Summer Visit Worthwhile?

<p>I wanted to get folks thoughts on visiting Cornell during the summer. </p>

<p>My son (rising Sr) is very interested in Cornell and their Engineering school and we are continuing to take college visists. Because Cornell is among his top choices, we will likely visit when school is back in session, however we are still trying to plan out the remaining summer/Fall college visit schedule, after having already taken 5 visits during the spring and summer. </p>

<p>While I certainly undertand that taking a visit in the Fall would be more beneficial, did people who visited during the summer find the experience worthwhile? What did you like about visiting at that time and what did you feel you missed with a summer visit? </p>

<p>Any thoughts would be much appreciated.</p>

<p>Cornell is very quiet during the summer. I’m a current student, but when I visited during the summer I really don’t think it helped me. The campus was almost completely deserted, apart from grad students working in their labs. Although there are still tours & info-sessions going on, you don’t really get to see how ‘life’ at Cornell really is like. That being said, you can always look these things up online and also by asking current students. A visit in the fall, however, will certainly be more beneficial (in my opinion).</p>

<p>Our visit last summer (when my son was a rising senior) was the day before move-in. Campus was beginning to get interesting as kids were returning. Not all the dining spots were open, so that was a loss. Still, we met with the head of the math department, toured campus, and spoke with students. He was impressed enough to decide to apply ED and never submitted an app. to any other school. It was the last campus tour he took after more than a year of exploring campuses.</p>

<p>You should visit during winter, then it can only get better! (Although I personally feel that the rainy fall days are probably worse.)</p>

<p>On a more serious note, it’s probably more important to visit to get the feel of Ithaca, rather than Cornell. Though the first one or maybe two years you’ll be mostly stuck on campus, Ithaca gets pretty mundane and repetitive by years 3 and 4.</p>