First-year Student Admission Deadlines

Ready to apply to Cornell? The process is not complicated, but we do offer several application schedules to choose from as shown in the table below.

Application
Deadline

Notification
By:

Deposit
Deadline

Early Decision

Nov. 1

Dec. 15

Jan. 15

Early Action

Dec. 1

Feb. 1

May 1

Early Decision 2

Feb. 1

Mar. 1

April 1

Regular Decision

Feb. 1

Apr. 1

May 1

Early Decision (ED)
If Cornell is your first choice we encourage you to apply for our binding Early Decision (ED1) application. By applying ED1 by November 1, you will receive early notification of admission and scholarship consideration. Students admitted to the college must submit a $300 non-refundable deposit, postmarked by January 15. Upon submission of the deposit to Cornell students must withdraw applications to other schools.

Early Action
If you would like to learn of your admission status early and are still considering other colleges, you must postmark your application by December 1 for our non-binding Early Action (EA) application. By applying EA, you will receive priority admission and scholarship consideration. Applicants who are offered admission and wish to enroll have until May 1 to submit a $300 deposit.

Early Decision 2 (ED2)
This option allows you to submit a 7th semester transcript or a later SAT/ACT score with your application materials. Applicants admitted to the college who wish to enroll must submit a $300 non-refundable deposit, postmarked by April 1. Upon submission of the deposit to Cornell, students must withdraw applications to all other schools.

Regular Decision
Review of completed applications begins January 1 and applicants will be notified of their admission status no later than April 1. Applicants admitted through this non-binding plan must submit a $300 deposit by May 1.