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Best decision I ever made. Amazing alumni resources as well.
3rd Year Female -- Class 2006
Education Quality: A+, Collaboration/Competitive: B
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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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There were many good things about Cornell.BrightPublic Policy
There were many good things about Cornell. I thought it attacted an interesting and diverse group of students, and the people who I met were, for the most part, motivated and intelligent. I wasn't into the Greek system, but was able to meet plenty of students who had other interests as well, and for the most part, people who were Greek that I associated with through classes and extracurricular activities were perfectly pleasent and friendly.

There are tons of extracurricular groups on campus to accomodate all interests. The sole problem is that due to the large size of the student body, positions on some teams/groups may be a bit harder to come by/more competitive than they would be in a smaller environment.

I did not find the faculty to be all that accessible, which was disappointing. You need to be very aggressive in terms of arranging time to meet with professors etc. I don't think I realized how disinterested some of my professors were in teaching until I went to law school at a different institution, where faculty were far more accessible.

However, the academic quality of the coursework was high, although some of the classes were quite large. In addition, there was a great variety of classes available to suit almost all interests.The campus was absolutely beautiful, and I felt that the town offered a reasonable number of amenities in terms of bars, restaurants, music venues for students.

4th Year Female -- Class 1998
Campus Aesthetics: A+, Faculty Accessibility: B-
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