Will proposal for streamlined general-education program at Cornell's College of Arts and Sciences give the curriculum new life?
Can new approaches to language and diversity engage students who might otherwise lose interest?
It is important to familiarize yourself with the specific character of the school before sitting down to write your essays. Whenever possible, a campus visit is also helpful to get a feel for the school and gain a sense of how it supports your interests.
Take a campus tour and speak with current students.
This is your opportunity to convey your passion for Cornell! It received 47,039 undergraduate applications for the class of 2021.
Only 5,962 or 7.2% were offered admission and 86% of the students admitted were in the top 10% of their high school class with average SAT scores of 725 in evidenced based reading and writing, 745 in math, and an average ACT score of 33.5.
“There was a sense among the faculty that the curriculum was very poorly messaged to students, and students didn’t have a clear understanding of why they had to take the courses they had to take -- there was no clear reasoning behind it,” he said.
“Many students think of the curriculum as a series of boxes to check, and we on the committee don’t think that’s an effective way to have a modern liberal arts curriculum at a university.” With that criticism in mind, Pepinsky and his committee have worked for two years to develop, in his words, a “simple, clear, easy-to-message curriculum that reflects the values that the College of Arts and Sciences faculty actually have.” The committee -- composed of 11 faculty members across the arts and sciences, two undergraduates, and a senior associate dean -- in early 2016 started gathering data, outlining its ideas and thinking about the curriculum with respect to pedagogy.
Although the Ivy League schools review the Common Application or Coalition Application essay, they also require supplemental essay responses.
These help you to convey in greater detail how the specific school and program of study are a good fit for you and how you can contribute to the collegiate environment.