Applicants to Cornell University are required to respond to the specific supplemental essay prompt of the school or college to which they are applying.
Pick the essay that corresponds to the school or college you are applying to and respond in no more than 650 words.
The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences:
Why are you drawn to studying the major you have selected? Please discuss how your interests and related experiences have influenced your choice. Specifically, how will an education from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) and Cornell University help you achieve your academic goals?
The College of Arts and Sciences:
Students in Arts and Sciences embrace the opportunity to delve into multifaceted academic interests, embodying in 21st century terms Ezra Cornell’s “any person … any study” founding vision. Tell us about the areas of study you are excited to explore, and specifically why you wish to pursue them in our College.
The School of Industrial and Labor Relations:
Tell us about your intellectual interests, how they sprung from your course, service, work or life experiences, and what makes them exciting to you. Describe how ILR is the right school for you to pursue these interests.
The College of Human Ecology:
How have your experiences influenced your decision to apply to the College of Human Ecology. How will your choice of major impact your goals and plans for the future?
The Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management:
The Dyson School is unique by design. What motivates you to apply to Dyson and where do you plan to go from here?
The College of Engineering:
Tell us about your interest in engineering or what you hope to achieve with a degree in engineering. Describe what appeals to you about Cornell Engineering and how it specifically relates to your engineering interest or aspirations.
The College of Architecture, Art, and Planning:
What is your "thing"? What energizes you or engages you so deeply that you lose track of time? Everyone has different passions, obsessions, quirks, inspirations. What are yours?
The School of Hotel Administration:
How have your interests and experiences influenced your decision to apply to the School of Hotel Administration? How does this decision relate to your future plans and aspirations?
The prompt above is from the 2019-2020 application cycle. It will be updated for the 2020-2021 cycle once new prompts are released.
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