Cornell University! I had the opportunity to meet with the admissions team during my visit. There have been some exciting changes regarding majors, including the introduction of new healthcare and public health programs. Additionally, Cornell has made some adjustments to the finance and hotel school curricula, ensuring they remain relevant and dynamic.
Cornell’s eight undergraduate colleges offer students a unique choice, requiring them to select one college and provide a justification for their passion and commitment to that particular academic discipline. This selection process emphasizes the importance of personal dedication and showcases the students’ drive to excel in their chosen field.
While Cornell’s overall enrollment has increased slightly, with approximately 50 additional seats across the university (50 per school), this growth may seem modest, but it still represents an opportunity for more students to benefit from Cornell’s exceptional education.
Recognizing the significance of mental health, Cornell has made substantial improvements in this area. They have established a new center that operates six days a week, providing enhanced support and resources for students. These changes reflect the university’s commitment to promoting the well-being of its students and addressing any previous challenges they may have faced in this regard.
Due to an overwhelming number of early applicants, Cornell had to defer approximately 10% of applicants in order to allow sufficient time for their thorough evaluation. With an astounding 70,000 applications, managing the admissions process can be extremely demanding. As a result, around 3,400 students were placed on the waitlist, with a similar number ultimately being admitted. These figures demonstrate the immense competition for admission and the heightened selectivity of Cornell University.
Although I could talk at length about Cornell, it is clear that this year’s admission rate of 6% solidifies its reputation as a highly selective institution, even among the “less competitive Ivy” schools. The term “lottery school” accurately captures the uncertainty that applicants face during the admissions process.
Lastly, I would like to mention the involvement of the students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS). They organize a fair where a cow is featured, symbolizing the vibrant agricultural community at Cornell. These students are passionate about their field and many of them are future farmers, exemplifying the dedication and enthusiasm found within the agricultural school.
In summary, my experience at Cornell University revealed an institution that continues to evolve, adapting its programs to meet the changing needs of students. The university’s emphasis on mental health support and its commitment to individual academic passions underscore its dedication to providing a well-rounded and nurturing educational environment. Cornell’s selectivity and the passion of its students in various disciplines contribute to its esteemed reputation.