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Essay Breakdown: Cornell University

  • How to Write the Cornell University Application Essays 2017-2018

    Cornell University, both the youngest and largest member of the prestigious Ivy League, is home to seven undergraduate colleges and nearly 80 majors. Established in 1865 by Ezra Cornell, the Ithaca, New York institution has certainly lived up to its founder’s motto: “I would found an institution where any person can find instruction in any study.”

  • How to Write the Cornell University Application Essays 2016-17

    As one of the eight Ivy League schools, Cornell University attracts thousands of applicants to its sprawling campus each year. Cornell was founded by two New York State senators — Ezra Cornell and Andrew Dickson White — in 1865. Together, the two co-founders merged their different educational dreams into one institution that embodied freedom and responsibility.

    Among Cornell University’s famous specialties are its campus dining, architecture school, and hotel school, all of which have been ranked number one in the nation on at least one occasion. Many famed alumni hail from Cornell, including Bill Nye, Christopher Reeve, Kurt Vonnegut, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Clearly, Cornell University brings its students the education and pathways to reach success. It’s no wonder that the school boasts a low acceptance rate of just 14%, enough to provide even the most motivated and talented students with a challenge.

    With such stiff competition, a standout application is necessary for those hoping to call Cornell home next fall. One of the most important parts of crafting a strong application is the essay, which provides a unique opportunity to communicate who you are as a person and a student. We here at CollegeVine are here to walk you through this year’s essay prompts and help you craft an essay for your Cornell application that will ensure you stand out from the crowd. This year’s prompts are listed below.

  • Off the Tour: 4 of Cornell’s Lesser-Known Must-Sees

    Nestled in the hills of Ithaca in upstate New York, Cornell University’s expansive rural campus is one of the most naturally beautiful and diverse in the country. With 745 acres of land (excluding the Cornell Orchards and Plantations), getting a college tour to take you around to all the sights and sounds that the university has to offer can pose a bit of a challenge.

  • How to Write the Cornell University Application Essays 2015-2016

    Located in Ithaca, New York, Cornell University has produced over 25 Rhodes scholars and over 40 Nobel laureates. Students who travel to upstate NY to study at the Ivy League school are enrolled in one of seven different undergraduate colleges, which focus on topics ranging from human ecology to hotel administration. If you can brace […]

  • How to Tackle the Cornell Supplement Questions for 2014-15

    Note: this blog post has been updated for the 2015-2016 application cycle. To view the most recent version, click here. Located in Ithaca, New York, this Ivy League university has produced over 25 Rhodes scholars and over 40 Nobel laureates. Students who travel to upstate NY to study here are enrolled in one of seven different […]