It is evident that in the classes that their friends have taken at both Princeton and Columbia, the work at Cornell has been far more extensive.
<p>Give me a break. Last time I checked, Cornell students were not required to take a rigorous core (a la Columbia) or write two junior papers and a senior thesis (a la Princeton).</p>
<p>In most courses and majors there is not going to be a discernible difference between the difficulty of Cornell and Princeton. For all majors, the difference at Princeton will be that you're required to do a senior thesis, while at Cornell only honors students write one.</p>
<p>In some majors (biology) Cornell is likely to be a bit more difficulty. In other fields (math) Princeton will likely be a bit more difficult, but at the same time, Princeton math students tend to be pretty smart.</p>
<p>Any difference in the perceived difference of Princeton academics vs. Cornell will come down to the fact that a) at the margins, Princeton students are smarter than Cornell students, and b) a certain subset of Cornell students like to complain. A lot.</p>