Cornell University Visit Report by NishtDawg
Admissions Interview: No - No interview even though the Assistant Dean of Admissions spoke during the entire information session, which was a wonderful way to make an impression- especially because he reads all of the apps from CA.
Information Session: Yes - Very intimate information session. The assistant dean of admissions who spoke to us is such a genuine, cute man
Campus Tour: Yes - Very in-depth. We were short on time, so had to leave in the middle of the session. We really didn't expect it to be so thorough!
Campus Visit Notes for Cornell University
I'm sort of biased because I knew even before I visited that I would love Cornell. But, Cornell lived up to all my expectations and more. For an Ivy League school, all of the students seemed very down to earth and friendly. Every student I spoke to was really nice and I even ate lunch at a Cornell dining hall with my parents (which was delicious btw) and felt perfectly at ease. I seriously wanted to make friends with every student I saw. My tour guide was really awesome as well.
The Arts and Sciences information sessions was absolutely incredible. The Assistant Dean of Admissions himself spoke to us and was such a genuinely nice man. He seemed to really care about students and take his job very seriously. When I visited Stanford, a young, cold recent graduate with no teaching experience whatsoever spoke at the admissions session. But, this man has a very academic background and even said that he would love to teach a class if he had the time. All the more, the Assistant Dean was in charge of all the California applications so I totally lucked out because he is essentially the person who will be reading my application and making a final decision. I was very impressed that he knew a lot about my high school. There are hundreds upon hundreds of high school in California, but he distinctly remembers my school's curriculum and has even visited my school! The admissions people obviously take their jobs very seriously.
Cornell is absoutely beautiful. Although the students there probably have a lot of fun, it really looked like an institution of learning, which impressed my parents, which is always a plus.
Other Comments (Transportation, local attractions, parking, etc.):
Free parking! Whoohoo. And, my dad parked in an illegal spot and managed not to get a ticket- basically because the Cornell police aren't anal.