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Cornell ED Class of 2022 Results

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  • adamantadamant Registered User Posts: 10 New Member
    edited January 5
    Decision: Accepted

    Once upon a time I was a nervous freshman browsing CC, and felt that I had almost no chance at any competitive schools, including Cornell. I'm posting this to help others in similar situations, and to let you guys know that it's all possible!

    Objective:
    SAT I (breakdown): 800 Math, 750 CR (Superscored)
    ACT (breakdown): N/A
    SAT II: 800 Math II, 800 Physics
    Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): ~3.75-ish, not sure
    Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable): Top 10%
    AP (place score in parenthesis): N/A
    IB (place score in parenthesis): N/A
    Senior Year Course Load: AP Chem equivalent, AP Economics, AP Comp. Sci. Principles, AP Literature, AP Calculus BC, Statistics Honors

    Extracurriculars (place leadership in parenthesis): Piano, Robotics, Tennis, Web-development
    Job/Work Experience: Self-employed through side projects
    Volunteer/Community service: Hospital front-desk, library
    Summer Activities: Volunteering
    Essays (rating 1-10, details): 9/10, felt that they were very well written, as I received some help from a student currently at Cornell and took advice from teachers / counselor.
    Recommendations (rating 1-10, details):

    Teacher Rec #1: Pretty good, 8/10
    Teacher Rec #2: Pretty good, 8/10
    Counselor Rec: Must've been generic to some degree, 7/10
    Additional Rec: Out of the park by my piano teacher, 10/10
    Interview: Went really well, my interviewer was super nice and I got to ask a lot of questions.

    Other

    Applied for Financial Aid?: Nope
    Intended Major and College: Computer Science, College of Arts and Sciences
    State (if domestic applicant): CT
    Country (if international applicant):
    School Type: Public
    Ethnicity: Asian
    Gender: Male
    Income Bracket: ~200k
    Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.): None at all

    Reflection

    Strengths: My essays and extracurriculars
    Weaknesses: Grades; All A's freshman year, lost my way sophomore year with straight B+'s, but had a very steep upward trend following (96% avg. senior year)
    Why you think you were accepted/deferred/rejected: Everything worked together really nicely, plus I sent my senior year quarter 1 grades which were really good and possibly made up for my sophomore year.
    Where else were you accepted/deferred/rejected:

    General Comments :
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  • yep210yep210 Registered User Posts: 8 New Member
    edited January 5
    was a bit reluctant to do this, but reading through these really helped when I was considering applying ED to Cornell, so here ya go!

    Decision: Accepted


    Objective:
    SAT I (breakdown): 1530 (740-W/R, 790-Math)
    ACT (breakdown): N/A
    SAT II: 800-Math 2, 790-Bio M
    Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): 3.95 / 4.4 (weighted)
    Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable): N/A, but my class has ~800 kids
    AP (place score in parenthesis): 4-Bio, Music Theory, Euro, APUSH, 5- Calc AB, Psych
    IB (place score in parenthesis): N/A, school doesn't offer
    Senior Year Course Load: AP Chem, AP English Language, AP Calc BC, AP US Gov, AP Microecon, AP Macroecon, Yoga, Choir
    Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.): AP Scholar with Distinction, National Merit Commended, some regional awards from SciOly (do these count?? idk)

    Extracurriculars (place leadership in parenthesis): Interact Club (Co-President), Science Olympiad (Test Events Captain), Piano, Choir (Section Leader)
    Job/Work Experience: Tutor/Grader at Kumon
    Volunteer/Community service: at local technology museum, animal shelter, Interact service events/projects, held book club meetings with elementary/middle school students
    Summer Activities, volunteering at museum, classes, Interact-related stuff
    Essays (rating 1-10, details):
    common app (8.5/10): wrote about my intellectual curiosity and how it evolved
    cornell supplement (8/10): wrote about my passions in psych and how it connects to CAS

    Recommendations (rating 1-10, details):
    Teacher Rec #1: psych teacher, didn't read, but i'll assume 8/10
    Teacher Rec #2: math teacher, didn't read, but i'll assume 8/10
    Counselor Rec: large public school, so prolly v generic, so 6 or 7/10
    Additional Rec: n/a
    Interview: was about an hour long, it was okay I think??

