Fall Campus Visits

My colleague Associate Director Reba McCutcheon, class of ’96 and campus visit coordinator extraordinaire, has prepared some tips to help you get the most out of your Cornell visit this fall.

reba photoA huge fan of the Ithaca area, I’ve lived in the Finger Lakes region for most of my life. I enjoy the outdoors and take full advantage of the state parks, waterfalls, hiking and cross country skiing trails, and the local festivals and farmer’s markets. At Cornell, I advise the Cornell Ambassadors and the Red Carpet Society, two student groups that aim to make the campus visit experience positive and productive.  Majoring in communication, I graduated from Cornell’s Agriculture and Life Science College in ’96 and have been a staff member since ‘98.

Interested in Cornell? Come visit us this fall. Typical campus visits include a general information session, campus tour, and observing a class.  Here are some tips to help you plan your fall visit to our campus.

Tip #1 Know the schedule. Mid-September through Mid-November is a great time to visit. You will have the most Information Session options on Mondays and Fridays. If you visit on a Sunday or a Tuesday, your options will be limited. Check out http://admissions.cornell.edu/events/all to see the schedule of information sessions and to make reservations.

Tip #2 See it for yourself. Touring the campus is an essential part of any campus visit. As you listen to the tour guide and stroll through the quad, can you see yourself here for four years? The complete tour schedule is available at http://www.cornell.edu/visiting/ithaca/walking_tours.cfm and reservations are not taken.

Tip #3 Check out our academics. Visit a class and learn from the Cornell professors that are doing cutting-edge research, writing books, presenting at international conferences, testifying to Congress, and winning the most prestigious awards available. Yes, these people will be your professors. Check out the list of classes available to visitors (http://admissions.cornell.edu/visit/classroom-visits). Please note that during Cornell’s Fall Break, October 8-12, classes will not be in session.

Tip #4 Go beyond the official face of Cornell. Yes, attend an information session, go on a tour, observe a class. But don’t stop there. Eat in a dining hall, climb the clock tower, visit the Plantations or the Johnson Art Museum, and above all else…talk with students! Ask them how they like it here, what’s the workload, how’s the food, what do they do for fun? Speaking with lots of students will give you a clearer sense of what your experience will be like on campus. Anyone with a backpack is fair game!

Tip #5 Allow plenty of time to park and walk to your destination. Check out our Arriving on Campus information at http://admissions.cornell.edu/visit/arriving.

The visit schedule is available at http://admissions.cornell.edu/visit/. Use our interactive calendar to make your reservation now!