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Cornell RD Class of 2023 Discussion Thread


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  • 2023CU2023CU 7 replies0 threads New Member
    Anyone know Cornell financial aid? for a family have 200K annual income , one kid, is there any chance to get the any financial aid from school? I am trying to find out if it worth to apply the fin aid? Thanks!
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  • mom2twogirlsmom2twogirls 2257 replies29 threads Senior Member
    @2023CU did you run the NPC on their website? The admissions counselor who spoke when we visited there last summer said they are pretty accurate. We did find it was pretty close for us.
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  • 2023CU2023CU 7 replies0 threads New Member

    @mom2twogirls: Thanks, so if the NPC says nothing, that will be none. Any other grant or resource could get from school? $73k a year sounds a lot of money.
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  • mom2twogirlsmom2twogirls 2257 replies29 threads Senior Member
    No merit. They do have a couple of research grants, I believe, but I don’t know how likely they are to get or what type of students typically get them. I would expect to have to pay what the NPC states, although any outside scholarships would obviously be deducted.
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  • 2023CU2023CU 7 replies0 threads New Member
    outside scholarships ? what are those? Thanks!
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  • redcloud17redcloud17 117 replies1 threads Junior Member
    @2023CU Outside scholarships are just the scholarships that aren't through schools. You have to apply to them separately (instead of submitting an extra essay to a college or automatically being considered with your regular application to the college). For example, a few outside scholarships I applied to were the GE-Reagan Scholarship and the Coca-Cola Scholars.
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  • mom2twogirlsmom2twogirls 2257 replies29 threads Senior Member
    edited February 2019
    Is that joking or serious? I can’t tell.
    Outside scholarships like local ones through the bank or local organizations. They are usually somewhere from $500-$2500 each. Most of the larger ones we’ve seen have need based components are are highly competitive.
    edited February 2019
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  • TheGuy1TheGuy1 926 replies5 threads Member
    @altmusicman Fair point, but I think they dont have a quota per se for female engineers.
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  • loverose4565loverose4565 231 replies1 threads Junior Member
    Hi! I applied to CALS with a 1340 SAT score and 3.4 GPA . I wish to get in through HEOP and I had a CAAAN meeting. I chose environmental engineering as my major and I have volunteering hours for the NYS DEC and extracirriculars dealing with civil engineering, environmental conservancy, and environmental protection. When do we hear back from cornell?
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  • robocop21robocop21 10 replies2 threads New Member
    My son is a triple legacy from Cornell - mom and grandparents. He was deferred from ED in the CAS. Plus, we have visited the campus on an official tour..

    Was this just a courtesy deferral because he is a legacy? I read that Cornell only considers legacy status during ED. Does that mean legacy status is not considered for RD? Thanks for any insight.
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  • sam2314sam2314 6 replies0 threads New Member
    @robocop21 Here's what I was told, but not from an official Cornell source. That if you are a legacy and apply RD they assume they're not your first choice so it's not helpful, but if you apply ED and are deferred they know they're your first choice. So, I think the legacy factor is in your son's favor given he applied ED. Does that make sense?
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  • TheGuy1TheGuy1 926 replies5 threads Member
    @mom2twogirls Every dollar helps in getting the FinAid needed. Especially in the long run. If you think you need the aid badly enough, it's good to try external scholarships out!
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  • student5430student5430 87 replies13 threads Junior Member
    Does the Hotel School release decisions earlier, do any students from past years know when they come out, and if so by mail or email and a date?
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  • robocop21robocop21 10 replies2 threads New Member
    Yes, that makes sense. He is an excellent student and I was very surprised that he was deferred. Now, I just hope that he is still being considered! Thanks!
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  • getmeintoUPENNgetmeintoUPENN 37 replies4 threads Junior Member

    SAT N/A
    SAT II: Math 2:800, bio: 730
    ACT (breakdown):33 and 34 superscored (35E, 33M, 34R, 33S)
    unweighted GPA (out of 100%) Grade 9: 84% || Grade 10: 90% || Grade 11: 92.6% || Grade 12 first term: 95.3%
    Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable): top 5% out 200
    AP (place score in parenthesis): Can only take three AP's which must be done in senior year. I am taking all the AP's
    Senior Year Course Load: heavy-ish. I had to have a spare because my school couldnt let me do any other subjects because my course load was too rigourous and they were was only one slot for each one that no other course lined up.

    Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.):
    1st Place, Ontario & National Destination Imagination - Engineering Category (National and Regional)
    1st Place, Many Faces of Markham Art Competition- Regional
    1st Place, St. Michaels Battle of the Bards Poetry Contest (School)
    Basilian Book Award (for average > 90%)(School)
    Dr. Stephen Lazarovits Poetry Award (student with greatest contribution to poetry) (School)

    Extracurriculars (place leadership in parenthesis):
    Medical Intern, Einstein Hospital, Philadelphia
    Sole applicant selected to attend JKCP at UPenn; observed transplants, amputations etc; learned suturing techniques from surgeons.

    Co-President, SMCS Green Initiative
    Raised $8K+ to install 8 efficient water fountains; saved 10K+ plastic bottles from being recycled; reconstituted official school recycling policy.

    Student Govt./Politics
    Senior Prefect, St. Michaels College School
    1 of 8 Senior Prefects out of 200+ students; manage schl events, open houses, homecoming; spearheaded school food bank;provided tours to 50+ families.

    Career Oriented
    Surgical Volunteer, Markham Stouffville Hospital
    Selected from 100+ volunteers to work in Surgical Admin; assisted approx. 250+ patients; work directly with nurses to understand post-surgical care.

    Other Club/Activity
    Founder, JJC University Prep
    Provide stand. test prep to underprivileged kids; recruited 7 tutors, currently 30 students; delivered 5 info forums for parents in region.

    Work (Paid)
    Counsellor, York District School Board
    Worked with a child with severe disabilities;enhanced motor skills via lego based act.,and mobility via a walker;integrated her into camp social life.

    Student Govt./Politics
    Student Participant, Ontario Legislative Assembly
    One of 45 selected from 1000+ students across Canada; collaborated with MPs to draft mock bills; represented my region in workshops and debates.

    Other Club/Activity
    York Youth Leadership Development Council
    Launched 7 events for youth (STEM & Mental Health Conferences);recruited 10 members for council; worked with youth to develop leadership skills.

    Architect Intern, NORR
    Compiled research on local spaces for architecture projects; assisted in the design of patient care tower, including internal amenities (library)

    Co-President, SMCS Destination Imagination
    First place in Ontario, Engineering Division (2018); lead meetings, progress checks and competition drills.

    Essays (rating 1-10, details): Common App (9/10).
    Recommendations (rating 1-10, details):
    Teacher Rec #1: (10/10) - I read it and he says I was his best students even after teaching uni
    Teacher Rec #2: (10/10) - Its my math teacher and he showed me. It says I was the best student in his 15 years of teaching.
    Counselor Rec: (10/10) - she is nervous for my result and we know each other really well.
    Interview: went well... said I was the most impressive candidate in his 10yrs of interviewing


    Applied for Financial Aid?: No
    Intended Major and College: CAS and Biology
    State (if domestic applicant): Canada
    School Type: Public
    Ethnicity: Sri Lankan
    Gender: Male
    Income Bracket: 100K for 5 people
    Hooks: I am conducting research with a university professor at UofT and that is something no other person in Toronto can do because professors here don't allow high school students in the labs, but I guess I slipped through. I will basically be a coder like the other graduate students.

    Supplement essay (I'm not a fan of it, but my teachers say its good):
    Arts and Sciences Response
    Houses came and went. It became second nature to keep my clothes in a box, rather than displaying them in my closet. My dad needed to support our family and if that entailed not having a constant, then so be it. But this instability forced me to search for stability beyond my circumstances, and I found it in biology.