    Other
    Applied for Financial Aid?: yes, didn't get any
    Intended Major and College: Psychology, CAS
    State (if domestic applicant): CA
    Country (if international applicant):
    School Type: Public
    Ethnicity: Asian
    Gender: F
    Income Bracket: 200k+
    Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.): n/a

    Reflection

    Strengths: academics, essay
    Weaknesses: definitely awards LOL, nothing too impressive from that category
    Why you think you were accepted/deferred/rejected: Although my mom thinks otherwise, I definitely think it was my essays that got me in. I think I embodied Cornell's academic values really well in both essays.
    Where else were you accepted/deferred/rejected: Accepted Case Western (EA), withdrew everything else so I guess I'll never know :'')

    General Comments: It was quite a surprise for me haha. Took a week for it all to fully sink in. Actually, I take that back. It still hasn't sunk in. SO excited for next fall :)
  • RojobotRojobot Registered User Posts: 169 Junior Member
    edited February 28
    Decision: Accepted

    Objective:
    SAT I (breakdown): 1510 (790 Math, 720 English)
    ACT (breakdown):
    SAT II: 780 Math 2, 730 Physics
    Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): 3.87 (all A/A+ grades but 1 A- junior year)
    Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable):
    AP (place score in parenthesis): Statistics(5), English Language(4), Calc BC(3) - AB Subscore(4), Physics 1(2) (didn't report)
    IB (place score in parenthesis):
    Senior Year Course Load: Multivariable Calculus, AP Physics C, AP Economics (Macro + Micro), AP Gov, AP French, Dual Enrollment Creative Writing
    Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.): research awards at national/state/regional levels (nothing like STS/ISEF/Siemens level though), research publication & 2 patents pending, 3x research showcase presenter, professional membership in 3 science societies, athletic awards at national/state/regional level, debate awards at state/regional level, foreign language awards at international/national levels

    Subjective:

    Extracurriculars (place leadership in parenthesis): Env't Volunteer Group (Co-Founder & President), Science Research, Nature Park Tours (Coordinator), Varsity Cross Country/Indoor Track/Outdoor Track (Co-Captain), Club Running, International Foreign Language Scholar (UPenn diploma, teaching assistant for 15 students locally), Debate Club (Officer & Mentor), Hospital Volunteer (300+ hours total)
    Job/Work Experience: researched for 2 summers at a non-Cornell Ivy and MIT, teaching assistant for foreign language classes, environmental volunteer group
    Volunteer/Community service: hospital volunteer, environmental volunteer group
    Summer Activities: research, foreign language camps, science camp, nature park tours, hospital volunteer
    Essays (rating 1-10, details): Personal Statement-7/10 (wasn't bad but it wasn't standout), Cornell Supplement-10/10 (very authentic and specific to the program I was interested in, showed how Cornell and I would mutually benefit if I was accepted)

    Recommendations (rating 1-10, details):

    Teacher Rec #1: AP Calc BC Teacher - idk but he/she really liked me so maybe 8/10
    Teacher Rec #2: AP English Lang Teacher - idk but he/she really really liked so maybe 9/10
    Counselor Rec: idk but he/she really liked me - 8/10
    Additional Rec: track coach (and cornell alum) - 7/10. summer research MIT professor - idk but probs 7/10
    Interview: went great! - 10/10

    Other

    Applied for Financial Aid?: Yes
    Intended Major and College: College of Engineering - applied for environmental engineering but will likely major in CS
    State (if domestic applicant): NY
    Country (if international applicant):
    School Type: competitive public HS (33% overall acceptance rate last year to Cornell according to Naviance, generally almost 10% of entire graduating class admitted to Cornell)
    Ethnicity: Asian
    Gender: Male
    Income Bracket: too high to get good financial aid
    Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.): none

    Reflection

    Strengths: supplemental essay, cohesive story fleshed out through my application, solid overall resume
    Weaknesses: test scores, GPA(?), overall course rigor(?), personal statement
    Why you think you were accepted/deferred/rejected: sold myself well as an environmental engineering entrepreneur throughout my common app and wrote a really great supplemental essay specific to Cornell's environmental engineering major
    Where else were you accepted/deferred/rejected: Accepted-SUNY Stony Brook, SUNY Binghamton; Deferred-MIT; Withdrew my other applications

