Cornell University Visit Report by Keilexandra

Visit to Cornell University in July 2008 by Keilexandra
(Student, HS Class of 2010)
(Member since October 27 2020 with ? posts)

Visit Activities:


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:



Friendliness/Courtesy of Students:
3 - Good
3 - Good
I didn't really talk to any of the students. The tour guide was friendly but clearly not like me or my friends. Of course, Cornell is so big and diverse that she's hardly representative.



Friendliness/Courtesy of Staff:
2 - Fair
2 - Fair
The woman at the Undergraduate Admissions office didn't seem to understand that we were waiting for friends to arrive, thus resigned to being late for the tour.



Appearance of Campus:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
Cornell's campus is gorgeous, true to the photographs (and it's not even fall). Very much sprawling and green.



Building/Facilities Maintenance/Cleanliness:
4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good
Physical plant seemed to be very well maintained--old but cared for. The classroom we visited had interesting worn wooden desk-chairs (the kind with a swing-up desk), arranged lecture-style in rows.



Dormitories:
Did not visit any dorms (or dining halls).



Security/Safety:
4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good
Ithaca is a college town in the middle of nowhere; Cornell's campus is huge and beautiful. I didn't get the sense that security was an issue, although of course there were still blue-light p



Overall Campus Impression:
4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good



Off-Campus:



Area Immediately Around Campus:
4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good
Rural but beautiful.



City/Town/Community:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
Ithaca is a bustling college town with cute architecture.

Campus Visit Notes for Cornell University


Visit Description:

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.