, which means that they are the only chapters in existence. this simply means that there is no greek housing or national support.
College Senior 2013-08-21T21:48:25Z
It's Iowa. It's cold. If you aren't into four seasons and an extended winter, don't go here.
College Senior 2013-08-21T21:47:29Z
Most people live on campus so parking isn't all that much of a thing.
College Senior 2013-08-21T21:45:02Z
There's a lot of drinking, but people are usually pretty safe about it.
College Sophomore 2013-08-20T19:43:54Z
Cornell is great about giving aid to those who need it and actually gave me the nicest financial package out of the schools I applied to, but nowadays no matter how much financial aid you get it's almost never enough. They do raise the cost of tuition annually and not the cost of financial aid, which sucks. I suggest looking for scholarships you can get from outside services because the aid you get is not going to be enough in the long run.
College Sophomore 2013-08-20T19:15:33Z
Law Hall is open 24/7 with the use of your student id and has a computer lab on the first floor that you can use; you may also use the computers in the Library, but they do close at a certain hour. A computer isn't necessary to bring to class, but you can if you want. You might want to check with your professor to make sure their okay with it, though most are. Network reliability and speed is great, and I haven't had any problems with it so far. Printing can be kind of a crunch on campus if you do it at the last minute, before classes. Printing is available at the library, Thomas Commons, and Law Hall with your student id but you want to print your stuff with enough time because if you print at the last minute you will be late from waiting for everyone else to print their stuff too. You get $16.00 a semester for printing and each page you print is $0.04. Not too bad but because of the block course you may find yourself in a class where you need to print out a lot which can drain those 16 bucks faster than you think. Still, I don't think it's necessary to bring your own printer. I've known a few people that have, but I rarely see them use it. Also tech support on campus is really friendly and helpful. They're sweethearts, so if you have any problems connecting or general computer problems just pop in and ask for help!
College Sophomore 2013-08-12T04:19:19Z
Mount Vernon is just Cornell love. From the Silver Spider shop to Polly Ann's antique store, and the fantastic old middle school that houses a little of this and that, Mount Vernon is an amazing little town (this is coming from an East Coast, big city guy). There is so much character in all the little shops and stores all around the town, and the people are absolutely amazing. This is probably because most of the people around the school are or were affiliated with the school (yes I have run into the former President of the School, and several current professors). Its absolutely amazing, and the only place you could find anything like this is probably Hogsmead Village.
College Sophomore 2013-08-12T04:06:03Z
There is no off campus housing. Not really. If you want to live in housing not affiliated with the school, you have to receive some special dispensation from the school (idk). The school does, however, own several off campus dormitories and housing opportunities: Tenth Avenue Apartments, Welch Apartments (opened in 2013) are sort of houses owned by the school that students live in. They're pretty great, and not on the hilltop. Then there is New Hall, which offers suite style housing for the Living Learning Communities that are created by students at Cornell. Finally, there is the Sleep Inn. Yes, Cornell College has an agreement with the Sleep Inn in Mount Vernon, where students can live on the top floor in hotel rooms, with access to a pool and all the other amenities that will keep your friends visiting.
College Sophomore 2013-08-12T03:59:02Z
Health & Safety:
I feel very safe at Cornell. The school is very small; walking across campus takes probably 5 to 10 minutes, but the entire time you're in earshot and viewing distance of the campus safety patrol officers who are constantly around campus.
College Senior 2013-08-01T00:09:55Z
The financial aid is really bad here. If you want your aid to look about the same, then every year, you need to win an outside scholarship of about $3,000. The tuition goes up about $2500 every year, and they usually increase the student activity fees and meal plan fees. What sucks is that they don't give you more financial aid to make up for the increase in tuition, so you end up paying more and more every year.
College Senior 2013-08-01T00:06:04Z
Honestly I think all of the dorms suck just because of the crazy stuff that students do in them. The housing process is weird.. You draw numbers and pick rooms based on the number you choose. The lower the number, the better.
