Cornell College - Comments and Student Experiences|
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.
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.