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Cornell Early Action/Decision

aszheataszheat Registered User Posts: 28 New Member
edited May 2012 in Cornell University
What's the difference between Cornell's early and decision? Also if you apply to either and you don't get accepted, does that affect you when do your regular app for Cornell. Is there a better chance i'll get accepted if I apply to their school of agriculture?
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Replies to: Cornell Early Action/Decision

  • ethanoethano Registered User Posts: 174 Junior Member
    If you don't get in early decision you don't get in.
  • mytuesdaysmilemytuesdaysmile Registered User Posts: 169 Junior Member
    Early decision is binding. If you get in, you have to go there - no matter what. Apparently, applying early decision can boost your chances, but some people argue otherwise.

    For early decision, you can either be accepted, deferred, or denied. If you are denied, you just don't get into Cornell. However, if you get deferred, that means they will look at your application again in the regular round and give you their decision then.

    Cornell doesn't have an early action option, which is where you apply early, but you don't have to go if you get in (nonbinding).
  • cortana431cortana431 - Posts: 5,015 Senior Member
    Early decision is binding. If you get in, you have to go there - no matter what

    Wrong, if you don't get enough financial aid, then you can tell Cornell and they will release you from the binding agreement. And that process isn't difficult at all.
  • mytuesdaysmilemytuesdaysmile Registered User Posts: 169 Junior Member
    ^ Oh right, financial aid. I'm sorry; that completely slipped my mind. Thanks for the correction.
  • cortana431cortana431 - Posts: 5,015 Senior Member
    no problem :). And just to add, the problem with that is that you may get automatically denied from other ivy league schools you apply to because they share ED lists. I got a likely letter from columbia in early february ( i didnt withdraw any of my applications after getting in ED because I knew the financial most likely would not be enough), then got a call a few weeks later saying that I will actually be rejected because columbia gives essentially the same financial aid as Cornell, so there would be no point in admitting me since I wouldnt be able to attend.
  • mlbrownmlbrown Registered User Posts: 141 Junior Member
    Early decision puts you at some advantage for admissions, but it can be a negative for financial aid. In the regular round, you can play one school's aid off another (or at least compare offers). That opportunity is lost if you apply ED. Still, we felt it was worth it to have a more certain acceptance. My son will be a Cornell freshman in the fall.
  • ColeneColene - Posts: 959 Member
    ^agree with ml
    opportunity is also lost to see if you got in any other schools and actually have a choice if financial aid is not unreasonable.
  • cortana431cortana431 - Posts: 5,015 Senior Member
    Also note that the only colleges that may cause to Cornell to change their financial aid offer are the rest of the Ivy League, MIT, Duke, and Stanford.
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