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The ratings I gave above do not paintQuite BrightArchitecture
The ratings I gave above do not paint a good picture of Cornell. Into my fourth year I have to say that about 75% of the time I love the architecture department. We have some very bright, friendly, open, and exciting professors who I have loved getting to know. The small setting allows you to create meaningful relationships. The university bureaucracy, however, is awful.

While in your own department people will treat you like a student, a human being who has worked very hard to get into the university and will appreciate your efforts if you are working hard--the university sees students as a money making machine. I've lost count of the number of I have been yelled at, demeaned, ignored, and just generally disrespected by University staff. This has occurred most often with the registrar offices (both in my own college and the university administration level) and especially with the bursar. Every semester it is the same cycle with administration, I really think Cornell should just admit that they are run like a large corporation--and a bad one at that like Walmart as opposed to a good model like Google (the other Ivy Leagues tend to fall into the latter category).Considering that Cornell is far from a major city and lacks the pretige/networks of other schools at the same level I would at least expect the university to compensate by keeping a professional demeanor and nurture students to succeed. This work, however, is all left to individual professors, who while well meaning are seriously under funded, under paid, and treated just as badly as students are. Only a few of the 'star' professors are treated well and those are the ones that bring in funding to the university.

1st Year Female -- Class 2010
Campus Aesthetics: A+, Individual Value: D
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I don't tell too many people to comeQuite BrightComputer Science
I don't tell too many people to come here for CS. Your life at the school is very different depending on your major, so I can't comment on what it's like as another major. The reality is that the school is a great theory school for CS but isn't that great for more applied areas - such as systems. It's a great school if you want to do research. Also, if you come here - you have to know that you have to bring it on a regular basis. Floating through just won't cut it - the people that make it through aren't necessarily the smartest, but they are the hardest working.CS undergrads tend to be more antisocial than other engineers, though you can always find a social crowd in CS if you'd like - as long as you're somewhat nerdy.
4th Year Male -- Class 2005
Useful Schoolwork: A+, University Resource Use/ spending: B-
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Fantastic academics (in generally), but very self absorbedBrightMechanical Engineering
Fantastic academics (in generally), but very self absorbed student body. For the most part professors are genuinely interested in teaching the students and are approachable for help. Some are arrogant and snobby but it happens at every university. Engineering classes actually teach value material and assignments improve your engineering skills. Lots of extracurricular activities. The workload can be extremely rough sometimes, but as long as you do your work and study it's actually not that hard to do well.

The biggest problem is the student body. Yes, this is a party school. Some people actually care about their academics at a school that costs 60k+ per year. But too many seem to be more preoccupied with getting drunk/high on weekends because it's the cool thing to do. Kids like to joke that "you aren't an alcoholic until you graduate" and I know several people who are legitimate alcoholics here. People love to talk about how they're ****ed for final exams because they didn't study (ha ha, failing is fun apparently) instead of buckling down and actually doing legitimate work. A surprising number of students abuse adderall probably less to focus on work and more to fit in with the ridiculous school culture. And since it's an Ivy League, half the students wear $1000 coats in the winter (I'm not joking) and love to judge everyone elses' fashion and appearance. TL;DR: I went to Cornell expecting great academics and an intelligent student body. I got one of those things. Probably the most important thing I've learned spending a year here is that people who get high SAT scores are not necessarily intelligent in any way.

1st Year Male -- Class 2018
Campus Aesthetics: A+, Individual Value: C+
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