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Cornell Major - ECE or ORIE

CompSciIBKidCompSciIBKid 2 replies2 threads New Member
edited October 4 in Cornell University
I will be applying to Cornell this year for the batch of 2025. I am sure I want to apply to their engineering school, but i cant decide if I should apply for Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) or Operations Research and Engineering (ORIE). I am more inclined to coding (Java, Python, HTML, CSS) and I have taken subjects such as Physics and Math at a higher level. Most of my projects are also related to app and web development. Which major will be preferable for me and be easier to get into?
edited October 4
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  • momofsenior1momofsenior1 11137 replies142 threads Senior Member
    Cornell doesn’t admit by major, just college. You declare a major second semester sophomore year.
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  • CompSciIBKidCompSciIBKid 2 replies2 threads New Member
    edited October 4
    In the common application they are asking me to choose a major within cornell engineering. So will applying to ECE increase or decrease my chances considering my activities are mostly programming related but I have taken Physics HL in IBDP. @momofsenior1
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  • CompSciIBKidCompSciIBKid 2 replies2 threads New Member
    edited October 4
    Would you recommend me to apply to CS, Electrical and Computer Engineering or ORIE? Based on the acceptance rate for a girl in STEM. @momofsenior1
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  • skieuropeskieurope 42310 replies8428 threads Super Moderator
    In the common application they are asking me to choose a major within cornell engineering. So will applying to ECE increase or decrease my chances considering my activities are mostly programming related but I have taken Physics HL in IBDP. @momofsenior1

    The answer does not change. Cornell does not admit by major; they admit by college. Selecting one engineering major vs another will not improve your chances. You are not bound to major in what you listed on the Common App.
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  • jdnhvbejdnhvbe 7 replies0 threads New Member
    I personally know a lot of the ECE faculty, and can say that it is a very good program.
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  • srparent15srparent15 319 replies1 threads Member
    My daughter is in CS in COE and others above are correct. You only now express what you're interested in, but you don't have to declare a major until after your sophomore year, although many do it earlier if they have the required coursework and GPA. She knows many that have also already changed majors. So don't worry about it. You may change your mind once you get there.
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  • monydadmonydad 8074 replies161 threads Senior Member
    The one thing your indicated major projection may influence is the faculty advisor they assign to you, initially.

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