Members of Cornell’s potential Class of 2027 breathed a sigh of aid after their faculty admissions course of got here to an finish, every keen to search out their place on the hill this coming fall.
At 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 30, the College, together with every of the seven different Ivy League establishments, launched its closing spherical of admissions choices. College students the world over know this long-standing custom as “Ivy Day.”
“It was like this, virtually sacred, sort of factor,” Sam Jacobson ’26 stated, recalling his feelings from final yr’s Ivy Day. “It’s a variety of suspense, nerves [and] strain… it’s undoubtedly a hyped-up day for one thing as mundane as checking a portal, which occurs most likely within the span of thirty minutes.”
Traditionally, quite a few universities, together with the Ivy Leagues, held annual “Ivy Day” ceremonies, which consisted of inserting an ivy stone on a college constructing in honor of educational excellence. On the time, the ceremony was also called “planting the ivy.”
Right this moment, Ivy League universities and their college students honor this custom by releasing common admission choices concurrently annually. For present college students and potential candidates of those selective establishments, “Ivy Day” continues to carry waves of anticipation.
Jacobson remembers the day he awaited his personal acceptance letter.
“I got here dwelling [from school] that day at round 3:30, and [the rest of the day] was actually my household and I sitting round ready for the clock to show 7… we had been checking each minute,” Jacobson stated.
Final yr, Cornell welcomed a “proficient and various” Class of 2026, with college students hailing from all 50 states and 85 nations. This yr, admitted college students once more characterize each U.S. state together with Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam and American Samoa. The category moreover constitutes 87 nations.
“College students within the Class of 2027 had a while to regulate to pandemic disruption throughout highschool,” stated Jonathan Burdick, vice provost for enrollment. “True to Cornell’s founding imaginative and prescient, these extraordinary college students will carry a various vary of concepts and experiences to complement campus life collectively.”
For the Class of 2027, 4,994 college students had been admitted in complete, with 3,324 being notified on Ivy Day. An extra 1,670 candidates had been admitted through the early-decision spherical in December.
The Class of 2026, with 71,164 candidates and 5,168 admits, had an all-time low acceptance price of seven.3 p.c. Acceptance charges for the Class of 2027 won’t be launched till the summer season.
Potential college students proceed to be drawn to Cornell’s huge variety of alternatives. For Lucas Macedo ’27, who’s from Brazil, Cornell’s distinctive agricultural sciences program impressed him to use to the Faculty of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
“I knew of all of the out there assets they’ve for somebody who’s interested by agriculture and the way I’d have entry to so many alternatives that I’d not have in different establishments,” Macedo stated.
Reed Robinson ’27, who’s from Portland, Maine, intends to main in Setting and Sustainability as a result of his curiosity in conservation. He found Cornell in highschool after growing a ardour for finding out birds.
“I had already been utilizing a number of assets from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and had heard a lot about all the work that’s achieved there,” Robinson stated. “Whereas I used to be capable of finding just a few different colleges with ornithology packages, none appeared to match Cornell’s.”
Robinson additional emphasised the sense of neighborhood he felt earlier than making use of to Cornell.
“This previous summer season I obtained to go to Cornell and the Lab of Ornithology after I attended [the] Younger Birders Occasion,” Robinson stated. “The open and pleasant vibe actually cemented my dream of Cornell, and from that time on there was little question that I’d apply early choice to Cornell.”
Whereas the College is understood for its distinctive educational packages and entry to huge assets, different potential college students valued Cornell’s steadiness between rigorous lecturers and full of life scholar life when selecting the place to use.
Griffin Fitzpatrick ’27, who’s from Chicago, Illinois, noticed himself becoming in with Cornell’s campus tradition and scholar physique.
“I’m most excited concerning the work-hard-play-hard vibe Cornell emits,” Fitzpatrick stated. “At Cornell, I discovered a spot the place I can obtain educational, athletic and social excellence whereas surrounded by like-minded friends.”
After months of anticipation, stress and exhausting work, the day every scholar opened their admissions choice had lastly come. With considerably low expectations, Macedo was stunned to learn “Congratulations” on his pc display.
“After receiving the choice, it felt like a wave washed over me and took all of the dangerous emotions with it — the fear, the stress, the worry, the anxiousness,” Macedo stated. “It was a aid realizing that each one my exhausting work paid off and that Cornell was in a position to see this difficult work.”
As a recruited athlete, Fitzpatrick plans to hitch the Males’s Heavyweight Rowing workforce within the fall. Whereas his utility course of might have been totally different than the common potential scholar, he nonetheless felt a way of aid and delight upon receiving his acceptance.
“I spotted that my objective of rowing in faculty and attending a top-tier college was not only a objective, however a actuality,” Fitzpatrick stated. “There is no such thing as a place I’d slightly be to understand this objective than at Cornell.”
Admitted college students can hook up with the Cornell neighborhood all through the month of April by way of each digital occasions and on-campus Cornell Days. Every has till Could 1 to simply accept Cornell’s admission provide.
As one other faculty admissions cycle wraps up the college yr, the incoming Class of 2027 anticipates an thrilling faculty expertise. Present college students look ahead to welcoming them to Ithaca within the fall.
“Be within the second, don’t take into consideration faculty till the summer season and simply take pleasure in your self,” Jacobson stated as a advice to just lately admitted college students. “Congratulations, you made it to Cornell.”
Correction, March 31, 7:29 p.m.: A earlier model of this text incorrectly acknowledged the admissions knowledge for the Class of 2026 because it didn’t account for scholar admitted off the waitlist. The article has been corrected to precisely replicate the admissions knowledge.