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Cornell Fall 2018 Transfer Results Thread

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Replies to: Cornell Fall 2018 Transfer Results Thread

  • BoroboroBoroboro Registered User Posts: 115 Junior Member
    @grahamcracker123 hahaha I don't think we got rejected by the fact that we are from community colleges! My community college is awesome. I think our applications just did not match what Cornell is looking for this year :)
  • jc11211jc11211 Registered User Posts: 21 Junior Member
    Accepted, CALS - V&E - nontraditional student
  • ElfspiritElfspirit Registered User Posts: 8 New Member
    Any other CAS applicants who hasn't heard back?
  • criesinchinesecriesinchinese Registered User Posts: 66 Junior Member
    @ruby21 what do you mean when you say you were in constant contact with an advisor from humec?? like, you gave them weekly updates, or just asked occasional questions? i spoke on the phone with paul fisher once, and have emailed humec, but not a person specifically.....
  • julia115julia115 Registered User Posts: 9 New Member
    @ruby21 if you were a GT, why did you have an essay with your application?
  • BotanyandMedBotanyandMed Registered User Posts: 26 Junior Member
    @bambujr8 You give me so much hope! As I've seen in previous threads, the majority of STEM majors don't have a perfect 4.0. Thank you for giving me hope!
  • BotanyandMedBotanyandMed Registered User Posts: 26 Junior Member
    @ruby21 How was the application process so far for Human Ecology? I hear they accept more transfers than usual, aside from A&S... Thank you for your time/reply and great luck btw! :)
  • transfer9692transfer9692 Registered User Posts: 139 Junior Member
    Decision: Rejected

    Were you a “Guaranteed Transfer” (Transfer Option) student?: No
    College applied to (ex. CALS, CAS): Dyson
    Major: Applied Economics & Management

    School attended before transferring: Miami Dade College
    College GPA (out of 4.0): 4.00
    Courses taken in college: Too many to list, I had 86 credits (although not all of them would've counted for Cornell)
    Any grades below a B?: No
    High school senior year grades (give GPA or just good/bad): 4.00 unweighted / 4.87 weighted
    If you’re a GT/TO, did you meet all of the requirements? (ex. full time student, GPA, and course requirements): N/A

    Extracurriculars:
    Essays, if any (rate them 1-10, details): I thought my essays were great and really insightful, it showed that I heavily researched Cornell and described my ties to them. Probably an 8.5-9 / 10
    Hooks (URM, first gen): First gen
    Any other comments about your application: I thought I had a solid application.

    Why you think you were accepted/rejected: I honestly don't know. I really thought I had a chance. It was probably the extracurriculars. I had a bunch of extracurriculars in high school (with high positions ex. Manager (of 3), President (of 2), Treasurer (of 1), Secretary (of 1)), but in college I worked full time and studied full time, so I didn't have time for any clubs.

    General Comments: Extremely bummed. I dreamt of this for so long and have been picturing myself there since the day I submitted my app.
  • farmerladiefarmerladie Registered User Posts: 6 New Member
    Decision: Accepted


    Were you a “Guaranteed Transfer” (Transfer Option) student?: No
    College applied to (ex. CALS, CAS): CALS
    Major: Agricultural Science

    School attended before transferring: Small liberal arts school in NYS (I do not live in NYS)
    College GPA (out of 4.0): My first semester was a 3.68, my midterm report for this semester was a 3.85.
    Courses taken in college:
    Semester 1: Microeconomics, German, First year seminar, and Intro to Geoscience.
    Semester 2: two biology courses with lab, Calculus I, and a writing class.
    Any grades below a B?: No
    High school senior year grades (give GPA or just good/bad): 8.8/11 (competitive boarding school)


    Extracurriculars:
    Essays, if any (rate them 1-10, details): Since Cornell was the only school I applied to, I tailored both the Common App essay and the Cornell-specific essay to why I wanted to go to Cornell. My current school doesn't have any agriculture classes and their biology department is very good for biomedical but not so extensive in animal & plant sciences. I also talked a lot about my concern for the growing population, climate change, and biodiversity loss.
    Hooks (URM, first gen): None
    Any other comments about your application:
    I also did an internship at my school's dining hall this semester working to make it more sustainable. I wrote about what I was doing in the internship in the additional information section in the Common App. A
    All four of my professors wrote nice comments on my midterm report, such as "excellent performance," "pleasure to have in class," ect. I think that helped because they really didn't have to do that but they did it anyway.
    When I visited Cornell back in February, I sat in on two classes and had nice conversations with the professors.

    Why you think you were accepted/rejected: Cornell is a really good fit for me, with their lab of orno (I'm a huge birder!) as well as their focus on sustainable agriculture. It was clear that there was no other school like Cornell that would give me what I want.
  • farmerladiefarmerladie Registered User Posts: 6 New Member
    edited May 15
    Oops I forgot to post my extracurriculars! The most relevant ones were probably beekeeping and sustainability committee.
  • narininanarinina Registered User Posts: 35 Junior Member
    Decision: Accepted

    Were you a “Guaranteed Transfer” (Transfer Option) student?: No
    College applied to (ex. CALS, CAS): HumEc
    Major: PAM

    School attended before transferring: Top 5 Public Schools
    College GPA (out of 4.0): Hovered around 3.7 throughout the year
    Courses taken in college:
    Quarter 1: Eng Comp 3, Intro to World Politics, Calc 2
    Quarter 2: Intermediate Micro Economics, Intro to Comparative Politics, Critical Reading and Writing
    Quarter 3: Calc 3, Management (Financial Accounting), Intro to Psych
    Any grades below a B?: Yes
    High school senior year grades (give GPA or just good/bad): UK system, Really good grades in iGCSEs and A-Levels


    Extracurriculars:
    -Independent Online Blog
    -HS Editor for Yearbook and Newspaper
    -Internship/Shadowing at a Social Policy Development Centre
    -Volunteer work at Women's Shelter in Pakistan, Moneythink, Project Literacy etc

    Essays, if any (rate them 1-10, details): Cornell was the only school I applied to and the reason was PAM! Its such a unique curriculum and genuinely matches my interests/academic profile and I was able to get my interest across. Generally a strong writer so I think my essays helped me compensate for my low GPA also.

