I received my Master of Public Administration degree from Cornell's Institute for Public Affairs. I found Cornell University to be beautifully located (especially in the early fall and late spring), overlooking Lake Cayuga. Cornell has many resources available to graduate students and the campus is pretty. Ithaca is a small town with a "crunchy" feel(but also has its share of poverty). Sometimes, I felt that Cornell nickle-and-dimed a bit more than necessary, and the career development aspect of my program was severly lacking. Cornell grad school appears to be a great place to go if you know what you want to do, where you want to end up, and how to get there. Self-reliance is key, and a Cornell degree can and will open doors (it does carry the cachet of being an Ivy League university and one of the major research institutions in this country). Alot of the experience is what you make of it. The social life was decent (again, what you make of it), and there were opportunities to meet graduate students from other disciplines. Overall, I feel I gained from my education at Cornell.