    General Comments : Make sure to write a supplemental essay that highlights specifics about cornell & the college/major you're applying to. Good luck to all future applicants!! :)
  • applicant00applicant00 Registered User Posts: 6 New Member
    edited March 22
    Decision: Accepted

    Objective:
    • SAT I (Comp, Essay, CR, M, CW): 1560 (790 M, 770 CR, 22 essay)
    • ACT (Comp, Essay, Eng, Math, Read, Sci): 35 (35 E, M, R, S) and 11/12 essay
    • SAT II (Type, Score): 800 M2, 770 Chemistry
    • Weighted GPA (out of ??): Not sure tbh around 5.8 I think?
    • Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): ~3.92
    • Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable): 24/600
    • AP (place score in parenthesis): 14 total w/ 3 3's, 3 4's and the rest 5's
    • IB (place score in parenthesis):
    • Senior Year Course Load: multivariable calc, ap music theory, internship class, ap stats, ap spanish 5, and health/speech
    • Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.): Nada

    Subjective:
    • Extracurriculars (place leadership in parenthesis): A couple low-level comp. sci. awards and state science fair finalist
    • Job/Work Experience: Tutoring, about 10 hours junior/senior year
    • Volunteer/Community service: Over 100 hours
    • Summer Activities: watched tv in my room, hung out with friends, didn't really do anything special tbh
    • Essays: 4/10 common app, 7/10 Cornell-specific (it was well written, but didn't really answer the prompt at all)
    • Teacher Recommendations: CS and calculus teachers; one of them was pretty good I think (7/10) and the other I have no idea
    • Counselor Rec: very generic i'd expect

    Other
    • Applied for Financial Aid?: Yeah but only after I got my decision
    • Intended Major and College: College of Engineering, Computer Science
    • State (if domestic applicant): TX
    • School Type: Competitive public
    • Ethnicity: Asian
    • Gender: Female
    • Income Bracket: high
    • Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.): Female in engineering

    Reflection
    • Strengths: test scores, rank, course rigor (loaded up with honors courses), female in engineering
    • Weaknesses: essays (esp. common app), recs (possibly), extracurriculars
    • Why you think you were accepted/deferred/rejected: I had pretty good test scores based on the ranges for engineering, and my EC's (though minimal) related to my major. Also, my why Cornell essay was an interesting read, even if it didn't really answer the prompt. Also I'm a girl doing CS.
    • Where else were you accepted/deferred/rejected: Accepted - UT Austin CS (Turing Scholars)
    • General comments: Not 100% sure where I'll be going yet but if Cornell's it then I'm looking forward to seeing y'all next year!
  • DracoS98DracoS98 Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
    edited April 4
    Decision: Accepted

    I plan to apply CMU design major during ED round, but find out that I cannot finish my portfolio on time. So I decided to apply to Cornell on mid-October, all the process was very rushed, especially for the supplement.

    Objective:
    SAT I (breakdown): 1380 (single sitting), 580 EBRW, 800 Math
    ACT (breakdown): N/A
    SAT II: 740 Math II, 610 Physics (take both of them in sophomore year, focused on other things so don't have time to retake)
    Unweighted GPA (out of 100): 89.206 (A+ for all math and science major, but bad scores for English and history)
    Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable): 50%
    AP (place score in parenthesis): AP Calculus AB (3), AP Calculus BC (3), AP Computer Science A (3), AP Statistics (3), AP Chemistry (2), AP Physics 1 (2), AP Environmental Science (1) (got bad scores because never care about the exam, did not review at all, did not sent any score)
    IB (place score in parenthesis): N/A
    Senior Year Course Load: AP Studio Art, AP Physics C, AP Biology, AP Psychology, English 4
    Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.): ARML, Math Team & Robotics Team & Golf Team state champion, web application competition state champion

    Subjective:

