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Cornell Admission Requirements

Chances of getting into Cornell University

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
Admission Difficulty for Cornell University
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsElite
Applicant CompetitionVery High

How hard is it to get into Cornell and can I get accepted? The school has a 13% acceptance rate ranking it #5 in New York for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 5,962 out of 47,039 applicants were admitted making Cornell a very highly competitive school to get into with a low chance of acceptance for typical applicants.  Academically, it has exceptionally high requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 4 percent. Cornell University typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students. Of those applicants who were admitted, 56% enrolled. With over half of admitted students enrolling, acceptance by Cornell University is a prized outcome for many students. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top ten percent of their high school class.

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Cornell SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
Applicants Submitting SAT
SAT Scores for Cornell University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 710
SAT Math 25th 730
SAT Composite 25th 1440
SAT Scores for Cornell University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 760
SAT Math 75th 800
SAT Composite 75th 1560
Average SAT Score 1500

SAT Scores you need to get in

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

Cornell University typically requires applicants to be in the top 3 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1440 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 1380. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1500 out of 1600. The school ranks #2 in New York for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 64 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 University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1560 and Above Good >20%
1500 to 1560 Avg + 13%-20%
1440 to 1500 Avg - 8%-13%
1380 to 1440 Reach 5%-8%
Less than 1380 Low <5%
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Cornell ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
Applicants Submitting ACT
ACT Scores for Cornell University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 32
ACT Math 25th 30
ACT Composite 25th 31
ACT Scores for Cornell University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 35
ACT Math 75th 35
ACT Composite 75th 34
Average ACT Score 32

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into Cornell?

Admission data indicates that Cornell regularly accepts students with ACT's of 31 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 5 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 30 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 32 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 34 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #3 in New York for highest average ACT composite score. 56 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Cornell University.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Cornell University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
34 and Above Good >23%
32 to 34 Avg + 13%-23%
31 to 32 Avg - 9%-13%
30 to 31 Reach 7%-9%
Less than 30 Low <7%
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Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
Typical High School Grades

You will need exceptionally good grades to get into Cornell University. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Cornell University was 3.9 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A- students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #2 in New York for highest average GPA. Meeting these GPA requirements alone is not enough to gain admission as Cornell is a very selective school.

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High School Class Rank

87% of Cornell University freshman were in the top ten percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Cornell University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 87%
Top 25% of class 98%
Top 50% of class 99%
Bottom 50% of class 1%
Bottom 25% of class 0%

Admission Statistics

Cornell University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 22,172 24,867 47,039
Accepted 3,228 2,734 5,962
Acceptance Rate 15% 11% 13%
Enrolled 1,772 1,577 3,349
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 55% 58% 56%

Fall 2020 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Jan 2, 2020
Days left to Apply

Applicants have 77 days left until the Fall 2020 term applications are due on Jan 2, 2020.

Seniors, these are the SAT and ACT test dates you can still sit for a test and send your results to Cornell before the Jan 2 application deadline.

SAT Test Date Scores Available
Nov 2 Nov 15
Dec 7 Dec 20
ACT Test Date Scores Available
Oct 26 Nov 14
Dec 14 Dec 24

Admission Requirements

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

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

Credits Accepted

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

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=190415 IPEDS survey data for Cornell University.