Cornell University Visit Report by midatlmom
Information Session: Yes - Very business-like and the presenter knew his stuff but it was not dynamic and probably could have all been gleaned from the website.
Campus Tour: Yes - Excellent tour. Our guide was extremely enthusiastic, knew her facts and answered all questions in a very honest, open manner.
Classroom Visit: Yes - My child went to Intro to Psychology and said the professor was excellent and entertaining.
Campus Visit Notes for Cornell University
I was pleasantly surprised by Cornell. It is a very attractive, very hilly campus with a happy student body and seemingly tons of academic options (4000 courses). The area is pleasant and because the campus is so large with so many students, you don't feel isolated, even though it's not near any large metropolitan areas (also the adjacent Collegetown area, where many of the upperclassmen live, has a lot of options for nightlife). Freshman live on the North Campus, which has a number of new and very attractive dorms.
Personally, I would still prefer a school that guarantees housing for four years (Cornell only guarantees housing for 2 years) and of course, the weather can be quite challenging. However, if you don't mind a relatively large school (13,500 undergraduates, 6500 graduate students), Cornell has top-notch academic programs and an interesting and diverse student body.