For Human Development applicants: While there are department level changes that have impacted the Human Development website, the Human Development major remains a part of the College of Human Ecology (CHE). You need to apply to the College of Human Ecology via the Common Application, identify Human Development as your major of interest, and complete the CHE question on the Cornell Supplement.
For Policy Analysis and Management and Health Care Policy applicants: The Brooks School of Public Policy is associated with the College of Human Ecology (CHE). You need to apply to the College of Human Ecology (CHE) via the Common Application, identify Policy Analysis and Management or Health Care Policy as your major of interest, and complete the CHE question on the Cornell Supplement.
A Mission-Focused Approach
The College of Human Ecology Admissions Team practices selective admissions and takes a mission-focused approach to the comprehensive review of our deep, diverse, and talented applicant pool.
We consider a range of selection criteria linked to the College of Human Ecology's mission and education, as well as the value an applicant will bring to the College of Human Ecology and broader University communities. In addition to applicants' academic readiness and rigor, perspective, and life and other out-of-classroom experiences, we consider the characteristics and skills that our successful students, community members, and alumni have demonstrated.
Knowing yourself is one of the most important steps as you begin your college search. Creating a moment of reflection to learn more about your strengths and weaknesses, what engages you, and what environments stretch you will help you thoughtfully consider your choices and find an undergraduate experience, not just an undergraduate education.
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Admissions Selection Factors
Competitive and compelling candidates demonstrate...
strong academic performance in a challenging curriculum that includes depth in core math and science courses throughout the high school career regardless of your choice of major.
a clearly articulated connection to the college mission and an understanding of how the academic programs will support your interests in addressing contemporary human challenges. (Please directly answer the College of Human Ecology's Cornell Supplemental Essay prompt!).
active engagement in school and greater communities through a variety of opportunities including extracurricular activities, meaningful service work, paid positions, internships, etc. [COVID 19 note: We realize that the global COVID-19 pandemic might have limited the available opportunities. We will have a record of your pre-COVID involvement, and we encourage you to be creative about how you might continue to serve and be involved in a safe way that is consistent with public health guidelines.
and an outwardly focused and observant perspective.