Jan 06 2008Art & Design Department I scored well above average on the SATs and ACTs (I cannot remember the exact scores). I also had been playing the violin for most of my life and was a member of a prestigious youth orchestra in high school. Also, I wrote a good essay. However, my high school GPA was low. I displayed little effort in those years.
If you did poorly in high school, like myself, but have changed your ambitions, I recommend writing an endearingly self-aware, realistically honest, good essay. Since Cornell College is small, the administration has more time to consider the whole person and not just the numbers.
ACT: 32 SAT: 1350 Female
Nov 24 2004Chemistry I suppose I got in because I was a well rounded student. I had a bunch of clubs in my repetoire, plus higher level classes. I didn't have any one thing that it was obvious I obessesed over, but spread my time out well.
ACT: 32 Female
Nov 23 2004Computer Science To get in to Cornell, I got reasonably good SAT and ACT scores, made good grades throughout high school, and participated in all of the extracurricular activities that interested me so that I was a more "well rounded" student than just a list of classes and scores.
ACT: 32 SAT: 1450 Male
Nov 23 2004Computer Science I had good grades, a good SAT score, and I wrote a pretty good essay. Getting in was not difficult.
If you want to get in, have good grades and a good SAT or ACT score. If you only have one or the other, write a killer essay and come in for an interview, if you can. That helps a lot.
SAT: 1420 Female
Dec 19 2003Biology Not hard to get in. I had average high school grades and high ACT scores.
ACT: 29 Female
Oct 27 2003English Good grades are important. But EVEN MORE important is being able to differentiate yourself in some way from the rest of the applicants. Creative leadership experiences and fascinating life experiences are desirable. Be unique -- be interesting.
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