StudentsReview :: Cornell College - Comments and Student Experiences
Search for Schools by Region

or within distance of city

Similar Schools
Harvard University -- Cambridge, MA
Columbia University in the City of New York -- New York, NY
Brown University -- Providence, RI

  Who's got the Best?

Perceptual Rankings:
You Make 'Em.
We Post 'Em.
You Vote 'Em Up.
You Vote 'Em Down.
Aww yeah.

Cornell College

There are 12 Comments


Sort By: [Date] [Major] [Rating]

Select Comments:

Positive Negative Neutral Advice
The four best things about Cornell are:Quite BrightEnglish
The four best things about Cornell are:

1) The Block Plan. It is an immersion learning system where you take one class at a time. Each class is three and a half weeks, then you get a 4 day break (a block break); take another class, and get another break. You do that nine times throughout the year.

2) The campus is BEAUTIFUL!! It looks exactly like a college campus should. The entire campus, in fact, is on the National Register of Historic Places. It's been called "a slice of New England on an Iowa hillside."

3) The school has started a new program called Cornell's Living & Learning Communities. You get a group of friends together and apply for housing in the newly rennovated Merner Hall. Your group picks one area of interest, (from computers, to writing, to music, to weaving), and you come up with a year-long service project that relates to your area of interest. You can then live and work in a community of people who share your interest and work towards completing your service project.

4) The students are extremely friendly -- yet at the same time extremely bright and creative. Faculty and administration are also very approachable and accessible. They will become your friends and mentors. To summarize: Go here and you may never want to leave! This place will linger with you for the rest of your life.

4th Year Female -- Class 1992
Faculty Accessibility: A+, Campus Maintenance: B-
Rate this comment:
Useless (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) Helpful
My college experience at Cornell College has beenQuite BrightPsychology
My college experience at Cornell College has been very positive. The college is one of three schools in the United States that offers the One-Course-At-A-Time block plan. That means our academic calendar translates to basically nine "J-Terms" for you university folks out there. At Cornell you learn how to write at the graduate level by your second year and you should have excellent journal and grant writting skills/experience by your third and fourth years. Those Cornell students who have taken the GRE have almost always recieved high scores in the analytical writting section. All classes cap at 25 students, which enables close faculty-student relationships. No class is taught by T.A. ever and all proffessors hold a Ph.D in their respective field; they also are all respected researchers in their field. Additonally, our social scene is great. We have social groups (fraternities and sororities), however there are no houses. Regardless, even if one is not into pledging a fraternity/sorority, there are many things to do. Mount Vernon (home of the college) has bars, video rental stores, pizza places, tatoo shops, and fine resturants. Fifteen minutes away is Cedar Rapids which has many malls and clubs and a Half-Hour away is Iowa City (home of the university of Iowa) where it is a typical big city with a very small-town friendly feeling.

Some downsides to Cornell are that all students (with a few small exceptions) are required to live on campus. Ten percent of the senior class is allowed to live off campus in the apartments of Mount Vernon. Additonally, our calendar requires (and demands) the ability to juggle your time effectively. Many Freshman students simply can not handle the busy One-Course-At-A-Time schedule and end up transfering after one semester. Furthermore, because of our schedule, it is very difficult to transfer to a semester university after you have completed three semesters at Cornell - though it can be done. Currently, our food is not very good, but no college food is excellent. Cornell realizes this and starting in the 2003-2004 school year, Cornell has hired a health professional to review menus and various health aspects.In short, many students agree that the actual education and learning experience is amazing, but Cornell's politics (i.e. off campus living, etc.) isn't always appreciated.

3rd Year Male -- Class 2004
Faculty Accessibility: A+, Surrounding City: C+
Rate this comment:
Useless (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) Helpful
I believe that Cornell's One-Course-At-A-Time format reallyBrightHistory/Histories (art history/etc.)
I believe that Cornell's One-Course-At-A-Time format really prepared me well for graduate school. I loved the Cornell campus - what better place to learn about history than on a campus where every building is on the National Register of Historic Places. The professors at Cornell encouraged me to think for myself and the student/teacher ratio was wonderfully low! I would recommend Cornell to anyone looking for an academic challenge in a beautiful setting where he or she could make friends that would last a lifetime
Alumna Female -- Class 2000
Starting Job: Archivist - Douglas Public Library District, Castle Rock, CO;
Rate this comment:
Useless (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) Helpful
Cornell College

StudentsReview Advice!

• What is a good school?
• Statistical Significance
• How to choose a Major
• How to choose your Career
• What you make of it?
• How Ivy League Admissions works
• On the Student/Faculty Ratio

• FAFSA: Who is a Parent?
• FAFSA: Parent Contribution
• FAFSA: Dream out of reach

• College Financial Planning
• Survive College and Graduate
• Sniffing Out Commuter Schools
• Preparing for College: A HS Roadmap
• Talking to Your Parents about College.
• Is a top college worth it?
• Why is college hard?
• Why Kids Aren't Happy in Traditional Schools
• Essential College Tips
• Cost of College Increasing Faster Than Inflation
• For parents filling out the FAFSA and PROFILE (from a veteran paper slinger)
• How to choose the right college?
• Create The Right Career Habits Now
• Senior Year (Tips and experience)
• Informational Overload! What Should I Look For in a College or University?
• Personality Type and College Choice
• A Free Application is a Good Application
• College Academic Survival Guide
• Getting Involved: The Key to College Happiness
• Choose a Path, Not a Major
• The Scoop on State Schools
• The Purpose of a Higher Education
• The Importance of Choosing the Right College Major (2012)
• How to choose a college major
• How to guarantee your acceptance to many colleges
• Nailing the College Application Process
• What to do for a Successful Interview
• I Don't Know Where to Start (General College Advice)
• Attitude and Dress Code for an Interview (General College Advice)
• Starting College (General College Advice)