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Cornell Waitlist Class of 2023

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  • oldfortoldfort 23110 replies294 threads Senior Member
    If you want to pursue the WL, I would contact the adcom around mid April with an essay to show continued interest, 1 or 2 recommendation letters (maybe one from your GC), any additional info like awards, latest transcript. If you are able, let them know you would accept an offer off the WL. Give them a call few days after May 1 to see if they would go to the WL.
    WL process is very fast - a phone call to your GC or you to see if you would be interested, often you would only get 1-2 days to make a decision. They would usually go down the list until they fill the class.

    If you are WL it doesn't mean you are not qualified because adcom tries to create a community with different students. My kid was WL at Cornell and was offered a spot in May. She had a very successful experience at Cornell, which included high GPA and a dream job.

    We were very proactive about getting her off the WL and she was lucky that Cornell took over 100 students off the WL that year.
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  • margaretwoodburnmargaretwoodburn 24 replies1 threads Junior Member
    Waitlisted ILR. Was expecting my 8th rejection haha but now I feel I'm so close it'll be hard to hear a no
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  • returner04returner04 20 replies6 threads Junior Member
    Thank you @oldfort for the advice and information! It gives us here some hope 😊
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  • Timin8272Timin8272 2 replies0 threads New Member
    Waitlisted for COE (engineering)
    Any1 else for engineering?
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  • qwxmntklpqwxmntklp 78 replies38 threads Junior Member
    @oldfort thank you for this response, definitely some helpful information! may i ask like what context u come from and are getting this info from? are u familiar/involved with cornell? they said in their info to not rlly submit new letters of rec, should this be disregarded?
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  • mellananyamellananya 1 replies0 threads New Member
    waitlisted at CALS
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  • oldfortoldfort 23110 replies294 threads Senior Member
    @qwxmntklp - I googled:
    We encourage you to update your admission and financial aid applications if you choose to remain on
    the wait list. Detailed instructions about applying for financial aid are included on the next page. We
    are particularly interested in receiving new grade reports, information about new honors or awards,
    and updates on your activities. Of course, we would welcome any other information, too. Please send
    updates to [email protected]
    https://admissions.cornell.edu/sites/admissions.cornell.edu/files/2018 About the Waiting List International.pdf
    There are some schools that do not want additional information, but I didn't think it was the case with Cornell.
    I am a parent of 2 Cornell graduates. One got in through WL and the second one via ED. My older one got off both Cornell and Duke's WLs. Her GC worked very hard to get her off by calling. The GC was told that D1's stats were such that they thought she would not matriculate at Cornell. It was why my younger D ED at Cornell.
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  • qwxmntklpqwxmntklp 78 replies38 threads Junior Member
    thank you for this info @oldfort
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  • teddy10143teddy10143 125 replies1 threads Junior Member
    Waitlisted at CALS! There seems to be a lot of us.... does CALS normally take a bunch on the wait list? Does anyone have any stats on specifically CALS waitlists?
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  • esperantistesperantist 142 replies25 threads Junior Member
    Waitlisted at Cornell's College of Engineering
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  • Snooky456Snooky456 16 replies4 threads Junior Member
    I was waitlisted by CoE. I have a question about submitting an update.

    On the student portal, there is an option to upload "Waitlist Correspondence" documents.

    On the Cornell engineering website, it says to send "an email update via [email protected]" It continues on, "Your updates should not be lengthy. In general, two or three sentences will suffice."

    Does this mean that the email on the website is for confirming genuine interest in getting off the waitlist, whereas the student portal is for LOCI's?
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  • ChicagoMom70ChicagoMom70 2 replies0 threads New Member
    My D is waitlisted for CALS. She called yesterday to get info on timing and recommended next steps. The woman that answered was short. I am sure they are getting many calls. She was told to email questions. They would not respond over the phone.
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  • lizziezzzlizziezzz 3 replies0 threads New Member
    What are your chances of getting in as a transfer if you were waitlisted?
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  • oldfortoldfort 23110 replies294 threads Senior Member
    This is not a good time to call. They are getting many angry calls now. We were advised to call mid April.
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  • qwxmntklpqwxmntklp 78 replies38 threads Junior Member
    @oldfort

    thanks for this info, please share more advice from your experience if you have any!!
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  • CrayonShinChanCrayonShinChan 49 replies3 threads Junior Member
    Hey people!
    I haven't seen a thread for waitlist for CALS so here is one!
    I was wondering whether if there were anybody out there also waitlisted to CALS program at Cornell?
    If there is, do you know whether they will admit students this year, because there hasn't been much success in admissions regarding waitlisted CALS students....
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  • CrayonShinChanCrayonShinChan 49 replies3 threads Junior Member
    waitlisted also at CALS. Honestly surprised with my stats I even got waitlisted, but a little disheartened.
    For stats I guess:
    ACT: 33
    super-score (really didn't matter): 34
    SAT: 1480
    SAT II Bio: 740
    SAT II Math II: 790
    SAT II Physics: 720
    GPA UW: 3.91
    GPA W: 4.42623
    Rank: 8/603
    Geography: Rural Alabama

    I think that's about it... I never ended up sending ACT so that information is irrelevant, but the chances of getting into waitlist is very low most likely after talking to the admission officers there :( It's my dream school so i'm still not losing hope though :) But for majors, I applied to agricultural sciences
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  • prozarioprozario 3 replies0 threads New Member
    @oldfort if you don't mind - can any GC call them, or specifically your GC had good contact there? Just wondering how did your GC worked to get your kid off wait list?
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  • oldfortoldfort 23110 replies294 threads Senior Member
    Any GC can call them, but many GCs are not willing to do it. I wouldn't worry about it if your GC is not willing to call. You can still send in additional information yourself. If you are full pay and willing to accept if admitted, you can have your parent send such email (worded very nicely). You should call after May 1 to find out if they are going to WL, let them know you have sent in additional information. Without being a pest, you want to be on top of the stack if/when they go to WL.
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  • prozarioprozario 3 replies0 threads New Member
    @oldfort I'm the parent. Thanks for the information - if it doesn't matter whether GC or parent, I might as well do it myself. Many thanks for the information.
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