Outside of engineering, whats so appealing about Cornell??

<p>I just don't get the appeal (although it is an ivy).
Why do you like Cornell?</p>


<p>Hotel School is appealing to people who really have the passion for hospitality industry.</p>

<p>best hotel, best undergrad architecture, the pretty rural campus, diversity, a lot of things…</p>

<p>well… check all the other posts on this topic lol</p>

<p>And what with engineering?</p>

<p>Personally Cornell music department also has a great Donizetti and Verdi expert, people who write for Rocordi, etc.</p>

I still dont get the appeal. I visited the campus and everything.
Maybe it’s more of a school for people who want to enter some specialized area–hospitality, engineering, etc.
But as a purpose seeking a general liberal arts education (college), something about Cornell is lacking.
I just cant pinpoint it.</p>

<p>everyone is different, what schools do it for you?</p>

<p>Cornell’s College of Arts & Sciences provides a general liberal arts education. Rather than “something lacking”, in fact its students are offered a huge pallete of course offerings, sections and majors, dwarfing the offerings of most other liberal arts colleges. </p>

<p>Beyond its own extensive offerings, CAS students also have available the courses from the university’s six other undergraduate colleges. Though each of them has a specialized focus, they provide courses of interest to students in the other colleges. This extra benefit comes not only in the form of extended course offerings, but also different “flavors” of some common courses. So for example when my D2 was considering taking a statistics course she could choose from at least five different intro courses, in the various colleges, at various academic levels and emphases. This gave her superior ability to tailor the scheduling and rigor of her courses. By the time she graduates from Arts & sciences she will have taken courses in four of the colleges. The resulting effective increase in course offerings is huge. The university course catalog is over 700 pages.</p>

<p>There is also the presence of the graduate school, meaning advanced level courses, and specialized courses, are plentiful. What this means to students is: if you get interested in some sub-area of your field, it is quite likely you will be able to pursue that interest at Cornell. Whereas my D1 was not able to so, when she got interested in a particular sub-area of her major but her stand-alone liberal arts college offered no courses in it.</p>

<p>If you decide to pursue some off-the norm language, Cornell will probably offer it. Your stand-alone liberal arts college probably won’t. Etc.</p>

<p>Cornell’s size means that there will probably be a sizable enough group of people there who share your particular interests. If you care about being Norwegian (just making something up), and 3% of your LAC is Norwegian. big deal that’s only 60 people. Whereas at Cornell that’s 400 people, enough to have a real social scene. Particularly when you join the “norwegian club”, or whatever, which they probably have since they have a huge number of clubs, more than the stand-alone LAC will have.</p>

<p>With all those different colleges and programs. the student body is highly diverse. Due to the presence of the contract colleges it has a significant representation of middle class students, not just rich and poor. Since many are from New York and the Northeast, the alumni body and activities in these areas is humongously active. There are Cornell activities going on all the time here near NYC, from D1s LAC they have like nothing going on here. Or really anywhere. It’s just too small, not enough bodies. And it’s not just NYC, actually everywhere I’ve lived there has been an active Cornell alumni club, unlike our other alma maters. came in handy, for “ice-breaking”, in a couple places we lived.</p>

<p>D2 is finding a lot more resources for her job search than D1 found at her stand-alone LAC. I have high hopes that D2 will be gainfully employed upon graduation. Not D1.</p>

<p>I am also an alum, and I have found that the degree is highly respected, people who did not know me well presumed I was smart. Whereas many have not heard of D1s LAC.</p>

<p>Finally Ithaca is beautiful and the university is within a very reasonable 5 hour drive of my house, with buses D2 can take from NYC if no car.</p>

<p>I’m sure I’m forgetting things.</p>

<p>Wow, what’s with the general hostility in this thread? Guy is just asking a question in a non threatening way and everyone goes for the OP’s jugular like he just murdered their firstborn. Lets make this an informative thread at the very least?</p>

<p>For me, there are myriad reasons.
-One of the professors I look up to works there.
-Great financial aid package
-Numerous opportunities for internships and studying abroad
-Beautiful campus
-I hear the isolation makes for a strong homely community</p>

<p>But these reasons are just what makes Cornell appeal to me. Best of luck in your research.</p>

<p>“Wow, what’s with the general hostility in this thread? Guy is just asking a question in a non threatening way …”</p>

<p>If there actually was any “general hostility”, it would probably be because someone is posting on a schools’ subforum, to an audience composed largely of “the faithful” , people who have applied there ED, etc, and said, to their ears, their chosen school “has something missing” , “I don’t get the appeal”, ie they are taking those comments as a “diss” of the place they hold dear. Not saying I agree with them. just that’s what would account for it.</p>

<p>However I really don’t think there was real hostility, more like some comebacks they thought were funny, responding in what they considered like tone, without any real serious intent. IMO.</p>

<p>Given i

I just read this thread and sensed no hostility at all. I admit, I don’t know what #2, the wolf, meant.</p>

<p>I have three kids attending/ed college. Two were/are at well known LAC’s. The other attended Cornell (graduated last May).</p>

<p>Each has had different and very unique and exciting experiences at their respective colleges. I think each of my children have had life changing experiences unique to each of their schools.</p>

<p>That being said, I think Cornell offers a vast greater assortment of class choices vs the LAC’s. The student body is also much more diverse. And Ithaca, although small, offers much more than the towns the two LAC’s are located in. But don’t get me wrong, these LAC towns are lovely.</p>

<p>But if I were to go back, knowing what I know now, I would choose Cornell. I am an alum of one of the LAC’s a kid attends. Great school, great education, great alum! But Cornell, somehow, offers more.</p>

<p>No school will be good if you do not take all the opportunities it has to offer. Cornell has a lot. My D graduated w/ a very good job. She took advantage of what Cornell had to offer. Her initiative and Cornell’s offerings landed her two great summer internships and a job offer the summer before her senior year.</p>

<p>That’s why I did not mind her taking the wine course her senior year. LOL</p>

<p>Gorge jumping. :smiley:
I’m really jealous of my friend who went gorge jumping his freshmen year.</p>

<p>“I just read this thread and sensed no hostility at all.”
2 posts were deleted, that’s why.</p>

<p>“Gorge jumping”
…is fun, no doubt about it.</p>