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How are the workload and stress levels at Cornell?
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Cornell students work hard and our faculty have high expectations, but there are many supports in place to allow our students to thrive both in the classroom and outside of it. Here are a few words about the workload from one of our students:


"The academics here are definitely challenging; however, the environment is not cut-throat. There really is a sense of camaraderie, even among some of the more traditionally competitive classes such as the sciences. Students really have a sense that 'we're all in this together,' and they act accordingly. Classes can be hard, and we want to help each other get through them. Students are not at all absorbed in trying to do better than everyone else."


While the workload is substantial, there are many programs on campus to support students' academic goals, personal development, and well-being. Two of the resources available to Cornellians are the Tatkon Center for New Students and the Learning Strategies Center. Both intellectual, support, and resource centers offer programs to ease the transition to Cornell and inspire students. Participating students can connect with a student mentor, take advantage of the Walk-in Writing Service or Study Skill Workshops, find drop-in counseling services, take a fun study break (with dogs!), and much more. Explore our Health and Wellness page to learn more about the programs available to the Cornell community.

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