The application instructions on the page pertain to first-year students from the U.S. Please note that the process is somewhat different for transfer students and international students.

Apply online

We offer two ways to apply online. 

The $30 application fee is waived when you apply online. If you prefer to apply by paper form, please contact the Admission Office.

Additional application materials

Required materials

In order to process your application, we will also need the following items:

  • Official high school transcript including all coursework to date, provided by your guidance counselor
  • ACT or SAT score, which may be listed on your transcript. If not, you'll need to request an official copy from the testing agency

Recommended materials

The following item are optional but highly recommended:

Scholarship application

When you submit your application for admission to Cornell, you will automatically be considered for academic merit scholarships. We also offer attractive fine arts scholarships, which require a separate application.

Application deadlines and notification

After you have submitted all of your application materials, expect to hear from us within two weeks with a decision. 

Application DeadlineDeposit Deadline
Early Decision Nov. 1 Jan. 15
Early Action
Dec. 1 May 1
Early Decision 2 Feb. 1 April 1
Regular Decision
Feb. 1 May 1
Late Applications See below

Early Decision (ED1)

If Cornell is your first choice, we encourage you to complete a binding Early Decision Agreement when you apply. By applying ED by Nov. 1, you will receive early notification of admission and scholarship consideration. If you apply ED and are admitted to the college, you must submit a $300 non-refundable deposit postmarked by January 15 and withdraw any applications to other schools.

Early Action (EA)

If you would like to learn of your admission status as early as possible but are still considering other colleges, you must postmark your application by Dec. 1 to be considered as an Early Action (EA) applicant. By applying EA, you will receive priority admission and scholarship consideration. If you apply EA and are admitted to the college, you must submit a $300 deposit by May 1.

Early Decision 2 (ED2)

This option allows you to submit a seventh semester transcript or a later SAT/ACT score with your application materials. If you apply ED2 and are admitted to the college, you must submit a $300 non-refundable deposit postmarked by April 1 and withdraw any applications to other schools.

Regular Decision (RD)

Regular Decision applicants will be notified of their admission status no later than April 1. If you apply RD and are admitted to the college, you must submit a $300 deposit by May 1.

Late Applications

The Admission Office will continue to accept late applications on a space-available basis after the stated application deadlines. Please contact your admission counselor for more information.