Admission criteria

Each year our goal is to assemble a dynamic and diverse incoming class while paying attention to the merits of each individual applicant. We look for evidence of academic ability and preparedness, personal character, and meaningful extracurricular involvement. We will provide a thoughtful and holistic review of all your application materials, and your admission counselor is always available to answer your questions. When you apply to Cornell, you'll automatically be considered for merit scholarships

What if you can't take the ACT or SAT? You can still apply.

Cornell is test-optional. You can use the Cornell Application or the Common Application to apply, be admitted, and get your financial aid award all without ACT or SAT scores.

“Having the option of not submitting a standardized score made me feel more confident. I say this because I know that I have more potential than my exam may have portrayed and I really appreciated that I didn’t have to submit it.” - MkpoutoAbasi James

We are currently accepting applications for the following terms:

Fall 2021

Application Deadline

May 1, 2021, additional applications accepted while space available.

First day of class

August 23, 2021

APPLY AS A FIRST-YEAR STUDENT

(This is the first time attending college full-time.)

APPLY AS A TRANSFER STUDENT

(You've attended college full-time somewhere else.)

APPLY AS AN INTERNATIONAL STUDENT

(Your permanent residence is outside the United States.)