International Student Application Process

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 submit scores for at least one of the following standardized tests; TOEFL, IELTS, SAT or ACT.  Please refer to the chart below for recommended scores.  
    • 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. International Student Financial Aid Application (ISFAA) and International Student Certification of Finances (ICOF)
  6. Teacher recommendations are optional but encouraged (submit via the Common Application)

Test scores

Test Type Minimum Recommended

79 Internet

213 computer

550 paper

100 Internet

250 computer

600 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.