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How about instead of just staring aimlessly, you make yourself and CHANCE ME?

legooolegooo - Posts: 69 Junior Member
edited May 2013 in Cornell University
Please disregard the rudeness. I just needed people to chance me.

GPA UW: 3.87 (most rigorous classes, will have taken 11 APs)
ACT: 33

DECA (I have won numerous awards, including 1st place in state and top 10 in international competition for my event) I was president of my school club this year.
M3: Freshman mentoring group. Next year I will mentor economically disadvantaged kids.
NHS: Regular involvement, looking for leadership position next year.
Tennis: 3 years total, 2 years of Varsity (3 if you count senior year).
Tabla: Foreign percussion instrument I play occasionally at youth concerts.
Volunteering: 50 hours at hospital

Summer Internships/Activities:
2012: Selected to and participated in RIBS (biological sciences residential research program at UChicago) Complements my science/medical interest. I am also interested in business, as I will highlight through DECA in my essays.
2013: Will work under psychiatrist/neuroscientist at hospital. Possible source of recommendation.

I was also involved in my school Robotics program freshman-sophomore year. I quit after sophomore year because I didn't like it. For what it's worth, my freshman year we won the national first robotics competition.

So....assuming good essays and good recommendations , how do my chances look for Cornell?
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Replies to: How about instead of just staring aimlessly, you make yourself and CHANCE ME?

  • laurenbrittanylaurenbrittany Registered User Posts: 37 Junior Member
    What school and major are you applying to? Both of those things are pretty important in determining your chances, and it's equally essential that your extra curriculars are representative of your interest in your potential major. The activities you listed seem to be pretty supportive of a pre-med/bio/chem track. Your GPA, scores and classes "qualify" you for Cornell, but that is no a guarantee of admission these days, unfortunately. If it's your top choice then I suggest you apply ED, which will help you out a lot.
  • condor14condor14 Registered User Posts: 166 Junior Member
    Do you not need SATs for Cornell? (Sorry, ignorant)
  • legooolegooo - Posts: 69 Junior Member
    Every college accepts the ACT.

  • legooolegooo - Posts: 69 Junior Member
    If I apply ED and decide I don't want to go to Cornell, can I just break the deal? What will happen? An extra tax or something?
    Because I think Cornell is a great school but I'm not sure if it's my first choice.
  • firecyfirecy Registered User Posts: 82 Junior Member
    Probably nothing, but if you get in ED you have to retract your regular decision applications so you won't be able to know if you got in anywhere else. If you don't do that, you nay end up in trouble.
  • SaugusSaugus Registered User Posts: 3,906 Senior Member
    Dude, if Cornell isn't your top choice then you obviously shouldn't apply ED. It's a binding agreement.

    As to what happens if you break it? You either get away with it (if you come up with a convincing financial excuse) or you get rescinded from all the other schools you get into and your high school gets blacklisted.
  • bilnythesciguybilnythesciguy Registered User Posts: 383 Member
    Can't the school also sue you as you are technically breaking a contract?
  • vonlostvonlost Super Moderator Posts: 30,774 Super Moderator
    ^ No school will sue you, nor force you to attend where you don't want to be. It's not a contract, but rather an honor-system agreement.

    Here's the rule re the financial excuse:
    Should a student who applies for financial aid not be offered an award that makes attendance possible, the student may decline the offer of admission and be released from the Early Decision commitment.


    So if the offer is not enough to support attendance, you tell them thanks but no thanks, and apply elsewhere RD. Imagine a student somehow compelled to attend, and then being expelled when the bill can't be paid; it doesn't happen.

    A good reason not to apply ED is if you want to compare FA offers from various schools, but then you're probably not obsessed with one school!

    Perhaps of interest:

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