Cornell RD Class of 2023 Results Only

RD decisions is coming out tomorrow, and I noticed there wasn’t a thread…

*** REMEMBER to remove brackets before posting! Good luck everyone!

[ size=6][ color=green][ b]Decision: Accepted**[/color][/size]
[ size=6][ color=yellow][ b]Decision: Waitlisted**[/color][/size]
[ size=6][ color=red][ b]Decision: Rejected**[/color][/size]

[ b]Objective:**
[ list]
[ *] SAT I (Comp, Essay, CR, M, CW):
[ *] ACT (Comp, Essay, Eng, Math, Read, Sci):
[ *] SAT II (Type, Score):
[ *] Weighted GPA (out of ??):
[ *] Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0):
[ *] Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable):
[ *] AP (place score in parenthesis):
[ *] IB (place score in parenthesis):
[ *] Senior Year Course Load:
[ *] Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.):
[ /list]

[ b]Subjective:**
[ list]
[ *] Extracurriculars (place leadership in parenthesis):
[ *] Job/Work Experience:
[ *] Volunteer/Community service:
[ *] Summer Activities:
[ *] Essays:
[ *] Teacher Recommendations:
[ *] Counselor Rec:
[ /list]

[ b]Other**
[ list]
[ *] State (if domestic applicant):
[ *] School Type:
[ *] Ethnicity:
[ *] Gender:
[ *] Income Bracket:
[ *] Assets:
[ *] Property:
[ *] Extenuating Circumstances:
[ *] Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.):
[ /list]

[ b]Why you think you were accepted/not accepted and general comments:**

This thread is for results only; non-result posts will be deleted. General discussion/questions/congratulations/etc should be on the Discussion thread:

For once, no words.

Decision: Accepted (sry idk how to make it green)

About Me:
Sex: F
From: Public High School
Race: Caucasian

SAT: 1430 (700 R, 730 M)
ACT: 32 (35 E 32 M 32 R 27 S)
Subject Tests: none
Rank: School doesn’t rank
UW: 3.79
W: 4.44
AP Scores: 4 (Lang, APUSH, Euro, Psych) plan to take calc BC, lit, and gov this year

-Senior year classes: AP gov, AP lit, AP Chinese, AP Calc BC, honors research & design, law, math operations course, graphic design, advanced photography, and health (we have trimesters and 5 classes per tri)
-taken every AP I have been able to- even doubled on AP social studies last year instead of having 3 of my electives
-also took AP physics but didn’t take the exam
-Ride/show horses at a national level 4-5 times a week 1.5 hours away from my house. Nationally ranked.
-have my own business and clients doing social media management and websites
-in process of founding national Chinese honors society
-member of national science honors society 2 yrs and national honors society 1 yr (started this year)
-UNICEF club member 1 yr (started this yr)
-Physics club member 2 yrs

  • student Congress 4 yrs
    -new students welcoming committee (had to be recommended for) 3 yrs (max)
    -volunteer at dog rescue consistently
    -started nonprofit through children’s hospital with donating blankets to kids in need at the hospital long term


  • Web/social media mentioned above
  • work for my trainers with grooming at horse shows (5 am- 8 pm 4 days a week in the summer) for 2-3 weekends per year

-AP scholar with honor
-won a grant for a riding final out of 100+ selected by a panel of representatives from around the country
-sportsmanship award finalist for riding for the state of Michigan

-common app essay was very strong and creative
-supplemental essay was also strong

Letters of rec:
One was from my math teacher from last year who I really admired and got along with very well
One was from my history teacher who I had for 2 years every day and knows me very, very well
Counselor letter should be very strong- mentions some of what I’ve had to deal with in high school (father with severe mental health issues)
Also had an additional letter from a president of a Fortune 500 company who I know very well and have since 6th grade (should be very strong)

Accepted AAP,
Brooklyn public school
3.5 UW GPA
5 AP classes
34 ACT
No hooks
Also accepted Georgia Tech McGill Bing
Idk what else to post lmk if u wanna know anything lol


