Cornell at Florimont – by Skype

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More info on admissions –


  • 14k undergrads.  Upstate New York.
  • V trad college campus.  Residential community.
  • Founded 1865 – Ezra Cornell.  « Any people, any study ».  Genuine interest in recruiting a range of people.
  • Need-blind admission decisions.
  • Choose an academic emphasis – Arts & Sciences, Engineering, Ecology, Hotel Admin & Architecture.
  • Lots of opps outside the classroom – research, study abroad.


  • 670 plus on critical reading to demonstrate English proficiency
  • Demonstrate interest in particular strength
  • Demonstrate academic background
  • SATs or ACTs
  • Limited financial aid for international students
  • Ithaca – higher education the leading industry
  • Research university – can study at all 7 colleges – can try all.
  • Third on major, third on other, third on free elective.


University of Chicago Distinctives – Core Curriculum, Econ, Political Science, Sciences, History, Sociology


Mary Hetlage, of Chicago, addressing the rapt Florimont students.


The serried ranks of eager students!

3 approaches – completely open choice, directed choice, distribution requirements.  Uni Chicago is the 2nd.

For IB, most who make competitive applications would be getting 6s or 7s.,_Chicago

Chicago – career opportunities, internships, financial hub,arts community, government.  Institute of Politics – top political speakers.  Sciences – Institute of Molecular Engineering.  NOT TRADITIONAL ENGINEERING.  Battery and electrical engineering.

The Windy City.

House system – communities – microcosm of the wider university.  Academic support.  Collaborative place – learning happens through discussion. Social support too.

Greek life – 10% of students.

Visual and Performing Arts Centre – see  Music major – theory.  Theatre and Performance Studies – academic approach.  Cinema and Media STudies Major.  Artist in residence.

June – writing supplement.  1 essay from a choice of 5.  E.g. « What’s so odd about odd numbers? »  « What’s your pH? »  See

See for IB credit.

Individual counselling.

Here are my notes from the presentation –

Chicago 5.5k undergraduates. 8 Nobel prize winners on faculty. Liberal arts.

Small classes 80% of classes have fewer than 20 students. Core curriculum.   1-3 of your coursework.  1-3 Major.  1-3 of something else you like.

One of the most rigorous curricula you will find.  Great literary works.  19 students max, discussion-led.  Conversation with Faculty.  Very international.

Discussion and debate. Then choose Major…follow your passion.

Research university. Grad schools like business.  Interdisciplinary opps.

Double major possible. Centres all over world.

Strong career programme. Internships. Live on campus 1st year and longer if want.

3rd largest city in US.  Academic experiences and your take on things. Extra curric.  No particular SAT scores.  Writing score not used.  Out of 1600 total – 1500-1550 for CR and Math. No subject tests required.

11% international students. 2.7k  rolling applications.

EA no ED. Charity work…be authentic.  Scholarships both merit and need based.

Ivy League – Who Gets In?

Athletes.  Stanford like the entrepreneurs who are already running their own businesses.  Hispanics popular there too.  Underprivileged.

Penn – ED makes the difference.

Best Universities

Times Higher Education world university rankings 2012-13

1. California Institute of Technology

=2. University of Oxford

=2. Stanford University

4. Harvard University

5. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

6. Princeton University

7. University of Cambridge

8. Imperial College London

9. University of California, Berkeley

10. University of Chicago

Harvard, Yale and Other Ivy League Schools Are More Selective This Year

March 29, 2012, 5:30 PM

Harvard, Yale and Other Ivy League Schools Are More Selective This Year


As high school seniors learn the results of their college applications on Thursday, we’ve been collecting admissions figures from colleges across the country.

Many of you may have already received your admissions decisions. There are others, however, who are going online and checking their mailboxes to hear the final word from those remaining institutions, including the Ivy League schools, which are all announcing their decisions Thursday night.

Here’s some of what we know about the schools that are reporting:

Harvard, Yale and other Ivy League schools were more selective in their admissions this year, though many were choosing from a smaller pool of applicants.

Harvard admitted 2,032 students this year, or 5.9 percent of its 34,302 applicants, officials said. (Last year, Harvard admitted 6.17 percent of its 34,950 applicants.) This year’s applicant pool included 3,800 students who were ranked first in their high school classes.

Yale was also more selective this year. Its acceptance rate, 6.82 percent, was lower than the 7.35 percent admitted last year. Yale admitted 1,975 of its 28,974 applicants this year. Last year, the pool was smaller, with 27,282 students. An additional 1,001 students are on this year’s waitlist. (If you’ve been waitlisted, here’s a statistic: of the 996 waitlisted last year, Yale eventually accepted 103 of them.)

At Princeton, the acceptance rate was 7.86 percent, a record low for the school. It offered admission to 2,095 students of the 26,664 who applied. Princeton officials called its applicant pool the second-largest in the university’s history.

At Columbia, fewer students applied, but a higher percentage of applicants were accepted. This year, 2,363 students of the 31,851 applicants were accepted at the university. This amounts to a 7.4 percent acceptance rate, compared to last year’s 6.93 percent rate.

As regular readers of this blog know, most of the estimated 2,000 four-year colleges in this country accept almost everyone who applies. One need not attend a highly selective school to receive a stellar education. But we know that the eight colleges of the Ivy League released their admissions decisions earlier this evening, so we thought we’d share news on their overall statistics — at least so individual applicants can put their own decisions in perspective. We’ve also been surveying a range of other colleges and universities on their admissions statistics. We will be posting that data soon.

We’re very interested to hear your reactions, reflections and words of wisdom in Thursday night’s communal kitchen table, which we posted earlier. Pleasejoin today’s discussion about the admissions decisions.