The supplemental Cornell University admission essays are out for the upcoming college admissions cycle. And these admission essays seem very familiar! For Cornell, the College Interest Essay is specific to the college at Cornell you’re applying to. So for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the essay reads, “How have your interests and related experiences influenced the major you have selected in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences?” A pretty straightforward question. For the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning, the question reads, “How does the major you would like to study in the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning match your intellectual, academic, and career interests? Discuss any activities you have engaged in that are relevant to your chosen major.” Again, straightforward.
For the College of Arts and Sciences, Cornell asks applicants to “Describe your intellectual interests, their evolution, and what makes them exciting to you. Tell us how you will utilize the academic programs in the College of Arts and Sciences to further explore your interests, intended major, or field of study.” For engineering applicants, the question reads, ”
Tell us about an engineering idea you have, or about your interest in engineering. Describe how your ideas and interests may be realized by—and linked to—specific resources within the College of Engineering. Finally, explain what a Cornell Engineering education will enable you to accomplish.” What won’t it enable you to accomplish? There’s a dearth of great engineers in this country!
For the School of Hotel Administration, Cornell asks, “What work and non-work experiences, academic interests, and career goals influenced your decision to study hospitality management? How will these contribute to your success at the School of Hotel Administration?” There is no university in the country that does it better when it comes to hotel administration than Cornell University. For the College of Human Ecology, applicants are asked, “What do you value about the College of Human Ecology’s perspective, and the majors that interest you, as you consider your academic goals and plans for the future?” And, lastly, for the School of Industrial and Labor Relations, Cornell asks, “Describe your intellectual interests, their evolution, and what makes them exciting. In your essay please address how the ILR curriculum will help you fulfill these interests and your long-term goals.”