Apply for Cornell College Admission & Scholarships
How does Cornell pick its incoming class?
Do you have questions about the block plan, the admission process, or how to pay for a Cornell College education?
We're here to answer questions, assist you with your application, or discuss your options for paying for college. Reach out to us!
Each year our goal is to assemble a diverse incoming class while paying attention to the merits of each individual applicant. You will not be a number at Cornell nor do we judge your application solely on numbers or test scores. (We're a test-optional college. More on that later.) Here's what we're looking for: evidence of your academic ability and preparedness, an outline of your personal character, and an indication of what meaningful activities you are involved in. From there, we thoughtfully review all your application materials and try to get a sense of who you are.
When you apply to Cornell, you'll automatically be considered for merit scholarships. (No additional forms! You're welcome.)
We're taking applications for fall 2021 and fall 2022
Fall 2021 application period is closing soon
If you still want to apply to Cornell to be a part of the fall 2021 incoming class, there is still a small window open in which you can apply, find out what your financial aid package would be, and get your deposit in before the first day of class on August 23. Don't wait! Get started right away by selecting from the options below.
Fall 2022 application period opens on July 1, 2021
Why apply now for the fall 2022 incoming class? The earlier you apply, the faster you'll hear back from us. Take a look at your application options below.
First-year of applying to colleges?
High school seniors, we're excited to read your applications. Don't make us wait; apply now!
Transferring from a college to Cornell?
We will walk you through the process of transferring your credits from your previous college over to Cornell. Get started now.
What should be on your transcript?
If you have not completed a college-prep curriculum, we recommend your transcript reflects that you have:
- 4 years of English.
- 3 years of math (preferably two in algebra and one in geometry) OR Algebra II.
- 3 years of social science (history, government, economics, psychology, etc.).
- 3 years of science (preferably two lab science courses).
- 2 years of foreign language (preferred, but not required, in the same language).
Your admission counselor will consider your full application (all submitted materials) when making the final admission decision.