a year ago
This is a popular question. Put yourself in Cornell's shoes. It's important to meet minimum requirements. Usually institutions tend to go through cycles of high interests where the open seats are filled up well before the minimum requirement is hit. Having said this, having a well rounded profile demonstrating your skills, dedication, experience and ability to achieve excellence will go a long way.
GPA is certainly one of the important aspects of your profile. However, even if your GPA is within an acceptable range, at Cornell, you still must have an all-round profile to get in.