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Cornell ED Class of 2022 Results

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  • StateofLimboStateofLimbo Registered User Posts: 9 New Member
    edited December 2017
    Decision: Deferred

    Objective:
    SAT I (breakdown): 1370 (720 Math, 650 CR & W)
    SAT II: Didn't take
    Weighted GPA (out of 4.0): 3.9
    IB (place score in parenthesis): HL Art, HL Econ, HL Lang & Lit, SL Math, SL French B, SL Physics

    Subjective:

    Extracurriculars (place leadership in parenthesis):
    School Yearbook/ (Editor-in-Chief)
    Wind Ensemble/ Double-Bassist
    Varsity Cross Country/ grades 9, 10, 11, 12
    Current Events Conference/ (Director of Media) (Lead Delegate Package Designer)
    Peer Tutoring Club/ Co-Club Head

    Job/Work Experience:
    Volunteer/Community service:
    Math tutoring for inner city kids

    Summer Activities:
    UPenn Architecture Camp

    Essays (rating 1-10, details):
    Personal Statement: (8.5/10) Thought it was personal and had a voice. Showed it to my english teacher and university councillor, both liked it.
    Supplement: (8/10) About a visit to a well known architectural firm. Could have done more work looking back, mainly in building a strong case for myself. Should have showed it to more people.
    Recommendations (rating 1-10, details): Couldn't read.
    Teacher Rec #1 and #2: Had my art and math teacher write them. Both classes I'm fond of and teachers like me.
    Counselor Rec: I believe my counselor wrote a good rec for me, knows me well and we've had several meetings.
    Additional Rec: Faculty advisor for the Yearbook club, which I have heavy involvement in.

    Interview: Mandatory for AAP. Thought it went just ok. Interviewer was a TA. We didn't have amazing rapport (TA was unenthusiastic and monotone), but I attribute it to the early Monday morning.

    Other

    Applied for Financial Aid?: no
    Intended Major and College: AAP, Architecture
    Ethnicity: Asian
    Gender: Male

    Reflection

    Strengths: Spend A LOT of time making my physical portfolio (creating new pieces, designing layout on Adobe InDesign, and shipping it to Cornell). Strong design based ECs related AAP. Also thought I could contribute to Cornell in two areas: Cornelian Yearbook and their Orchestra (Double Bassists are rare).
    Weaknesses: SAT score and GPA
    Why you think you were accepted/deferred/rejected: Seems like quite a few AAP applicants were deferred. Maybe the 15% increase in ED/EA applicants made the competition tough.
    Where else were you accepted/deferred/rejected: None. Will be working hard on RDs come winter break..

    General Comments : Hope this is helpful for somebody. Filling this out has certainly helped me reflect a bit on my disappointment and what to do moving forward.
  • deferredcornellripdeferredcornellrip Registered User Posts: 3 New Member
    edited December 2017
    Decision: Deferred


    Objective:

    SAT I (breakdown): 1540 - 790 math, 750 reading/writing, 18 essay
    ACT (breakdown): N/A
    SAT II: 800 math 2, 790 chem
    Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): 3.94
    Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable): top 10%
    AP (place score in parenthesis): BC Calc (5), Chem (3), Physics C M (5), English Lang (3), APUSH (5), World History (5)
    IB (place score in parenthesis): N/A
    Senior Year Course Load: Multivariable Calc, AP Physics C E/M, AP Bio, AP English Lit, AP US/Comp Gov, Latin 4, Symphony Orchestra
    Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.): Silver medal in international piano competition, Commended national merit, AP Scholar with distinction, Presidential volunteer service award

    Subjective:

    Extracurriculars (place leadership in parenthesis): Editor for local magazine, Liberty in North Korea (Secretary), Mu Alpha Theta
    Job/Work Experience: N/A
    Volunteer/Community service: 200 hours as part of a local string ensemble to play for nursery homes
    Summer Activities: Virginia Governor's School for Agriculture
    Essays (rating 1-10, details): 8/10, well written but not very personal
    Recommendations (rating 1-10, details):

    Teacher Rec #1: 7/10 Chem/AP Chem
    Teacher Rec #2: 7/10 English
    Counselor Rec: 8/10
    Additional Rec: N/A
    Interview: 8/10

    Other:

    Applied for Financial Aid?: yes
    Intended Major and College: Biomedical Engineering - College of Engineering
    State (if domestic applicant): VA
    Country (if international applicant):
    School Type: Public
    Ethnicity: Asian
    Gender: Male
    Income Bracket: >50k
    Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.): N/A

    Reflection:

    Strengths:
    Weaknesses:
    Why you think you were accepted/deferred/rejected:
    Where else were you accepted/deferred/rejected:

