Cornell University Visit Report by 2-iron

Visit to Cornell University in April 2008 by 2-iron
(Student, HS Class of 2009)
(Member since October 28 2020 with ? posts)

Visit Activities:


Information Session: Yes - Went to two of them. Not spectacularly interesting, but solid and informative.

Campus Tour: Yes - Led by a really cool tour guide who reminded me a little of myself...not "preppy" "nerdy" "fratty" "hippie" or any other sort of "label"...just a norm


Campus:



Friendliness/Courtesy of Students:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
By far the nicest students and the student body with which I felt most comfortable so far. Besides my tour guide, I had ice cream with a couple of really interesting and friendly students.



Friendliness/Courtesy of Staff:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
Again, top notch.



Appearance of Campus:
4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good
Beautiful, sprawling campus is large, hilly, and hard to navigate at first.



Building/Facilities Maintenance/Cleanliness:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
As well-kept as any school so far.



Dormitories:
3 - Good
3 - Good
Didn't see.



Security/Safety:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
It's Ithaca. I wouldn't be worried...the only dangerous places are crossing the street and suicide hill.



Overall Campus Impression:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
Came away really impressed by the atmosphere and the beauty of the campus.


Off-Campus:



Area Immediately Around Campus:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
Collegetown is a separate section of Ithaca situated up in the hills. Lots of cheap food and scenic vistas.



City/Town/Community:
4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good
Not an INCREDIBLE amount of stuff to do in Ithaca, but a very college-friendly town that was like a smaller version of Charlottesville, VA. Downtown is pretty, as are the surrounding Finger Lakes.

Campus Visit Notes for Cornell University


Visit Description:

Cornell was, in a word, outstanding. Visiting took up nearly a full day. Plenty to see and do on campus. The place was pretty lively, with various politically-oriented parades and fundraisers taking place. I liked the legend about the tower and the pumpkin (I forget the story...but it's a good one). Unlike some other schools (cough, Lehigh, cough) Cornell got really in-depth about the academics, as well. There are some majors offered by Cornell that are hard to come by elsewhere, let alone in an Ivy League school...I guess, Cornell, being the biggest and least selective/snobby Ivy, has the distinction of being the best at the more obscure majors (Agricultural Management, Natural Resources, Labor Relations) in the country. With so much to offer, Cornell attracts a very diverse student body. The on-campus food is excellent (especially the homemade ice cream!) Out of the eleven schools I have visited so far, only Cornell and Georgetown impressed me enough to guarantee that I will apply.

Hotel/Lodging Recommendations or Comments:

The new Hilton Garden Inn downtown is reasonably priced and REALLY NICE!!!! One of the better hotels I've stayed at.

Dining/Restaurant Recommendations or Comments:

Besides on-campus, food in Collegetown is supposedly good and cheap (students especially love Thai). Downtown, Mahogany Grille is EXCELLENT and offers outdoor dining on Main Street.

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

Lots of wineries in the area and some great scenery. Corning glassworks is in the area, too. Beware construction traffic in Poconos if coming from south.