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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 :)
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