    General Comments :
  • zhspfehlfrjdi123zhspfehlfrjdi123 Registered User Posts: 3 New Member
    [aB][asize=4][acolor=#FF0000]Decision: Rejected [/color][/size][/b]


    Objective:
    SAT I (breakdown):1460 (English: 680 Math: 780)
    ACT (breakdown):
    SAT II: Physics 730 Math ll 750 Korean 790
    Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): 3.98 (4.6 W)
    Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable):
    AP (place score in parenthesis): Physics C: 4 World H:4 AP Calc AB:5 Psychology:4
    IB (place score in parenthesis):
    Senior Year Course Load: AP Gov, AP Econ, AP Calc BC, AP Environmental Science, AP Lang
    Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.): Congressional Award Silver

    Subjective:

    Extracurriculars (place leadership in parenthesis): MUN (Pres) BV Basketball, Track and Field (Hurdler, varsity letter), volunteering club Truly Absolute
    Job/Work Experience: pr intern.
    Volunteer/Community service: got presidential volunteer awards for 3 years.
    Summer Activities:
    Essays (rating 1-10, details):
    Recommendations (rating 1-10, details):

    Teacher Rec #1: 10/10
    Teacher Rec #2: 8/10
    Counselor Rec: great
    Additional Rec: n/a
    Interview: great

    Other

    Applied for Financial Aid?: yes
    Intended Major and College: Hum Ec PAM
    State (if domestic applicant): CA
    Country (if international applicant): USA
    School Type: Lutheran School (200 students)
    Ethnicity: Korean Male
    Gender: Male
    Income Bracket: 100,000 ish
    Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.):

    Reflection

    Strengths: sports? idk basketball and track was a huge part of my hs life, but i guess my academics weren't good enough.
    Weaknesses: standardized tests. standardized tests. standardized tests.
    Why you think you were accepted/deferred/rejected: I'm an applicant who recently got a green card and applied for financial aid, bc i can't pay 70000 for college. I guess if you are an unwelcomed asian international you might as well pay more money. My tests scores were also low. Anyway, really bummed to get rejected from my dream school.
    Where else were you accepted/deferred/rejected: n/a
  • BARAN33BARAN33 Registered User Posts: 1 New Member

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    [[asize=4][acolor=#008000]Decision: Accepted [/color][/size]


    Objective:
    SAT I (breakdown): N/A
    ACT (breakdown): 34 (one sitting) (36R 36E 34S 29M)
    SAT II: (Bio E-770) (Literature-710)
    Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): 3.8
    Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable): top 15%
    AP (place score in parenthesis): N/A
    IB (place score in parenthesis): N/A
    Senior Year Course Load: IB English HL, IB History HL, IB Biology HL, IB Mathematics SL, IB Environmental Systems SL, IB Japanese SL, Spanish 1
    Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.): National Japanese Honor Society; school wide science award; Service Learning Honor Society

    Subjective:

    Extracurriculars (place leadership in parenthesis): editor in chief of school newspaper; editor of school literary magazine; founder of a light pollution awareness project; vice president of the senior class; varsity ice hockey
    Job/Work Experience: lifeguard for two summers
    Volunteer/Community service: counselor at camp for underprivileged kids; volunteer in a program to teach inner city kids how to skate
    Summer Activities: internship at a biological lab
    Essays (rating 1-10, details): Personal (9 talked about my passion for stemming light pollution) Supplement (8 I spoke from the heart about my interests and how the fit with Cornell)
    Recommendations (rating 1-10, details):

    Teacher Rec #1: 8-Japanese teacher who really likes me (but English is her second language)
    Teacher Rec #2: 8-Environmental Science teacher who thinks I am really smart ( but he isn't a great writer so idk)
    Counselor Rec: 8-was my hockey coach for three years and my history teacher for one so he knows me really well
    Additional Rec:
    Interview: 4-it was an 'informational interview,' but it went terribly-I think I came off awkward and unprepared
    Other

    Applied for Financial Aid?: got 4-year ROTC scholarship, so my full tuition is paid
    Intended Major and College: Biology and Society-College of Arts and Sciences
    State (if domestic applicant): MD
    Country (if international applicant):
    School Type: Private
    Ethnicity: White
    Gender: Male
    Income Bracket: 300K+
    Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.): kind of a legacy (Schoellkopf Stadium is named after a distant relative_

    Reflection: I'm super psyched, and honestly can't believe it. I wrote all this to help ease the admissions process for future applicants. I know I pored over this page for 2021 ED, and I hope my results will encourage people.

