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****Cornell University Class of 2021 Regular Decision Thread****

DreamforIvyDreamforIvy Registered User Posts: 511 Member
edited July 2016 in Cornell University
Hey fellow seniors! I thought I'd make a thread for all students applying to Cornell University Regular Decision for fall 2017! We can discuss any questions about the application here! Let's do this!
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Replies to: ****Cornell University Class of 2021 Regular Decision Thread****

  • deeeznutsdeeeznuts Registered User Posts: 502 Member
    Most likely going to apply to CAS (econ). Only reason I'm not gonna ED is because I'm torn between Dyson or CAS. Love Cornell though.
  • ap012199ap012199 Registered User Posts: 1,624 Senior Member
    Applying to CAS RD :). All my cousins go here but I know that doesn't hold any weight in admissions.
  • roboticsnerd33roboticsnerd33 Registered User Posts: 193 Junior Member
    Hey! If any of you guys ever decide to apply ED, we've got another thread running already :) . Feel free to join us whenever haha.
  • acort0780acort0780 Registered User Posts: 39 Junior Member
    I want to do something STEM-related but it seems the general consensus is that the academic atmosphere is super competitive. Likely applying to hotel school.
  • DaedricSaiyanDaedricSaiyan Registered User Posts: 408 Member
    Hey! Cornell sophomore here in the College of Engineering. If anyone wants any advice or guidance throughout the RD process I'd be happy to try and help. Good luck everybody!

    P. S. Cornell is amazing and I'm glad you guys are considering it.
  • mackygmackyg Registered User Posts: 160 Junior Member
    Applying to CAS for a major in gov and a minor in international relations RD. So excited!!!
  • mackygmackyg Registered User Posts: 160 Junior Member
    Is it possible to get into cornell with low test scores? I got a 30 on the ACT without studying at all and it was the first time I was ever exposed to it. I'm currently studying for it now though and hope to do better in the fall, but if not, I'll be stuck with that or my 1400/1600 SAT which seems low to me.
  • CA1543CA1543 Registered User Posts: 1,542 Senior Member
    @DaedricSaiyan -- thanks for your offer to give some advice & I am so happy you love Cornell -- My son visited last week & had some engineering sessions - he wants to major in EE & CS. How have you found the course demands (stress, level of work competitive atmosphere), professor accessibility? Have you been interested in research, internships or study abroad -- if so please share your experience. HUGE THANKS!
  • trackmbe3trackmbe3 Registered User Posts: 426 Member
    @deeeznuts <<<Most likely going to apply to CAS (econ). Only reason I'm not gonna ED is because I'm torn between Dyson or CAS. Love Cornell though.>>> I don't understand your reasoning. Why would you not apply ED (unless financial aid is needed and ability to pay is a concern) if you love Cornell and are only torn between Dyson or CAS? Are you thinking of applying RD because you need more time to decide which one of these schools you want to apply to? If so, there is only a 2 month difference between the deadline for applying ED versus RD. As you may know, applying RD will considerably lessen your chances for admission and you likely will wind up NOT getting into either Dyson or CAS. (I believe RD acceptances are around 10% whereas ED acceptances are closer to 25%, just an approximation). As long as you get into one of these schools, you can then take classes in the other school. So, if finances are not an issue, you should really focus in the next few months on picking Dyson or CAS for ED. Just my two cents :)
  • deeeznutsdeeeznuts Registered User Posts: 502 Member
    @trackmbe3 Thanks for the advice. So I think CAS econ is a better fit for me in terms of academics, but I also don't want to regret not applying as a Dyson AEM student for job placement sakes, especially since transferring between CAS and Dyson is hard. Basically, I've pretty much made up my mind that I'm going to apply to CAS econ, but the fact that I might have actually wanted Dyson creates a negative factor when considering Cornell. On the other hand, for another school I'm thinking of ED'ing, I have completely certainty in the program I'm applying to. While the campus/college may not be as good as Cornell, the difference is pretty minimal to me, so I'm gonna most likely apply there.
  • DaedricSaiyanDaedricSaiyan Registered User Posts: 408 Member
    edited August 2016
    @CA1543 I'd be happy to!

    Overall, I'd say freshman year was challenging but definitely manageable if you stay on top of things. I wouldn't say the content of the courses are necessarily hard to understand, but rather a year's worth of material is condensed into three months of teaching--it's real easy to fall behind if you're not managing each class.

    However, professors and TAs are available whenever you need them. I've had professors who just hang out in a library in case a passing student needed help with something in the class; most professors have office hours to personally help any student with questions. I won't lie though, as with every school you'll encounter professors who make learning fun and professors that confuse you beyond belief. Either way, the TAs are there to help; they're students just like you that have succeeded in the course and can probably understand your problems better (as many of them most likely had the same problems during their time in the course).

    I feel Cornell has a healthy competitive environment. Everyone is ambitious and wants to succeed, but people are friendly and sociable and try to help each other to achieve this goal. Side Note: So far, most of my classes were graded on a curve, so students were technically competing for As and Bs; I've had professors that don't believe in curves and set hard cut-offs for letter grades. All in all, if you put hard work in the course and study hard, you'll get a good grade; if you need help and show up to office hours etc, professors and TAs notice that when they put down final grades.

    I haven't started any research with a professor, but I'm currently working on an internship in the city. Some of my friends have gotten in contact with graduate students/ professors to express interest in research opportunities.

    Hope I gave some good insight to you!
  • blevineblevine Registered User Posts: 617 Member
    edited August 2016
    Regarding the CAS/Dyson discussion, my S went to an ILR info session couple years back (he is now at Cornell). ILR adm rep said that while you can certainly put down a 1st and 2nd choice on the app, they look very negatively at apps that do not have just ILR on them. They are probably concerned you'll jump ship to another college once there. Business and Econ are very different, many different requirements and emphasis. You should have some opinion and apply to the college that seems better suited to you now, IMO. You can change your mind and transfer schools later,
    but some colleges (maybe only ILR?) want commitment to their particular college. I think that a dumb idea, since many kids are not sure what they want and might be well suited to more than one choice, but that is what they told us. Worked OK for my son, he put down just ILR and got in. He is now considering a change, but at the time he was excited about ILR so he followed their advice.
  • scarletwitchxscarletwitchx Registered User Posts: 305 Member
    Applying to Engineering! (Applying as undeclared engineering since I'm quite torn between Computer Engineering and Mechanical Engineering; however, I hope to double-minor in Earth Science and Sociology.)
  • NickJtFly5NickJtFly5 Registered User Posts: 9 New Member
    Hey guys! Anyone else applying to the hotel school? Prospective hospitality management major here.
  • scarletwitchxscarletwitchx Registered User Posts: 305 Member
    @DaedricSaiyan what are you majoring in? Is there ample opportunity for students to explore the different engineering majors at Cornell?
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