Cornell University Visit Report by ella7879

Visit to Cornell University in August 2010 by ella7879
(Student, HS Class of 2012)
(Member since October 28 2020 with ? posts)

Visit Activities:


Information Session: Yes - Very informative and engaging. Although I'd researched Cornell extensively before, the combination of a student and adminstrator perspective made it very interesting.

Campus Tour: Yes - My tour guide was wonderful. He shared all sorts of wonderful stories about Cornell in general and his personal experiences. There was also an informal Q&A session when we took a break.


Campus:



Friendliness/Courtesy of Students:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
I visited in the summer, so there weren't many students around, but when my mother and I visited the student center and libraries, the students were very friendly.



Friendliness/Courtesy of Staff:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
We had ice cream at Trillium. The women working there were very friendly and efficient and were willing to share their opinions on Cornell ice cream :)



Appearance of Campus:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
The campus is flat-out beautiful from the surrounding natural beauty to the wonderful architecture. I felt like I was never more than a few feet from a waterfall :)



Building/Facilities Maintenance/Cleanliness:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
Extremely clean. I saw a squirrel have to dive into a trashcan for food, which is a nice contrast to Philadelphia, where the squirrels basically wait for food to literally drop on their heads :)



Security/Safety:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
I learned this from my own research, but Cornell's crime rate is absurdly low. It was dark when we left, but I still felt very safe. The Blue Light Phones help give off an atmosphere of security.



Overall Campus Impression:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
My campus visit cemented Cornell's place as my dream school.


Off-Campus:



Area Immediately Around Campus:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent




City/Town/Community:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent


Campus Visit Notes for Cornell University


Visit Description:

Cornell University is amazing in itself, but one of the things I love most is the Cornell Plantations. My mother and I took an afternoon to wander through there, and it is wonderful. I heard a waterfall, so we wandered through a forest and across a road to find a small cliff. After climbing down it, we found a bridge, a waterfall, and a river. Even more interesting, there were about eight people sunbathing and swimming. We found our way to Newman Overlook, where I rang the giant gong (crossing that off my 161 Things to Do Before Graduating Cornell list). I loved the idea of being able to walk around hundreds of acres of garden whenever I want. After living for years in a town that's not quite sure if it wants to be rural or suburban, I loved the fact that parts of Cornell are so decidedly rural. So, if you're going to Cornell, take an afternoon and go to the Plantations :)


On an unrelated note, there's a really old bench at the top of Libe Slope. The inscription reads "To those who shall sit here rejoicing/To those who shall sit here mourning/Sympathy and greeting/So we have done in our time." That really stuck with me (obviously, I memorized it :]).

Hotel/Lodging Recommendations or Comments:

The Cortland Quality Inn. Only about a half hour from Cornell, extremely reasonably priced, and comes with a complimentary breakfast. Very cute and just across the street from a public lake.

Other Comments (Transportation, local attractions, parking, etc.):

Parking on campus is very difficult, but if you park where they tell you for the information session (Crescent Lot for me), you can walk to basically anywhere.