Cornell Admission Requirements
Chances of getting into Cornell University
|Applicant Competition||Very 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 ten percent of their high school class.
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Cornell SAT Scores
Applicants Submitting SAT71%
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 25th||680|
|SAT Math 25th||710|
|SAT Composite 25th||1390|
|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. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.
|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%|
Cornell ACT Scores
Applicants Submitting ACT44%
|ACT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 25th||33|
|ACT Math 25th||30|
|ACT Composite 25th||32|
|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.
|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%|
Avg. High School GPA3.9*
Typical High School GradesA-
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.
87% of Cornell University freshman were in the top ten percent of their high school graduating class.
|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%|
|Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield)||59%||62%||60%|
Applications were DueJan 2, 2020
Days left to ApplyNone
The application deadline for Fall 2020 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 2, 2020.
What are the requirements for admission to Cornell University and what considerations affect admission decisions?
|High School GPA||Required|
|High School Class Rank||Recommended|
|Completion of College Preparatory Program||Recommended|
|Demonstration of Competencies||Recommended|
|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.
Frequently Asked Questions
71% of students submit their SAT scores to Cornell. 44% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.
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.
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.