    Extracurriculars (place leadership in parenthesis): Programming Team (president, founder), Math Team (president), Physics Team (founder), Technology Team (vice president), Robotics Team (designer), Student Publication (vice president, designer), Golf Team & Golf Academy, Art Club
    Job/Work Experience: N/A
    Volunteer/Community service: 60 hours
    Summer Activities: Research, make 1 app and 2 websites, do 2 full user experience design projects, stay in the art studio 8 hrs a day for two months.
    Essays (rating 1-10, details): Personal: 10, talking about my name and my character, very humorous; Supplement: 9, talking about what computer science means to me since I was 10.
    Recommendations (rating 1-10, details):

    Teacher Rec #1: Vice Headmaster, also AP Computer Science teacher
    Teacher Rec #2: Science Department Chair, also AP Environmental Science teacher and Robotics Team advisor
    Counselor Rec: Math Department Chair, also AP Calculus BC, Linear Algebra teacher and golf team coach
    Additional Rec: AP Studio Art teacher, teach me for 4 years.
    Interview: N/A

    Other

    Applied for Financial Aid?: No
    Intended Major and College: Computer Science (Engineering)
    State (if domestic applicant): GA
    Country (if international applicant): Mainland China (but high school is in US)
    School Type: Private
    Ethnicity: Asian
    Gender: Female
    Income Bracket: 250k+
    Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.): N/A

    Reflection

    Strengths: The apps and the website I made. I've also sent my personal website about all of my works and my art portfolio. Finish all of my high school's math class during sophomore year, took several college level class including multivariable calculus, linear algebra, applied linear algebra and discrete math as independet study with math department chair.
    Weaknesses: Very weak in English and history, this cause me low GPA. Feel very anxious before all of the big exams so cannot get good scores on SAT and SAT II.
    Why you think you were accepted: Don't know.
    Where else were you accepted: Rose Hulman Institution of Technology (apply for EA), University of Washington (did not successfully withdraw the application)

    General Comments: Still can't believe that today.
  • sagelysagely Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
    edited April 8
    Decision: Accepted

    Objective:

    SAT I (breakdown): 1550, one sitting (790 math, 760 reading/writing, perfect essay scores)
    ACT (breakdown): NA
    SAT II: 790 math 2, 760 reading comprehension
    Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): 3.3-ish
    Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable): NA (school refuses to rank us)
    AP (place score in parenthesis): Calculus BC (4), English III (5), World History (4)
    - yet to take: Environmental Science, Economics, English IV, CS A
    IB (place score in parenthesis): NA
    Senior Year Course Load: APES, English IV, APCS, AP Econ, Musical Theater, Web Technologies, Orchestra IV
    Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.): National Merit Finalist, state German contest stuff, All State Orchestra, other local music stuff, does NHS count?, AP Distinguished Scholar award (along those lines)

    Subjective:

    Extracurriculars (place leadership in parenthesis): founded a few clubs (dance, Future Problem Solvers, Asian culture-related); orchestra council (all 4 years); theater (junior and senior year)
    Job/Work Experience: NA
    Volunteer/Community service: Classical Music for the World, Austin Korean School, Mobile Loaves and Fishes, a few other here and there but not as notable
    Summer Activities: CS camps, leadership summits, overseas travel
    Essays (rating 1-10, details): Common App #4) discovering my passion for CS after struggling to find self (9/10)
    Cornell-req) interest in game design (10/10)
    Recommendations (rating 1-10, details): never read them, but a counselor told me that one of them was really good. hoping (assuming?) that they were good :)

    Teacher Rec #1: CS teacher
    Teacher Rec #2: English III teacher (this was the 'really good' one)
    Counselor Rec: yes
    Additional Rec: orchestra director
    Interview: no

    Other:

    Applied for Financial Aid?: yes
    Intended Major and College: Arts and Sciences for CS (minor in game design)
    State (if domestic applicant): Texas
    Country (if international applicant):
    School Type:
    Ethnicity: Asian
    Gender: female
    Income Bracket: $100k - $144k (or whatever that bracket is)
    Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.): minority ethnicity and gender in my intended major (I guess?)

    Reflection: Honestly, I have no idea how I got accepted in this super competitive year... I feel like my resume is so weak in comparison to that of an ideal candidate. But I'm so so so grateful.

