Uh actually it’s a lot simpler than that. If you have 10 spots and 1000 people apply then you’re program is going to look a lot harder to get into than a school that has 100 spots and the same 1000 applicants. That’s common sense and you can look up those application stats to confirm that. If you dig really hard, you can find the pdf document of all breakdowns for the Cornell numbers for specific schools over many years. But it’s only available as a pdf doc.
And no I’m not salty and no my student that goes to Cornell did not have any interest in applying to Dyson. She is in COE and that “posing” as a Cornell parent comment is pretty funny. Why are you even in the Cornell page when you have nothing to do with Cornell? If you want to talk about schools moving up in the rankings which is stupid argument, it is kind of hard to move up when you’re already #1. Comparing Wharton and Cornell is the issue you seem to have a problem with. Cornell is a good business undergrad school, I’m not disputing that, but the point is, it is not Wharton. You seem awfully bitter about the whole thing that Cornell is not >than Wharton business school or many others. It just is what it is. It’s really not a big deal.
Look, it’s like any other school. Some programs and classes are great, and some are lousy. My kid has had some great classes and professors there and some lousy ones. She had a class this past semester which coincidentally was a Dyson course and said it was the dumbest class she ever took and she didn’t learn a thing. It was required for her (and is for every Dyson major). She has also had classes in her own major that have stunk. The flip side, she has had phenomenal classes too. You’re going to find that anywhere regardless of a program being a top program. As a parent, it’s disheartening to hear a kid say a class was a waste of time and they didn’t learn a thing, and it’s not because she knew it beforehand. She didn’t. She wanted to learn something. Her other Dyson class this past semester was great. But again, it’s just how the cookie crumbles.
At the end of the day, really sorry your friend, or whatever he is to you didn’t get his internal transfer to Dyson. Maybe he thought it would be a shoe in but nothing is ever a shoe in and hopefully he didn’t go there with that in mind as that’s one thing they usually catch onto fast and there are other courses that one has to take to in their own respective majors that may hurt when they transfer. Also, almost any kid at Cornell has a top test score and top grades in high school. I’m sure your friend will tell you that Cornell is full of super smart people. There are some who may not really belong, but the bulk are super smart, study like crazy, and engaged in a ton of activities. He will figure it out and it’ll work out for him. Dyson is not the be all to end all and he should not worry about not getting in.