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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-
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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+
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I believe that Cornell's One-Course-At-A-Time format reallyHistory/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
Alumnus Male -- Class 2000
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