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Cornell University

ggmemesrgoodggmemesrgood Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
What are my chances for Cornell university College of Engineering Computer Science

GPA 4.1 (W)
I did really good in my AP Classes getting As but my did poorly in Honor Class (Did amazing Junior Year getting 95+ in all my classes)

Scores
SAT: 1580
ACT: 36
SAT Math 2: 800
SAT Physics: 780

EC:
1100 Hours of Volunteer
Presidential Volunteer Award
AP Scholar with Distinction

Made $5,000 from my App

Member of CS Club

Spent 2 Summers Teaching Math and Science

Letter of Recommendation: Both will be 10/10. One is from a teacher I have known for a while and knows me outside of school really well the other one is from a teacher who teaches the hardest class in the school and I did really well. He also has a PhD

Replies to: Cornell University

  • ClarinetDad16ClarinetDad16 Registered User Posts: 3,419 Senior Member
    Unweighted GPA / rank?
  • newkidnewtrixnewkidnewtrix Registered User Posts: 448 Member
    ^^^ this- where's your UW GPA?. Without UW GPA, what I'm seeing looks good already! Very impressive volunteer hours.
  • ggmemesrgoodggmemesrgood Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
    @ClarinetDad16 @newkidnewtrix i have a 3.7 UW GPA I am in top 25%.
  • newkidnewtrixnewkidnewtrix Registered User Posts: 448 Member
    You should be fine with a 3.7UW. However, you are looking at Engineering/CompSci which is crazy, crazy competitive. If your school releases rank, that rank may hurt you a bit.
  • ggmemesrgoodggmemesrgood Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
    @newkidnewtrix oh okay my school only sends rank if you are in top 10%
  • ClarinetDad16ClarinetDad16 Registered User Posts: 3,419 Senior Member
    OP, Cornell will know how your school operates and will realize you are not top 10%.

    That unfortunately will make it difficult to get into cornell. Cast a wide net and build a list you love.
  • ggmemesrgoodggmemesrgood Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
    @ClarinetDad16 i am just outside of top 10% like 2 people outside of it but unfortunately my school reports only top 10% top 25% and top 50%. Is there no difference then between where i stand and someone who is also in the top 25%
  • ClarinetDad16ClarinetDad16 Registered User Posts: 3,419 Senior Member
    You mean someone outside the top 10% and within the top 25%?

    You can say that. Look at Cornell's numbers - I would imagine outside hooked admits there are extremely few non-top 10% ranked students from schools that rank.
  • monydadmonydad Registered User Posts: 7,427 Senior Member
    IMO, class rank needs to be viewed in the context of the school.
    Also I would hope the adcoms look at more than just the aggregate GPA, but what the various grades were in, and perhaps why. Your school's guidance counselors might be able to advise as how your class standing, from your particular school, might be viewed.

    There is no guarantee of admissions, no matter what, but it seems to me it would be very reasonable for you to apply if you want to go there.
  • cotopaxicotopaxi Registered User Posts: 212 Junior Member
    @ggmemesrgood I agree with monydad. They'll look at more than whether you're in top 10%. Type of school, number of classmates, etc. has a lot more to do with it. Don't worry too much about class rank unless there are only 15 people in your class. :-) The rest of your stats are great! You have a very good shot. You didn't mention sex, but there's a pretty strong trend towards trying to balance men and women as well as balance the cultural diversity. If you're a male, Asian, and your asking for a lot of financial aid, even with those stats it might be tough simply because the applicant pool is stacked with that demographic. But that's purely rumor so who knows? But definitely apply. You look really good on paper. You might even consider early decision. It's binding but doubles your chances. Assuming you just finished junior year, make the most of this summer. Do something unique and meaningful. Don't waste it.
  • ggmemesrgoodggmemesrgood Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
    @cotopaxi yes I am asian and male and I am going to be doing early decision to cornell. For junior summer I am working on 2 apps one that is getting significant financial backing.
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