cornellians...Why Cornell over Stanford?

<p>Hi, I was just wondering...
if you would choose Cornell over Stanford (or the other way around)...what would be the reasons? why is Cornell better than Stanford? hmm...over premed...? or over engineering..? or n e thing else? well happy new year btw~!</p>

<p>lol....does anyone wanna take this? or should i</p>

<p>I chose Cornell over Stanford because of the weather, the campus, the size, and the educational atmosphere. Since I'm doing engineering, and since both programs are ranked about the same (US News is bull), all the other factors won me over to Cornell. Plus, the fact that I had a much greater chance at getting into Cornell (double legacy) helped as well.</p>

<p>lol...honestly I'd pick stanford...but now I end up at cornell. I applied ED to cornell becoz i feel that it's a right match for me. Stanford would be too much of a reach and i wont stand any chance, esp. in test scores. well..cornell is def. a great school, and I'm def. very pleased abt my acceptance. both schools have international reputations...From an international student's perspective like me, stanford owns. nice weather (after studying in CT for three years, i dislike freezingly cold weather), accessible to San fran (one of the nicest cities i've ever been to), academic reputation, etc.</p>

<p>when i look at this post...kinda surprised to me..i thought it's kinda a known fact that stanford beats us. but who knows. people have different points of view. but as of now, i'm for stanford.... It may change in the next four years though, lol. </p>

<p>yea if had it not been my poor stats, i'd have applied EA to stanford...but i'm so happy to be a new cornellian.</p>

<p>pple give ur opinions abt this...i'd like to hear them.</p>

<p>me too as i applied to both</p>

<p>both are great schools. stanford wins only because of the weather.</p>

<p>losoland, exactly how bad are ur stats?</p>

<p>I noticed that a lot of Stanford students pretend to be "Ivy-league", which is soooo surprising! Cornell is definitely the most stanford-like Ivy (in curriculum and focus), so it may turn out that in a few years Cornell will have more punch than Stanford. Plus, the Ivy-marking is a permanent status symbol.....Stanford has to try much harder to stay on top year after year. Cornell will draw some of the top-most talent for many years to come, because Ivy league has too much going for it to die a quick death.</p>

<p>However, I'd chose Stanford over Cornell since it's only 20 minutes away from me.</p>

<p>I applied and i was rejected, the only reason i applied was b/c i know my dad's cousin's co-worker's brother's 4th cousin, who is 3rd year there said Stanford has the best cafetorium.(i am big on food :) ) even though I only weigh 55kg (need to loose a little around the waistline though). but that's pretty much i applied, and also it's in california, which is very different from Canada (and no, i do not live in Igloos)</p>

<p>My friend chose Cornell over Stanford because it was closer to his hometown and academically, it's pretty similar (he's an engineer who was accepted to both). That, and we have some programs in engineering (co-op) that Stanford does not have. We also have a top Hotel School and Architecture school that Stanford does not offer. Another one of my friends who was also admitted to both chose Cornell I feel because he likes the more conservative atmosphere; even though it's not that conservative, I feel Stanford is more liberal.</p>

<p>Stanford is on the left coast, I live on the EC, airplane tix are $$$</p>

<p>Newby, you know that Cornell has one of the top rated food programs in the country, don't you? It's usually ranked in the top 5 in terms of quality.</p>



<p>Great insight ... and interesting FYI ... when Leland Stanford outlined his plans for Stanford I believe Cornell was the prime school he used as the model for Stanford.</p>

<p>3togo (alum of both)</p>

<p>I started off at Cornell, and then transferred to Stanford (at the prompting of my college girlfriend). It's been a long time, but I've kept somewhat up to date with both schools; my parents live near one, and I live near the other.</p>

<p>I really loved both schools. Cornell has better far better food, far worse weather (lots of snow and freezing rain in the winter, and is generally hot and humid May through September), and a setting that I would rank as one of the world's most beautiful. It's in a small town, but it's a big enough school (with another college nearby) that there's plenty to do there. I don't remember a moment's boredom in two years. The academic environment is probably more intense at Cornell; people are a little more focused on what's going to be on the next "prelim" (what they call a midterm just about everywhere else). There are a lot more frats at Cornell, and they dominate the social life there to a larger extent. (Social life at Cornell was more alcohol-centered, but the drinking age in New York State was 18 then, so this may have changed.) The work load seemed somewhat higher at Cornell. (This may have been the difference between the quarter system and the semester system. It always seemed like I had one fewer class per term under the quarter system.) My grades were higher at Stanford, but I discovered when I applied to law school that my percentile ranking among my fellow law school applicants was higher at Cornell.</p>

<p>Stanford has the more beautiful physical plant. It's surrounded by really expensive suburbia. I found Palo Alto to be too pricey for my student budget; its businesses cater more to highly-paid professionals than to students. Ithaca really caters to college students. San Francisco is not that far from Stanford by car or by train (there's a station very close to campus).</p>

<p>It's hard to find part-time work in Ithaca if you don't have work study. I remember being upset that I didn't have work-study as part of my financial aid at Stanford, but found that it was really easy to find a good job off-campus that paid better than any work-study position.</p>

<p>Cornell students walk a great deal; Stanford students tend to bike more (the campus is flatter, and the weather more conducive to biking).</p>

<p>Cornell seemed pretty determined to thin the ranks of its pre-med students with strict grading curves in its beginning chemistry courses. </p>

<p>They're both fine schools, well worth the application fee. If you get into both, see if you can can squeeze in a visit to both schools, then weigh all the factors that matter most to you when you make your decision.</p>

<p>if given the choice, i would pick cornell because i love cold weather and eastern standard time :-) .</p>

<p>yea i would love to pick stanford except for the fact that it's like 3,000 miles away from my house so my mom would never let me go. The weather there would be gorgeous and though im from MD i still hate the cold so it would be nice to go to a school with warm weather. But, I doubt they have my major</p>

what do you think of both school?</p>

<p>Although Stanford has a better reputation, I would pick Cornell for Engineering because its more rigorous, also Stanford does not offer ECE (which is my prospective major), oooh I forgot the main part: I got rejected Stanford EA :p</p>

<p>Seriously: It comes down to proximity and weather</p>



<p>I went a while ago so I'm sure things have changed quite a bit. Cornell engineering undergrad '81, Stanford engineering masters '82. Both schools are terrific schools and anyone who can attend either is lucky. </p>

<p>Cornell - Large school, amazing campus, terrific college town with life centered around the schools in town, I liked the weather, remote from a large city (I didn't care), terrific classmates (more friends for life from Cornell than any other period of my life), challenging school but not student-to-student competative (I liked being pushed to see what I could do), variety of schools within the university (diveristy of students and of course offerings). A great place to have a Cornell experience.</p>

<p>Stanford - smaller school, great campus, in suburban setting near SF and Santa Cruz (two of my favorite places on earth), I get why other people like the weather (and close to the ocean and the mountains), terrific classmates ... more ethnic diversity than Cornell but less economic diversity (kid cars at Stanford were new Beemers), variety of schools within the university, undergraduate program was less stressful ... less courses needed, more grade inflation, easy rules for dropping courses, etc ... things many would see as a good thing but to me gave kids too many outs ... and some point you need to commit and deliver. A great college experience.</p>

<p>Both great schools ... both are great outcomes</p>

<p> sum:</p>

<p>Cornell: easier to get accepted, harder to get high GPA
Stanford: harder to get accepted, easier to get high GPA</p>