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How I got into Cornell (Interview 11)


SAT: 1490 (760 Math, 730 Reading)

ACT: 34 (34 English, 35 Math, 34 Reading, 34 Science)

GPA: 3.74

Rank in Class: 33

Size of Class: 308

Ap's Taken: Chemistry, Physics Mechanics, AB Calculus, Environmental Science, English Language, English Literature, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics.


  • I was a writer of my schools newspaper

  • I was an officer of my schools STEM club during my junior and senior years

  • I was the leader of my teams debate club in my junior and senior years

Personal Story

"It was crazy when I got into Cornell. I had always heard about these people, these genius' who made it into the ivy league. Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerburg, Bill Gates, Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, all these phenomenal people who did phenomenal things were part of this amazing club of people who went to these fancy and special schools.

I looked at myself and had no idea how I could ever be a part of this club. How I could ever be a part of this exclusive group of people who went out and changed the world around them.

But I applied, I took the shot, and somehow, against all odds, I made it."

Useful Advice

"I'd say that half the battle is convincing yourself that you're actually worthy of going there so that you put in effort into the application in order to get there.

I believe that once you're able to convince yourself that you actually belong at Harvard, Princeton or Yale . you'll find a way to get there. I think that if there's one thing anyone can do which will increase their odds of making it in tremendously, it would be to take time to convince themselves that they are worthy of being in whatever school they deice they want to go to and imagine themselves there. One they are able to do that, they'll find a way to make it happen."

Cornell Undergraduate, Class of 2023

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