NayBoer wrote:A bunch of people, some of them in this thread, clearly don't consider Cornell a top choice. They are going off to Michigan or Chicago or wherever, and I don't blame a school as tiny as Cornell for deferring them. Maybe it's YP for USNWR purposes, but maybe it's also trying to admit people who will actually be likely to come.
Obviously this doesn't explain a lot of the people deferred, who are pretty square on the numbers. But the number of people for whom Cornell is not even worth banging out a quick LOCI shows that some of the deferrals were a good idea.
I saw Cornell as a safety, but that doesn't mean I wouldn't love to go. With my numbers, CCN are sort of reaches, who knows how MVP is going to go, Duke loves GPA's, NU loves work experience, etc. I can realistically see a situation where I end up at Cornell and I'm perfectly fine with that, it's a great school. It kind of sucks to have that option off the table at this point, though. I'll be hammering out an LOCI and sending another LOR, but I applied EA for a reason: I wanted to hear of a decision before the end of December. If I knew they were just going to defer me, i.e. decide not to decide, I would have waited and maybe polished up my app a little more (not that it wasn't in good shape to start off with).