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chances at Cornell

NAFTANAFTA 87 replies20 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
edited September 2005 in Cornell University
SAT- 2050 (700 critical reading, 680 math, 670 writing)

SATII- Math IIC- 730 US History- 790 Literature- 650

GPA- I have a 95.5 average, which I believe equals a 4.0 This is without adding 5 points to every AP class I've taken, which is what I've heard some schools do.

APs- 5 on European History, 5 on US History, 5 on English Literature

Taking AP Calculus, AP Italian, AP Government/Politics, AP Biology, and AP English Composition this year, as well as Economics(12th grade that is)

Extracuricular- Varsity Tennis 4 years, National Honor Society, and a whole lot of other stretched out b.s. including one year of varsity wrestling.

Basically, compared to some of these people, I have no real extracuriculars, and my SATs are not IVY quality. But my AP scores are good and my GPA is good. Do I have a shot at Cornell with early decision?
edited September 2005
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  • jmarsh2006jmarsh2006 616 replies96 threadsRegistered User Member
    Is there any chance you could study hard and retake the SAT? Your SAT II scores are pretty good. What's your class rank? What's your ethnicity/where do you live? To which school at cornell are you applying? If you're in-state, that will make a difference to the state sponsered schools. Your EC's are TERRIBLE. Will you be a captain of the tennis team next year? Can you find a way to write an essay about tennis? You definitely have a CHANCE early decision, just like everyone does, and you'll never know unless you apply. Good luck.
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  • NAFTANAFTA 87 replies20 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    It's college confidential, so I'll just ask, (please bear in mind this is hypothetical, to be honest, I don't really have an intention to lie, but I've always wondered about this)
    Can you make up extra curiculars? Do they actually check any of the jobs you've been to? I mean, what stops me from saying I've worked every summer at some random store, or for that matter, that I've done 2 years of Varsity Soccer, can I do this?
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  • NAFTANAFTA 87 replies20 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    P.S. I'm white, and I go to a good public high school, so that basically ruins my chances. Also, I'm not applying to a state school, but to engineering.
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  • norcalguynorcalguy 7518 replies30 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    "I mean, what stops me from saying I've worked every summer at some random store, or for that matter, that I've done 2 years of Varsity Soccer"

    Your conscience (assuming you have one)

    Also, being white and going to a good HS does not ruin your chances considering a high % of Cornellians are white and went to a good HS.
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  • KjoodlesKjoodles 1481 replies29 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    There is Ethics... and a conscience ... its good to have these qualities every now and then ... Besides, you'd have to be pretty desperate do cheat. Having said that I doubt an admissions officer would really check every single little detail on your application.
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  • SpanksSpanks 3588 replies24 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    of course you can, you'd just have to always wonder if you got in to Cornell because of your accomplishments or the stuff you made up...can't be the best feeling in the world
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  • spongebob squarepantsspongebob squarepants 68 replies12 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    but hey you gotta remember that the world isn't perfect and that there ACTUALLY ARE unethical people. I think norcalguy has better sense than to make up information, but just for the purpose of curiosity and discussion, couldn't you just make up details? I mean there are several thousand applicants i think like 18,000, who has time to check every detail on each one?
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  • norcalguynorcalguy 7518 replies30 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Just to clarify, I was simply quoting the OP. I'm not making up anything:)
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