Application Guidelines

Your application for admission to Cornell also serves as your academic scholarship application. Please refer to our transfer admission dates for information on priority consideration for scholarships and other deadlines. You will be informed of any academic scholarship awards at the time of admission.


Eligibility for many of our academic scholarships is based on your rank among our pool of all admitted students, including both first-year and transfer students. We determine your rank based on a number of factors, including your academic record, personal essays and interviews, and recommendations.


Academic scholarships and awards are renewable annually if you make satisfactory academic progress.


For questions about academic scholarships, please contact your admission counselor.

Available scholarships

Trustee Scholarship: $20,000
Eligibility: Top 10 percent of admitted students

Presidential Scholarship: $17,000
Eligibility: Top 15 percent of admitted students

Dean’s Scholarship: $15,000
Eligibility: Top 20 percent of admitted students. In addition, Phi Theta Kappa members automatically qualify for scholarships beginning at the Dean's Scholarship level, but may be eligible for higher awards depending on overall ranking among admitted students.

Founders Scholarship: $12,000
Eligibility: Top 25 percent of admitted students

Legacy Award: $2,000
Eligibility: In recognition of those students whose parent, grandparent, or great grandparent graduated from Cornell College.