Regardless of what the students decide to show the admission officers, she said they are always looking for the “shared values” that a student can bring to Cornell.“Research that’s done nationally shows that students who are engaged outside of the classroom are usually students that are more successful,” he said.“We’ve seen students who think they are just gonna come here and study, and we don’t know if that’s a good thing.”Cornell has been working to increase the diversity of each class, Locke and Tan said.The upcoming North Campus expansion, slated to complete by 2022, will allow the University to increase undergraduate enrollment by 900 students overall.
Regardless of what the students decide to show the admission officers, she said they are always looking for the “shared values” that a student can bring to Cornell.“Research that’s done nationally shows that students who are engaged outside of the classroom are usually students that are more successful,” he said.
In May, Cornell announced that the latest Class of 2022 is the “most diverse …
in university history.” Among the 5,288 applicants accepted, 33 percent self-identify as underrepresented minorities; meanwhile, students of color make up 54 percent of the student body.
In addition to the level of performance, Locke said Cornell also looks at how demanding those courses are.
In colleges like CALS, where students must pick a major or at least specify a general subject in their applications, admission officers will also take into consideration whether the students have taken and performed well in classes relevant to their intended major.
“As you sit in classrooms, you are probably getting an education that’s very different [from] a student going to a liberal arts college, because you’re hearing opinions and thinkings of students from architecture, from engineering, from the hotel school.
And that really is part of the process — would the student really thrive in a place like Cornell?
Every year, around 2,000 legacy students apply to Cornell, according to Locke.
Most of them are rejected, he said, and a large portion of those admitted are selected through Early Decision, which he described as the result of a mutual commitment relationship.“We can’t take most of [the legacy applicants], so what’s been communicated to the legacy students is that, if you really want us to show some commitment to you as a legacy candidate, we want you to show some commitment to Cornell, which means applying Early Decision,” he said.
”Admission officers also look for other qualities that would contribute to the Cornell community, such as persistence and community ties.
While Cornell doesn’t expect “a long list of activities,” admissions staff hope to discover these values from the essay and extracurricular activities.“It could be ‘you know what, I go to a school where I have to commute by bus or subway for two hours everyday,’ or things like overcoming health issues, different family situation, being in a small community,” Tan said.