sparky, ok, I was just going by the stats published by Cornell that show it has a very high selectivity, compared to some of the state endowed schools. http://www.dpb.cornell.edu/documents/1000003.pdf
there are many posts here that say the arts and sciences college at cornell is most like admissions to the other ivy league schools in terms of selectivity and test scores, but still not nearly as selective according to the numbers
many american universities are ver competitive to get in
The stats that cornell does show is that CAS is a very selective admissions and by far the most applications. People here at cc say that while cornell is a very low selection choice of students admitted at other ivys or top schools, the few that do choose cornell over the others choose arts & science. maybe because other ivy and top universities are mostly arts and sciences colleges.
I'm not going to bash any school. I like CALS and their programs. But I would never say that CAS even if it is the hardest to get into and the original cornell college is a dead end or anything like that. I think most of the famous people, like the supreme court justice that went there were mostly from arts and sciences. the tour lead said it is the original college at cornell and the most difficult for entrance.
not fair to say that CALS is only a college for farmers.
But I think you are right. it's all about fit. CALS is definitely a fit school, and for students interested in Agriculture and those kinds of subjects, it is probably one of the best in the world, I/M/O. I think it is a great college in a great university. no matter what Coulter says.
tour lead said that having state funding does not make CALS a state school even though people call it the state school at cornell, same for ecology school