i went to ithaca college (the smaller, less elite, but way cooler school), and i think the town of ithaca rocks! it gets really cold there but remember that if you want to Michigan or Chicago it would be a lot colder. i'm currently in nyc and ithaca is generally only 10 degrees colder on an average day.
the cost of living is nothing and ithaca is seriously lovely. it's truly amazing in good weather, which exists for approximately 4 weeks of the school year! for obvious reasons i don't think cornell makes its students get out as much, but there are a lot of fun activities in the town. there's an apple harvest festival every fall, an incredible brewery, and the best farmer's market i've been to. the mall completely sucks though.
awww just writing this made me want to go back to ithaca. sadly i will not be getting into cornell law but i hope you all enjoy it there!