Unless you must have an urban environment or hate walking up and down hills, Cornell University has it all! From nanotechnology (imagine, a maze one cell wide, to study the movement of white blood cells!) and animal science (yes, there is a cow with a "window" into it's stomach) to hotel management to architecture and fine arts, there is something for just about everyone seeking a higher education! The faculty are very interesting - at a reception this past weekend we were chatting with a professor who was studying how flies can move so easily in 3D space by shaving the little hairs off their "shoulders" and another, who's son is an archaeologist studying a new group of native Americans discovered in upstate New York.
They have an on-campus plantation which supplies some of the dining facilities, and have a ton of "green" initiatives going on as well (hubby insists that Harvard dining hall food is as-good, but I think his memory is not the best...). And, the city of Ithaca is always interesting - you can still find folks that look a lot like Jerry Garcia making flower garlands for each other, and it's actually quite easy to find vegetarian/vegan-friendly restaurants, brew-pubs, wineries, and other fun places to eat/drink. The sports facilities are very nice - even a natural rock climbing wall and an entire building for the wrestling team!
Even if you do not have a kid considering Cornell for college, just walking around the campus, throwing some rocks on the musical roof, going to the Johnson Art museum, catching a soccer or hockey game, or stopping for ice cream at the Dairy Bar (scheduled to re-open this fall, once renovations are done), it's a nice place to enjoy a nice fall (or spring or summer or even winter -if you don't mind the cold!) day!
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