    Strengths: test scores, extracurriculars
    Weaknesses: GPA
    Why you think you were accepted/deferred/rejected: honestly I think I got super lucky; but I'm really passionate about the things I love and I hope the admissions committee saw that
    Where else were you accepted/deferred/rejected: nowhere; withdrawing all other applications now

    General Comments : I hope this helps!! So psyched!!
  • Applicant1428Applicant1428 Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
    edited December 2017
    [asize=4]Decision: Accepted [/size]


    Dyson School AEM

    Objective:
    SAT I (breakdown): didn't take
    ACT (breakdown): 34 C (36E 32M 34R 33S) 35 SS (36E 34M 36R 33S)
    SAT II:
    Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): 4.0
    Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable): 1/198
    AP (place score in parenthesis): US (5), Lang (4), Physics, Physics II, Bio, Lit, Gov, Calc AB
    IB (place score in parenthesis):
    Senior Year Course Load: AP Calc AB, AP Gov, AP Lit, AP Bio, AP Physics II, Newspaper, Spanish 5, Student tutor
    Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.): none

    Subjective:

    Extracurriculars (place leadership in parenthesis): Lacrosse (Captain), Scholar's Bowl (Captain), NHS (President), Spanish Honor Society (VP), Newspaper (Editor-in-Chief), FBLA (President), Tailgating Club (Treasurer and Grill Master)
    Job/Work Experience: Founder and president of startup company, sponsored fisherman, caddy at Golf Course
    Volunteer/Community service: 400+ hours
    Summer Activities:
    Essays (rating 1-10, details): Common App: 9/10 great essay that talked about my interests and how they connected to my personality.
    Cornell Supplement: 10/10 talked about my unique interest and how Dyson is the perfect place and the fact Cornell has been my dream school for a tremendous amount of time.
    Recommendations (rating 1-10, details):

    Teacher Rec #1: Pre-calc teacher that I was close with. Never read it but he said he spend the most time out of any rec he'd written and it was the best rec ever.
    Teacher Rec #2: Gifted teacher that I was also very close with. Never read it but I would think it was great.
    Counselor Rec: Said she talked about the obscure things in my app, like tailgating club, and how I was a major leader/influence in the school, not just some brainiac that studied every day. Again, I never read this.
    Additional Rec:
    Interview: wasn't given one

    Other

    Applied for Financial Aid?: no
    Intended Major and College: AEM Dyson
    State (if domestic applicant): Kansas (midwest represent!)
    Country (if international applicant):
    School Type: Public
    Ethnicity: White
    Gender: Male
    Income Bracket: >500k
    Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.): geographic diversity and extreme passion for agribusiness

    Reflection
    I have literally wanted to go to Cornell since 7th grade and have done everything possible to make that dream a reality. My school had never sent a student to the Ivy League and was clueless on the process of selective admissions. This truly is a dream come true and I look forward to my upcoming years in Ithaca!

    Strengths: Test scores, GPA, ECs, passion for Cornell and major
    Weaknesses: white male, applying to most selective undergrad college in the nation (2.9% last year!!!)
    Why you think you were accepted/deferred/rejected: I am from Kansas and extremely passionate for my major and Cornell, and my application showed that. Also, I had above average stats to back up the subjective portion of the application and potentially turn the tide.
    Where else were you accepted/deferred/rejected: applied ED
    General Comments : Go Big Red! A dream come true!
  • buckiebunbuckiebun Registered User Posts: 12 New Member
    Decision: Rejected

    Objective:
    SAT I: 1530 (one sitting) 800 english, 730 math
    ACT: didn’t take
    Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): 4.0
    Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable): 2/425
    AP (place score in parenthesis): APUSH (5), Psych (5), US Gov (4)
    Senior Year Course Load: AP Calc combined AB/BC, AP Physics 1, AP World History, AP Lang, Honors English 12, Honors Nutrition, gym credit

    Extracurriculars:
    -equestrian, leasing a horse and taking riding lessons
    -baking, art, sewing and design
    Job/Work Experience:
    -barn staff, taking care of horses and helping younger kids
    -opened and managed a successful online business selling handmade pet accessories for a few years
    -taking care of all kinds of animals
    Volunteer/Community service:
    -previously volunteered at a therapeutic riding center
    -previously volunteered at SPCA
    Summer Activities:
    -work/volunteer at horse camp for kids, helping with horse handling and riding lessons
    -did CTY summer camp at Johns Hopkins in like eighth grade
    Essays:
    common app essay: iffy topic, didn’t spend a ton of time on it
    supplement: I thought it was pretty strong
    Recommendations:
    Teacher Rec #1: definitely great
    Teacher Rec #2: probably good
    Counselor Rec: probably good
    Interview: CAAAN informational meeting

    Other

    Applied for Financial Aid?: yes
    Intended Major and College: CALS Animal Science
    State (if domestic applicant): MD
    Country (if international applicant):
    School Type: large public high school, not many people even apply to ivies
    Ethnicity: white
    Gender: female
    Income Bracket: 100,000ish
    Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.): I’m graduating a year early from high school? That might actually have hurt me tbh since I only had grades and extracurriculars for freshman/sophomore year. If I had the full four years of high school I would have had more APs and ECs, plus might have taken the SAT again to raise my math score.

