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Cornell College Admission Requirements

Chances of getting into Cornell College

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
65%
Admission Difficulty for Cornell College
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsVery High
Applicant CompetitionLow

How hard is it to get into Cornell College and can I get accepted? The school has a 65% acceptance rate ranking it #16 in Iowa for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 1,480 out of 2,276 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 30 percent. Cornell College typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students. Only 20% 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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Cornell College SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1170-1400
Applicants Submitting SAT
18%
SAT Scores for Cornell College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 600
SAT Math 25th 570
SAT Composite 25th 1170
SAT Scores for Cornell College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 710
SAT Math 75th 690
SAT Composite 75th 1400
Average SAT Score 1290

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Cornell College?

Cornell College typically requires applicants to be in the top 29 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1170 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 1050. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1290 out of 1600. The school ranks #5 in Iowa for highest average SAT composite score. 18 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Cornell College admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1400 and Above Good >76%
1285 to 1400 Avg + 65%-76%
1170 to 1285 Avg - 52%-65%
1055 to 1170 Reach 39%-52%
Less than 1055 Low <39%
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Cornell College ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
23-29 
Applicants Submitting ACT
83%
ACT Scores for Cornell College
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 22
ACT Math 25th 22
ACT Composite 25th 23
ACT Scores for Cornell College
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 31
ACT Math 75th 29
ACT Composite 75th 29
Average ACT Score 26

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

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 29 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 83 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Cornell College.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Cornell College admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
29 and Above Good >76%
26 to 29 Avg + 65%-76%
23 to 26 Avg - 52%-65%
20 to 23 Reach 39%-52%
Less than 20 Low <39%
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Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.53
Typical High School Grades
B+

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 65% of students who apply.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted Cornell College students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness
3.75+ 37% Good
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

High School Class Rank

66% of Cornell College freshman were in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Cornell College students
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%

Admission Statistics

Cornell College admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 1,145 1,131 2,276
Accepted 812 668 1,480
Acceptance Rate 71% 59% 65%
Enrolled 150 150 300
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 18% 22% 20%

Fall 2020 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Feb 1, 2020
Days left to Apply
74

Applicants have 74 days left until the Fall 2020 term applications are due on Feb 1, 2020.

Seniors, these are the SAT and ACT test dates you can still sit for a test and send your results to Cornell College before the Feb 1 application deadline.

SAT Test Date Scores Available
Dec 7 Dec 20
ACT Test Date Scores Available
Dec 14 Dec 24

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Cornell College and what considerations affect admission decisions?

Cornell College Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Cornell College
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=153162 IPEDS survey data for Cornell College.