Cornell University

Cornell University

New York, United States | Private

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Cornell University is a private research university located in Ithaca, in the state of New York. Founded in 1865, the college is an Ivy League university, and rightly so – Cornell is, without doubt, one of the finest universities in the USA, if not the world. And since it’s one of the finest, it’s also one of the toughest universities to get into. You’ll find thousands of students applying to Cornell hopefully, only to see their applications being rejected. This doesn’t normally dishearten anyone, though - most people expect it. It ranks #23 according to U.S. News' 'Best Global Universities Ranking' list.




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While Ithaca by itself is pretty much just a college town, Cornell does have the advantage of being somewhat strategically located. Toronto (Canda), New York City and Philadelphia are all within a 3-4 hour radius.


The Cornell campus is really a sight to behold. Spread over a massive 745 acres, the university consists of over 250 buildings, all designed to perfection and with interiors to match. The campus is divided into the North, Central and West campuses, with most of the academic buildings located in the central campus, while the residential buildings occupying the others. Lecture halls and research centers have all possible facilities and amenities you could think up of, while the recreation centers would probably leave you spellbound. The campus is home to 20 (yes, twenty!) brilliant libraries, which together form the 11th largest academic library in the USA, holding over 8 million volumes. All in all, the campus is quite self-sufficient, with a theater, a number of bars, restaurants, cafes, and even a couple of bowling alleys.

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Finding suitable accommodation to match your tastes and wallet shouldn’t really be an issue here. Almost all grad students live off campus, and there’s a plethora of options available, all having their own pros and cons. While the nearby apartments are extremely convenient (they’re an effortless walk away from campus), they’re pretty expensive, and get snatched up really quickly anyway. A smarter option would be to live slightly further away – it’ll not be as convenient but you’ll definitely end up getting more for less, which is something every Indian wants. Collegetown Plaze, Gun Hill Residences, Ravenwood Apartments and Eddygate Park Apartments are some of the sought-after spots, but there are loads more you can check out once you’re here.


Well you certainly can’t question the quality of professors at Cornell; amongst the faculty are a few Nobel laureates, Rhodes Scholars and Marshall Scholars. So, clearly, all professors are pioneers in their respective fields of study, but they may not exactly be pioneers when it comes to teaching. Although students are more than satisfied with most of their professors, they do complain that a few give more importance to their research than to teaching. That said, it’s up to you to take the initiative and try maintaining a good rapport with their professors; once that’s done, other things start falling into place too.

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Cornell has a rather handy Career Center, and you can rest assured that you’ll get yourself a quite mouth-watering job. Some of the most well-known companies in the world recruit directly from here, and Cornell being Cornell, you know you’re in for a fantastic job, and a payscale to match.

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