    Strengths: essays are my strong suit; good recs (I think); dedication to many activities
    Weaknesses: not much diversity outside of music, honestly; low GPA; testing scores could've been higher
    Why you think you were accepted/deferred/rejected: my resume showed that I at least tried a lot, even if things didn't always work out- this showed determination, maybe?
    Where else were you accepted/deferred/rejected:
    - accepted to UT Dallas (full ride), A&M
    - waitlisted at Boston College, CMU, UT Austin (capped, not a real waitlist)
    - rejected from UPenn, UChicago, Rice

    General Comments: wow sorry this was so vague lol I'm writing this so long after acceptance and writing my application... I've forgotten most things
  • Harpguy2022Harpguy2022 Registered User Posts: 119 Junior Member
    edited April 9
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    Decision: Accepted


    Objective:
    SAT I (breakdown): na
    ACT (breakdown): 35 (35E 35M 33R 35S)
    SAT II:na
    Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): 3.8ish (96/100)
    Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable):na
    AP (place score in parenthesis): 5 APES 5 World History 5 Lang 5 Psychology 4 Chem 4 Calc AB 3 Physics 1
    IB (place score in parenthesis): na
    Senior Year Course Load: 4 AP classes and some independent studies in my areas of interest
    Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.): none

    Subjective:

    Extracurriculars (place leadership in parenthesis):

    -Professional Folk harpist (approximately 60 jobs),
    -Harp ensemble (80 professional shows),
    -Speech and Debate (Captain, 2X national qualifier NSDA, District Student of the Year, Regional Coahes' excellence a-ward, helped runs summer program),
    -started 501(c) non-profit performing science shows in low-income schools (partnership with UofR, other organizations), -Research (Environ. Tox. 2nd author on paper, presented at poster symposiums), worked on paper for UNEP with prof. (no authorship tho),
    -JETS team national qualifier (captain),
    -Environmental club (pres.)


    Job/Work Experience: harp
    Volunteer/Community service: harp/ non-profit
    Summer Activities:harp/ research
    Essays (rating 1-10, details):
    Common App: 8/10: pretty clever, was about me aspiring to be like this famous harper who traveled the irish countryside and how he made me also travel to my different jobs and what I learned from those jobs
    CALS Major Interest: 10/10 Freaking great- talked about how my family garden I worked in made me recognize the importance of diversity and innovation, really tied back to my intended major (Environmental Engineering)
    Recommendations (rating 1-10, details):

    Teacher Rec #1: 8/10:My APES teacher, who inspired my love for environmental science and sustainability. I'm the TA for the class and president of her club. I imagine it's pretty good.
    Teacher Rec #2: 7/10: Yeah this was probably good. Her son's my best friend and she's head of speech and debate... probably pretty solid.

    Counselor Rec:8/10 – We're both environmentalists in an otherwise extremely Trump-loving school so we hit it off really well. Said he could write me an 'outstanding' recommendation.
    Additional Rec: 9/10: Harp instructor- she's known me since I was four and watched me grow up... pretty good
    Interview:

    Other

    Applied for Financial Aid?: Yep
    Intended Major and College: CALS
    State (if domestic applicant): NY
    Country (if international applicant):
    School Type: Private
    Ethnicity: White
    Gender: Male
    Income Bracket: middle class
    Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.): na (I have legacy at Cornell but didn't mention it)

    Reflection:
    1.Fit Matters. And they can tell when you belong.I was killing my Cornell Application. I didn't vibe with the Dartmouth Essays nor their campus when I visited. Same with Stanford's Essays. I didn't get into the latter two. Lesson learned: If you aren't vibin' with a campus or their essays of one of these great unis, 9 times out of 10 you won't be getting the dub.
    2. For CALS, genuine passion for Life Sciences is the most important part of the application. I love doing environmental research and working in my family garden, working on my neighbor's farm, etc. and they recognized that.

    Strengths: Extracurriculars, CALS essay
    Weaknesses: I'm a scattered applicant, my interests are literally all over lol
    Why you think you were accepted/deferred/rejected: Strong applicant, and the essay got me in

    Where else were you accepted/deferred/rejected:
    Accepted: GA Tech, Cornell, Tufts, Northeastern (27k/yr.), safeties
    Waitlisted: Brown, Oberlin (wth...)
    Rejected: Stanford, Dartmouth

    General Comments : If you thought your crush's texts were full of mixed signals, try college admissions. Peace.
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