Cornell University Visit Report by PioneerJones

Visit to Cornell University in July 2010 by PioneerJones
(Student, HS Class of 2011)
(Member since October 28 2020 with ? posts)

Visit Activities:


Information Session: Yes - Engineering session was pretty standard issue.

Campus Tour: Yes

Classroom Visit: Yes - Class not in session, but we did get to sit in several classrooms.


Campus:



Friendliness/Courtesy of Students:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
Our tour guide was enthusiastic and charismatic, and the few students I interacted with were helpful and approachable.



Friendliness/Courtesy of Staff:
4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good
Didn't meet very many.



Appearance of Campus:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
It's a lovely campus. Very expansive, but well-kept and natural.



Building/Facilities Maintenance/Cleanliness:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
I particularly enjoyed the variety of architectural styles on campus, even though I'm predominantly a Gothic fan.



Dormitories:
3 - Good
3 - Good
Didn't see, I opted out of the freshman experience tour.



Security/Safety:
3 - Good
3 - Good
Hard to gauge, but the fences along the bridge to North Campus were disturbing reminders of Cornell's unfortunate suicide history.



Overall Campus Impression:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
Again, the campus was incredibly beautiful. Very tidy, and naturally aesthetic.


Off-Campus:



Area Immediately Around Campus:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
Several state parks around, thousands of acres in the Orchards, Lake Cayuga, waterfalls and gorges. Essentially, you will not find a more beautiful setting for a college anywhere else.



City/Town/Community:
2 - Fair
2 - Fair
Ithaca was an unimpressive town, with a limited slew of things to do.

Campus Visit Notes for Cornell University


Visit Description:

We stayed at the Holiday Inn in Ithaca, and visited Cornell the next morning. We didn't have long to look around, considering we had to make a flight in Jersey later that evening. From what I saw of the campus, I have to say it was one of the prettiest I've seen, falling only slightly behind Princeton. The best part of Cornell was that I never once felt I was in an "Ivy League" setting. The academic atmosphere is laid back, but at the same time highly determined. The students seemed cooperative with one another, not fiercely competitive (as is the case at some of the more prestigious Ivies). All in all, a wonderful school in a beautiful area.