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The Idiocy of Cornell Applicants Continues

MetaEzra faithful will recall last year we were tickled pink when it turned out that over a thousand applicants to Cornell failed to indicate what college at Cornell they wanted to apply to. Apparently some of Americaís best and brightest high school students never bothered to realize that Cornell is composed of seven diverse, extremely different undergraduate colleges.

Well, it turns out they did it again. This year over 1,300 high school seniors lost any chance of gaining admission to Cornell before even submitting their application. That's close to five percent of all applicants! And, as a result, assuming you took the time to actually completely fill out the entire application form, the acceptance rate to Cornell is a couple of percentage points higher than what will be reported in U.S. News and World Report.

I blame the common application. But I suppose it sure does make the folks in admissions look good, with skyrocketing application counts and all. And it will be interesting to see what happens next year when applicants can be choose to be considered for admission at two separate undergraduate colleges at Cornell.

This information comes to MetaEzra as a result of a wonderful data dump provided to us by Cornellís Department of Institutional Research and Planning. A full breakdown of acceptance and enrollment numbers is available by college on their site, but MetaEzra will soon calculate and analyze all of the most exciting findings here so you donít have to relive MATH 171.


Matthew Nagowski | Posted on August 14, 2007 (#)

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