Where in the World is my Cornell Application?

Maybe a better question is where in the mail or cyberspace is my Cornell application? We recently posted this statement on our blog: Our application processing center is in the midst of receiving several thousand applications, each of which includes multiple pages of supporting documentation. Though we wish the process were immediate, it does take time to enter all of the information. Also, our system is electronic and it is not uncommon for materials to be separated during processing. However, you can rest assured that your materials will be appropriately matched once they have gone through our system.

Applying electronically seems instantaneous, but the reality is that the Cornell University Undergraduate Admissions Processing Center is inundated with paper mail and electronic files. Just think about how long it could take to open, sort, scan and file all of this mail (at this time of year, we receive upwards of 20 bins of mail…daily!):







And believe it or not, paper mail isn’t the bulk of the materials we are handling. Imagine how much time it takes to save and file more than 230,000 electronic documents. And that doesn’t even include the thousands of email messages we have responded to this month.

Please know that we appreciate your continued patience as we work to complete your applications. If we are lacking any materials in mid-February, we will contact you directly via email and provide you with an opportunity to complete your application. In the meantime, please do not send duplicate copies of your application materials – our processing center thanks you!