It’s a long journey, but the view can’t be beat. That’s a saying that can apply to Cornell University in more ways than one. This Ivy League school is known for the intensity and drive of its students, which can feel like a lot of pressure, but also pushes them hard to succeed. The beautiful cliff-top campus is also a great place for hiking — the trail may not be a simple path, but it’s worth it at the top, where you can see for miles.
The Location (Ithaca, NY):
The gorges are gorgeous! Located in the town of Ithaca in the mountains of upstate New York, Cornell’s campus is known for its awe-inspiring natural surroundings. However, the town itself offers plenty of enticing attractions, from vintage boutiques a short walk from campus to tasty vegetarian food at the famous Moosewood Restaurant.
You’d Make a Great Big Red Bear If:
- You’re a host with the most. Cornell’s world-famous hospitality school, the School of Hotel Administration, is considered the world’s best institution to study hospitality management, with its on-campus hotel earning a AAA four-diamond award.
- You’re an animal lover! Cornell’s School of Agriculture and Life Sciences offers students a hands-on education, with its dairy cows even supporting an on-campus, student-run ice cream parlor. Yum!
- You love to travel. Cornell’s main campus is in Ithaca, but it has satellite campuses with a variety of specialties in New York City, Las Vegas, Brussels, Belgium, and even Qatar!
Technically, Cornell University is neither a public nor a private institution — it’s both! Some colleges within the university, including the Agricultural School and the School of Industrial and Labor Relations, have a contract with the State of New York, allowing New York residents to pay in-state tuition to attend. A pretty good deal if you’re a New Yorker!