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Dartmouth vs Cornell

PipthescholarPipthescholar 1 replies2 threads New Member
edited September 14 in College Search & Selection
Hey yall!
I have done some pretty extensive research on colleges and have found these two to be some of my favorite options. I was wondering if anyone could give any opinions/insider points/fun facts about the colleges in light of committing to one of the two. Anything from dorms to teachers, starting salaries, internships, food, etc would be appreciated!
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  • PipthescholarPipthescholar 1 replies2 threads New Member
    Also maybe some comparisons on the programs. I am interested in the maths and science areas, especially stats and biology!
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  • happymomof1happymomof1 30952 replies199 threads Senior Member
    The opportunities in the biological sciences are much broader and deeper at Cornell than at Dartmouth. Check out what is offered there in the College of Human Ecology (HumEc) and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) in addition to what is available in the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS). For details about the Statistics program at Cornell, see https://stat.cornell.edu/academics/undergraduate
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  • merc81merc81 12068 replies205 threads Senior Member
    fun facts

    Richard Feynman delivered a series of seven brilliant, enduring lectures at Cornell.
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  • helpingmom40helpingmom40 446 replies10 threads Member
    DD was very sensitive to the size of schools. The undergraduate enrollment at Cornell (15,000+ students) is larger than the entire town of Hanover, NH (11,500) and is over 3 times the size of Dartmouth (4,400). One of them would have been eliminated from consideration just based on size.
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  • PikachuRocks15PikachuRocks15 515 replies2 threads Member
    Are you pre-med? If so, Dartmouth > Cornell with regards to ease of accessing clinical experiences as Dartmouth's medical school is located on-campus--whereas Weill Cornell's located 3 hours away in NYC. Cornell DOES have the Cayuga Medical Center near-by, although you'll be competing with much, much more undergraduates for fewer volunteering spots. Both schools do have a lack of grade inflation, Cornell more-so than Dartmouth, so keep that in mind.

    Cornell is much, much larger than Dartmouth, which is the smallest Ivy undergrad-wise, so that could impact your choice if you want a smaller school. Both schools will have a plethora of opportunities available, but you might have an easier time at Dartmouth, which has a smaller graduate student population compared to Cornell.

    Both schools have similar general-education requirements, however Dartmouth has the D-Plan and is a quarter-based system. With it, you'll be able to take more classes over your 4 years at Dartmouth, but will also have LESS time for each class (pre-med sequences tend to be taught over a year whether quarter-based or semester-based, but confirm with the pre-health advising websites.) The D-Plan also gives you more freedom by allowing you to pick and choose what you want to do for MOST (freshmen fall, sophomore summer, and senior year are exceptions IIRC) quarters: whether that's studying abroad, being on-campus, or working.

    Financial Aid is similar at Dartmouth and Cornell: both schools package loans as a part of your aid award depending on your income. However, it's still highly, highly recommended to run the NPC calculators for both (and the long-version before applying ED, which is binding.) If in-state, Cornell CALS, as a state-funded contract college, is much cheaper than CAS, especially if full-pay.

    Food-wise Cornell wins precisely because of the AMAZING ice-cream made on-campus by CALS' Dairy farm. Both schools are evenly matched when it comes to the surrounding campus: Ithaca's gorges are gorgeous, and Dartmouth owns a ski-resort near-by. :smile:

    Hope that helps! Good luck with admissions!
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