SAT I (Comp, Essay, CR, M, CW): 1600 super score
ACT (Comp, Essay, Eng, Math, Read, Sci): 35 (56 E, 36 M, 34 S, 35 R
SAT II (Type, Score):
math 2 - 800
chemistry- 790
Chinese with listening- 800
spanish- 800
Weighted GPA (out of ??): 5.1?? I don’t check my gpa it makes me anxious
Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): 3.9
Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable): top 5%
AP (place score in parenthesis):

stats- 4
calc bc- 5
apush- 5
lang and comp-5
apes- 4
chem- 5
macro/microecon- 5
world history- 4
human geo- 5
psych- 5

IB (place score in parenthesis): n/a
Senior Year Course Load: ap lit, ap ab, Theo (catholic school), ap bio, ap Chinese, modern euro history,

Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.): won some piano competitions, ap scholar, merit scholar, beauty pageants in middle school before returning to the states (just for fun haha)

Extracurriculars (place leadership in parenthesis):

  • founder/leader of badminton club (since freshman year)
  • leader of asian club (sophomore year)
  • tennis varsity since freshman (went to state, school places 3rd last year)
  • NHS
  • after school piano tutor at an elementary school
  • link leader for freshman since sophomore year
  • tech/ acting for our fall play and spring musical (4 years)
  • piano ensemble

Job/Work Experience:

  • piano/math tutor in the afternoons
  • camp counselor at my community center in the mornings

Volunteer/Community service:

  • 400+ service from tutoring in the school year
  • humane society

Summer Activities:

  • just work and volunteer
    both pretty solid
    Teacher Recommendations:
    1- ap stats, 10/10, my asian club advisor, get along well
    2- ap French- 10/10- fluent in French so get along super well
    3- ap macro/micro- 10/10 like the others, we talk about our travels and the stock market a lot, personal level
    Counselor Rec: 6/10, didn’t get along with my counselor because she believed I was taking on too rigorous of a course load

[ b]Other**
State (if domestic applicant):
School Type: private and Catholic
Ethnicity: asian+ white
Gender: f
Income Bracket: high
Extenuating Circumstances:
Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.): fluent in 7 languages, conversational in 3 due to moving around a lot, know how to play 3 instruments

Why you think you were accepted/not accepted and general comments:**

  • stats and because I know a lot of languages
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36 ACT
1560 SAT
4.0unweighted 4.7 weighted
National merit finalist
Varsity basketball captain
President several clubs
PT job
Tons on EC and service hours
White male
Took hardest classes available at my school
Will likely be valedictorian

I just don’t know what more i could have done

Decision: Accepted to College of Engineering

Objective: ¯_(ツ)_/¯

SAT I: 1540, 6-5-8, English: 740, Math: 800
ACT: 36, Essay: 8, English: 36, Math: 35, Reading: 36, Science: 35
SAT II: Math II: 800; Physics: 770
Weighted GPA (out of 4.0): 4.11
Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): 3.9
Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable): top 5%
AP Chinese (5)
AP World History (4)
AP Calculus AB (5)
AP Physics 1 (4)
AP US History (5)
AP English Language and Composition (5)
AP French (3)

Senior Year Course Load:
Honors French 6
AP Computer Science A
AP Literature and Composition
AP Physics 2
Chorale Choir
Advanced Calculus
US Government & Senior Project

Major Awards:
AP Scholar
National Merit Semifinalist
various National Honor societies
Robotics Member of the Year 2017
(team) robotics World championships finalists 2017
Robotics and MUN varsity letters from all years of HS

Model United Nations (Secretariat member) (2015-2019),
Robotics (Drive team captain, Programming lead, mechanical lead) (2015-2019),
Int’l Buddy (founder and president) (2018-2019)

Job/Work Experience: Teacher/tutor
Volunteer/Community service: 160ish hours
Summer Activities: Volunteering and working
Essays: both pretty good, typo in one (more in comments below)
Teacher Recommendations: Physics teacher, AP Lang teacher, Robotics coach (I get along pretty well with all of them)
Counselor Rec: I have no clue, but I went to a week-long workshop hosted by her and we got along decently.