    Reflection

    Strengths: high test score, high GPA and class rank, rigorous course load, ECs very focused on my area of interest (animals), good fit for the program
    Weaknesses: only two years of high school classes, no big hooks, not a ton of ECs, not super great at self-promotion
    Why you think you were rejected: They have to reject a lot of qualified people and I guess I just wasn’t one of the lucky few.

    General Comments: If you were rejected, don’t feel bad about yourself. Your worth can’t be defined by some admissions officer’s mostly arbitrary choice. You’ll do great things wherever you go, and in the grand scheme of things it doesn’t make much difference what name you can put on your college experience. Whatever happens, it’ll work out in the end!
  • prusty687prusty687 Registered User Posts: 26 Junior Member
    Decision: Accepted College of Arts & Sciences

    To protect my identity I will alter several things here, but it won't change the general idea


    Objective:
    SAT I (breakdown): 1430
    ACT (breakdown): 34 Superscored (35W, 34M, 33R, 33S), 33 composite
    SAT II:
    Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): 3.7 UW 4.2 W....yikes
    Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable): ??? top 20th? VERY competitive large public
    AP (place score in parenthesis): APUSH: 5, Eng Lang: 5, Euro 5, CS 4, Chem 4, Calc AB 4
    IB (place score in parenthesis):
    Senior Year Course Load: AP Calc BC, AP Physics, AP Eng Lit, AP Psych, AP Stats, AP French
    Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.): National French Silver x2, AP scholar, local stuff, no national merit lol

    Subjective:

    Extracurriculars (place leadership in parenthesis): NHS, Interact Club(secratery), Student government(class rep), quiz bowl, band where I play the trumpet, JV volleyball
    Job/Work Experience: nope
    Volunteer/Community service: 60 hours at a christian organization(i'm not christian lol), 30 hours at a retirement home
    Summer Activities: volunteering, self-studying for ACT, SAT, and tons of videogames
    Essays (rating 1-10, details):
    Common App: 10/10: Very, very good. I think its what got me in. I didn't talk about accomplishments, just a personal story about myself.
    Supplement: 7/10: Wrote it the day it was due, but I fully expressed my feelings and interests in several subjects.
    Recommendations (rating 1-10, details):

    Teacher Rec #1: 8/10: quiz bowler and writes rec letters for many students
    Teacher Rec #2: 8/10: really smart teacher, I got a B in her class but I progressed very well
    Counselor Rec: ?/10: He still doesn't know my name even after working with him many times. He gives us a template where we basically write the essay. He does attend a hundred or more students. However, he did remember one project I did with him for interact club and I told to mention that many times.
    Additional Rec: none
    Interview: none

    Other

    Applied for Financial Aid?: Yes
    Intended Major and College: CAS, undecided
    State (if domestic applicant): WV
    Country (if international applicant): USA!!! l
    School Type: huge public
    Ethnicity: asian
    Gender: male
    Income Bracket: middle class
    Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.): none

    Reflection

    Strengths: ACT although it was avg for cornell.. I've heard Cornell secretly superscores the ACT but I dont know how true this is. Common App Essay was great.
    Weaknesses: GPA GPA GPA and not an upward trend. I took the most rigorous course schedule(all APs and honors) and I became depressed junior year and grades fell. I got back up but got mostly Bs, but solid AP test scores.
    Why you think you were accepted/deferred/rejected: I'm looking at the people rejected and I have no idea how I got in. It's not all about stats but your rec letters and ESSAYS. You may be a math/science person but learn how to write great essays that show yourself!
    Where else were you accepted/deferred/rejected: Pitt

    General Comments :
    If you're a junior looking at this like I did last year, reading this helps in no way possible except an ego boost/depression. There are so many factors that you never know.

