Weill Cornell Secondary Application Essay Prompts

Weill Cornell Secondary Application Tips & Essay Prompts

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    Your responses to the Cornell secondaries are extremely important in getting a coveted interview. Weill Cornell Medicine Admissions Committee loves students who have work experience and non-clinical experiences. Additionally, they love students who want to use innovation to solve big healthcare challenges Read more tips to stand out for your Weill Cornell secondary application! 

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    Weill Cornell Secondary Application Essay Prompts: 2023 – 2024

    1. Please write a brief statement giving your reasons for applying to Weill Cornell Medical College. (1,525 characters max)
    2. Please describe a challenge you faced and how you addressed it. (1,525 characters max)
    3. If applicable, please tell us about any special circumstances related to COVID-19 that could help us understand you better. (1,525 characters max)
    4. (Optional) If you are not attending college during the upcoming (2023-2024) academic year, what are your plans? (1,525 characters max)

    Tips to Answer Cornell Secondaries

    Cornell Secondaries Pre-Writing Suggestions: You can certainly pre-write the Cornell secondaries because the essay prompts don’t change! And, the Cornell essay essays are not too long. However, Cornell is not a secondary application you need to submit early. We typically advise our students to submit this secondary application in late August after you’ve perfected other schools’ secondaries. 

    Weill Cornell Secondary Application Tip #1: Answer as many questions as possible. Our Cracking Med School Admissions team does not view Weill Cornell secondary questions as optional.

    Weill Cornell Secondary Application Tip #2: Highlight your leadership, passion to change healthcare, and impact on society. Emphasizing your vision to change medicine is very important to stand out for the Cornell secondaries. The questions are geared towards learning more about what you did in gap years and your extracurricular activities; many medical students at Weill Cornell Medicine have taken gap years and done super cool projects that improve healthcare globally!

    Tell stories to convey your impact and leadership. For example, if you conducted research over a gap year, tell a story about a challenge you faced or a patient you met while conducting a clinical trial. Finally, read Dr. Rachel Rizal’s article on U.S. News, Link Premed Nonclinical Experiences to Medicine

    Weill Cornell Secondary Application Tip #3: For the COVID-19 question, incorporate your personal experiences as well as healthcare current issues you noticed throughout the COVID pandemic.

    • We have an entire healthcare current events blog post here, where you can read more about healthcare disparities and COVID-19.

    Weill Cornell Secondary Application Tip #4: For the “Why Cornell” question, give unique reasons related to your interests and activities. Additionally, many of our premed advisees write about how they will take advantage of Cornell’s New York City location.

    Weill Cornell Secondary Application Tip #5: The Weill secondary application essays have not change much in the past few years, and they are shorter in length. Dr. Rachel Rizal and Dr. Rishi Mediratta edit all secondary essays, and they can help you edit your Cornell secondary essays and your other secondary application essays with our secondary essay packages

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    Weill Cornell Secondary Application Essay Prompts: 2022 – 2023

    1. Please write a brief statement giving your reasons for applying to Weill Cornell Medical College. (1,525 characters max)
    2. Please describe a challenge you faced and how you addressed it. (1,525 characters max)
    3. If applicable, please tell us about any special circumstances related to COVID-19 that could help us understand you better. (1,525 characters max)
    4. (Optional) If you are not attending college during the upcoming (2022-2023) academic year, what are your plans? (1,525 characters max)

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    Weill Cornell Secondary Application Essay Prompts: 2021 – 2022

    1. Please write a brief statement giving your reasons for applying to Weill Cornell Medical College. (1,525 characters max)
    2. Please describe a challenge you faced and how you addressed it. (1,525 characters max)
    3. If applicable, please tell us about any special circumstances related to COVID-19 that could help us understand you better. (1,525 characters max)
    4. (Optional) If you are not attending college during the upcoming (2021-2022) academic year, what are your plans? (1,525 characters max)

    Weill Cornell Secondary Application Essay Prompts: 2020 – 2021

    1. Please write a brief statement giving your reasons for applying to Weill Cornell Medical College. (1,500 characters max)
    2. Please describe a challenge you faced and how you addressed it.
    3. (Optional) If applicable, please tell us about any special circumstances related to COVID-19 that could help us understand you better. (1,500 characters max)
    4. (Optional) If you are not attending college during the upcoming (2020-2021) academic year, what are your plans? (1,500 characters max)

    Weill Cornell Secondary Application Essay Prompts: 2019 – 2020

    Note: Please do not answer question three if you are attending college during the 2019-2020 academic year.

    1. Please write a brief statement giving your reasons for applying to Weill Cornell Medical College. (1,500 characters max – including spaces)
    2. Please describe a challenge you faced and how you addressed it. (1,500 characters max – including spaces)
    3. (Optional) If you are not attending college during the upcoming (2019-2020) academic year, what are your plans? (1,500 characters max – including spaces)

    Weill Cornell Secondary Application Essay Prompts: 2018 – 2019

    1. If you are not attending college during the upcoming (2018-2019) academic year, what are your plans? (200 words max)
    2. Please write a brief statement giving your reasons for applying to Weill Cornell Medical College. (200 words max)
    3. Please describe a challenge you faced and how you addressed it. (200 words max)
    4. For MD-PhD applicants only: Please list the names of any Tri-Institutional faculty members with whom you’d like to do research. You do not need to list reasons, names are sufficient. (200 words max)

    Weill Cornell Secondary Application Essay Prompts: 2017 – 2018

    There are four brief essays on the Supplemental Application. Please limit each statement to no more than 200 words.

    1. If you are not attending college during the upcoming (2017-2018) academic year, what are your plans?
    2. Please write a brief statement giving your reasons for applying to Weill Cornell Medical College.
    3. Please describe a challenge you faced and how you addressed it
    4. For MD-PhD applicants only: Please list the names of any Tri-Institutional faculty members with whom you’d like to do research. You do not need to list reasons, names are sufficient.

    Weill Cornell Secondary Application Essay Prompts: 2016 – 2017

    There are four brief essays on the Supplemental Application. Please limit each statement to no more than 200 words.

    1. If you are not attending college during the upcoming (2017-2018) academic year, what are your plans?
    2. Please write a brief statement giving your reasons for applying to Weill Cornell Medical College.
    3. Please describe a challenge you faced and how you addressed it
    4. For MD-PhD applicants only: Please list the names of any Tri-Institutional faculty members with whom you’d like to do research. You do not need to list reasons, names are sufficient.
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