    Hooks (URM, first gen): None

    Any other comments about your application:
    -Recommendation from a TA (I was nervous about this since she was a TA not a Professor but I think they understood because classes are huge at my school. However, she really made the effort to get to know me so that might've helped)

    Why you think you were accepted/rejected: I think I made it explicit how genuine my interest was!
  • rphcfbrphcfb Registered User Posts: 135 Junior Member
    @transfer9692,
    Sorry for the bad news. However, you chose the most difficult school to get in. The chance to get into Dyson is extremely slim for anyone.
  • transfer9692transfer9692 Registered User Posts: 139 Junior Member
    @rphcfb Thanks for the support! I didn't think it would be so difficult honestly, since Cornell is one of the ivies with the higher acceptance rate. My mistake was not looking into the acceptance rate for Dyson.
  • shermama96shermama96 Registered User Posts: 56 Junior Member


    Decision: Accepted


    Were you a “Guaranteed Transfer” (Transfer Option) student?: No
    College applied to (ex. CALS, CAS): CoE
    Major: Mechanical Engineeirng

    School attended before transferring: Community College (2 years), Syracuse University (2 years)

    College GPA (out of 4.0): 3.78

    Courses taken in college:
    While at community college I mostly took general education courses to establish a solid GPA while working full time as a laborer.
    At SU I followed a typical Mech. E. curriculum and had just about completed my sophomore year. (Took a semester off for a co-op)

    Any grades below a B?: One B in a intro writing course
    High school senior year grades (give GPA or just good/bad): 2.0 GPA throughout high school (tough family situation, but I didn't explain it away in any of my essays considering I've been out of HS for 4 years now)

    Extracurriculars:
    - I have a job during the school year as a design engineer for the physics department where I design and prototype
    manufacturing fixtures to assemble several thousand sensors modules for the CERN LHCb project. The work I do for the department is pretty extensive and I am given a lot of freedom, and I included some of my designs in a portfolio I sent in to the eng admissions office.
    - Lead manufacturing engineer for the Formula SAE team at SU. I also included some photos of things I've designed and machined for the team in my portfolio.
    - Co-op in Ithaca NY at a large automotive company where I worked in on a team doing design experimental R&D.
    - Worked as project adviser for the engineering capstone project teams and faculty research groups in the machine shop at SU.
    - Machinist for both physics and engineering research departments.
    I also do a lot of personal design projects that I included in my portfolio. I'm currently designing a bench top metal lathe which I plan to machine out of bar stock from scratch after validating my designs through hand calculations and FEA/Modal analysis.


    Essays, if any (rate them 1-10, details): 8-9/10 - I worked for over a month perfecting my essays. I had feedback from a journalism/writing major, a writing professor, and a close family friend who graduated with some kind of writing degree.

    Hooks (URM, first gen): I don't know if income bracket has any effect on your acceptance but I would consider my family low income.

    Why you think you were accepted/rejected: Honestly I think everything other than my GPA. Participating in unique EC's at SU and getting incredible LOR's from professors and industry engineers who I work with closely.

  • ifownlyifownly Registered User Posts: 32 Junior Member
    edited May 22
    I guess this is the first post for a CAS applicant


    Major: Sociology

    School attended before transferring: University of Virginia
    College GPA (out of 4.0): 3.85
    SAT: 1570 (converted from old) Essay: (old) 12
    Courses taken in college: All major level courses/ graduate level seminars (e.g. 3xx, 5xx courses)
    Any grades below a B?: No
    High school senior year grades (give GPA or just good/bad): 3.9 UW

    Extracurriculars:
    Independent research at my school, presented at a few conferences
    School newspaper
    HS Mock Trial captain
    HS newspaper editor
    President of HS orchestra
    Young Dems

    Recommendations: Probably good, one of them is a renowned prof in his field. I visited their office frequently.
    Essays, if any (rate them 1-10, details): 9~10
    Hooks (URM, first gen): none.

    Why you think you were accepted/rejected: No idea.

    General Comments :

    (from my UChicago post, also applies to this case since Cornell was my second choice after UC and got rejected RD.)

    For those of you who are stressed about the college process or are let down by released decisions, keep your head up. I know it sounds cliché, but I learned this after getting rejected from 15 different colleges (and no waitlists) last year and was lucky enough to study for one year at my current school. UChicago has been my top choice. I applied early to UChicago in December 2016, was deferred then rejected. So I came here and worked hard, built great relationships with profs, joined interesting clubs, and got the GPA I wanted. Although I still wanted to transfer out due to several solid reasons, by the end of May I really liked my school and the quality of education there. I honestly thought this was impossible but trust me, your work will eventually pay off--not just in college admissions process but also in graduate school apps and so on. GL to you all.
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