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 [#permalink] New post 01 Oct 2007, 10:47
gmatclb wrote:
Hmmm.

The quoted number by Cornell seems wrong.

http://www.johnson.cornell.edu/prospect ... facts.html

If you look here the enrolled number/applicants is ~15%, meaning the actual admit rate is much higher than 15%.


Could they have fudged the number in order to market themselves and appear selective?


I'm pretty sure their acceptance rate is somewhere around 35-40% and their yield is around 50%
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 [#permalink] New post 01 Oct 2007, 10:56
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gmatclb wrote:
Hmmm.

The quoted number by Cornell seems wrong.

http://www.johnson.cornell.edu/prospect ... facts.html

If you look here the enrolled number/applicants is ~15%, meaning the actual admit rate is much higher than 15%.


Could they have fudged the number in order to market themselves and appear selective?


I'm pretty sure their acceptance rate is somewhere around 35-40% and their yield is around 50%


I'm hoping their acceptance rate really is as high as 35-40%. (as I'm sure all of you are too)
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 [#permalink] New post 01 Oct 2007, 10:57
36% according to business week
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 [#permalink] New post 01 Oct 2007, 10:59
I already have an idea about this answer and I've read their website, but Cornell doesn't seem to have a specific niche.

What do you think Cornell is known for? Stereotypes or actual strengths?
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 [#permalink] New post 01 Oct 2007, 11:30
gmatclb wrote:
I already have an idea about this answer and I've read their website, but Cornell doesn't seem to have a specific niche.

What do you think Cornell is known for? Stereotypes or actual strengths?


career switchers -- does that count? Other than that I would say finance and general management.
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Anybody composing an essay for the "what hobbies do you have and why do you have special importance for them". Its on the activities section of the application.

I am not sure how to answer this question. Do I talk about a bunch of hobbies and just explain briefly why I pursue them

or

Talk about one hobby and do a PhD dissertation on it.


If I remember correctly, that section is quite short. You won't have much room there. Consider this one a little nugget of flavor. Last year, I listed a few hobbies and then wrote a couple sentences about one in particular: working on my house, which was a fixer-upper we'd bought in Ithaca. I wanted to point out to them that I was quite committed to Ithaca - Cornell is yield-conscious. Of course, they didn't give me enough money, so I put the house on the market a week later and off to Durham I went.
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 [#permalink] New post 01 Oct 2007, 18:04
If you got a W (withdrawal) in a class, do you include this in the transcript form?

Because I got a W in some classes, I don't receive the credit, but the form is still adding up those credits and assuming I earned them.
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If you got a W (withdrawal) in a class, do you include this in the transcript form?

Because I got a W in some classes, I don't receive the credit, but the form is still adding up those credits and assuming I earned them.


You can't manually delete the credit? It's not something you want to leave out - when they see your real transcript, they might think you purposefully tried to mislead them.
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 [#permalink] New post 01 Oct 2007, 18:09
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If you got a W (withdrawal) in a class, do you include this in the transcript form?

Because I got a W in some classes, I don't receive the credit, but the form is still adding up those credits and assuming I earned them.


You can't manually delete the credit? It's not something you want to leave out - when they see your real transcript, they might think you purposefully tried to mislead them.


That's what I have so far, a WD but a blank under credit.
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 [#permalink] New post 01 Oct 2007, 18:36
But I have some large credit classes I dropped because of time constraints.
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 [#permalink] New post 01 Oct 2007, 18:38
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But I have some large credit classes I dropped because of time constraints.


I don't understand, it shouldn't affect your gpa. It would just be a slight neg on your transcript. We all have em. I used to register for the max amount of credits knowing full well that I would drop a class -- there's always that one psycho professor.
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 [#permalink] New post 01 Oct 2007, 18:41
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36% according to business week



If they don't see me as the top 36%, I'm going to be REALLY be bummed.


That's 64%. What is that a D-
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But I have some large credit classes I dropped because of time constraints.


I don't understand, it shouldn't affect your gpa. It would just be a slight neg on your transcript. We all have em. I used to register for the max amount of credits knowing full well that I would drop a class -- there's always that one psycho professor.


Yeah... I probably will just leave out the credits.
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 [#permalink] New post 01 Oct 2007, 18:54
Question:

I have a 3.6

But my senior year, I had a sub 3.0 gpa (2.85ish) mainly because I had 3 part time jobs and major senioritis. Should I address this in the optional essay, or leave it be?
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 [#permalink] New post 01 Oct 2007, 19:04
I would.

But I wouldn't say it was because of your part time jobs. I would mention the jobs, but this issue isn't so big that you should make excuses.

If you word it wrong the adcomm thinks you're making excuses.


BTW, quit posting. I have to work in my applications now.

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 [#permalink] New post 01 Oct 2007, 19:22
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BTW, quit posting. I have to work in my applications now.

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I need an excuse to stop editing my essays. Jeesh 400 words!!! I never really knew how few 400 words were.
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 [#permalink] New post 01 Oct 2007, 19:37
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36% according to business week


wow, that's a REALLY high acceptance rate for a top 15 school.
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 [#permalink] New post 01 Oct 2007, 19:51
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36% according to business week


wow, that's a REALLY high acceptance rate for a top 15 school.


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 [#permalink] New post 01 Oct 2007, 20:58
WOW! I didn't expect them to be this high... sucks that two of my three schools I'm applying to have such low acceptance rates (Stanford <10%, Haas around 14-15%)
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 [#permalink] New post 01 Oct 2007, 20:59
gmatclb wrote:
Just so I'm clear... your spouse is a PHD student in Computer Science at Cornell and you're the only one that will be applying to the MBA program?

So do you also live in Ithaca? I think it helps your chances because the odds of you accepting an offer are really high. If you're on the fence, then the fact that you will accpet could push you over the edge.


He is doing first year PhD in Computer Science in Cornell. I'm from overseas, will be applying for MBA or MSc for Fall 2008.
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