Better chance at CALS or CAS at Cornell?

<p>I'm a New York State resident and I am torn between applying as an Economics major at CAS or an Applied Economics and Management major at CALS. I realize that CALS tuition price is reduced for NY state residents. Which do I have a more likely chance of being admitted; if I am even a possible candidate at all?
Thank you</p>

<p>State: New York
White Male</p>

<p>ACT: Composite: 30 English: 33 Math: 30 Reading: 30 Science: 27 Combined English/Writing: 28(6 essay)</p>

<p>GPA: 101.4(Weighted)
Class Rank: 2nd or 3rd overall
Class size is roughly 600 students</p>

<p>AP Classes: AP Physics, AP Calculus BC, AP Chemistry
All other classes are honors or college credit</p>

<p>Extracurriculars: Student Gov't(Treasurer(9) Vice President(10,11,12))
Newspaper: Sports Writer(9, 10) Sports Editor(11,12)
Winter and Spring Track(11,12) I lettered in winter and spring and was a county and section champion in the spring
National Honor Society(11-12)
Science Honor Society(11-12)
Math Honor Society( Mu Alpha Theta) (11-12)</p>

<p>Awards/Distinctions: Male Student of the Year(only recipient of my grade)
Served as a delegate for New York State's Boys State Program</p>

<p>bump 10char</p>

<p>You have a better chance of admit to CALS.</p>

<p>The AEM program is very difficult to get into. I believe that the admit rate is lower than the overall admit rate to Arts & Sciences.</p>

<p>That being said, do you want a strict business undergrad experience (AEM), or do you want to take advantage of a liberal arts education that goes beyond business (A&S)? It also depends on your financial situation, as you are a NYS resident.</p>

<p>For me, I am geared towards the liberal arts' broad curriculm. However, I would be more fond of paying a state tuition for an ivy league experience.</p>

<p>The "better chance" is the school you have a better fit with, which you stated, is the "liberal arts' broad curriculum". Sounds to me like arts and sciences for you. Unless money is an extreme condition that limits your choice, don't base it off of which has a higher acceptance rate.</p>

<p>When I apply, can I apply for each major. One of which is my primary. This way Cornell will review me for AEM first, and if I do not meet that criteria, then they will review me for CAS Economics?</p>

<p>It does not work that way.</p>

<p>In CALS, you apply to a major, in A&S, you apply to the school.</p>

<p>And just because you put down a secondary choice, it does not automatically mean your application will be reviewed by the second school. </p>

<p>I would suggest you apply to which school you feel you are the best fit for.</p>

<p>bump 10char</p>

<p>"The AEM program is very difficult to get into. I believe that the admit rate is lower than the overall admit rate to Arts & Sciences"</p>

<p>...I didn't think that there were published admit rates by intended major ?</p>

<p>@csdad: There aren't. But I have spoken to several Cornell admissions officers at Cornell. About four years ago, one told me the admit rate was about 15%. And I've been told that it keeps on getting lower.</p>

<p>bump 10 char? Which college at Cornell do I have a better chance at?</p>

<p>Answers are above. Whichever you are a better fit for. I've heard the admin rate for AEM is lower than the overall rate for CAS, but it really is all about fit, plus the rates aren't all that different.</p>

<p>If you like the liberal arts curriculum, go Arts, if you like more business/finance, go AEM. I would compare the courses for both and see which interest you more. It's common for AEM/Econ majors to take overlapping courses since the classes themselves are quite different.</p>

<p>If you have any specific questions about econ, I can answer those since I graduated this year from the econ department.</p>

<p>AEM has its admit rates on its major website. For this past admission year, it was 12%, a slight increase over my year (a little over 10%).</p>

<p>bump 10char for chances</p>