Cornell University 2021 Admissions: Acceptance Rate, Requirements, Deadlines, Application Process
Being a part of the prestigious Ivy League, Cornell University continues to impart quality education through varied academic offerings in over 100 disciplines. Moreover, Cornell is one of the most diverse institutions in US housing students from over 116 countries in the world.
Cornell University attracts a galore of applications every academic year and getting through its rigorous admissions process can be a tough nut to crack. In order to assess the difficulty of getting accepted to Cornell University, let’s get a sneak peek into Class of 2021 UG admission statistics:
|Students||Early Decision||Regular Decision||Total|
|No. of Applicants||6,158||42,956||49,114|
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We can clearly see from the admission statistics that out of a total of 49,114, merely 5,330 applications got selected for admission,i.e., only 10% students could fulfil their dream of making to one of the top-notch institutions like Cornell.
Also, one must note that students who applied through Early decision (acceptance rate: 22%) were preferred over the ones who applied through the regular decision (acceptance rate: 9%) and had a better chance of admission. Thus, it’s imperative that students with only Cornell on their mind should go for the Early decision without any second thoughts.
|Programs||Tuition Fee (Per Annum in USD)||Deadlines||Basic Academic Requirements|
|M.Eng Computer Science||56,550||Fall: February 1; Spring: October 1||GPA: 3.6; GRE: Verbal- 153, Quantitative- 165; IELTS: 100/ TOEFL: 7.0|
|MBA||69,440||Round 1: October 10, Round 2: January 5, Round 3: April 8||GMAT: 700; GPA: 3.34; IELTS: 100/ TOEFL: 7.0|
|M.Eng Mechanical Engineering||56,550||Fall: February 1; Spring: October 1||GPA: 3.6; GRE: Verbal-157, Quantitative-164; Analytic- 3.0; IELTS: 100/ TOEFL: 7.0|
|M.Eng./MBA||69,440||Round 1: November 5; Round 2: January 8; Round 3: April 4||GMAT: 700/ GRE: Verbal-157, Quantitative-164; Analytic- 3.0; IELTS: 100/ TOEFL: 7.0|
|M.Eng Materials Science and Engineering||29,404||Fall: December 1; Spring: October 3||GRE: Verbal- 153; Quantitative- 165; IELTS: 100; TOEFL: 7.0|
|M.Sc. Applied Economics and Management||20,800||Fall: December 15||GRE: Verbal- 153; Quantitative- 165; IELTS: 100; TOEFL: 7.0|
|B.Sc Computer Science||60,350||Fall: November 1; Spring: October 3||85% in Class 12 with knowledge of Object-Oriented Programming & Data Structures, Discrete Structures, Math or Calculus;
IELTS: 100/TOEFL: 7.0
|B.Sc Mechanical Engineering||52,323||Fall: November 1; Spring: October 3||85% in Class 12 with Physics, Chemistry & Maths
IELTS: 100/ TOEFL: 7.0
|B.Sc Chemical Engineering||52,323||Fall: November 1; Spring: October 3||85% in Class 12 with Physics, Chemistry & Maths
IELTS: 100/ TOEFL: 7.0
|Bachelor of Global and Public Health Sciences||52,424||Fall: November 1; Spring: October 3||85% in Class 12 with Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Maths & English
IELTS: 100/TOEFL: 7.0
|B.Sc Operations Research and Engineering||52,323||Fall: November 1; Spring: October 3||85% in Class 12 with Physics, Chemistry & Maths
IELTS: 100/ TOEFL: 7.0
Class Profile of Popular Graduate Programs at Cornell (Class of 2020) are tabulated below:
|Subject/School||Total Applicants||Admitted Students||Acceptance Rate||Median UG GPA||Standardized Test Scores||Average Work Experience|
|2-year MBA Program||1,653||280||17%||3.41||Median GMAT Score: 700||5 years|
|Cornell Law School – Juris Doctor Program||3,826||198||5.2%||3.77||Median LSAT Score: 167||Not required|
|Cornell Medical School||6,000||106||1.8%||3.87||Average MCAT Score: 519||Not required|
|Cornell Masters of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering||-||-||-||3.50+||Average GRE Verbal Score: 153+;
Average GRE Quantitative Score: 160+
|Cornell Master of Industrial and Labor Relations||-||-||35% – 40%||3.50+||GRE Score: Average GRE Verbal Score: 157, Average GRE Quantitative Score: 155, Average GRE Analytical Score: 4.3 Or
GMAT Score: Average GMAT Verbal Score: 35 Average GMAT Quantitative Score: 45 Average GMAT AWA Score: 5.2
The scores obtained by the students accepted in UG courses at Cornell are tabulated below:
|Standardized Test||25th Percentile||75th Percentile|
While seeking admission in an undergraduate degree, you will be required to qualify either SAT or ACT to prove your eligibility. To ensure your acceptance, you must know that:
- A composite score of 1500 or above in SAT is considered an excellent score, however, there is no need to complete the SAT essay in order to be eligible.
