Carleton College Visit Report by stepherzzz

Visit to Carleton College in May 2007 by stepherzzz
(Student, HS Class of 2008)
(Member since October 30 2020 with ? posts)

Visit Activities:


Admissions Interview: Yes - My interviewer was a Carleton alumnus. The interview is informational only, so no need to perfect any sort of speech before. He made me feel like Carleton would be a good fit and was very helpful.

Information Session: Yes - There was this awesome movie that was made by Carleton students. Gave me a good impression of the school and helped to give me a better feel of the campus life. People seemed goofy, in a good way :)

Campus Tour: Yes - The campus tour was standard but good. Went around most of the campus, but didn't go in the arboretum because it's too large.


Campus:



Friendliness/Courtesy of Students:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
It was during finals, so people weren't supper chatty, but everyone seemed really nice. I definitely feel like most of the students are not egotistical, which is nice at a top college like Carlet



Friendliness/Courtesy of Staff:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
The staff was really nice. They offered us coffee and everything. My interviewer was great and easy to talk to, and the staff does not make you feel like you're just a number.



Appearance of Campus:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
The campus is beautiful. The two lakes on campus are gorgeous and there are tons of ducks. The buildings all seem relatively old but well-maintained. I'm guessing it's stunning in winter.



Building/Facilities Maintenance/Cleanliness:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
Everything was in order.



Dormitories:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
I actually really, really liked the dorms and they're the best I've seen yet. Relatively small, like all dorms are, but the one we saw (a double) definitely had enough space. Nice shape and



Security/Safety:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
Nothing about the campus felt unsafe. Plus, Northfield seems relatively tame to begin with.



Overall Campus Impression:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
It was great. I was totally impressed during the tour. I loved the nature feel it had and I LOVED the ducks. They made it feel very livable, whereas some college campuses look like prisons! Beautiful.


Off-Campus:



Area Immediately Around Campus:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
I actually thought Northfield was COOL. It's not huge or anything, but there is a little downtown area near campus with some restaurants, historical buildings, and a Caribou Coffee.



City/Town/Community:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent


Campus Visit Notes for Carleton College


Visit Description:

Carleton was beautiful. I loved the buildings and got a very nice feel from the school. For a top LAC, there was very little feeling of tension, and that's saying something considering the day I toured was either during finals or the day before finals. The students seemed HAPPY, which was great because I have been to campuses where students seemed unhappy or depressed.

I was really impressed by the video during the info. session and the things that I learned. Carleton's radio station is supposed to be really impressive, despite the fact that it's completely run by students. I got a copy of the Carletonian and read a ton of comics that were done by a graduating senior over his time at Carleton. They were hilarious.

Northfield has a lot of historical significance as it's where Jesse James' gang was finally beaten. The bank where all of that took place is in town and I hear Carletonians do reenactments at the beginning of the school year. That's super cool.

There's a place on campus called the bald spot, which I liked. Carleton's campus is huge, especially because it has an arb, but the bald spot makes it feel less dense than many schools that are in urban locations. Carleton feels very open and natural, and its Minnesota location definitely helps. Everything seemed really clean. The Twin Cities are also one of the greenest urban areas in the U.S. Because of the arboretum, Carleton is also very strong in some sciences. You can use the arb for walking, jogging, as a classroom, or as a place to hang out. It's a really cool feature of Carleton that is unique.

I went to Carleton during late May. I have to admit I have no idea how cold it gets in the winter, and I'm sure it does, but I would be willing to grin and bear it considering how much I liked the school. I'm sure it's beautiful anyway :)

The proximity to the Twin Cities is nice but not a necessity. I stayed in the Mall of America Ramada and made it to Carleton in about 30 minutes. They charter buses to the Twin Cities at the beginning of holidays and on weekends, but I'm not sure about weekdays.

Carleton was great. Especially considering its prestige, I feel like the school is definitely not intimidating. The campus was beautiful and I loved Northfield. Carleton was a very well-rounded school, and I loved it.



Also, the staff was extremely accomodating when my mom expressed concerned about the expensive tuition. They immediately got her an appointment with a financial aid officer without any real notice. The officer, she says, was EXTREMELY helpful. If I could give the staff friendliness a 5++++, I would.

Hotel/Lodging Recommendations or Comments:

I stayed in the Mall of America Ramada hotel and would recommend it as long as you can handle a 70's throwback. It's kind of cool. I felt like I was born in the 50's.

Dining/Restaurant Recommendations or Comments:

The Mall of America has Panda Express, which is amazing. Great Chinese food. I don't know about the dining in Northfield, but if you need really fancy food, you can always go to the TC's.