Admission criteria

Each year our goal is to assemble a dynamic and diverse incoming class while paying attention to the merits of each individual applicant. We look for evidence of academic ability and preparedness, personal character, and meaningful extracurricular involvement. We will provide a thoughtful and holistic review of all your application materials, and your admission counselor is always available to answer your questions. When you apply to Cornell, you'll automatically be considered for merit scholarships

What if you can't take the ACT or SAT? You can still apply.

Cornell is test-optional. Learn more about what that means for your application for admission. You can use the Cornell Application or the Common Application to apply, be admitted, and get your financial aid award all without ACT or SAT scores. 

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