Carleton College Visit Report by magneticpoet

Visit to Carleton College in October 2008 by magneticpoet
(Student, HS Class of 2009)
(Member since October 25 2020 with ? posts)

Visit Activities:


Admissions Interview: Yes - Pretty basic as far as interviews go - we covered school, extracurriculars, a paper I've written, authors I like, why Carleton...

Information Session: Yes - I visited in July and went to an information session there. It was very thorough and gave me such a good sense of the school that I decided to apply ED... in July.

Campus Tour: Yes - I went on a campus tour in July 2008. The tour guide was friendly and covered a lot, but it was par for the course as far as tours go.

Classroom Visit: Yes - I visited both a Poly Sci and an English class.


Campus:



Friendliness/Courtesy of Students:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
One of the guys on my host's floor took me and another prospie to Sweet Lou's Waffle Bar.



Friendliness/Courtesy of Staff:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
Both the admissions office staff and the professors I met were really welcoming.



Appearance of Campus:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
I love Carleton's campus. There are a couple of unfortunate architectural remnants from the 70s, but the trees and other buildings are so beautiful that it just doesn't matter. The campus is



Building/Facilities Maintenance/Cleanliness:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
Dorm bathrooms were clean, buildings were well-maintained.



Dormitories:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
I think there's kind of a range of dorms at Carleton. Goodhue, though far away, has really big rooms and nice views. I'm not sure about the others. Carleton is building 2 new dorms for 2009.



Security/Safety:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
There were a lot of those little "emergency" towers around campus. My host even left her door unlocked for me so I wouldn't have to haul my overnight stuff around with me all day.



Overall Campus Impression:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
I think it's pretty apparent that I'm head over heels for this school... the campus is gorgeous, the people are friendly, the food is good, and the academics are top-notch.


Off-Campus:



Area Immediately Around Campus:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
All of downtown Northfield is a short walk from campus. It's a really cute little town - especially Sweet Lou's Waffle Bar, which is just off campus. It's delicious!



City/Town/Community:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
Lots of used bookshops, a record store, Sweet Lou's of course, the Contented Cow (a pub), a good Indian restaurant... Northfield's not exactly St. Paul, but it's a great area nonetheles

Campus Visit Notes for Carleton College


Visit Description:

My dad and I arrived on a Sunday, so my host Casey and her roommate Camille just met us at the admissions office and I went off to Goodhue. I settled in and Casey and Camille decided to show me around a bit. We got sidetracked by a soccer game nearby before we headed off to see Sayles and the Libe. There was a Quidditch game at 6 and I think maybe intramural dodgeball, too.

Anyway, we ate dinner and then went off to study - I brought homework since I was visiting on a Sunday and I figured that's what everyone would be doing. We headed back to Goodhue for study break, which is where the RAs and SWAs (student wellness advisors) talk about everything going on that... week, I think? Day? Not entirely sure, actually. But it was pretty chill and a nice way to keep everyone informed and involved. Then Casey and Camille and I hung out/studied in their room. There were a few prospies on their floor because of the 3-day weekend, so a bunch of guys took the prospies to Sweet Lou's, which is open until 1.

I got up in the morning, showered in the girl's bathroom (there's a co-ed one too) and then visited two classes. I really liked the professor and discussion in the political science class (Comparative Political Systems or something like that), but from what I heard the reading was really dry. What was really nice was that students were offered rewrites - especially if they got under a B on the paper, but anyone could... just a way to help ease the transition to college life.

Then we went to Casey's English seminar, Novel, Nation, Self. I didn't really pay attention because I hadn't read the book, so I'm not entirely sure how that one went. Then it was off to lunch, I went to my interview, and my dad picked me up. We ate lunch in Burton - Carleton has two slightly different dining halls, and both serve pretty good food.

Oh, and I forgot my nice clothes for my interview, but I ended up borrowing stuff from Casey and Camille, which was really nice of them. All in all (and despite icky rain) I had a really great experience.

Dining/Restaurant Recommendations or Comments:

I keep mentioning it, but Sweet Lou's Waffle Bar! I had the Coen Brothers - banana & nutella. Other options include the Jesse James (raspberry and hot fudge) & the Maize & Blue (lemon