I have a good GPA, good SAT I scores, strong extracurriculars, national awards, low SAT II scores. Full-time job over the summer, part-time research during the school year.
I'm not a Cornell student, and I've never applied to Harvard because I applied ED to my current school.
How important are recommendations? I'm currently following a business curriculum, so I've taken mostly quantitative lectures that don't really foster classroom discussion. Would this interfere with my chances?