College Senior 2013-08-01T00:03:34Z
I am a Biochemistry and Molecular Biology major. It's probably the hardest major at Cornell and it kinda sucks if you do what I did and go into your freshman year without taking the core class that first year students are expected to take. The work is hard, the labs are long, and you really have to be diligent in order to complete the major
College Senior 2013-08-01T00:00:54Z
Health & Safety:
The health center is okay. They do cute stuff. They have a newsletter that they put out every month called the toilet paper, and they try to write about health topics that are relevant during that time of year.
College Senior 2013-07-31T23:57:54Z
Academics are rigorous. You learn a semesters' work in 3.5 weeks. We call the 3.5 week period a block. The load for someone learning a new language or learning harder subjects like sciences is around 8 hours of studying per night, and if you're taking a class that's not in your major, then you usually end up forgetting the material after the block is over. Professors are helpful, but honestly I feel like if you've never learned on the block plan, it's hard to teach effectively and understand where your students are coming from
College Sophomore 2013-07-29T07:15:30Z
It really depends on what professor you get. I have had some really great professors who actually teach, and some who seem to just give out assignments randomly. The OCAAT system can be good and bad. It's nice not to stress over more than one exam at a time, but because of the short time you have before changing classes, you can end up being overloaded with work.
College Sophomore 2013-07-29T07:11:24Z
It's cold and snowy 90% of the year, and unless your teacher lives farther away, classes don't get cancelled. The ground is really hilly and many places don't have smooth paths, so it can be a little dangerous with all the snow. But, I am from Texas, so I'm not used to snow. When you don't have to walk through it, it can be pretty and fun.
College Sophomore 2013-07-29T07:06:34Z
The food can be good, but there aren't many choices and the restaurants in town can be pretty pricy.
College Senior 2013-07-10T02:32:39Z
The only facilities that are upkept are the Commons and the Sports Center, the residence halls are, for the most part, terrible, and the college charges ridiculous fees at the end of every year for supposed "damages" that are almost always present before the student is placed in the room. Make sure if you go here to write down a very detailed description of the poor state of the room (trust me, there will be something wrong with it) so they don't try to make you pay for it later. As a prospective student they will try to make you think everything's wonderful, and tour guides are not even allowed to show prospective students one particular dorm in which the black mold problem was "solved" by painting over it (the paint faded, revealing black mold still present underneath within about a week)
College Senior 2013-07-10T02:25:40Z
There is very little parking and almost none near classes. The student parking is commandeered at the administration's whim for irrelevant events. The parking pass is not worth what we pay for it. There are not enough parking spaces to accommodate nearly the number of students who have cars. Students who do not get parking passes can park in more places, especially if you have a friend off campus. The visitor parking is deceptively nice, students are much worse off. Tickets are given out often by campus security, but rarely to first-years, as though they are trying to make it seem like it doesn't suck. In fact, everything is like that the first year.
College Sophomore 2013-07-06T00:46:09Z
I think this all depends on the kind of person you are.
College Sophomore 2013-07-05T23:59:12Z
There is a fair amount of diversity going about on campus met with healthy acceptance and also education on the different cultures that thrive on campus. The environment is great and although located in a small town, Cornell really prides itself on being a forward thinking campus. There are a lot of different programs on campus catering to the LGBT&Q community, racial minorities, religious groups, and so on.
College Sophomore 2013-07-05T23:20:30Z
Not too many options in Mount Vernon to eat off-campus, particularly so if you do not have a car. You'll have better luck going out of town with friends then finding a great place in town. The Lincoln Cafe is good, but not really affordable for most college students.(Though if you tattoo "food is important" anywhere on your body you get free fries there for life) There's also a few other regular food chains within walking distance, but nothing particularly special.
College Sophomore 2013-06-26T19:01:57Z
Guys & Girls:
The guys and girls of Cornell College are great. As with any college, there is a great amount of variety, and people with very interesting backgrounds. The typical student's looks, interests, dress, etc. are diverse, which is not a bad thing! There are plenty of attractive guys and girls.
College Sophomore 2013-06-26T18:58:26Z
The biochemistry/molecular biology program at Cornell is taught by fantastic teachers and prepares you for the MCATs, as well as medical school. The facilities are not limiting, despite being a small school, and they offer many internship and job opportunities.
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