- While on the ACT, you must obtain a composite score of at least 32 or above to make it to Cornell.
Out of 15 different schools and colleges, Cornell has eight undergraduate units offering courses across various fields. At present, there are over 80 undergraduate majors at Cornell University, and over 120 minors. Cornell’s undergraduate courses attract many students from different countries.
Cornell has a different application timeline for its international applications. Most deadlines coincide with the final date of submitting financial aid request along with it. Applicants can also seek monetary help from external sources of financial help and scholarships available in the US.
|Undergraduate||Early Decision (Financial Aid)||November 1|
|Undergraduate||Regular Decision (Financial Aid)||January 2|
|Undergraduate Transfer||Fall (Financial Aid)||March 15|
Graduate programs at Cornell University have varying deadlines. International applicants should check with their program of choice and apply accordingly.
Application Portal: Common Application Portal or Universal College Application
Application Fee: 80 USD
Application Requirements: In view of COVID-19 pandemic, Cornell University has eased down its application process by waiving off ACTor SAT requirement temporarily for students who are planning to take admission in the upcoming session of 2021.
Furthermore, TOEFL score requirement has been waived off for international students who have previously take SAT or ACT and have scored a minimum of 35 on the SAT Reading Test or, 30 or higher on both the ACT Reading and English Sections. English language requirements have also been waived off for international students with formal education taught in the English language in the last 4 years.
Hence for completing the application process for undergraduate admissions at Cornell University, international students need to provide:
- Official transcripts translated in English (secondary/ high school); students who are about to take final high school examination need to approach their school authority to include the predicted marks
- Cornell University Writing Supplement and Questions
- School Report
- A recommendation letter from a counsellor
- Two evaluations from teachers
- Mid-year Report, whenever available
- Cornell University Questions and Writing Supplement (CA) or Cornell Supplement (UCA)
- Interviews, portfolios, design submissions (if specified)
Cornell expects at least three years of secondary school records along with marks/grades in each subject.
- B.Arch. program applicants are not required to submit Subject Tests.
- The high schools of the applicants have to send the transcripts online or through mail to Cornell University. Only then their applications will stand valid for assessment.
Cornell University has over 100 academic departments that grant several graduate and professional degrees to students from all over the world.
Research programs are awarded MS, MA, MA/PhD or MS/PhD. degrees and professional programs are awarded D.M.A., J.S.D., M.Arch., M.Eng, MFA, etc. Following are the application requirements for different graduate programs offered at Cornell University.
Application Portal: College Net ApplyWeb
Application Fee: 105 USD, may vary for some programs
- Official transcripts/ degrees from a recognized university
- Test scores of required standardized exams
- Letters of recommendation
- Statement of Purpose
- English language requirements
Note: The university doesn’t accept the PTE score for admission for any program.
|Program||Deadline||Degree Requirement||GPA||Additional Requirements||Work Experience||Test Score Requirements||Application Portal & Fee|
|MBA||Round 1: Oct 8
Round 2: Nov 5
Round 3: January 8
Round 4: Apr 8
|UG degree from any recognized university||3.41||Resume, List of activities, goal statement, 2 essays, 1 LOR||Not mandatory; average work ex.: 2-5 years||GMAT (640 – 740) or GRE: 161 (Verbal), 159 (Quant); TOEFL/IELTS||SC Johnson College of Business: 200 USD|
|M. Eng. Electrical and Computer Engineering||Round 1: December 3
Round 2: January 24
|A 4-year bachelor’s in a relevant field||3.5||Resume, Personal statement, 2 LORs,||Not required||GRE: Optional; TOEFL/IELTS||Cornell Tech; 95 USD|
|LLM||Early Decision Round I: November 1;
Early Decision Round II: January 8;
Regular Decision: March 1
|A 4-year bachelor’s in a relevant field||3.5||Statement of interest, resume, addendum(fitness, character,etc), LOR||Not required||LSAT (160); TOEFL/IELTS||LSAC; 80 USD|
|Agriculture and Life Sciences||Fall: March 1;
Spring: October 1
|A 4-year bachelor’s in a relevant field||3.4||Resume, 2 LORs, SOP||Not required||GRE Not Required; TOEFL/IELTS||Cornell CALS; 105 USD|
In case of MBA program, after the application form is reviewed, the students will be called for an interview session. This interview session will help the Admission Committee in understanding the student better.
