Cornell University Visit Report by poozislove

Visit to Cornell University in July 2007 by poozislove
(Student, HS Class of 2008)
(Member since October 21 2020 with ? posts)

Visit Activities:


Campus Tour: Yes - Unfortunately, the tour we had allotted time for and the only information session of the day, were at the same time. That's poor planning on Cornell's part.


Campus:



Friendliness/Courtesy of Students:
4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good
Our tour guide was friendly, funny, and very laid back.



Friendliness/Courtesy of Staff:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
We arrived very early for the tour, hoping there was an earlier info session, so the girl at the desk offered us things to do to kill time. She was very courteous.



Appearance of Campus:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
The views and architecture are simply stunning.



Building/Facilities Maintenance/Cleanliness:
3 - Good
3 - Good
As we toured, there was a lot of construction and a lot of noise.



Dormitories:
2 - Fair
2 - Fair
We did not see a dormitory on the tour. I was disappointed.



Security/Safety:
4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good
There is a police station right on campus, a bus system to bring you home at night, and a blue light system where you can ask for a boy and girl escort to get back to your room.



Overall Campus Impression:
4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good
It was great, but sometimes, we are blinded by the IVY label.


Off-Campus:



Area Immediately Around Campus:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
The area right around campus is gorgeous. The finger lakes are the highlight, in my opinion.



City/Town/Community:
3 - Good
3 - Good
Ithaca is pretty old. A little too quaint for me. It is also far from any MAJOR cities like NYC, Boston, or Philly.

Campus Visit Notes for Cornell University


Visit Description:

We toured in late July and the weather was perfect. We arrived too early, hoping that there would be an early information session, but we were wrong. As we waited the girl at the desk offered us things to do. Once the tour started, our large group was split into three to make it more personal.
Our tour guide did ask us to talk about ourselves (our name, hometowns, areas of interest, and favorite movie) but other than that, Cornell didn't seem to care that we had toured. Other colleges keep track of these things and it actually gives you a leg up in the admissions process.
We rounded the first corner and I saw the most gorgeous view I've seen at any college. The tour seemed to focus on Cornell's unique history. Our guide told cute anecdotes and doddled on about the Civil War. We went into very few buildings and we did not get to see a dorm. The tour itself was disappointing.
As I tried to listen to the guide, I noticed a barrage of trucks, construction workers, and buses which made for a very noisy atmosphere, and that was during the SUMMER. I imagined Cornell as a very remote and peaceful place, but only half of my expectations were fulfilled. I can't imagine myself reading or studying underneath a tree, enjoying the shade and quiet, because there were none.
That being said, I still can see myself going to Cornell. It has strong academics and the student body seems to have that quirky attitude that I love. I do recommend a visit if possible because I think it draws a particular crowd.

Hotel/Lodging Recommendations or Comments:

We stayed at the Best Western about 5 minutes from campus. It has easy access to the immediate area, but we were disappointed with our stay. It is far from a Courtyards, but not a Motel 8 either.