Carleton College Visit Report by Gedaechtnis
Admissions Interview: Yes - More formal than I expected (guy was wearing a suit). Went well otherwise. Be prepared to talk about random topics, like favorite books and current events.
Campus Tour: No - Couldn't make an official tour, so my host and her friends gave me one--it was great!
Classroom Visit: Yes - Visited a 200-level music class. Students were engaged and knew what they were discussing. Professor gave them a break in the middle (it was a long class). Seems that this is the norm.
Campus Visit Notes for Carleton College
Met up with my host and her roommate (who was French; we chatted in French!). They took me back to their dorm, where they helped set up a fold-out cot with blankets that admissions or someone provided them for me. Several other girls on the floor came by to say hi to me. They all took me on a tour of campus that concluded at the dining hall. All students acted happy to see me, and included me without talking down or acting like they were selling the school. After dinner, went to a student council meeting with my host's friend, because I wanted to see an overview of school activities, etc. Student council was well-run and productive. From there, went to an open mic night with another host's friend. It was for a week that essentially celebrates/promotes gay tolerance and awareness. If you are strongly opposed to homosexuality and other liberal issues/lifestyles, this probably isn't the place for you. Parents may be a little worried by this (I didn't even tell mine!) but there was not a campus atmosphere of people copulating everywhere, etc. Again, everyone was friendly without seeming artificial. The host's friend walked me back to the dorm (it was late at night). He was a guy (and I'm a girl), but I still felt comfortable being with a strange guy late at night--the sidewalks on campus were well-lit, and although there weren't tons of people out, I knew that if I was in trouble, there were always people within earshot.
I took a shower in the dorm bathroom--they had gender-separated bathrooms as well as co-ed. Showers were clean but small. The food in the dining hall and the other place (it was like a dining hall but cozier) was good and varied, although the layout was confusing. Overall a great visit that highly improved my impression!