Cornell University Graduate Program Reviews

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of students recommend
(4.28 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 213 respondents

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  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE, + 2 more
  • Campus Setting: City: Small
  • Student Population: 22,319 (14,566 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 9 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 1% part-time, 99% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $29,585
Source: NCES

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4.33 out of 5.0
Degree: Computer Science
Graduation Year: 2014

Great program. Faculty is helpful. Network helps with job search. Living cost is high.
3.08 out of 5.0
Degree: Biomedical Engineering
Graduation Year: 2015

Cornell University provides an unparalleled education for engineering. Students are really pushed to work to their limits and find out just how talented they are. The graduate program really motivates students to design and create the best possible idea to further human life and achievement. The only con to the graduate program is the cost. At a duration of one year, the program does not last long, and because of this little to no aid is provided by the school. Master's students are forced to take out very high sums of money in loans.
4.67 out of 5.0
Degree: Electrical Engineering
Graduation Year: 2018

Graduate students in my program at Cornell are very fun in addition to being motivated. The atmosphere is generally collaborative rather than competitive, and the professors are very helpful and often available. Ithaca is beautiful and has great restaurants, but it is pretty inconvenient to get to and from.
4.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Veterinary Science
Graduation Year: 2017

The rigor and volume of work required in the veterinary program is high, but there is generally a great atmosphere; the faculty are incredibly willing to help all students and the intensity of the program encourages students to help each other out and thereby fosters friendships.
3.67 out of 5.0
Degree: Biology
Graduation Year: 2018

My graduate program at Cornell is pretty intense, but I am certain that I will have a lot of good experience and scientific research completed at the end of my PhD. The networking between different professors and programs on campus is actually very good and encouraged. The campus itself is equipped with much of the technology and technical skills that one might want to use, if their research calls for it. The surrounding area, unfortunately is the fairly small town of Ithaca. There are some nice gorges and hiking trails nearby, but otherwise there is not a lot to do in the town, compared to actual cities. Furthermore, the living costs here are quite high as well and transportation is not great. Overall, the campus is really good for research, but the surrounding area is not enormously accommodating.
3.5 out of 5.0
Degree: Biology
Graduation Year: 2018

Cornell's campus is nice in that it promotes a lot of collaboration between labs across campus, and many scientists with varying interests are able to discuss their scientific interests freely here. There are also many laboratories and technical facilities available for using high end equipment, if one's research calls for it. My particular program is challenging in that I am kept very busy, but it also means that I get a lot of experience and a lot of experiments completed for papers. The surrounding area unfortunately does not offer a lot of variable excitement. There are many gorges and waterfalls and some great hiking places nearby, but the town of Ithaca is honestly very small and rural, and there is not a lot to do, especially if one does not have a car. Furthermore, the bus system around town is lacking in a few ares away from downtown. Living expenses are also quite high in the area, which can make things a bit difficult. Overall, the science is great here, but the town itself and living outside of the laboratory can be a little difficult.
4.83 out of 5.0
Degree: Biomedical Sciences
Graduation Year: 2017

Great school located in a VERY isolated area. If you want to focus on your career, this is the place to go.
4.17 out of 5.0
Degree: Law
Graduation Year: 2016

Cornell Law is a great investment in yourself. It's hard work and you can't expect any less. You feel very much like you're not here to make friends but to succeed career wise only
4.42 out of 5.0
Degree: Social Sciences
Graduation Year: 2016

The graduate program is a mentorship model by which you have a lot of freedom to choose which courses are best suited for your particular research interests. This program works best for self-motivated students who show initiative. Students who need a more structured program may not do as well. The town is very small, but there is a lot of good places to eat, great opportunities for local food, and an abundance of wineries/breweries. It is also perfect for someone who likes the outdoors. There are beautiful gorges, great hiking, camping, and water sports.
4.25 out of 5.0
Degree: Liberal Arts
Graduation Year: 2015

It is an expensive program that offers no funding.
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