There are eight different program-specific Cornell essay prompts. That means that the supplemental essay you write for Cornell will depend on which college or program you apply to.
Four of the Cornell supplemental essays have changed for 2019-20, while four have stayed the same. Let's take a look!
- Note- all of the Cornell supplemental essays have a 650-word limit.
Updated Cornell Essay Prompts
Engineering: Tell us about your interest in engineering or what you hope to achieve with a degree in engineering. Describe what appeals to you about Cornell Engineering and how it specifically relates to your engineering interest or aspirations. Check out our updated guide!
College of Arts and Sciences: Students in Arts and Sciences embrace the opportunity to delve into multifaceted academic interests, embodying in 21st century terms Ezra Cornell’s “any person … any study” founding vision. Tell us about the areas of study you are excited to explore, and specifically why you wish to pursue them in our College. Check out our updated guide!
College of Business - Dyson: The Dyson School is unique by design. What motivates you to apply to Dyson and where do you plan to go from here?
College of Business - Hotel: How have your interests and experiences influenced your decision to apply to the School of Hotel Administration? How does this decision relate to your future plans and aspirations?
Unchanged Cornell Essay Prompts
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences: Why are you drawn to studying the major you have selected? Please discuss how your interests and related experiences have influenced your choice. Specifically, how will an education from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) and Cornell University help you achieve your academic goals?
College of Architecture, Art, and Planning: What is your “thing”? What energizes you or engages you so deeply that you lose track of time? Everyone has different passions, obsessions, quirks, inspirations. What are yours?
College of Human Ecology: How has your decision to apply to the College of Human Ecology been influenced by your related experiences? How will your choice of major impact your goals and plans for the future? (Check out our full guide here!)
School of Industrial and Labor Relations: Tell us about your intellectual interests, how they sprung from your course, service, work or life experiences, and what makes them exciting to you. Describe how ILR is the right school for you to pursue these interests.