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Highly Considering Cornell for Next Year

jabronidanjabronidan 53 replies8 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 61 Junior Member
edited November 2005 in Cornell University
I am a junior now but I am highly considering Cornell as the #1 school I want to go to. Major- political science, so I will be applying to ILR.

*After College, its Law School for me*

GPA- 92 (3.7) unweighted, my rank is probably gonna be 120ish, I am in a class with well over 700 people.
SAT's- Have not taken yet, but lets say no less than an 1850 (I think I will get above a 1900, atleast.)
AP's- American, Bio, and probably Physics next year.
Classes- Ap's as mentioned, and a social science where I will write a 20 page pager for the social science intel competition.
EC's- Lacrosse for 3 years (10-12) (just an average player), School Newspaper writer last year, this year Sports editor, next year editor in chief. Also Took part in a few clubs, and Model Congress for 3 years.
Volunteer Work- none, I will get my ass over to a hospital or library this summer. I did work last summer at an appliance store though (I got paid ofcourse :))

As of now, how are my chances looking? I think I will do RD, but anything can change in a year (and a lot will.) My backups will probably be Stony Brook and Binghamton. Anyway, I know my EC's and Volunteer work is lacking but with lacrosse practice 3 days a week in the fall and then 6 days a week in the spring, I don't really have time to go to a hospital or be president of a club (newspaper takes up any free time I have in between school and practice.) Any and all suggestions would be great. Thanks.

*I know some people will say that it is hard to tell without SAT's and ACT's, but I'd really like to get an early jump on evaluating my list of schools so by the time I am ready to fill out my applications, I will know my list of schools (currently NYU, Fordham, Stony Brook, Columbia, Cornell, Binghamton, a combination of 5 of those.) Thanks again.
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  • D_BlizD_Bliz 32 replies6 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 38 Junior Member
    If you don't increase your class rank over this next year then Cornell is gonna be tough. Almost all applicants are in the top 10% of their class, and 120/700 is nearer 20%. Also, a 1900 is far below average for Cornell. Study hard and takes some tutoring or prep classes to boost that potential score. GPA, though, is more important, I think.

    Also, isn't there a political science major in Arts and Sciences? The major in ILR isn't really political-scienced based....it's more applied labor studies.

    Good luck down the road either way.
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  • sparticus800sparticus800 4012 replies80 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 4,092 Senior Member
    who told you almost all of the applicants are in the top 10% of their class. Doesn't something close to 50% of applicants not report a rank?

    Cornell has "government" in CAS which is = to polisci
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  • jabronidanjabronidan 53 replies8 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 61 Junior Member
    Yes, but also the Arts and Sciences school is 43K and I cannot afford that. I am also not taking loans and working non stop for 4 years to afford it. 29K is a lot more affordable.

    My school is very competetive. A 97 average can mean 6th rank. A senior I Know with a 92 is ranked 123, I assuming I will be at or around that level.

    I think I can get a 1900 on the SAT with no studying (I have gotten over that on practice tests), I don't know why people freak out about it, its really not a hard test.
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  • D_BlizD_Bliz 32 replies6 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 38 Junior Member
    *who told you almost all of the applicants are in the top 10% of their class. Doesn't something close to 50% of applicants not report a rank?*

    Whether or not schools report official rank, Cornell has a very good idea of what a top 10% GPA is like at most schools, especially on the east coast.
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  • slipper1234slipper1234 9044 replies40 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 9,084 Senior Member
    Those 50% of kids go to PRIVATE SCHOOLS!!

    The Ivies demand top 10% with exceptions for special cases. Good news is Cornell in-state schools are much easier admits than CALS. I think you will have an uphill battle though, with your grades/ scores.

    You need to apply ED for the best shot. RD I say a 30% chance tops, even in state CAS ED.
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  • sparticus800sparticus800 4012 replies80 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 4,092 Senior Member
    many public schools don't rank
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  • SpanksSpanks 3588 replies24 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 3,612 Senior Member
    I don't think you will get in with that rank and SAT score. And slipper, you're wrong, the in-state schools are not MUCH easier admits. Need I repeat that half the CALS applicants from my school were rejected, both 1400+, a varsity sport, EC's, volunteer crap, one was number 8 the other number 16? CAS isn't state, CALS is, btw.
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  • jabronidanjabronidan 53 replies8 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 61 Junior Member
    To be top 10% in my school, you need top be top 70, and thats a minimum of a 94 average. I may end up doing ED to cornell.

    Also, If you are in ILR you can take classes from CAS right?
    And Spanks and sparticus, this has probably been posted a thousand times but what did your GPA, EC's, and SAT's look like. Also, were most students who are now in Cornell >95 students in high school or is there a large number of 90-95 average students? Also, is there a decent number of 85-90 average students. Thanks.
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  • SpanksSpanks 3588 replies24 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 3,612 Senior Member
    Rank 4/465...97.7uw/103.5w...or something like that, I could be off by a decimal place
    1450 (720m/730v)
    800 writing, 780 us hist, 750 world hist, 690 math iic, 660 chem
    my ecs were right in the middle, I'd say...I had a sufficient amount of stuff, nothing special
    There are 5 kids from my school, one was between 90-95, the rest were ranked 1,3,4 and 6, so I guess over 97.
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