Carleton College Visit Report by birdhouse

Visit to Carleton College in October 2008 by birdhouse
(Student, HS Class of 2009)
(Member since October 30 2020 with ? posts)

Visit Activities:


Admissions Interview: Yes - Nicely paced for a 20 minute interview. (Was in a hurry) Senior intern asked q's like which superhero did I related to the most, what my school was famous for, how my friends would describe me, e

Campus Tour: Yes - Tour guide was enthusiastic enough about Carleton. We walked into a random person's dorm room. People were generally friendly if approached.

Classroom Visit: Yes - 3 classes -- photography, European history, English. Photography had a lab day; history had an enthusiastic prof, but most students looked deep in thought and untalkative. English: a good discussion.


Campus:



Friendliness/Courtesy of Students:
3 - Good
3 - Good
Students were generally nice if approached. If not, they'll just go on with their business and ignore your air of prospie-ness.



Friendliness/Courtesy of Staff:
4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good
Admission staff was very nice; campus staff just doing their jobs. They didn't strike me as Minnesota-nice, though.



Appearance of Campus:
4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good
Minnesota is pretty in the fall -- the leaves are so many colors. Carleton's buildings were very well-kept; I liked the architecture (though Watson wasn't so impressive).



Building/Facilities Maintenance/Cleanliness:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
Very clean everywhere I noticed.



Dormitories:
3 - Good
3 - Good
I stayed in Watson, which looked and smelled like a former hospital. Very clean, VERY warm. Comfy. Co-ed floors, bathrooms had stalls and two shower rooms w/ doors. LOUD on Friday night.



Security/Safety:
4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good
Seemed very safe. No suspicious activities I noticed.



Overall Campus Impression:
4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good
A nice place, very busy. Aesthetically-appealing for me, though I'm not sure if I would fit into the campus crowd -- some absurdly nerdy, some nervously quiet.


Off-Campus:



Area Immediately Around Campus:
4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good
I walked two blocks off campus into a residential area. Typical midwestern town. Very very quiet, beautiful.



City/Town/Community:
4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good
St. Paul and Minneapolis seemed like a cool place to go on the weekends -- 40 miles away. Some people did so on Friday night.

Campus Visit Notes for Carleton College


Visit Description:

It was "screw your roommate" on the Friday night I stayed, so it was loud in the dorms that night. My host didn't go anywhere, but I thought she would so I wandered around campus in various activities. I went to the library (very impressive -- four floors, mostly underground, and large considering not many people were there), saw a play (like a couple other people mentioned, the theatre is very small and only one theatre major this year. The play wasn't that great, but it seemed like a cool place to try out acting for wannabes), and went to the science lecture hall to see a movie. I got the impression that Carleton has a lot of activities going on at the same time.

The Carleton kids....eh. In the classes I attended, about half the class was rather quiet during discussions. A few very talkative people. They're all fairly nerdy, though. Outside of class, Carls appeared busy with various activities.3

Also I met with a cinema prof, who emphasized the point of Carleton is to get a liberal arts education, not go into movies immediately. He wasn't so enthusiastic about Minnesota having a lot of opportunities, but he was happy to talk about the new arts center (they're remodeling an old middle school).

Carleton was almost everything I hoped it would be, though I was disappointed (rightfully so) that it wasn't very diverse ethnically.

The weather wasn't as cold as I thought.

I think I'm still applying, though I doubt I will attend...flying back and forth from California seems to be a lot of trouble to go to Carleton. I liked it, but maybe not enough to devote myself to flying often.

Hotel/Lodging Recommendations or Comments:

Get an overnight!

Dining/Restaurant Recommendations or Comments:

Ate at the Language and Dining Hall. Food choice was good; apparently they got a new food service this year, and the rumors of bad food are now untrue.