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How I got into Cornell (Interview 9)


SAT: 1530 (780 Math, 750 Reading)

ACT: 36 (35 English, 36 Math, 35 Reading, 36 Science)

GPA: 3.87

Rank in Class: 5

Size of Class: 188

AP's Taken: Biology, Physics Mechanics, Physics Electromagnetism, AB Calculus, BC Calculus, American History, Statistics, Computer Science, Chemistry, English Language, Spanish Language


  • I was the president and founder of my schools chess club from my freshman year until my senior year

  • I was the president and founder of my schools comedy club from my freshman year until my senior year

  • I participated in my schools theater club from my freshman year until my senior year

Personal Story

"It was pretty cool getting in. I found the city pretty interesting and everything, but I'm bursting at the seams about this place because it's just another school for me. It's a more expensive, better private school. That's it.

It was cool getting in, but it isn't the biggest deal in the world."

Useful Advice

"Something which was repeatedly drummed into my head was that you need to focus on the essay and I believe that to be true. I'm certainly not the smartest guy who applied to Cornell, nor the most interesting, nor the most athletic, but I know that I wrote an amazing essay and I think that was where I had my competitive advantage.

I think that after a certain point all the applications start to look the same and if you pass a certain threshold your resume, grades and everything else is largely ignored in favor of your essay. If you're essay doesn't showcase who you are and what you can offer, you're done. You have to be able to sell yourself, what you're about, and why you of all people should go to this school.

If you can't do that, you don't really have a shot. I got an essay coach from this little tutoring center in my area but you don't need to do that if you have a good idea on how to sell yourself to the admissions officers.

I'd recommend that people focus on their essays and really make sure that they're selling themselves on why they should be at that school instead of what they've done."

Cornell Undergraduate, Class of 2023

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