State: WA
School Type: Public Choice school
Ethnicity: Chinese
Gender: F
Income Bracket: Top 5%
Extenuating Circumstances: N/A
Hooks: Woman in STEM, Legacy (mother went to grad school at Cornell)

Why you think you were accepted/not accepted and general comments: I did tons of research for my “Why Cornell Engineering” essay but also wrote it in a narrative-like structure from the point of view of a post-apocalyptic version of myself writing back to my current self. I highlighted how Cornell is the birthplace of AI and how much I wanted to study and research it there. I guess that sold it. I can send it to anyone who requests.

Accepted CALS
top NYC Public STEM HS
South Asian Female
4.0 Unweighted average
10 AP classes (mostly 4, 5’s on exams)
34 ACT
3 sat 2s-- Bio 740; math 780; literature 710
3 sport varsity athlete; co captain of 2 of the sports
almost 400 volunteer hours
Raised $15k for various charities over the past 4 summers
2 summer internships

No Hooks; an OVER represented minority :frowning: Shocked I got in, as I know how difficult it is for us asians!
Income- top 1%

Um…I mean I was Asian and I got in with much lower stats LOL…

Accepted to HumEc for (hopefully Human Biology HBHS major)

34 ACT
1560 SAT
800 M2, 800 Chem
Great EC and leadership.

Happy that I will be able to pursue a career in medicine at Cornell!

Decision: Accepted to College of Engineering
About Me:
Sex: Male
From: Public High School
Race: Indian (Asian)

SAT: 1550
Subject Tests:
Bio: 800
Chem: 790
Math II: 780
Rank: 1
Weighted GPA: 101.2 (no 4.0 scale)
AP Scores: 4 (Lang, APUSH) and 5 on chem: taking calc AB, lit, computer science principles and bio this year

-Senior year classes: shown above plus honors macroeconomics and participation in government

-Done research my summers going into junior year and senior year at a chemical company
-Conducted literature research throughout high school on brain disorders in my science research class
-volunteered in the emergency department at my local hospital
-shadowed doctors at my local hospital
-accepted into young physicians program at a local health clinic where I learned about different medical specializations
-Varsity Football Captain
Student Council (school secretary and class rep for three years)
-Vice president for the Youth Against Cancer club at my school

-Youth football coach for three years

Athletic Awards:
1st team All-County, All League, All-Conference Varsity Football 2018
All-League Honorable Mention for Varsity Football 2016
All-state honorable mention Varsity Football 2018

Academic Awards
National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist and Finalist 2019
County Scholar Athlete (Article published in local newspaper)
AP Scholar Award 2018
Member: National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta (Math) Honors Society
Court of Excellence Award

-common app essay was pretty strong: (I did it on my experience as a youth football coach and how it changed my perspective from just being a player all my life to an influential coach and how it changed my definition of success
-supplemental essay was extremely strong: I connected my ongoing summer research to research at cornell. Specifically I claimed that through cornell I could extend my research project to other areas and make my results much more applicable to real problems and how cornell would do that for me.

Letters of rec:

One was from my football coach who was also my social studies teacher for my junior year: Therefore he was able to give insight on how I am on and off the field and emphasized my leadership skills

Another one was from my Science research teacher who talked about my devotion to research

My final one was from my bio teacher: we had a really strong relationship

State: NY
Income Bracket: > 300k
Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.): I honestly do not think I have any hooks. One possible thing is that I am not the typical asian male because I am the captain of my varsity football team and won many awards playing the sport.

Tips: I am adding this section because I know and feel for the position you are in right now: trying to get a much info as possible and stressing out a little bit (hopefully not a lot lol :slight_smile:

Pursue what you love: DO NOT do activities in high school because you “think” the admissions officers will like to see that activity: if you truly love and have a passion for the activities you do, you will excel at those activities and rack up awards and recognitions which will make you shine in the admissions eyes.

