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.
College Sophomore 2013-06-26T18:52:31Z
The faculty in the biochemistry department are fantastic. They help you find internships and even support you financially during your experience. I have not had an internship yet; however, I plan on partaking in one as soon as possible. Cornell College will make this easy and available to do so.
College Senior 2013-06-08T00:49:44Z
The food service on campus is horrible. After 8:30, all of the venues on campus close, so if you forgot to get dinner, etc. you have to go without or go off campus. The food service in the dining hall is awful. Often the only meat varieties that are available are pork and beef, which I personally don't eat. During the school year, I become a vegetarian. The food is disgusting, it gets increasingly bad when there are breaks coming up. During spring break, the company takes away more and more food stations, leaving less and less variety. The drink machines don't work most of the time, and the salad station usually has limp. rotten vegetables. The sandwich station is nice, but there is always a really long line, and sometimes it's not worth standing in line for 15+ minutes only to come out of it with a sandwich. The bad thing is that food prices in town are pretty high, so many students still keep their meal plan and still have to eat at the dining hall. I forgot to mention there are only 2 places on campus to get food and they are all in the same building on the same side of campus, I have gotten food poisoning at least a dozen different times, but I still have to eat there because I simply do not have the money to eat anywhere else. It's horrible going into meals knowing that I'm going to come out of it sick, and about to vomit, but when you're hungry, you're hungry, so you eat.
College Senior 2013-06-08T00:39:38Z
Our Women's Basketball, Volleyball, and Softball teams all went to the national tournaments this year. However, most people did not know about volleyball or softball because it was not publicized. One of the biggest issues is school spirit. No one here, not even the athletes have any school spirit, but we should because we're all paying to attend this school. The fact is, way too much money is spent on male athletics, and not enough on female athletics. The athletes who are getting results are the female athletes, but they receive the least amount of funds and the least amount of respect.
College Senior 2013-06-08T00:35:08Z
Mt. Vernon, Iowa is smack dab in the middle of nowhere. There are things in town to do, but the town is literally one street long and it get really old really fast. The best thing to do is go to either Iowa City or Cedar Rapids where there are stores, malls, restaurants, etc. The best place to go in my opinion is the Lincoln Wine bar, where they have live music on Tuesdays and Thursdays, gourmet pizza, and gourmet wine.
College Senior 2013-06-08T00:30:25Z
The weather changes every year, so you never really know what to expect. MY freshman year, we had all four seasons, and a pretty harsh winter. My sophomore year, there was barely any winter, and the temperature was pretty mild the entire year. This past school year, winter began in October and lasted until late April/early May. It's very hard to tell what is going to happen, but always expect for it to snow at least once during the winter. The important thing is to have a good pair of snow boots and a good pair of rain boots. As far as clothes go, the best I can say is to pack things that you can layer, you never quite know what to expect.
College Senior 2013-06-08T00:26:30Z
Well the computer labs are nice when they are not crowded. The computer labs get crowded during the end of each block when we have finals and they usually start getting crowded during the middle of second week and stay crowded until the end of the block. If you have your own laptop, ethernet ports are available in the dorm rooms, and wifi is available all over campus although the connection usually has a hard time working and the wifi runs very slowly.
College Senior 2013-04-29T14:12:02Z
Cornell is great for students academically. But it does have a dark side. That would be the administration. They put on these smiling masks and tell incoming students that they care so much for them. They will lie to your face and they hire students to represent them that they can manipulate. If you come for a visit I dare you to ask to see Olin Hall. The administration tells guides to never show that hall because it is so outdated and you might walk by someone talking about a party that they went to because we all know that partying does not happen at college. They tell students to be themselves but will shut them down if they do not agree with their beliefs. Not so much religion but just personalities. Once you become a student the administration ignores you. They give you parking tickets if there is a big visit day and all of the student parking lots are full so you park in a empty visitor parking lot. They also do not allow you to store furniture in the dorm rooms in the storage closets in the dorms so you cant bring in extra more comfortable furniture. They even make sure that when it is a visit day that the current students don't get as long of a lunch so the visiting student can not interact with them because most of the students here will "not represent the college in a good way".
College Sophomore 2013-04-28T00:29:05Z
The entire student body actively participates to a degree that many larger campuses may struggle to match. The campus is absolutely beautiful, with the entire campus part of the National Register of Historic Places. The staff are fantastic, and the students are involved to make the community a better place, with the rate of volunteering exceptionally high among students. There are approximately one club per ten students, providing opportunities for everyone to be part of something. I absolutely love this college.
