Cornell University - Graduate (MS/PhD) Ratings|
|Total Grad Surveys||14|
|Avg years at University||2.1|
|Research Quality||B- (6.2)|
|Research Availability||B (7.2)|
|Research Funding||A- (8.5)|
|Graduate Politics||B- (6.0)|
|Errand Runners||B (7.0)|
|Degree Completion||B (6.8)|
|Alternative pay [ta/gsi]||B (7.0)|
|Sufficient Pay||B+ (8.0)|
|Education Quality||B- (6.3)|
|Faculty Accessibility||C+ (5.6)|
|Useful Research||B+ (7.8)|
|"Individual" treatment||B- (6.4)|
|Campus Beauty||A- (8.7)|
|Campus Maintenance||A (8.9)|
|University Resource/spending||B (6.9)|
|Surrounding City||B- (5.8)|
|Social Life/Environment||B (6.7)|
A lot of faculty seem to get free labor in terms of M.Eng students. They see very accustomed to getting free labor. I feel its highly unethical/immoral to make a graduate student work in one's research group for free. So beware of that!
Some faculty seriously have problems with funding. When I stayed there, there was additional political drama unfolding. The TAM (Theoretical and applied mechanics) had been merged with the MAE. This was done against the wishes of the TAM faculty. As a protest, TAM faculty would vote a blanket no to any decision taken by the MAE. Probably as to retort, the TAM students who had advisors not affiliated with MAE had their funding down from 2010. Many students were planning to take a year of leave of absence.But considering that a TAM member has become the Director now, things should be better hopefully.
I'm likely not to receive a PhD, even though my dissertation's been written and on people's desks for over a year now without serious review (in 2005 alone, they've completely screwed up the feedback cycle twice, and passed me off to an associate - who did do his job - only to reject the associate's findings.) The Graduate School, charged with grievances, did nothing about this, even though they had two years advance notice of the whole problem boiling to a head.
A complete disaster. Avoid at all costs, unless you have an absolute guarantee your special committee is God's gift to the universe - they control everything you do, and if they're incompetent or suddenly become hostile, you're screwed, because your arranged appeal process will simply back them up.
Frankly, it's not worth the risk. Go anywhere else. You deserve better.