I think this tip is very overlooked and not known by many: try to get a letter of recommendation from an advisor of a club you excel in or a coach of a sport you participate in: this letter will show your leadership qualities and the drive you have to achieve success OUTSIDE of the classroom

Do not write your essays for admissions officer: write essays that will tell admissions officers what you want them to know ABOUT YOU: do not write to impress and instead write to address and show off your personality and writing style (key point) through your essays
***if you have an essay in mind that may be risky and you are unsure about it: DO THAT ESSAY: i did this for the cornell engineering supplement and I guess it worked out just fine :slight_smile:

Finally why I think I was accepted: tbh there are so many factors that go into an admissions decision but my best guess is that I had created a theme to my application where I talked about how sports (specifically football) has fueled my passion for medicine and how engineering ties into this combination: I had extracurriculars to back this up (shadowing, volunteering and research). Therefore my application meshed with my future ambitions and I guess this made sense in the admissions officers eyes.

Decision: Accepted to ILR

About Me:
Sex: F
From: Public High School
Race: Latina

SAT: 1360 (670 R, 690 M)
ACT: 28
Subject Tests: Spanish (760)
Rank: 1/374
UW: 3.83
W: 4.15
AP Scores: 5 (Spanish), 4 (APUSH), 3 (Lang, Gov), 1 (Calc AB) (I took 4 more APs this year but the scores arent out)

-Senior year classes: ECE Oceanography, ECE Environmental Science, AP Stats, AP Psychology, AP Comparative Government, AP Literature
-Junior Year classes: ECE Biology, Med/Vet Tech, AP Spanish, APUSH, AP Lang, AP Calc AB
-co-founded an organization that recruits bone marrow donors in the tri-state area and Brazil.
-organization works with the icla da silva foundation and the be the match national registry to expand the registry in Brazil and encourage minorities to register
-over 300 hours of community service
-class vice president
-student council
-organized March for Our Lives at my school


  • tutor for 4 years

-AP scholar
-Harvard Book Award
-Presidential Volunteer Service Award

-common app essay was about my Brazilian heritage and I incorporated aspects of my volunteer service
-supplemental essays talked about things not stated in common app and added another layer of depth

Letters of rec:
One was from my AP Lang teacher from last year who was also my class officer advisor for two years
One was from my history teacher who I had for 2 years every day and knows me very, very well

Tipping Factors:
-first generation
-valedictorian at poor inner city high school
-URM status (latina)
-fluent in spanish and portuguese

Final Decision:
-declined in favor of Harvard

Status: Accepted into CALS
Sex: F
School: NJ Public High School
Race: Asian
Class size: Around 300 (I was in top 10% I think)

SAT: 1530
Subject tests: Math II: 780, Bio: 770, Chem: 640 (Didn’t submit but dang I really bombed this test)
GPA: 4.41 (Basically A- average)
AP Scores: 5 (Lang), 4 (Bio), currently taking BC Calc, Stat and Lit


  • Interned at NYC at a medical graduate school for two summers and worked on research which I later submitted to multiple competitions
  • Won some regional science competitions as well as scioly stuff
  • Helped canners on the streets of cities
  • Prez of a volunteer club
  • Played Varsity Tennis
  • Lotta volunteer hours 150+ from helping around in hospitals

Essays and Recs

  • All my essays were meh, could’ve done better.
  • Recs were from my AP Lang teacher and Chem teacher but both didn’t know me that well.
  • One rec from my mentor I interned under–> she really loved me

and WOW I feel so dumb after all of those comments above.

Have fun future prospective student!

Decision: Accepted
SAT I (breakdown): 1560 (770 ERBW, 790 Math) - no SS
SAT II: 780 Chem, 800 Math II
Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): 3.95
Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable): 10/340
AP (place score in parenthesis):
11th Grade:
US History (5)
Eng. Lang (5)
Chem (4)
12th Grade:
Physics C Mechanics (5)
Eng. Lit (5)
BC Calc (5)
Senior Year Course Load:
AP Physics
AP Lit
AP BC Calc

  • other courses

Extracurriculars (place leadership in parenthesis):
2 Varsity sports
President of a school organization
Tech Volunteer at a local senior center
Won state recognition for original science project
Won various school based awards

School Type: Public - very competitive - sends 30 kids/year to Ivy/Ivy+ schools
Ethnicity: White
Gender: Female
Income Bracket: no financial aid
Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.): none

Very excited to be attending!