Carleton College Visit Report by Youdon'tsay

Visit to Carleton College in April 2010 by Youdon'tsay
(Parent of Student, HS Class of 2010)
(Member since October 28 2020 with ? posts)

Visit Activities:


Admissions Interview: No - Ds already had been admitted and visited previously over the summer. He had his interview then.

Information Session: Yes - I was the only one there so was able to ask lots of direct, personal questions about diversity, etc. Not sure what the typical info session is like.

Campus Tour: Yes - Again, it was one on one. Tour guide was candid because of that. We talked a lot about the drinking policy as I saw a sign posted about a recent mtg to discuss "the drinking issue."

Classroom Visit: Yes - He went to two. Enjoyed them well enough. Commented that there were no minorites in first class, which struck him as odd.


Campus:



Friendliness/Courtesy of Students:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
People very willing to help. Man stopped to help when he saw us looking at a map. Girl escorted me from basball fields to Sayles.



Friendliness/Courtesy of Staff:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
So nice, on the phone and in person. Spent some time talking to a woman in a dining hall. Even she liked the kids!



Appearance of Campus:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
We were there on a gorgeous spring day. Everything looked quite nice. Glad I won't be there in the winter.



Building/Facilities Maintenance/Cleanliness:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
I've heard Grinnell's are better, but I don't see how. Everything I saw looked great.



Dormitories:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
I saw one of the news ones so it probably wasn't terribly representative. Room was big. Personally, a little skeeved by coed bathrooms, but whatever. I don't have to use them.



Security/Safety:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
Didn't see anything I thought would be an issue.



Overall Campus Impression:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
He signed on the dotted line, so we were sold. :)


Off-Campus:



Area Immediately Around Campus:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
Downtown Northfield is quaint and easily accessible on foot.



City/Town/Community:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
Loved everything I saw. Our shuttle driver's family goes back generations and said the town-gown relationships are generally quite good.

Campus Visit Notes for Carleton College


Visit Description:

I'm being chased off the computer and so can't complete this section as I would like, but, overall, my impressions were incredibly positive. Being a minority, I worried a bit about those numbers, but while eating in Burton, I saw tons of diversity. I know recruiting minorities at a Minnesota LAC must be difficult, but everything I heard and overheard indicated a real commitment to diversity, which is important to me.

Students looked happy, engaged, not cookie-cutter.

Dining/Restaurant Recommendations or Comments:

Tavern was quite delicious and had a fairly extensive menu. I had stir fry; ds had a burger. For dinner, I walked to the Quarterback Club, local institution, for a carryout burger combo. Yum.

Other Comments (Transportation, local attractions, parking, etc.):

Used Ecotrans one way, the shuttle the other way. Both were clean, efficient. Ecotrans driver was worth the price as he was a wealth of knowledge about the college and community. We lucked out there!