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