Cornell Admission Requirements

Ithaca, New York

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 11% acceptance rate ranking it #3 in New York for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 5,448 out of 51,324 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, 60% 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 quarter 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 680
SAT Math 25th 710
SAT Composite 25th 1390
SAT Scores for Cornell University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 750
SAT Math 75th 790
SAT Composite 75th 1540
Average SAT Score 1470

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 5 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1390 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 1310. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1470 out of 1600. The school ranks #2 in New York for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 71 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2018 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Cornell University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1540 and Above Good >17%
1465 to 1540 Avg + 11%-17%
1390 to 1465 Avg - 7%-11%
1315 to 1390 Reach 4%-7%
Less than 1315 Low <4%
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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 33
ACT Math 25th 30
ACT Composite 25th 32
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 33

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 32 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 3 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 31 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 33 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 34 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #2 in New York for highest average ACT composite score. 44 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Cornell University.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2018 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Cornell University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
34 and Above Good >17%
33 to 34 Avg + 11%-17%
32 to 33 Avg - 7%-11%
31 to 32 Reach 4%-7%
Less than 31 Low <4%
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Cornell GPA

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.

 What do these ratings mean?

*This school has not released high school GPA data for its incoming freshmen. In these cases, CollegeSimply employs an artificial intelligence (AI) process to predict GPA based on this school's test scores and a large sample of other colleges' data. 3.9 is an estimate of the school's average incoming freshman GPA.

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%
Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House


Admission Statistics

Cornell University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 24,982 26,342 51,324
Accepted 3,016 2,432 5,448
Acceptance Rate 12% 9% 11%
Enrolled 1,779 1,516 3,295
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 59% 62% 60%

Fall 2020 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Jan 2, 2020
Days left to Apply

The application deadline for Fall 2020 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 2, 2020.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Cornell University and what student information is used for 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

Other Colleges to Consider

Other Colleges to Consider
Subject Percent of Class
Colgate University

Hamilton, New York

Hamilton College

Clinton, New York

Vassar College

Poughkeepsie, New York

Williams College

Williamstown, Massachusetts

Princeton University

Princeton, New Jersey

Columbia University in the City of New York

New York, New York

Jewish Theological Seminary of America

New York, New York

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


Does Cornell University prefer SAT or ACT?

71% of students submit their SAT scores to Cornell. 44% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Cornell University?

11% of those who apply are granted admission to Cornell. Admission competition is very high and the college has elite admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Cornell University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1390 and 1540. 71% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Cornell University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 32 and 34. 44% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.

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