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Cornell Admission Requirements


Acceptance Rate

12.7%
Admission Difficulty for Cornell University
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsElite
Applicant CompetitionVery High

Can I get into Cornell? The school has a 13% acceptance rate. 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. 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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SAT Requirements

SAT Range
1440-1560
Applicants Submitting SAT
64%
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
Estimated Average SAT 1500
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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. 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%

ACT Requirements

ACT Range
31-34 
Applicants Submitting ACT
56%
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
Estimated Average ACT 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. 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%

Estimated GPA Requirements

Cornell University has not reported high school GPA data for its accepted students.

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 2019 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Jan 2, 2019
Days left to Apply
None

The application deadline for Fall 2019 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 2, 2019.

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.