Work experience is not mandatory while applying for the full-time MBA program. However, the university gives value to those applications which have relevant work experience of 2-5 years.Only a limited number of outstanding students are accepted with less than one year of work experience.
- Documents are required to be submitted in their original language, along with their English translated copy.
- No supporting documents should be sent unless told otherwise. Items like financial statements, resume, etc unless specified by the program.
- Cornell discourages any application material sent via paid agents, credentialing services or any kind of paid professional assistance. Applicants should complete their applications without assistance.
- The students are not required to submit TOEFL and IELTS score if they belong to Ireland, Australia, New Zealand or Canada (except Quebec).
- The students have to send their application form by December 15 to get considered for the scholarship award. Application received after the due date will be reviewed on a space-available basis.
English language understanding is required to study at Cornell University. All international applicants must demonstrate these basic scores in various tests.
|English Proficiency Test||Minimum Required Score|
UG courses: 100
PG courses: 24 in Speaking, 20 in Reading, 15 in Listening, 20 in Writing
These are general English language test requirements for most Cornell programs, however, different courses may require a higher score.
English language requirement can be waived for those undergraduate international applicants who score at least 35 on the SAT Reading test or 30 in ACT Reading and English Sections.
To get ELP waived, they need to request a TOEFL/IELTS waiver.
International students need an F-1 or J-1 visa in order to study any program at Cornell University. Admitted students will receive their I-20 or DS-2019 forms once they have provided proof of financial support. After this students must pay the SEVIS fee and proceed with the visa interview at the local US Embassy/Consulate.
Around 80 international transfer students are enrolled every year to the university in addition to native American and other America-related nationality students.
Entry Requirements: Transcripts
Standardized Test Scores (academic): SAT/ACT
English Proficiency Test: TOEFL or IELTS score
Application Requirements: Registrar report; mid-term report; Cornell Questions and Writing Supplement (CA) or Transfer Supplement (UCA); interviews (for College of Architecture Art and Planning and School of Hotel Administration); required portfolio; design submission
When to Apply: Application Deadline: October 15 (Spring session) and March 15 (Fall session)
Application Fee: 80 USD
How to Apply: The students have to use either of the 2 forms to apply for their chosen program – Common Application and Universal College Application
Note: The students can send the supporting documents via the online way or by mail.
- Cornell looks for students who have a little bit of everything- intellect, not just academic-oriented.
- Cornell admissions office looks at a candidate’s involvement in their community, workplace, and college.
- They also scrutinize an applicant's reason for picking Cornell as their prospective choice, so candidates must pay special attention to their reasons for applying there.
Brushing up some popular facts about Cornell might help your application!
Additionally, you must know that:
- The admission process at Cornell are need-aware, the admissions office considers a student’s financial ability to fund or not.
- To receive financial aid, students must apply for aid while applying for admission at Cornell University.
- IELTS and TOEFL tests must be taken prior to December.
Ques. Is a writing supplement required for admission at Cornell University?
Ans. Yes, all first-years and transfer applicants must provide a writing supplement. These can be found under 'Questions' in the 'My colleges' tab on Common Application.
Ques. Where can I find the Admission Supplement International Students form?
Ans. The supplemental ApplyWeb form is provided via a link once a candidate receives heir admission offer. This form will inlude important information from the copy of your passport, financial statements and so on. Only after submitting this form will the university issue them the Certificate of Eligibility.
Ques. Is there any fee required for submitting the supplemental International Students form?
Ans. After submitting the admission supplement, the applicant might be asked to pay a 30 USD fee to cover the expenses of shipping their I-20 or DS-2019 form.
Ques. How much amount do I need to have for a Financial Certification?
Ans. US law states that all international students must provide proof of adequate financial resources. The students must have enough resources to cover their cost of attendance, living expenses and extra expenses for atleast the first year of program.