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Ithaca, New York

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Chances of getting into Cornell University

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
10.7%
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 #4 in New York for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 5,514 out of 51,500 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, 59% 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.

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to Cornell University. If you submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 71% of students submitted SAT scores and 44% submitted ACT scores for admission for the 2021/2022 academic year..

Cornell SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1400-1540
Applicants Submitting SAT
71%
SAT Scores for Cornell University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 680
SAT Math 25th 720
SAT Composite 25th 1400
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 prefers applicants to be in the top 5 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1400 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 1330. 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 2020 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%
1470 to 1540 Avg + 11%-17%
1400 to 1470 Avg - 7%-11%
1330 to 1400 Reach 4%-7%
Less than 1330 Low <4%
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Cornell ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
32-35 
Applicants Submitting ACT
44%
ACT Scores for Cornell University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 34
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 35
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 30 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 34 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 35 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 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Cornell University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
35 and Above Good >20%
33 to 35 Avg + 11%-20%
32 to 33 Avg - 8%-11%
31 to 32 Reach 6%-8%
Less than 31 Low <6%
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Cornell GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.9*
Typical High School Grades
A-

What GPA do you need to get into Cornell University?

Applicants require exceptionally good grades to get into Cornell. 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 #4 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.

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High School Class Rank

83% 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 83%
Top 25% of class 96%
Top 50% of class 99%
Lower 50% of class 1%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

Cornell University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 24,652 26,848 51,500
Accepted 3,057 2,457 5,514
Acceptance Rate 12% 9% 11%
Enrolled 1,768 1,481 3,249
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 58% 60% 59%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Fall 2022 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Jan 2, 2022
Days left to Apply
None

The application deadline for Fall 2022 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 2, 2022.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Cornell University is $80.

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 Considered but not required
High School GPA Considered but not required
High School Class Rank Considered but not required
Completion of College Preparatory Program Considered but not required
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Considered but not required

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.

FAQs

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 1400 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 35. 44% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.