    Good luck to everyone, and if you got rejected I know you will have a great life at another college, don't dwell on this rejection
  • EugeneCrabsEugeneCrabs Registered User Posts: 8 New Member
    Decision: Deferred

    Major: Architecture

    Gender: Male
    Race: Caucasian (European American)
    Income bracket: Over 60k annually
    School type: Private, top 10 in California
    Hooks: Built a school in Africa (literally)
    Bonus: Legacy

    UW GPA: 3.55 (Struggling with emotional problems sophomore year)
    W GPA: 3.85

    ACT Superscore: 31 (32 reading, 29 science, 30 Math, and 33 English)
    ACT Nonsuperscore: 30

    No class Rank

    Honors Classes (No offered APs or Dual Enrollment):

    Sophomore year: Algebra 2/trig honors,
    Junior Year: English 3 Honors, U.S. History Honors, Honors Biology,
    Senior Year: Honors Physics, Chinese 4 Honors, English 4 Honors, Enrolled in online college English class at CCSF (Honors), Advanced Architecture studies

    ECS:
    Varsity lacrosse started all 4 years (co-captain as upperclassman)
    Club lacrosse team 10th and 11th grade competes in national tournaments
    JV and Varsity soccer 4 years (co-captain for JV)
    7 week architecture summer internship
    BBYO (Jewish leadership organization)

    Volunteer Work:
    Serving food at a homeless shelter
    Packing food for hungry and homeless in the Bay Area
    Afterschool tutoring for under-resourced middle school kids

    Awards:
    (High school does not give academic awards until graduation for seniors)
    MIP lacrosse freshman year
    All-league lacrosse junior year
    All-league lacrosse 1st team senior year (hopefully)
    Senegal-School design winner sophomore year

    Common app essay: 9/10
    Cornell essay: 9/10

    Recommendation #1: Amazing 10/10
    Recommendation #2: Great 9/10
    Recommendation #3: Decent 7/10
    Combined counselor + boss rec: Great 9/10

    Interview: Good 8.5/10
    Portfolio: Good 8.5/10

    Strengths: My story and experience with architecture are strong, along with ECs and Recs. AAP legacy also doesn't hurt. Very challenging course load, taking literally the hardest non-honors courses available because they were what I was interested in.

    Weaknesses: Obviously my GPA and ACT scores were my biggest issues. Sophomore year was difficult for emotional reasons and I had never really taken standardized tests going into high school. I am proud of the extremely difficult classes I took in high school, but I regret not having a higher GPA.
  • seeu2022seeu2022 Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
    edited December 2017
    Decision: Accepted

    Objective:
    SAT I (breakdown): 1510 (780CR, 730M)
    ACT (breakdown): n/a
    SAT II:
    Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): 4.0, 4.25W
    Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable): DNR
    AP (place score in parenthesis): Chemistry (4), APUSH (5), WHAP (5)
    IB (place score in parenthesis):
    Senior Year Course Load: AP AB Calc, AP Euro, AP Lit, AP Physics I, Spanish IV
    Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.):
    National Merit Commended Scholar
    (some spanish awards)

    Subjective:

    Extracurriculars (place leadership in parenthesis):
    Cross Country JV/V (4 years)
    Ambassador Society (officer)
    Yearbook Editor
    German Exchange program

    Job/Work Experience:
    worked as a barista last summer
    interned at a video production company

    Volunteer/Community service:
    tutor underpriviledged youth 3hrs/week
    youth summer camp volunteer (2015)

    Summer Activities:
    Essays (rating 1-10, details): Wrote about an internship and tied it into my love of film (10/10, I was proud of it at least)
    Supplemental: (8.5/10) Described my interests and wrote about why I wanted to pursue them at Cornell, the only downfall may be that it was a little too stiff.

    Recommendations (rating 1-10, details):
    Teacher Rec #1:(9/10) Chemistry teacher who I had a good relationship with.
    Teacher Rec #2: (9/10) Spanish teacher who liked me and I always hear writes good recs, though I've never read mine.
    Counselor Rec: (9.5/10) We have a good relationship, she knows me well, and have spent a lot of time with her working on college the past few years!
    Additional Rec:
    Interview: N/A

    Other

    Applied for Financial Aid?: No
    Intended Major and College: CAS History
    State (if domestic applicant): Tennessee
    Country (if international applicant):
    School Type: Private
    Ethnicity: Caucasian
    Gender: Female
    Income Bracket:
    Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.):
    I didn't think I had any hooks other than pretty good grades and scores!


    Reflection

    Strengths: I think the best part of my application was my common app essay, I really tried to show who I was and showcase my humor. I just wrote about what I really wanted to write about, and I tried not to worry about what I was "supposed" to do.
    Weaknesses: No major hooks
    Why you think you were accepted: I think I was probably accepted as a combination of my scores and essays.
    Where else were you accepted/deferred/rejected: Accepted St. Andrews (Scotland), never heard back from Villanova, BC, Fordham, and Northeastern

    General Comments : I'M SO EXCITED TO BE A CORNELLIAN! For anyone reading this in the future, I just hope this goes to show you that you don't have to have invented something or started your own business or have some incredible event happen to you to get into a good college. A lot of times hard work and dedication just pays off, and I'm so so lucky it did. I can't wait to see the rest of you who got in next fall.
    And for those of you who got deferred or rejected, don't lose hope; you all will do incredible things in the future, and the college you go to will not define you.
  • rheali1908rheali1908 Registered User Posts: 7 New Member
    [aB][asize=4][acolor=#008000]Decision: Accepted [/color][/size][/b]