    As we traveled, I always stopped at the nearest bookstore and sat there with my mother. I would skip past the Judy Bloom books and jaunt towards the “Life Sciences” section. Reading about mitosis enthralled me as an 11-year-old. Although I couldn’t fully grasp the nuances in all of the processes I was reading about, my mother would catch me glancing down at my hands marveling at all the cells that were dividing at that moment.

    Now reading about cell division or neuroglia and Schwann cells is like breathing, vital and instinctive. I love biology for the frameworks it has provided me to view my life through. No longer do I just look at the outward appearance of a matter, but the mechanisms that must go into each reaction, motion, and sensory that we experience; a common cold is no longer a sore throat, but a war waged between leukocytes and foreign antibodies. However, as I progressed throughout high school, I realized that my academic desires extended beyond concrete sciences.

    In a world where babies can be genetically engineered, I've come to understand that there must be ethical limitations to certain biological processes, and as such, I have become engrossed in philosophy. I believe that by studying it, I may begin to help provide answers to the questions left behind by our biological advances.

    For me, the study of one necessitates the study of the other, and it is the search for a balance between both disciplines that pushes me to continually delve beyond a textbook.

    However, these subjects alone will not suffice. As a sentient being, I am constantly growing and wanting to explore. While my internship at Einstein Hospital opened me up to the medical and bioethics field, it was just a taste. I aspire to deepen my intellectual prowess, and my education at Cornell’s College of Arts and Sciences would allow me to do so.

    The more reading, researching, and talking I’ve done about Cornell, the more I feel like it is a school ideally built to influence students towards more interdisciplinary and multifaceted academic points of view. While I will be majoring in biological sciences and striving to gain a coveted spot in the Biology Scholars Program, the broad liberal arts education – provided to every Cornellian- will allow me to take advantage of many other departments. I’d be able to attend some classes that speak to my passion for art, diverge from my primary interest in biology, and learn from different and well-respected faculties, such as Stan Taft -whose artwork has inspired my own unique palette knife based style. I could pursue my affinity for languages by taking Japanese literature, or enhance my means for helping this earth by diving into my Environmental and Sustainability Sciences course. My intellectual desires are not bound, and I plan on using this depth, breath, and flexibility present on Cornell's campus to become well versed in a plethora of disciplines, as opposed to adhering to a typical STEM course load.

    Ultimately, Cornell's College of Arts and Sciences is where I crave to establish myself in because there is no academic chain linking every student together, and it is this intellectual liberty that will allow me to grow in and beyond the biological field.

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  • hannah1789hannah1789 113 replies4 threads Junior Member
    I never got any emails about an interview or anything, is that bad??
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  • mom2twogirlsmom2twogirls 2257 replies29 threads Senior Member
    edited February 2019
    @getmeintopenn this isn’t a chance me thread.
    Also, it just clicked that was likely a joke post. So haha.

    @hannah1789 nope. As has been stated multiple times by people in this thread, interviews for most colleges within Cornell mean nothing. Aside from architecture IIRC, they are only information about Cornell. A Cornell alumni here has said multiple times not to be concerned about and I know my d19 was never contacted before ED results came out and she was admitted.
    edited February 2019
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  • pacificnwgalpacificnwgal 41 replies0 threads Junior Member
    just got the ""we do not want to be guilty of assuming that a family connection automatically translates into perfect knowledge of cornell?" legacy email from Cornell
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  • getmeintoUPENNgetmeintoUPENN 37 replies4 threads Junior Member
    @mom2twogirls it wasnt a joke post.
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  • mom2twogirlsmom2twogirls 2257 replies29 threads Senior Member
    Ok then, @getmeintopenn back to its not a chance me thread. It’s fruitless trying to predict what ad coms may decide.
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