Cornell University Visit Report by midatlmom

Visit to Cornell University in August 2007 by midatlmom
(Parent of Student, HS Class of 2008)
(Member since October 21 2020 with ? posts)

Visit Activities:


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:



Friendliness/Courtesy of Students:
4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good




Friendliness/Courtesy of Staff:
3 - Good
3 - Good
They had run out of course books, and brochures and seemed a little overwhelmed by a very large crowd.



Appearance of Campus:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
Really pretty school with lots of beautiful areas and buildings.



Building/Facilities Maintenance/Cleanliness:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
The school looked very well-maintained.



Dormitories:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
We saw one of the new dorms on the Freshman Experience tour and it was very very nice. However, there are still some older dorms on campus and I have heard they're not as nice.



Security/Safety:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
Very safe area.



Overall Campus Impression:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
Cornell makes an excellent impression. The students seem extremely happy and social, the buildings are beautiful and it looks very well kept-up.


Off-Campus:



Area Immediately Around Campus:
4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good
Collegetown was a lot of fun and is really just an extension of campus. There are lots of restaurants and the streets are packed with kids.



City/Town/Community:
4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good
Ithaca is quite nice (seemed like it had a lot of restaurants).

Campus Visit Notes for Cornell University


Visit Description:

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.