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“Ivy League meets upstate NY” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Cornell University

Cornell University
Ithaca, NY
607-254-4636
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Ranked #6 of 18 Attractions in Ithaca
Type: Educational Sites, Cultural
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Winchester, Massachusetts
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“Ivy League meets upstate NY”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

Unless you must have an urban environment or hate walking up and down hills, Cornell University has it all! From nanotechnology (imagine, a maze one cell wide, to study the movement of white blood cells!) and animal science (yes, there is a cow with a "window" into it's stomach) to hotel management to architecture and fine arts, there is something for just about everyone seeking a higher education! The faculty are very interesting - at a reception this past weekend we were chatting with a professor who was studying how flies can move so easily in 3D space by shaving the little hairs off their "shoulders" and another, who's son is an archaeologist studying a new group of native Americans discovered in upstate New York.

They have an on-campus plantation which supplies some of the dining facilities, and have a ton of "green" initiatives going on as well (hubby insists that Harvard dining hall food is as-good, but I think his memory is not the best...). And, the city of Ithaca is always interesting - you can still find folks that look a lot like Jerry Garcia making flower garlands for each other, and it's actually quite easy to find vegetarian/vegan-friendly restaurants, brew-pubs, wineries, and other fun places to eat/drink. The sports facilities are very nice - even a natural rock climbing wall and an entire building for the wrestling team!

Even if you do not have a kid considering Cornell for college, just walking around the campus, throwing some rocks on the musical roof, going to the Johnson Art museum, catching a soccer or hockey game, or stopping for ice cream at the Dairy Bar (scheduled to re-open this fall, once renovations are done), it's a nice place to enjoy a nice fall (or spring or summer or even winter -if you don't mind the cold!) day!

Visited August 2013
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Atlanta, Georgia
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“WOW!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

Very well organized with the move-in process. Everyone was very was friendly and helpful. The staff was amazing!

Visited August 2013
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“Looking for the bookstore”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

We had some difficulty finding the book store because it was hidden in a building that we couldn't find. We only asked for directions twice and then proceeded to enjoy every building on-campus. If I had children and could afford the tuition, this would be a supurb college to send them too.

Visited July 2013
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“Do the tour!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

Our daughter wanted to visit Cornell so we elected to take the 1.5hour tour. They've made it very user-friendly and welcoming. There is an onsite information booth where you can get a parking ticket ($3 for 2 hours or free if you have a prospective student with you). Then you go to Day Hall and let the student workers know you'd like a tour. The have a schedule online but go every day at 1300 and 1500 hrs with additional times some days. The tour guides are Cornell students who are very well trained, personable, friendly, engaging and passionate about their school. Our guide was a 2nd year Biology student who did a wonderful job of weaving together information about Cornell with anecdotes about her own experience and the history of the place. It was really worthwhile!

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“beautiful grounds”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013

nice little college town. we were looking at colleges and though none of my daughters was taken by the place (it's too cold in the winter), it's a beautiful place.

Visited August 2013
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