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

Real FAQs

Join our short (we promise!) webinars on real questions we’re hearing from real students. No hype. Only straightforward answers. 

Here’s what to expect:
7:30-7:35: Introductions (and time to deal with any tech glitches and let people get logged in.)
7:35-7:45: We talk: answers to the questions we get about that session’s topic.
7:45-8:00: You talk: ask any question about your college search and we’ll give you answers.

Real FAQs: What does test optional really mean?
Oct. 22  @ 7:30 p.m.

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Real FAQs: Essays and writing sample tips
Oct. 29 @ 7:30 p.m.

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Real FAQs: How to make your extracurriculars count
Nov. 5 @ 7:30 p.m.

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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.

We are currently accepting applications for the following terms:

Spring 2021

Application Deadline

December 1, 2020

First day of class

January 11, 2021

Fall 2021

Application Deadline

May 1, 2021

First day of class

August 23, 2021