"I can do anything in 18 days"
At Cornell, you spend 18 days studying a subject—and that subject only—every day, Monday through Friday. You get to know your professor and classmates, and they get to know you. You might travel for an afternoon, a week, or an entire 18-day class. That’s what we call One Course At A Time, and why there’s buzz that Cornell students can do anything in 18 days. (It’s kind of like being invincible.)
You don’t just take courses in theatre at Cornell. You step into lead roles as an actor, a playwright, a dramaturge, a stage manager, and a director. If set, scenery, lights, and costume design excites you, you’ll get to take on those roles too. Or try out for a role in arts administration and learn how to publicize your show. Or do all of the above.
Aspiring writers know they need to read, read, and then read some more. And then practice writing, critique and be critiqued, then repeat. It’s a tried and true pattern for growth. At Cornell, you might gain editorial experience working on Open Field, our literary magazine. You’ll learn to appreciate criticism (really!) during the small and intimate writing workshops with a professor who is a published and experienced writer. Readings, sponsored by the Center for the Literary Arts, will inspire you. Most importantly, you’ll be immersed in what you love.
Once you’re done designing and printing out your 3D glasses, you might want to acoustically levitate small objects. Then, you can test Einstein’s theory of relativity by creating a cosmic ray muon detector. If that’s not your physics and engineering feat, that’s OK; these are just a few projects Cornell students have completed. If you come to Cornell, you can test out your own ideas in the lab.
What’s atypical on a traditional semester schedule is typical at Cornell College (thanks to One Course At A Time). Day tripping to an amusement park, observing and recording the interactions between couples before and after they embark on a thrilling ride, and testing theories about brain chemistry and romance are all a part of your social psychology course at Cornell. What’s not to love?
Cornell’s five-year medical school acceptance rate is 76%—the national average for the same five-year period is 39%. Do we just attract brainy and well-rounded students? Well, yes, we do. But we also help guide them on what courses to take, connect them to health and medical internships, and assist in their medical (or other graduate school) applications.