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Chance me for Cornell?

motherpuggermotherpugger Registered User Posts: 65 Junior Member
I am a 17 year old Asian Female in Pennsylvania and I want to go to the college of arts and sciences. I am in love with both Cornell university and Colgate, but I am not sure which one to do early decision at. If Cornell is even a possibility, I want to take a shot at it ED! Please tell me my chances!

SAT I (breakdown): 710 (W + R), 780 (M), 6-6-7 Essay
ACT (breakdown): N/A (I might take it, but I'm not sure...)
Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): 3.91
Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable): 17/ 416
AP (place score in parenthesis): AP Government (5), AP Human Geography (5), currently taking AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP European History, AP English Lang, AP Calculus AB
IB (place score in parenthesis):
Senior Year Course Load: Biotechnology Course, AP Statistics, APUSH, AP Physics C, AP English Literature, and AP
Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.): National Merit Commended (Not yet sure if I am a semifinalist yet, results are not out but definitely on the edge)


Extracurriculars (place leadership in parenthesis):
Medical Sciences Club (Founder and President, 2 years)
NHS SHS Lead Tutoring Club (President , coordinator, and fellow tutor, 2 years)
Varsity Tennis (3 years)
Newspaper Head News Editor (3 years in the newspaper, 1 year editor so far)
Link Crew Leader
National Honors Society (2 years)
Science Olympiad (3 years, competing 2 years)

Job/Work Experience:
Volunteer/Community service: +100 hours at a summer camp for kids with special needs,
Summer Activities: Going to be at a pharmaceutical company internship for 4 weeks, worked as a hostess for majority of summer and bit of school year!

Ethnicity: Asian American
Gender: F
Income Bracket: <$50,000
Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.): ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ First generation to go to college.

I sort of copied this format from some thread I saw hehe. Anyways, any input would be very much appreciated. Btw, I am a junior.

Replies to: Chance me for Cornell?

  • CU123CU123 Registered User Posts: 1,358 Senior Member
    I believe you have a good shot at Cornell ED.
  • motherpuggermotherpugger Registered User Posts: 65 Junior Member
    Anyone else? I will chance back.
  • motherpuggermotherpugger Registered User Posts: 65 Junior Member
    @CU123 any criticisms? Would be awesome to hear a few, I don't mind the blunt truth!!
  • CU123CU123 Registered User Posts: 1,358 Senior Member
    I don't have any critique other than which school at Cornell are you applying to? First gen is a good hook and everything else is right in the zone for an ED admission to Cornell. Obviously a better score on the SAT helps but not required here.
  • Harpguy2022Harpguy2022 Registered User Posts: 94 Junior Member
    You should be good... Idk what ur major is going to be but my advice would be to find something to do and do it we related to ur major.. if it's bio focus on SciOly... If it's writing focusnon the newspaper... Chance back?
  • cc8912cc8912 Registered User Posts: 198 Junior Member
    Everything looks pretty strong. Your GPA and class rank are obviously excellent, as are your course rigor and AP scores. Your SAT score could be slightly higher and might be worth another shot at, but I doubt it will be much of a problem at all.

    If anything would be an issue, it might be your EC's as they don't really show a central focus – that said, I do get a sense that you are leaning towards the sciences, so you should emphasize the Medical Sciences Club, Science Olympiad, and internship, in addition to the tutoring and summer camp (for the volunteering aspect). This will all work well if you choose a STEM major.

    I also feel as though being Asian and first-gen cancel each other out, but you don't really have anything to worry about here. Your stats are great, and Cornell is well within range, especially through ED. Good luck!
  • motherpuggermotherpugger Registered User Posts: 65 Junior Member
    EDIT:: I took the ACT, got 34C. 35E,35M,32R,35S
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