Carleton College Visit Report by efarn13

Visit to Carleton College in July 2008 by efarn13
(Student, HS Class of 2009)
(Member since September 28 2020 with ? posts)

Visit Activities:


Admissions Interview: Yes - I had an alumni interview near Chicago. We met at a diner and chatted over coffee. Carleton's interviews are more informative than evaluative - I learned a lot and got a great sense of a former C

Information Session: Yes

Campus Tour: Yes - Toured with a summer admissions fellow, a rising senior psych major. Lots of fun personal anecdotes and a beautiful campus in general.

Overnight Visit: Yes - Amazing host, did her own thing but still was welcoming and invited me along when appropriate.

Classroom Visit: Yes - Sat in on "From Beethoven to Ben Folds," an introductory music course.


Campus:



Friendliness/Courtesy of Students:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
My overnight host couldn't immediately pick me up, so her friends gave me an impromptu, unofficial tour and hung out with me. So fun.



Friendliness/Courtesy of Staff:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent




Appearance of Campus:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
Visited in both summer and winter - both were beautiful. Chilly in January, yes, but the four seasons really flourish in MN. A gorgeous chapel is the centerpiece, and each building has a personality.



Dormitories:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
Carleton is residential, meaning most students live in campus-owned housing for four years. The dorms were comfortable and homey - we looked at older dorms and the new dorms for a full perspective.



Security/Safety:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
24/7 security, ample emergency phones, residential assistants on every floor, secure dorms (need student ID), and student testimonies of Northfield being an extremely safe town. Awesome!



Overall Campus Impression:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
After I visited, I pretty much stopped looking at other schools. Carleton and I were a great fit on paper, but the campus visit really sold me on Carleton's unique community and gorgeous campus.


Off-Campus:



Area Immediately Around Campus:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
Next to campus is the 880 acre Arboretum, great for running, snowshoeing, sketching, tubing the Cannon river, research, or relaxing. Corn fields on one side, Northfield on the other. Extremely safe.



City/Town/Community:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
Small selection of bars, but most students stay on campus for the social scene.Great restaurants and cool festivals. Grocery, pharmacy, etc in walking distance, though Carleton also has a free bus.

Campus Visit Notes for Carleton College


Visit Description:

When I came to campus for Accepted Students Days (a large opportunity for accepted seniors to get together with other rising freshmen, see campus, and attend class to help guide their enrollment decision), we all met in the Concert Hall and one by one our hosts walked on stage and plucked us out of the audience. When it came time for my name to be called, a boy named Evan called my name and herded me off to get my bags. My mother was immediately concerned that they had someone thrown me into a co-ed visit, but Evan quickly explained that my host had a cappella rehearsal and couldn't be there to meet me. This wasn't a damper at all though - Evan ended up giving me an impromptu tour of his favorite spots on campus, and introduced me to his entire floor, 7th Watson. Each student on the floor was so excited to talk to prospective students, and they brought their homework to the lounge to hang out with us, show us their work, and talk about campus in general (it was a Thursday, so I expected them to be doing HW). Some of them showed me their rooms, and I was impressed by the size of them and how homey the dorm felt. Everyone on the floor was so engaging and unique; when I left, I was jealous that they get to stayed in their amazing community and I had to head back home!

Hotel/Lodging Recommendations or Comments:

Archer House is gorgeous, has a fun history, and is a two-minute walk from campus as well as the town center. Country Inn is also walking distance, and Americinn is down HW 3 a bit but nice as well.

Dining/Restaurant Recommendations or Comments:

Chapati indian lunch buffet - YUM. Hogan Brothers has cheap hogies and incredible ice cream (get a single scoop - bigger than you think). Tavern or Rueb N Stein for more pub feel. Basils for pizza!

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

Northfield Lines has daily buses from the airport, as well as to the Twin Cities and Mall of America. The business/historical district of town is walking distance from campus. Ample street parking.