Early Decision Applicants…What’s Next?

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.

Marina Wencelblat Fried '98
Marina Wencelblat Fried '98

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!

27 thoughts on “Early Decision Applicants…What’s Next?

  1. This may have been asked, and if so I am worry – but if you did ED and were deferred, is there anything that can be done? This is without a doubt my top choice, and I know it is a hard one to get, my grades were a little shaky, but I really want it. Any advice?

  2. Bro, you don’t have to contact admissions immediately. Take time right now to work on your applications to other schools. You can update Cornell when your first semester grades are available and if you have any additional information to share with the selection committee.

  3. Hello, I got deferred from the early decision round. Is it bad if I just don’t email admissions at all? I still want to go but I feel really discouraged now…

  4. Dear counselor, when could ED students have cornell NetID and I-20 form for visa? Should we wait for those or to whom should we request or apply for those? could you please give me some directions~? Thanks!

  5. Jess, most applicants will hear on our notification date in late March. You will receive an email with more information in mid-March.

  6. Dear admission counselor, I am an early decision admitted international student and now studying advanced placement courses. Do I need to submit mid-year and final-year report when available? And if so, how?

  7. Thanks for all the helpful info!

    I was deferred in the early decision round. Since then, I have sent quite a lot of information to the admissions office regarding a series of articles I’ve had published as well as my continued interest in the school. My first semester grades were my best in high school, and also sent those along.

    I’m simply hoping for the best. When do you think we will begin to hear back? I applied to ILR, and have heard that, in the past, decisions were released on a rolling basis. Is that accurate?

    – Jess

  8. Scared, your final transcript will be reviewed by the college or school you were admitted to. If you have a specific class you are worried about, please feel free to call and a counselor can answer your questions.

  9. How do I find out if Cornell received my $400 deposit if the check hasn’t been cashed yet. Thank you.

  10. Hello,I am an international student who got admitted under the early decision plan. Do I still need to send mid-year report when it is available?

  11. Hi.I am an international applicant to Cornell.I’m just confused about your email address for inquiries.Is it “intl-inquiry” or “intl-inquiries”?
    Thanks for your time.

  12. Hi, I’ve been deferred to regular decision. Should my letter of continued interest and extra letter of recommendation be sent to the college I am applying to before January 2?

  13. Hi,i’m an international student who were admitted by early decision. I haven’t received any piece of information about deposit and requirement after decision. The web-page in which my decision was indicated says “Very soon, you will receive your official letter of acceptance from us in the mail.”-however, I haven’t received any letter (neither e-mail nor official mail). What should I do at this moment? Could you explain about deposit?

  14. Anxious, great questions – here are my answers:
    Applicants who were postponed to regular decision will see that indicated in their self-service account soon, it is a change that we have to make in our system.
    You are welcome to communicate directly with the college or school that you have applied to or you can email updates to admissions@cornell.edu.
    You counselor should make sure to submit your Mid-Year Report and any additional comments, this can be done electronically via the Common Application.

  15. Hi, I’ve been deferred to regular decision – how will I get to keep up on my application status? The system right now still registers me as an early decision applicant. Can I be sure that I will be put down in the regular decision applicant pool? I will be writing a letter to reiterate my continued interest in Cornell, and I’m wondering if I should email it or mail it, and other details such as who to address it to, and whether it should be sent to the specific college of interest or just to the general undergraduate admissions. Finally, if my counselor chooses to help me submit an optional report in corroboration of my application at this point in time via the commonapp system, will Cornell still receive it, or is it better to email it? I’m sorry for the awful lot of questions, but I’m just really anxious right now and any advice would be much appreciated. Thank you so much and happy holidays in advance!

  16. Billy, you will receive an email from our office in January, however, you will not receive additional information about enrollment until April.

  17. Once an admitted student has sent in their deposit, how long should it be until they receive more information from Cornell?

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