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 the Fall 2018 UG admission statistics:
|Students||Early Decision||Regular Decision||Total|
|No. of Applicants||6,158||42,956||49,114|
We can clearly see from the admission statistics of Fall 2018 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 (22%) were preferred over the ones who applied through the regular decision (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.
Standardized test scores form a major component of an application. To get an edge over the others and sustain the existing competition, it’s important to fetch scores par above the minimum requirements for admission at Cornell.
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 in order to prove your eligibility. To ensure your acceptance, you must know that:
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: 699||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
Brushing up some popular facts about Cornell might help your application!
Additionally, you must know that:
|Test Scores||UG: ACT/SAT score|
PG: GMAT/GRE score
|Application Portal||UG: College Application/ Universal College Application|
PG: Individual University Application Forms
|Application Fee||UG: 80 USD|
PG: 80 – 200 USD
|SAT ERW (75th percentile)||760|
|SAT Math (75th percentile)||800|
|ACT composite (75th percentile)||35|
|Average Retention Rate||97%|
|Intake Sessions||Fall, Spring, Summer|
|International Admissions||Cornell Admissions|
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.
The application process differs for international applicants, depending on the type of degree they are interested in applying. Cornell University has specific guidelines for various programs but these are some following general requirements for all programs:
Please note that 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.
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|
|TOEFL iBT||100; PG courses require minimum:|
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 studentswill 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.
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. The university’s undergraduate courses attract many students from different countries.
Application Portal: Common Application Portal or Universal College Application
Application Fee: 80 USD
Cornell expects at least three years of secondary school records along with marks/grades in each subject.
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/Ph.D. or MS/Ph.D. 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
Note: The university doesn’t accept the PTE score for admission for any program.
|Program||Deadline||Additional Requirements||Test Score Requirements||Application Portal & Fee|
|MBA||Round 1: Oct 8|
Round 2: Nov 5
Round 3: January 8
Round 4: Apr 8
|Resume, List of activities, goal statement, 2 essays, 1 LOR||GMAT/GRE; TOEFL/IELTS||SC Johnson College of Business: 200 USD|
|LLM||Early Decision Round I: November 1;|
Early Decision Round II: January 8;
Regular Decision: March 1
|Statement of interest, resume, addendum(fitness, character,etc), LOR||GMAT/ GRE/ LSAT; TOEFL/IELTS||LSAC; 80 USD|
|Electrical and Computer Engineering||Round 1: December 3|
Round 2: January 24
|Resume, Personal statement, 2 LORs,||GRE; TOEFL/IELTS||Cornell Tech; 95 USD|
|Agriculture and Life Sciences||Fall: March 1;|
Spring: October 1
|Resume, 2 LORs, SOP||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.
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.
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.