Do they really check on ECs?

<p>Hey guys, this is my first entry at CC. I know this question is going to sound pretty sketch, but I am really curious. I have heard some friends talking about the idea that many good Universities like Cornell don't check the details of stuff you put on your application concerning ECs. For instance, if an applicant says she was a member of the choir for 2 years instead of one year, or that she was the president of the photography club instead of the vice president,or for that matter if she just flat out invents stuff, like says that she was a volunteer with the "Cypress Project" - an local organization that helps feed the homeless, but , in fact, there is no Cypress Project. I am a student at a community college and my friends and I are planning to transfer. Are my friends correct? Do universities really check on the details of what students say they have been involved in. I really do not intent to do this, but I am curious about how much "embellusment" goes on in this regard.</p>

<p>This is an interesting question. I'm sure there's an appalling amount of embellishment that doesn't get caught. But it's sick to think someone would do that...the ethical line here is very clear. In my own experience, a person who embellishes their application and gets admitted remains a liar and cheater throughout their time at Cornell. Eventually, they will be caught by a professor for violating the honor code.</p>