    Objective:
    SAT I (breakdown): 1580, (780 wr, 800 math)
    ACT (breakdown):
    SAT II: 800 Math Level II, 760 Biology M
    Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): 3.81
    Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable): 10%
    AP (place score in parenthesis): Calculus AB 4
    IB (place score in parenthesis):
    Senior Year Course Load: (AT at my school means college level course)
    AT Senior English
    Psychology - FALL
    Anthropology - SPRING
    Spanish 4 Honors
    Greek (7:30 AM class)
    Statistics - FALL
    AT Statistics 2 - SPRING
    AT Discrete Math - FALL
    Environmental Science
    Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.):

    Subjective:

    Extracurriculars (place leadership in parenthesis): Head of two clubs (Math and human rights clubs), service league representative
    Job/Work Experience: N/A
    Volunteer/Community service: Volunteered at school library all four years
    Summer Activities: Summer research on material science during junior summer, volunteer experience in Tanzania during Sophmore summer
    Essays (rating 1-10, details): 8
    Recommendations (rating 1-10, details): 6

    Teacher Rec #1: 6
    Teacher Rec #2: 7
    Counselor Rec: 9
    Additional Rec: 10
    Interview: 8

    Other

    Applied for Financial Aid?: No
    Intended Major and College: Material Science and Engineering
    State (if domestic applicant):
    Country (if international applicant): China (go to school in the U.S.)
    School Type: private
    Ethnicity: Asian
    Gender: Female
    Income Bracket: N/A
    Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.): first generation college

    Reflection

    Strengths: female in engineering, research, SAT, service experience
    Weaknesses: teacher recs, GPA, honors and awards
    Why you think you were accepted/deferred/rejected: I have a really good SAT and have great research experience in my intended area of study, also have pretty strong supplements and personal statement
    Where else were you accepted/deferred/rejected: N/A

    General Comments : N/A
  • 19cornell2319cornell23 Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
    Decision: Accepted


    Objective:
    SAT I (breakdown): n/a
    ACT (breakdown): 35 composite, 35 english, 33 math, 35 reading, 36 science
    SAT II: 790 French w/ listening
    Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): 3.77 unweighted, 4.27 weighted
    Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable): n/a
    AP (place score in parenthesis): 4 french, 5 APUSH, 4 Chemistry, 4 English, 3 World
    IB (place score in parenthesis): n/a
    Senior Year Course Load: AP Calculus AB, AP Statistics, AP English IV, AP Physics I, Philosophy, Psychology (College course), Independent Study (Food Science), World Religions, PE/Health
    Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.): National Merit Letter of Commendation, AP Scholar with Distinction

    Subjective:

    Extracurriculars (place leadership in parenthesis): Food magazine (editor-in-chief; business manager), Basketball (3 year varsity), Environmental Awareness non-profit initiative (co-founder; board member), LLC (founder and co-owner),
    Job/Work Experience: Basketball camp counselor and coach (4 years), weekend manager at local jewelry store, cashier/server at pizza restaurant
    Volunteer/Community service: tutor and "reading buddy" to underprivileged kids, volunteer at local Arts Council
    Summer Activities: off-season basketball, working as a Basketball counselor/coach, working at restaurants/stores,
    Essays (rating 1-10, details):
    Recommendations (rating 1-10, details):

    Teacher Rec #1: AP English III (junior)/Philosophy (senior) teacher
    Teacher Rec #2: Precalculus Accelerated teacher (junior year)
    Counselor Rec: school counselor, very friendly with him
    Additional Rec: n/a
    Interview: n/a

    Other

    Applied for Financial Aid?: no
    Intended Major and College: CALS Food Science
    State (if domestic applicant): NJ
    Country (if international applicant): n/a
    School Type: Public
    Ethnicity: Mixed race
    Gender: F
    Income Bracket:
    Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.): mixed race

    Reflection

    Strengths: high test scores, strong essays, specific reasons for why I was interested in Cornell, took 3 semesters of University classes concurrently with high-school classes (2 French at an Ivy league, 1 psychology at local community college)
    Weaknesses: a couple of B-grades
    Why you think you were accepted: very focused interest (shown through my essays & supported by personal history)-- showed demonstrated and genuine passion for a focused & specific program; made reasons for why Cornell very detailed and explained why they were the right fit for me and why I was the right fit for them
    Where else were you accepted/deferred/rejected: n/a
  • whenderson272whenderson272 Registered User Posts: 86 Junior Member
    Decision: Accepted to College of Agriculture and Life Sciences WOoooH!

