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Cornell was my S2s top choice (Hotel). Like ILR they defer, waitlist, and offer the GT. My son was deferred from ED, waitlisted, offered the GT and transferred in. Graduated in 2014. Loved his experience -- most of it anyway.
The trick about picking the freshman year school in these circumstances is to pick a school that you'd be Ok staying at and graduating from AND that you'd be OK leaving. Not such and easy thing.