Hi all! I was recently accepted to the University of Notre Dame and Cornell University. I have absolutely no idea which one I should attend, and would love some thoughts about both. Any unfiltered opinions are appreciated!
This is the list of pros and cons I quickly drew up…add more if I missed some.
Pros: Rural, diverse, good research, can’t go wrong in any department, greek life, prestige and name recognition, vast
Cons: More diverse in terms of the type of student (for example, more not as outgoing and those who were told since birth they had to go to an IVY), feels more uptight, less community feel, bigger class. My biggest concern is grade deflation, how much I will have to grind to do well in classes, and the cut-throatiness. If you went to Cornell, please give me your thoughts on the rigor!
Pros: Football, school spirit and all around fun, super strong alumni network, strong community on and off campus
Cons: less diverse, not as built up in STEM (I think?), less name recognition in Northeast, no greek,
They are of equal ranking – last year Notre Dame was ranked higher, this year Cornell is by only one. So I am not considering ranking. I assume I will get a good education at both, but to make a decision I have to consider all the minute details.
Thank in advance!