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| I graduated from cornell in '84 and I originally came here from westchester community college as a transfer. I must say first off, it doesn't matter where you get your degree. Ivy league means nothing, it doesn't gaurantee you a job after graduation, it doesn't get you any father then the kid up went to a tier 3 school. What really matters in a school is how well it fits you, how you UTILIZE! your environment/setting and how you make the best of your academics. |
The classes were graded on a bell curve when I went and about 40% of the kids failed the course and the other passed. They might not do this anymore but it was brutal when I went.
As for professors, I had a professor who worked on the manhattan project and he was my physics professor. The majority of the kids failed the class because the problems on the board were basically the same physic problems used on the manhattan project. Yes it is cool to think back my professor had this opportunity and shared this with his students but it doesn't mean I was able to grasp the concepts of physics like I was suppost to.
I ended up going on to get a PhD. in computer science and work at wyeth now but I might get laid off in the summer because of the economy and I am an IT.
It really doesn't matter where you get your degree, when you decide to go to cornell, you are guarranteed a few things, 100K in debt and a well-known name on a piece of paper. If I had to do it all over again I probably wouldn't of gone to cornell. It really doesn't matter where you go and I will press this on anyone, even my daughter when she looks at schools someday.
Education is an investment. Be wise and really think about what you get yourself into. Ask questions, talk to students, even get in contact with alumni and see where they are at. If you think cornell is your dream school I hope it is because the grass isn't always greener on the other side.
|May 17 2009|| 2nd Year Male --
Class 1984 |
| Cornell, despite its flaws, is really an inspiring place to be. There is a crowd for everyone- yes, you have your upper-crust white jerks, but you also have a lot of very down-to-earth people from a wide range of backgrounds. I have met, worked with, and made friends with people from all over the country and the world, in a very wide array of fields (fields not found in any other Ivy). It is amazing the diversity of viewpoints and knowledge people bring to the table.|
Expect to work hard. There are a couple of schools/majors (sorry Hotelies, AEM, PAM) that are pretty easy, but AAP, Arts, and Engineering promise an extremely rigorous courseload.
Students are comptetive, but usually helpful. Pre-meds are known to be cutthroat.
We are intense. We work really really hard, but most people know how to have fun too, whether partying (frats dominate the social scene for underclassmen, for juniors and seniors it's Collegetown) or one of the some 700 clubs or organizations.Professors are, of course, all brilliant, but you'll find some variation as to how much contact you have with them. It's possible to be have a lot of guidance from profs, to do research with them etc., but you really need to put yourself out there.
|Mar 09 2007|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2009 |
| 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. |
|May 23 2005|| 4th Year Male --
Class 2005 |