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Admission to Cornell College is competitive. The courses and degree programs offered by Cornell College are intendedfor students who have been well prepared at the secondary school level,have obvious motivation and a desire to learn, and have the ability andpotential to complete a carefully planned degree program and graduatefrom Cornell College.
Cornell is a member of the National Association of College Admission Counseling (NACAC). As such, it adheres to NACAC's Statement of Principles of Good Practice.
Candidates for freshman admission should follow the procedures indicatedbelow in Steps 1, 2, and 3. Applicants for transfer admission shouldsend an official transcript from every institution in which they havebeen enrolled in addition to completing Steps 1 and 2. Internationalstudents should submit an official English translation of any schooldocument written in any other language. Students who are unsure as towhich admission process best represents them should contact theAdmission Office to discuss their situations personally. Once anapplicant's file is complete, the credentials will be reviewed according to their application plan--Early Decision, Early Action, or Regular Decision. The College's Admission Committee considers an applicant's academic achievement and performance, standardized tests as appropriate, the essay, leadership, strength of character, as well as other qualities apparent in the application.
Cornell College evaluates admission applicants' academic performance within an assessment of their college preparatory curriculum. This type of informed evaluation has proven to be the best indicator of students' probability for academic success at Cornell. The Admission Committee encourages prospective students to challenge themselves academically. The most competitive applicants for admission will have performed well in the best college preparatory courses available to them, whether honors, advanced placement (AP), or international baccalaureate (IB) courses, or concurrent enrollment courses taken in conjunction with local colleges or universities. The Admission Committee recommends your secondary school program include:
Students who do not satisfy the high school course recommendations as described, but who are otherwise well qualified, may be admitted after individual review of their applications.
Transfer applications are accepted as long asspace is available, but applicants are encouraged to apply as early aspossible, as space for transfer students may be limited.
A recommendation completed by a designated school official, typically the college counselor, is required. Though a teacher recommendation is not required, an applicant may elect to submit one to two additional letters of recommendation from teachers.
Whenever possible, each candidate for admission should have a personalinterview with a member of the Admissions staff. This may be arranged onCornell's campus or at a designated off-campus site. The AdmissionsOffice is open each weekday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and onSaturdays by appointment from 9 a.m. until noon. During the summer(June, July, August) offices are closed on Saturday. Since manyprospective students and parents visit the Cornell campus each year,appointments for interviews should be made at least one week in advance of thedate of a campus visit.
Students applying as transfers should have all required application materials postmarked by March 1. A statement of good standing at the institution last attended must be included along with official transcripts. Students not in good standing at other colleges should not apply to Cornell. Notification of the admission decision is on a rolling basis. Students offered admission are asked to reserve their space by May 1. Applications arriving after March 1 are considered on a space-available basis.
College credits presented by transfer students will be evaluated interms of the institutions represented, the quality of the work, and therelationship of the subject matter to the Cornell curriculum (seeCredit byTransfer). The equivalent of 16 course credits (64semester hours or 96 quarter hours) is the maximum credit granted forcoursework completed at a junior or community college.
International students seeking admission to Cornell College shouldobtain application materials from the Admissions Office. Applicants willneed to provide evidence of English language proficiency, satisfactorycompletion of secondary schooling, and sufficient financial support.Applicants are required to submit a TOEFL score but may substituteeither the SAT or ACT.
The Admissions Office and Office of Intercultural Life assistinternational students in matters related to the U.S. Immigration andNaturalization Service (INS) and their F-1 visa status. Official formsand current information are available from those offices.
International students with the legal status of aliens, including thosestudents with the non-immigrant status of either F or B, must maintaintheir legal status in order to be permitted to continue to enroll incourses at Cornell College. International students must be enrolled as full-time students (eight terms per year). Students who are in the process of changingstatus must have received approval, or reasonable assurance of obtainingapproval, before enrolling in courses at Cornell. The burden of proofrests with the student. Reasonable proof of filing may include astatement from INS that the forms are being processed or a registeredmail receipt showing that INS has received the forms. If an applicationfor reinstatement of status is denied by INS, the College may terminatethe student's enrollment at any time. The Director of Intercultural Life is the Designated SchoolOfficial authorized to act on behalf of Cornell in immigration matters.
In cooperation with the Dean of Students Office and the Business andRegistrar's Offices, staff in the Office of Intercultural Life advise andassist international students in communications with home governmentsand educational and sponsoring agencies. They also assist withother personal and academic concerns when requested.
Cornell offers the opportunity for admission with advanced standing or
admission with exemption from certain course requirements (seeExemption,Advanced Placement, andCredit by Examination). Studentsshould consult their high school counselor for information about theAdvanced Placement tests offered by the College Entrance ExaminationBoard and the College Level Examination Program or contact theEducational Testing Service, Box 592, Princeton, New Jersey 08540, or onthe World Wide Web at www.ets.org. The Cornell Registrar can answerquestions about these and other possibilities for advanced standing,such as the International Baccalaureate.
Veterans qualifying for the Certificate of Eligibility for Educational Benefits issued by the Veterans Administration may receive advanced standing for:
Persons wishing to take a limited amount of college work may beregistered as non-matriculated students but may at any time apply foradmission to a degree program (see also ``ContinuingEducation'' ).
Persons who have completed a bachelor's degree are eligible for admission as Continuing Education students. Former Cornell students who have not completed a bachelor's degree may return to Cornell as a readmitted student (see Index. Readmission). Persons who do not have a degree and do not plan to pursue a degree or certification may take up to four courses under the Continuing Education Program.
Continuing Education students have the option of enrolling either full- or part-time and as degree or non-degree candidates. Degree candidates have a choice of three baccalaureate programs (see Index. Degree Programs). Students may take courses to enrich themselves, to earn transferable credits for admission to graduate programs, for teacher certification, completion of a second major or minor, or on a trial basis to decide whether they wish to matriculate as degree candidates.
Cornell's unique One-Course-At-A-Time calendar makes it possible for students to enroll in the College at any time during the academic year and to choose the months of the year during which they can study.
The Admission Office coordinates the admission of Continuing Education students. The Continuing Education Program offers reduced tuition in lieu of other Cornell financial aid. Continuing Education students may apply for Stafford Loans or may use Veterans' Administration or Vocational Rehabilitation benefits toward the reduced tuition. All financial aid to Continuing Education students must come from sources outside the College and will be applied toward the entire year's charges before refunds are made. Students not receiving financial aid may elect to pay for courses one at a time with payment due prior to the beginning of each course. Non-degree students may take up to four course credits at Cornell at the reduced tuition rate.
Continuing Education students may use the facilities and support services of the College and are subject to the same academic regulations and procedures that apply to other Cornell students. The chief exceptions are that Continuing Education students may take as many terms off during the academic year as they wish, do not receive the ninth term free, and are not eligible to live in College housing.
Students must confirm an offer of admission, after having been notifiedof their acceptance, by paying a non-refundable $300 deposit to reserveresidence hall space and a place in the entering class. This deposit isdue by May 1, which is the national Candidates' Reply Date.