Cornell University Visit Report by KryptoniteMan

Visit to Cornell University in October 2005 by KryptoniteMan
(Student, HS Class of 2006)
(Member since October 22 2020 with ? posts)

Visit Activities:


Information Session: Yes - I went for a General university and CALS (college of agriculture & life sciences) information session of which both were very informative.

Campus Tour: Yes - Tours are led by Cornell students and start at Day Hall. The tour guides definitely know their stuff so i highly recommend going on a campus tour.

Classroom Visit: Yes - Although nothing to do with my major, i did sit through a psycology class with my friend just to see how classes were conducted there.


Campus:



Friendliness/Courtesy of Students:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
Everyone i met there was friendly ... i didn't encounter anyone i thought was rude, or unsociable.



Friendliness/Courtesy of Staff:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
All staff members were patient enough to answer any questions and some actually helped me find the building/place i needed to be.



Appearance of Campus:
4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good
Really beautiful campus. So many cliffs overlooking lakes and the many short walks i had across bridges unveiled the numerous waterfalls and streams crisscrossing the campus.



Building/Facilities Maintenance/Cleanliness:
4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good
They spend a lot of effort in preserving the environment and building maintenance. For instance, the construction on the Thurston avenue bridge (although it's an eyesore, once completed, it's suppose to look nice).



Dormitories:
4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good
Depends on the dorm. I checked out Low rise and those weren't too great looking. However, the newer dorms like Court and Mews were in much better conditions.



Security/Safety:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
No problem here ... they even got night time escorts if you need it ;)



Overall Campus Impression:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent



Off-Campus:



Area Immediately Around Campus:
4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good
Its not going to have as many things to do like New York City, but its not a desolate farmland either. Collegetown is one of the more popular places for people to go off campus.



City/Town/Community:
3 - Good
3 - Good
Although i didn't walk through Ithaca, the quick glimpses i got at night showed there was a lot of people out and about in the city. And theres still shopping centers such as Pyramid Mall nearby

Campus Visit Notes for Cornell University


Visit Description:

I highly recommend a visit to the campus. I believe a visit to Cornell will either make or break your decision to apply (I applied ED and happily now part of the Cornell community). Definitely start out with general information session to get a quick idea of Cornell. Then take a guided tour starting at Day Hall. Also try to do an overnite stay with Red Carpet Society or with a friend you know (the latter being better in my opinion). My separate overnite visits once in North Campus and once in Collegetown gave me a quick glimpse of life from freshmans to seniors. Also hopefully ur visits will fall on a sunny day. I lucked out both times and there wasn't rain or clouds in the sky. And try not to visit in the dead winter (jan-march). I didn't visit during those months, but i heard from my friends that it was not an enjoyable experience (ex. cold harsh winds, snow, etc.). Make the most out of ur visit ... ask questions, and its okay to pester the admissions or staff with them cause they did for me. ;) oh yea, for those who think Cornell is just a study school ... yes it is as a matter of fact (many people use the libraries [Olin, Uris for example] and the students there tell me its rigorous ... but Cornellians know how to have fun, whether random outdoor activities or parties (which i can't talk about here). And another thing i noticed was the school spirit ... the students love their school. So hopefully ur visit will be good too.

Hotel/Lodging Recommendations or Comments:

I didn't stay at a hotel, but theres many hotels around Cornell, most people i know stay at the Ramada Inn, which is really close to the campus, and a lot more affordable than staying at the Statler Hotel (which is directly on campus).

Dining/Restaurant Recommendations or Comments:

I'd try out the food within Cornell campus. In collegetown, I loved Stella's Cafe (good breakfast omelettes) and The Nines (good pizza) and Cornell students frequent Collegetown Bagels.

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

If possible, try to travel by bus (i used Shortline bus from NYC to Cornell). Parking is very limited at Cornell.