College Sophomore 2013-03-17T06:04:14Z
Some facilities, such as the sports center and library, are very nice, but others are not (namely certain residence halls and some classroom buildings). I don't really have too much of a problem with the facilities that are slightly sub-par, but I do have a problem with the inconsistency throughout the facilities. I do admit, however, that the campus is very aesthetically pleasing despite how old it is
College Sophomore 2013-03-09T04:13:27Z
the education department has been absolutely wonderful in ensuring that we take our state exams on time and offers truly rigorous coursework. This is one of the hardest majors at cornell but the professors are totally worth it.
College Sophomore 2013-03-09T04:02:37Z
The school has a zero tolerance policy for sexual assult and expells accused and offenders immediately. However, this creates the illusion that there is none of the normal party stuff going on on campus and makes students less likely to come forward about wanting resources or community conversations and also less likely to get help for their friends.
College Junior 2013-03-07T20:08:07Z
They are usually very good at giving away financial aid. However, whatever you get freshman year is what your award will be. It also doesn't take into account hikes in tuition- so basically your award gets smaller every year.
College Junior 2013-03-07T19:48:21Z
The majority of students on campus are white, Christian people from the midwest. There are a few people from different ethnicities, religions and the like, but there is still a very big gap between them and the majority. Diversity is more an abstract idea here, not a reality.
College Junior 2013-03-07T19:40:26Z
Health & Safety:
This is a very small town with a low crime rate. There have been very few crimes on campus- most people even feel comfortable leaving their doors unlocked when they are gone. All buildings are locked at 11, and campus security does rounds to make sure things are okay. They are also never more than a few minutes away and will give you a ride if you are feeling unsafe.
College Junior 2013-03-07T19:23:30Z
Enough parking for everyone, though you might not find one in the lot closest to your residence hall. Very cheap- $45 for a year. Every parking lot is no more than a 5 minute walk from campus.
College Senior 2013-03-06T02:56:57Z
At Cornell they have a no tolerance policy. This means that if you are caught with drugs on campus you are kicked out immediately. The firstyear dorms are substance free buildings so no one can have any alcohol or drugs on them even if they are 21 or older. There is no good samaritan policy so if anything goes wrong at a party everyone gets in trouble if someone gets help. In the upper classman buildings you can not leave your room with a open container. If you miss enough classes the college will send your parents that you are missing class. If you drop below a 2.0 you are put on academic probation.
College Senior 2013-03-06T02:46:55Z
This gets such a low review because there are deffinately not a lot of good places to park that are near dorms. The campus safety are real sticklers on giving out tickets and will even give student vehicles tickets if they park at the PUBLIC library paking lot when they are at the library. During big events on campus all of the visiting people take up all the empty spots and student can never find parking spots and the lots are in complete disorder and are hard to manuver in. Permit costs are relatively cheap and first years can have a car on campus as well. A car is not necessary but is nice to have because the town is small enough and classes are close and you might have a friend that has a car you can borrow.
College Senior 2013-03-06T02:41:47Z
Cornell is located in Mt. Vernon IA. The town is very quiet and safe and everyone is nice but the town is quite small. There are four different bars and a couple of different resturants that are pretty good. Iowa City and Cedar rapids are both at most a half hour drive so Wal-Mart is pretty easy to get to and so are a bunch of other attractions that bigger towns have. The area is very hilly so during the winter there are a bunch of good places to go sledding and during the warmer months there are a couple of frisbee golf courses that are fun. There is a lot of community service oppurtunities for the students in Mt. Vernon.
College Sophomore 2013-02-25T20:39:13Z
They are have the strictest of policies when it comes to drugs. If they smell it whatsoever in the dorms then they call the police no questions asked. You get one second chance and then after that you are in danger of being expelled. Nothing is unreasonable, it is on a case to case basis.
College Sophomore 2013-02-25T20:37:06Z
There are drugs and alcohol at every school you might attend. At Cornell if you want to be affiliated with this scene you can find it. If not, you will not be judged. If you are going to partake in it, and are underage, don't get caught. They have very strict policies.
College Sophomore 2013-02-25T20:34:38Z
Parking on campus is never a problem. There is always somewhere to park.
College Sophomore 2013-02-10T17:36:42Z
Lots of students are athletes, but there is not a high attendance rate. Our facilities are also pretty nice but they could be nicer. Most of our athletes are really smart, but unfortunately we aren't really good at some sports.
College Senior 2013-01-29T00:32:05Z
The nightlife at Cornell is pretty secluded. There are a lot of different parties by each of the greek groups. Other than greek parties the night life mainly revolves around the three bars in town. The bars tend to have their own cliques: the athletes go to one, the greek groups who aren't partying go to another, and the "townies" or people from Mount Vernon, go to another.
College Senior 2013-01-28T23:21:28Z
The athletics at Cornell are not very good. Our teams are full of nice people but they don't win very much. Cornell students don't support the sports teams very much but everyone who does play on the teams seems to have a lot of fun.
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