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Class of '18 is most selective in Cornell history

Cornell is beginning its sesquicentennial year with a new milestone – the incoming freshman class is the most competitive and selective ever.

Cornell received a record-setting 43,037 applications for freshman admission this year, after receiving 39,999 in 2013. And as applications go up, the admissions process becomes more selective: 6,105 freshmen (14.2 percent of applicants – the lowest admission rate in university history) were offered admission this year, compared with 6,222 (15.6 percent) in 2013. Learn more.

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A man or woman who discovered he was being taken south might be desperate enough to do anything. Some ran. Some fought like tigers. William Grimes tried to break his own leg with an axe.

-Professor Edward Baptist, in "The Half Has Never Been Told," a history of slavery in the United States.

If someone is dangerous enough to fight, then you fight to win. If the Islamic State really is so dangerous to the American homeland in the long term … then it’s irresponsible to tie our hands. It sounds a little bit like Caesar saying he would only use catapults and allied troops but never send Roman legionaries into combat.

-Barry Strauss, history of warfare expert, professor of history, and author of The Death of Caesar, on President Obama’s Sept. 9 speech to the nation on the Islamic State.

Timely conservation action really does work, even for species that have reached alarmingly low numbers. But let’s emphasize that word ‘timely.’

-John Fitzpatrick, Director of the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, in a New York Times OpEd.

In the short term it will increase tension with Russia, but the long-term result will be to encourage Putin to limit his expansionist ambition.

-Barry Strauss, professor of history, on NATO rapid-reaction force.

An Iraq that is to be divided into three states is no more or less of a ‘natural’ representation of the socio-political realities on the ground than a unified Iraq.

-Mostafa Minawi, assistant professor of history and director of the Ottoman and Turkish Studies Initiative.

An Iraq that is to be divided into three states is no more or less of a ‘natural’ representation of the socio-political realities on the ground than a unified Iraq.

-Mostafa Minawi, assistant professor of history and director of the Cornell’s Ottoman and Turkish Studies Initiative.

How do you do something that’s technologically advanced that isn’t immediately technologically dated?

-Dean Dan Huttenlocher, on designing the Cornell Tech campus.

"I asked the general manager of a Hyatt hotel recently, what’s most different now from 35 years ago. And he said, ‘My customers really know how to complain'."

-Marketing Professor Chekitan Dev, School of Hotel Administration.

We need a broad variety of skills to keep our economy robust. … more and more [jobs require] at least some post-secondary education.

-Cornell President David Skorton, on Opening Bell with Maria Bartiromo.

It’s not just the technology; it’s the whole set of knowledge and business maturity and economic maturity together.

-Johnson Dean Soumitra Dutta, on the continuing “digital divide” between countries.
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