    Major: International Agriculture and Rural Development
    Objective:
    ACT (breakdown): (35S, 29M, 30R, 34E), 32 Composite
    Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): 3.87, no weights for my school.
    Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable): Top 10% Will be slightly higher by end of year.
    AP: No AP's, No IB's, But many college dual enrollment courses, all taken at the Community College:
    Calculus I
    English 101
    English 102
    General Biology I
    Nutrition and Wellness
    General Chemistry I
    etc.

    Senior Year Course Load: General Biology I and II, General Chemistry I and II, Honors Government and Economics,
    Major Awards: Really

    Subjective:

    Extracurriculars:
    NHS Officer (as of this year)
    Over 100hrs volunteer work
    Youth Usherboard Leader at Church (Since 8th Grade)
    Placed on the Community College's Dean List (district wide)
    1st place in high school science fair freshman year.
    Job/Work Experience: 6mo-1yr in Fast Food Industry, and already a Manager in Training.
    Volunteer/Community service: 60 hours at a christian organization(i'm not christian lol), 30 hours at a retirement home
    Summer Activities: Work Work Work......

    Essays:
    Common App: 8/10: It was simply an essay about my life, not too good, but not a bad one.
    Supplement: 9/10: Wrote very well, and from the heart, but I'm not one for rereading papers, only spell check is good enough for me. I'm pretty sure it was a stellar hit though, as I am majoring in Rural Development, I talked about the necessity to provide food for third world countries.

    Teacher Rec #1: 8/10: quiz bowler and writes rec letters for many students
    Teacher Rec #2: 8/10: really smart teacher, I got a B in her class but I progressed very well
    Counselor Rec: ?/10: He still doesn't know my name even after working with him many times. He gives us a template where we basically write the essay. He does attend a hundred or more students. However, he did remember one project I did with him for interact club and I told to mention that many times.
    Additional Rec: My Boss and Good Friend, the General Manager of my restaurant.
    Interview: A Regional Alum, who is from what I've seen a pretty important businesswoman in our area.

    Other

    Applied for Financial Aid?: Yes
    Intended Major and College: CALS, International Agriculture and Rural Development
    State (if domestic applicant): AZ
    Country (if international applicant): USA
    School Type: Small Online (Only 200 in graduating class)
    Ethnicity: Black
    Gender: male
    Income Bracket: middle class
    Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.): URM, and First Generation College (my parents went but never graduated). It probably helped that I wanted to come from all the way across the country in the middle of nowhere.

    Reflection

    Strengths: ACT was average for Cornell, but pretty high for minorities. Stellar GPA with a stagnant yet upward trend (start strong and finish strong). Many dual enrollment classes means I've already been in the college atmosphere.
    Weaknesses: 1 AP Class, and no exam to show for it. I wish I had done more extra-curriculars as well.
    Where else were you accepted/deferred/rejected: (Unknown, applied for FAMU and U of Florida as well).
    General Comments :
    It really helps if you speak from your heart about that passionate subject you love. And make sure that the rest of your application profile lines up with that passion.
    Good luck to everyone, and if you got rejected I know you will have a great life at another college, don't dwell on this rejection.

    (Copied and edited to fit my circumstances from another user).
  • whenderson272whenderson272 Registered User Posts: 86 Junior Member
    ERROR: In Editing I forgot to change the recommendation letter stats:

    Teacher Rec #1: 10/10 My College English Professor, so perfect essay, and from the heart because I knew her well and brought her treats ;).
    Teacher Rec #2: 9/10: College Biology Teacher, but she wasn't native to America, so her English grammar wasn't perfect, but she wrote a lot, and Cornell was always her dream school.
    Counselor Rec: 2/10: My Guidance Counselor was someone behind a computer, she didn't really know me too well, and wrote a template rec.
    Additional Rec: My Boss and Good Friend, the General Manager of my restaurant.(Well-roundedness)
    Interview: A Regional Alum, who is from what I've seen a pretty important businesswoman in our area.
  • viviisaslothviviisasloth Registered User Posts: 38 Junior Member


    [asize=4]Decision: Accepted [/size]
    School of engineering
    Objective:
    SAT I (breakdown): 1480 (690RW 800M)
    ACT (breakdown): 29 didn’t send
    SAT II: 800 math2 740 physics
    Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): I guess around 3.95
    Weighted 4.64
    Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable): 1/34
    AP (place score in parenthesis): Ap calc bc, physics, Chinese, stats, all 5
    IB (place score in parenthesis):
    Senior Year Course Load: honor bio, honor multivariable calc, ap chem, AP Gov, English12
    Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.):
    None! Just AMC 10&12 school winner
    Math department award

    Subjective:

