|Admission Standards||Very High|
How hard is it to get into Cornell College and can I get accepted? The school has a 61% acceptance rate ranking it #9 in Iowa for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 1,545 out of 2,532 applicants were admitted making Cornell College a moderately competitive school to get into with a strong chance of acceptance if you meet the requirements. Academically, it has very high requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 38 percent. Cornell College typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students. Only 19% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top quarter of their high school class.
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|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 25th||540|
|SAT Math 25th||540|
|SAT Composite 25th||1080|
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 75th||670|
|SAT Math 75th||650|
|SAT Composite 75th||1320|
|Average SAT Score||1200|
What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Cornell College?
Cornell College typically requires applicants to be in the top 45 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1080 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 960. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1200 out of 1600. The school ranks #6 in Iowa for highest average SAT composite score. 43 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2018 starting class
|SAT Score (1600 scale)||Competitiveness||Admission Chances|
|1320 and Above||Good||>73%|
|1200 to 1320||Avg +||61%-73%|
|1080 to 1200||Avg -||48%-61%|
|960 to 1080||Reach||35%-48%|
|Less than 960||Low||<35%|
|ACT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 25th||21|
|ACT Math 25th||22|
|ACT Composite 25th||23|
|ACT Test||75th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 75th||28|
|ACT Math 75th||31|
|ACT Composite 75th||30|
|Average ACT Score||26|
What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into Cornell College?
Admission data indicates that Cornell College regularly accepts students with ACT's of 23 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 32 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 20 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 26 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 30 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #3 in Iowa for highest average ACT composite score. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 67 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Cornell College.Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2018 starting class
|ACT Score||Competitiveness||Admission Chances|
|30 and Above||Good||>74%|
|26 to 30||Avg +||61%-74%|
|23 to 26||Avg -||50%-61%|
|20 to 23||Reach||39%-50%|
|Less than 20||Low||<39%|
You will need very good grades in high school to get into Cornell College. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Cornell College was 3.53 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #8 in Iowa for highest average GPA. If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as Cornell College accepts 61% of students who apply.
|High School GPA||Freshmen Within Range||Competitiveness|
|3.50 to 3.75||21%||Avg +|
|3.25 to 3.50||21%||Avg -|
|3.00 to 3.25||8%||Reach|
|2.75 to 3.00||11%||Reach|
|2.50 to 2.75||2%||Reach|
|2.25 to 2.50||N/A%||Low|
|2.00 to 2.25||N/A%||Low|
GPA Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House
66% of Cornell College freshman were in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class.
|High School Class Rank||Freshmen Within Range|
|Top 10% of class||38%|
|Top 25% of class||66%|
|Top 50% of class||91%|
|Bottom 50% of class||9%|
|Bottom 25% of class||2%|
|Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield)||17%||22%||19%|
The application deadline for Fall 2020 has passed. Applications were due on Feb 1, 2020.
What are the requirements for admission to Cornell College and what student information is used for admission decisions?
|High School GPA||Required|
|High School Class Rank||Recommended|
|Completion of College Preparatory Program||Required|
|Demonstration of Competencies||Recommended|
|Credit for Life Experiences||No|
|Subject||Percent of Class|
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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=153162 IPEDS survey data for Cornell College.
43% of students submit their SAT scores to Cornell College. 67% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.
61% of those who apply are granted admission to Cornell College. Admission competition is low and the college has very high admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.
The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1080 and 1320. 43% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.
The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 23 and 30. 67% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.