Cornell University Visit Report by Keilexandra
Campus Tour: Yes - I missed the beginning of the tour. The guide had popped the collar on her polo, and was preppy-bubbly in personality. She dealt well with an unexpected rainstorm in the middle of the tour, though.
Campus Visit Notes for Cornell University
Before I visited Cornell, my general impression was, "great school but too big." After visiting, that feeling has been confirmed. Cornell is an Ivy with rigorous academics, impressive quality of residential life, and a beautiful campus, but it feels too big for me. The two libraries provide the best of both worlds--Uris is traditionally Gothic, Olin bright and modern--but I was put-off by the endless rows of computers and study carrels. It seemed almost sterile, not cozy. They're necessary to accommodate all of Cornell's students, of course; and that's exactly the problem.
The university literature calls AAS the third-smallest Ivy college; but in overall size, Cornell is the biggest. The other colleges and schools seem relatively integrated, which is good--except for the aforementioned being really big part.
Also, he admissions office is really poorly located. Undergraduate admissions has a visitor parking lot, but it's on North Campus and a good 10-minute walk away from Day Hall, where all of the tours and info sessions are.
Cornell is not the school for me, but I'm glad that I visited because now I know. Plus, no food is allowed in the library.