Cornell admits ‘extraordinary’ Class of 2027
By Caitlin Hayes, Cornell Chronicle
Roberto Leon chose Cornell because of its reputation for interdisciplinary work.
Sumajja Denysuik connected with “any person ... any study.”
Maddox Feldbaum was impressed with the Department of Classics and its collection of statues and frescoes.
They are among the 4,994 students admitted to the Class of 2027 – 3,324 of whom were notified on March 30 of their regular decision acceptance, the official notification date for the Ivy League. An additional 1,670 early-decision students were admitted in December.
“Students in the Class of 2027 had some time to adjust to pandemic disruption during high school,” said Jonathan Burdick, vice provost for enrollment. “True to Cornell’s founding vision, these extraordinary students will bring a diverse range of ideas and experiences to enrich campus life together.”
Admitted students hail from every U.S. state plus Washington, D.C.; Puerto Rico; the U.S. Virgin Islands; Guam; and American Samoa, as well as 87 countries. They’re citizens of 114 countries outside the United States.
Students have until May 1 to accept Cornell’s offer and can connect with current students and staff in myriad ways, including virtual offerings throughout April, and in-person, on-campus Cornell Days the last two weekends in April.
“The online and virtual opportunities have shown themselves to be quite successful in helping admitted students begin to develop their own sense of belonging and connection to Cornell,” said Shawn Felton, the university’s executive director for undergraduate admissions. “It is equally special this year to be able to offer more in-person, on-campus opportunities so that we meet and greet even more of our newest Cornellians and their families.”
More than 35 virtual events will help admits get a better feel for Cornell, including virtual campus tours, school and college information sessions, a Cornell Student Organization Spotlight and a Connect with Cornellians student-to-student event.
Admitted students can join CUontheHill, an online social hub where they can talk with current students as well as alumni, faculty and staff. A new platform for the hub matches admitted students with ambassadors and staff based on similar interests. Big Red Ambassadors, a student group that engages with prospective students at Cornell, have also recorded more than 100 videos on the platform responding to frequently asked questions.
“It’s great if you can see campus in-person but even online, you can get a feel for everything,” said Michaela Eichel ’25, president of the Big Red Ambassadors and information science major in the College of Arts and Sciences and the Cornell Ann S. Bowers College of Computing and Information Science. “We have Instagram and Snapchat takeovers every week, so students can follow along and see a day in the life of a lot of different students.”
On-campus Cornell Days, April 22, 23, 29 and 30, will return to full-day programming for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Admitted students and their families can tour campus, connect with their college or school, share a meal in one of the dining halls and attend a university wide student panel. Registration is required and will open April 3.
For those who can’t visit campus, Visitor Relations offers live or prerecorded virtual tours online, and students can explore all resources on the Virtual Visit and the Welcome to Cornell websites.
From April 17 to May 1 during business hours, the Undergraduate Admissions Office will run student and parent text lines staffed by student ambassadors and admissions staff to answer questions.
“I can’t wait to learn about the passions that others have and to be a part of a community with such a diverse range of interests,” said Denysuik, who committed to Cornell after applying early decision. “I feel like at Cornell I’ll get a snippet of every part of the world and yet at the same time find small communities.”