JustHawkin wrote: admiringatticus wrote: Marshmallow wrote:
so i called back, all apologetic for my existence and stuff. have a date in february.
Cornell is so weird. I booked my interview in the last week of January and they told me mid-March was the earliest even when others were being booked earlier than that. Now, at the end of February, they have a spot earlier?
Also, I concur with everything that's been said about the attitude on the phone ... it was like they were surprised/irritated I was calling about an interview and had to go search for the schedule. It's the same attitude I got from a Cornell rep at an LSAC forum - when I asked her if she could tell me more about a clinic I was interested in, she said "not really."
Wondering if Lavitz can speak about any of this. My experience with Cornell has been great so far, so I hope I never have such an encounter!
These things vary. Everyone's going to have a different experience with any given admissions office. I've searched every Cornell thread since the beginning of
TLS, and there's always a variety of "the lady on the phone was so nice" vs. "the lady on the phone was dismissive;" "the lady at the LSAC forum talked me into applying" vs. "the lady at the LSAC forum couldn't answer my questions;" "I just got off reserve a few days ago, and already got my finaid award, and it's 32.K" vs. "I just got off reserve a week ago, they haven't given me finaid info yet, and they expect me to send a deposit by today;" etc. I don't know why people's experiences vary so much, even within the same cycle.
Personally, Cornell treated me relatively well compared with other schools. I've heard of both negative and positive experiences with both Cornell's office and other school's offices.
But I think you'll find when you start 1L that your interactions with the admissions office aren't a perfect barometer for the culture of the school, and you'll feel silly for writing off certain schools solely because their admissions staff was rude to you once, or didn't admit you right away.
To the latter point, for the people clearly being YPed, I get that some of you feel slighted because you have to jump through hoops to get in. But they can't possibly admit every single person above both medians and throw money at them without messing up their yield, class size, and/or going way over their budget. Yeah, I could've withdrawn after Harvard, Columbia and Chicago waitlisted me and I felt slighted about it, but that would've been silly because they may have still been my best options even off the WL. If there's still a reasonable chance Cornell could be your best option, you should probably just stick it out and do the interview.
With that said, I make no excuses for any lack of technological skill or alleged unprofessionalism. I'm sorry you have to deal with that.
As for the other specific questions I noticed earlier:
No, Cornell doesn't usually include $$$ with the acceptance. Send in the finaid forms after you get accepted and hopefully you'll hear about money in a week or two. If that's close to deadlines at other schools, then let them know.
No, you don't have to send in parents' tax returns for merit aid, but you do if you want to be eligible for need-based aid. If you're not particularly needy, I don't think the need-based part makes that much of an impact. It's the same process as NYU.