Scholarship consideration starts immediately

When you submit your application for admission to Cornell, you will automatically be considered for academic merit scholarships. Upon receiving your acceptance letter, you will also be informed of your academic merit scholarship.

Unless otherwise notified, Cornell will wait to receive your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to prepare your financial assistance package. Please file the FAFSA as soon after October 1 as possible--our FAFSA code is 001856. If your family does not plan on filing a FAFSA, let us know, and we'll prepare your financial assistance package immediately.

Choose how to apply

We accept our own application, the Common Application, and the Coalition Application and consider students equally no matter which application you submit.

CORNELL APPLICATION

Use this application if you want to apply directly to Cornell College as your only option or customize your application for us.

Application materials

  • ACT/SAT score* (optional; you may choose a no-test score application)
  • High school transcript submitted by a high school counselor. An unofficial transcript will be accepted when you submit your application but we will need an official transcript by the end of your senior year of high school.
  • Personal essay or writing sample
  • Short answer questions (required for no-test score application)

Options to enhance your application

  • Teacher recommendations
  • Personal portfolio

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

APPLY WITH THE

CORNELL APPLICATION

COMMON APPLICATION

Use this application if you want to apply to multiple colleges and want to use the same application materials for all of them.

Application materials

  • ACT/SAT score* (optional; you may choose a no-test score application)
  • High school transcript submitted by a high school counselor. An unofficial transcript will be accepted when you submit your application but we will need an official transcript by the end of your senior year of high school.
  • Personal essay
  • Short answer questions (required for no-test score application)

Options to enhance your application

  • Teacher recommendations
  • Personal portfolio

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

APPLY WITH THE

COMMON APPLICATION

*Your composite 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. Cornell College ACT code: 1296. Cornell College SAT code: 6119.