I am head-over-heels, tripping-over-myself smitten with Cornell (CALS, in particular). If Cornell was a woman, I would go gay for her. However, my mother (a veterinarian who visits the Veterinary Medicine post-grad school often for conferences and the like) insists that the atmosphere is extremely dog-eat-dog, and that it's not unusual for students to sabotage one another in order to get ahead.
Is there any truth to that? I know that every Ivy League comes with competitiveness, but is it noticeably worse at Cornell? (not that that would stop me from applying, but I'd like to hear from current students)