Lavitz wrote::roll: at the above exchanges.
Anyway, Eich, to address your original question, I don't think you have to worry about YP from Cornell even if you're above both 75ths, since they aren't notorious for it. So I think it depends on what you would write and what the rest of your app / background suggest. If your Why Cornell is just going to be an expanded list of what you would cover in the three sentences, and if you think the adcomms could envision you fitting in at Cornell based on your app, I imagine you wouldn't need the extra essay.
Thank you! This is what I was looking for. For example, I know UVA is notorious for YPing, and I wasn't sure about Cornell's rep for it. I was stuck between the mindset of not submitting an addendum unless it's really necessary, and really wanting to get in.
Lavitz wrote:Personally, I feel like someone reading my app would get the impression that --if admissions were decided via Sorting Hat-- I'd be the guy muttering "not Cornell, not Cornell" under my breath. And since I have a good idea for a Why Cornell which would convince them otherwise by highlighting something about me not apparent in the rest of my app and which can't be conveyed in three sentences, I'd probably benefit by including one. Of course, YMMV.
Also, I totally loled.
Such a stellar analogy.
top30man wrote:Yeah I dont think Cornell YP's much. Id write a why cornell but I wouldnt be overly concerned.
Thanks for backing that up - I think I can explain my interest in the few lines to avoid having the admissions officer have to read more than is necessary.
I feel so much better now.