Cornell University Visit Report by posterX
Campus Tour: Yes - The campus is very pretty, but is unbearable in the winter. I've also been in the summer, spring and fall.
Classroom Visit: Yes - Classrooms seemed generous and well-appointed.
Campus Visit Notes for Cornell University
Cornell has a spectacular campus in the summer and early fall, especially in outlying areas such as Cornell Plantations and Sapsucker Woods, but for most of the academic year it is frigid, barren and somewhat unlivable. The steep hills, and the campus's location at the top of a very windy hill, only add to the feeling of suffering that you sense by walking around.
The campus is extremely spread-out, so it's difficult to compare it with more tightly-woven campuses where students are more likely to frequently interact with their friends. Luckily, Cornell has recently built new dorms and a major new dining facility on North Campus, which help create more of a centered community especially for freshmen.
Campus facilities are generally excellent, particularly the interior of classroom buildings; a few, however, appear dated.
Hotel/Lodging Recommendations or Comments:
There are a few affordable hotel chains.
Dining/Restaurant Recommendations or Comments:
Moosewood Restaurant, in downtown Ithaca, is the only well-known establishment. Other options are your typical fare - small diners, cheap ethnic food, grease joints.
Other Comments (Transportation, local attractions, parking, etc.):
While not fully open for the entire year, there are a few wonderful local parks - Robert H. Treman, Buttermilk Falls, and Taughahannock offer good hiking opportunities along deep "gorges". Unfortunately they aren't really that close to the