Cornell University Graduate Program Reviews

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97%
of students recommend
(4.27 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 223 respondents

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School Information

  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE, + 2 more
  • Programmatic Accreditation: AACSB, + 5 more
  • Campus Setting: City: Small
  • Student Population: 21,904 (14,315 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 9 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 1% part-time, 99% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $29,581
Source: NCES

Student & Graduate Reviews

4.17 out of 5.0
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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
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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
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Degree: Liberal Arts
Graduation Year: 2015

It is an expensive program that offers no funding.
4.83 out of 5.0
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Degree: Public Administration
Graduation Year: 2014

Cornell's MPA is what you make of it. If you want to have an amazing time and build a portfolio of applied projects and challenging coursework, it is up to you to connect with professors and seek out those opportunities. There are many of them and everyone has been willing to help. Cornell is also a great university, and you get perks of being connected to a global network. That said, if you are not as focused or directed, you can easily take all the required classes, coasting through the program without truly challenging yourself. Don't come here if you're looking for guidance or not sure why you want to go to graduate school. You will feel lost and disorganized. But come here if you know how Cornell can help you learn and work on projects that you value. Look at all the Cornell research institutes and organizations, faculty projects, and programs and start networking!
3.08 out of 5.0
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Degree: Public Administration
Graduation Year: 2015

Ithaca's a tough place to live, but the CIPA program provides strong financial aid, so it's worthwhile. Classes and academics aren't very rigorous, but the degree seems to still provide career-worthy skills.
4.08 out of 5.0
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Degree: Law
Graduation Year: 2016

The best part about attending Cornell Law is the small class size and the type of community it creates. Not only is it easier to get to know my fellow classmates, but it is so easy to access professors and administration. The close knit atmosphere really does help—especially when stressed out with classes.
4.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Law
Graduation Year: 2015

Cornell Law is exactly what you want from a T-14 law school, excellent teachers, intelligent peers, and legitimate help with finding a job. I haven't been disappointed, and I know that I went to the best place to start my career.
4.5 out of 5.0
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Degree: Law
Graduation Year: 2015

The faculty and the small setting of the law program provides a familial feel and collegial environment. The faculty members are brilliant and because the school is so small, you can make connections with professors and it is easy to build relationships with a number of them. The biggest downside is the location and the terrible weather. But if you like the small town feel, this could be the right place for you.
4.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: MBA
Graduation Year: 2015

You learn a lot from the business school but it's distance from major cities with key employers can be a disadvantage.
4.67 out of 5.0
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Degree: MBA
Graduation Year: 2015

Johnson has a very collaborative environment, the small size of the class and various social activities ensure that you get to know your classmates well. The classes have been hard and demanding but very case oriented and constantly review current news. Many recruiters come to campus, we have constant coaching for interviews and there are a large offer of leadership and managerial skills programs. Ithaca is a beautiful town and has a low cost of living, the downside would be the lack of proximity to larger cities and the high expenses of travel.
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