Marina Wencelblat Fried, Associate Director, is one of Cornell’s most experienced admission counselors. In this blog post, I’ve asked Marina to share her thoughts with early decision applicants who just received their decisions.
As a Cornell alum (’98) and having worked at Cornell for nearly ten years now, I just can’t seem to get enough 🙂 The beauty and richness of the campus and its natural surroundings, coupled with the incredible students I meet year after year, continue to make my job extremely enjoyable and exciting. I currently live downstate in the Metro, NY area and am responsible for the recruitment programs in NYC, Long Island, Westchester, Rockland and Putnam Counties. Go Big Red!
If you applied early decision, by now you have probably already received your admission decision. For some, the early decision process brought good news. For others, the news was disappointing. We have heard from many of you and truly understand the disappointment that some of you are experiencing. We want you to know that an admissions decision is not a reflection of you as a person. University admission is very competitive and quite subjective. Many students who are not admitted could be successful here at Cornell. Unfortunately, it often comes down to the number of spaces we have available. We are confident that those of you who were not admitted will have many excellent options in the spring and that you will find a college or university that is a great fit for you.
For those students whose applications were postponed from early decision to regular admission, I am sure many of you are wondering what happens now. First, keep in mind that if you were postponed from early decision to regular decision, you are no longer subject to the early decision binding commitment. It is also extremely important that you continue to maintain your high academic achievement throughout your senior year and keep us up to date on any additional awards and/or honors that you earn. And although not necessary, you are welcome to submit an additional letter reiterating your strong interest in Cornell and/or submit an additional letter of recommendation from someone you had not initially asked to write on your behalf. Once submitted, these items can be added to your file electronically and considered when we review your application again during the regular decision process. Finally, if you have specific questions, you are welcome to contact us. We are here to help.
Congratulations to the students who were admitted to the Class of 2016! We look forward to communicating additional details to you in the coming months.
We wish you all the best during the rest of your senior year!