    Extracurriculars (place leadership in parenthesis):
    Chinese traditional instrument
    3 yr of varsity basketball
    100+ hr volunteer
    UCSC science internship
    Job/Work Experience:
    No
    Volunteer/Community service:
    Museum and a non-profit donation organization
    Summer Activities:
    UCSC summer internship
    Essays (rating 1-10, details): common app 7/10, talking about having a breakdown during the summer. How I realize keeping all the emotions piling up isn’t a way to toughness
    Cornell sup 9/10 talking about how I use engineering to help people and wish to do so in my college life

    Recommendations (rating 1-10, details):
    Teacher Rec #1: 10/10math teacher!!! I love him. I am always the top scorer in his class
    Teacher Rec #2: 9/10history teacher
    We are not really familiar with each other but he seems to think I am hardworking and smart
    Counselor Rec:
    Additional Rec:
    Interview: great haha my cat came by and sat on my lap during the interview!

    Other

    Applied for Financial Aid?: nope, international student
    Intended Major and College: CS
    State (if domestic applicant): CA, but international student
    Country (if international applicant): China
    School Type: small private high school
    Ethnicity: Asian
    Gender: female
    Income Bracket: idk
    Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.): first generation college, woman in engineering

    Reflection
    I guess I got in bc I appear to be supportive and sweet in the essays. I can’t think of any other reasons!!!

    Strengths: GPA, class load, essays
    Weaknesses: SAT
    Why you think you were accepted/deferred/rejected: I seemed to be well-rounded instead of being a robert! I showed a lot of emotion and kindness in my essays!

    Where else were you accepted/deferred/rejected:
    This is my first and probably the last acceptance going to withdraw other apps!
    Applied for UCs & UIUC
    General Comments :
  • colormagixcolormagix Registered User Posts: 38 Junior Member

    Decision: Deferred

    Major: Animal science, CALS

    SAT I (breakdown): didn't take any
    ACT (breakdown): C 32 | E 33 M 35 R 28 S 33
    ACT superscore: C 34 | E 34 M 35 R 33 S 34
    SAT II: Math 790 Korean 800

    Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): 3.73
    Weighted GPA : 3.95
    Very strong upward curve from 3.5 freshman year to 4.3 junior year

    Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable): school doesn't rank
    AP (place score in parenthesis): Biology-4 Calc BC-5 AB subscore-5 Lang-3 Chem-3
    IB (place score in parenthesis): none
    Senior Year Course Load: AP stat AP lit
    Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.): Presidential Volunteer Service Award silver, AP scholar with honor

    Subjective:

    Extracurriculars (place leadership in parenthesis):
    - Health and Bioscience Academy (Treasurer (11), President(12))
    - Internship in animal hospital 280+ hours and 6 months- was offered job didn't meet age requirement
    - ROP program
    - Colorguard for 9th, 10th, and 11th grade
    - Winterguard for 9th and 10th grade
    - School orchestra cello
    Job/Work Experience:
    - Optometric technician assistant- 10hr/week
    - Retail job- 10hr/week
    Volunteer/Community service:
    - Animal shelter volunteer for 4 years (Junior volunteer leader)
    - Open hart kitchen volunteer
    - Cello volunteer
    Summer Activities: work and volunteer
    Essays (rating 1-10, details): Common app- 7/10; I thought it was pretty cliche even though I was pretty satisfied with how it turned out.
    Supplement- 10/10 honestly spent months doing supplement and I absolutely loved it. I wrote about my internship and how it opened up the "real world" of veterinary medicine vs what I thought it would be.

    Recommendations (rating 1-10, details):
    Teacher Rec #1: 10/10 known her for 3 years and I am president of club shes advising
    Teacher Rec #2: 7/10 don't really know her super well
    Counselor Rec: 8/10
    Additional Rec: Veterinarian I worked for during internship - 10/10
    Interview: CAAAN- went well, showed interest and asked questions

    Other

    Applied for Financial Aid?:
    Intended Major and College: Animal Sciences, CALS
    State (if domestic applicant): California
    Country (if international applicant):
    School Type: Large, competitive public high school
    Ethnicity: Asian
    Gender: Female
    Income Bracket: 250k
    Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.): First generation immigrant

    Reflection

    Strengths: Very career-focused extracurricular activities. I knew what I wanted to be since middle school so instead of trying to take as many extracurriculars as possible, I was able to commit and dedicate to few activities related to veterinary medicine like animal shelter volunteer and the internship.
    Weaknesses: my GPA, lack of awards
    Why you think you were accepted/deferred/rejected: GPA and common app essay probably
    Where else were you accepted/deferred/rejected: Colorado state (Accepted), waiting on ohio state, purdue, and UCs

    General Comments :

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