Applying Online to New Visions

Completed applications are due to your high school counselor by Friday, March 16, 2018.

How to apply online:

1. Answer all questions on the application completely, including the essay, and click “Submit Application” at the bottom of the page. If you leave a field blank,  then your form will not be successfully submitted.

2. Download and print the remaining portions of the application, give the enclosed Teacher Evaluations to the respective teachers and give the Counselor Evaluation to your school counselor. Ask your teachers to return the Teacher Evaluation forms promptly to your school counselor. You will also need to review the interview format information as well as and obtain a parent’s signature. All of these items (counselor evaluation, teacher evaluations, and parent signature) must be printed, filled out, and submitted in order for an application to be considered complete.

Click here to Download the remaining portions of the New Visions Application


3. If you are eligible to participate in New Visions, then we will contact you for an interview. Students are expected to dress professionally for the interview.

General Information

Program Choice

You may apply to one or two programs. Please list the New Visions Program you are applying for:

Student Information



  • Write an essay of approximately 250-300 words on ONE of the following topics.
  • Make sure to begin the essay with your name, the name of your high school, and the number (1-7) of the essay topic you have selected.
  • Give your essay a title.


  1. Some students have a background or story that is so central to their identity that they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
  2. The lessons we take from failure can be fundamental to later success. Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?
  3. Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again?
  4. Describe a problem you’ve solved or a problem you would like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma – anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain the significance to you and what steps you took or could have taken to identify a solution.
  5. Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family.
  6. Discuss a current topic or event in your field of interest. Explain its significance and potential implications for this field.
  7. Life Science applicants: One of the highlights of the Life Sciences program is the collaborative research option at Cornell University. Students will have an opportunity to conduct scientific research in collaboration with university researchers. If you have a specific research interest, you may use this question to express your interest and how your experiences have shaped that interest.

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