At Cornell College, we select students for every incoming class based on the merits of each individual application. While we look for academic ability and preparedness, we also look for personal character and meaningful community involvement. We chose students who we believe would create a dynamic and diverse incoming class.

Information for you and your family

If your primary language is Chinese, Japanese, Spanish or Portuguese, we have provided some additional information to help you and your family learn more about Cornell.

Required materials for international students

  1. Common Application with essay

  2. Secondary School Report Form (submit via the Common Application)

  3. High school transcript (all high school coursework to date)

  4. Applicants must demonstrate English proficiency by submitting at least one standardized test score or by completing ELS Level 112. Please refer to chart below for accepted tests and recommended scores.  International Student Financial Aid Application (ISFAA) and International Student Certification of Finances (ICOF)

    • SAT and ACT scores, while not requires, can enhance your application and increase your scholarship chances.
    • Cornell's TOEFL and SAT codes: 6119. ACT code: 1296
  5. Teacher recommendations are optional but encouraged (submit via the Common Application)

English proficiency

Proficiency Measure Minimum Recommended
ELS Level 112 Level 112
TOEFL 79 Internet550 paper 100 Internet600 paper
IELTS 6.0 7.0
SAT  Not applicable 1030 (Critical Reading + Math) 
ACT  Not applicable 22
EIKEN Grade Pre-1 Grade 1

Application dates and deadlines

We encourage you to apply as early as possible to avoid delays in international mail delivery. Our application schedule for first-year students and our schedule for transfer students are the same for international and U.S. applicants. International applications postmarked by February 1 will receive priority in our regular decision processing and possibly earlier notification of our decision. Applications postmarked after March 1 will be considered, but the process may be delayed.

Visa information

Most international students enter Cornell College under the F-1 student program. Cornell College will issue the necessary I-20 forms to all admitted students who have provided sufficient financial documentation. More complete details will be included with the offer of admission.

Application assistance

We encourage you to schedule time at your nearest EducationUSA Education Advising Center for help with your application. We also invite you to contact Marie Schofer, Cornell's international student recruiter, with any questions you have about applying to Cornell.

Whether you're from France or China, Brazil or Tanzania, Cornell is a great place to learn, make new friends, and get involved in campus activities. Cornell students come from more than 15 countries and nearly every state. We are a diverse campus, and our Office of Intercultural Life offers many services to help you fit in and feel at home, including orientation activities specifically for international students.