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Cornell College Admission Chances


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Acceptance Chances

Can I get into Cornell College? These admission statistics provide an indication how difficult it is to get in and what your chances are. 1,364 out of 1,936 applicants or 70% were admitted making Cornell College a moderately competitive school to get into with a good chance of acceptance if you meet the requirements. Academically, it has very high requirements for admission test scores. Cornell College typically accepts and attracts B+ average high school students. Only 20% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Women Men Total
Applied 933 1,003 1,936
Accepted 678 686 1,364
Acceptance Rate 73% 68% 70%
Enrolled 124 152 276
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 18% 22% 20%

Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT and ACT requirements for students to be admitted to Cornell College and what score do you need to get in? The tables below describe the SAT and ACT test score percentile profile of the Fall 2015 starting class.

ACT Requirements

Admission data indicates that Cornell College regularly accepts students with ACTs of 23 and above. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 20 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 26 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 29 and above have very competitive chances. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 82 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Cornell College.

SAT Requirements (New SAT)

Reporting indicates the school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1090 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 950. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1230 out of 1600. 29 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

25th Percentile Score 75th Percentile Score
SAT Composite 1090 1370
SAT Reading 560 690
SAT Math 530 660
ACT Composite 23 29
ACT English 22 30
ACT Math 21 27

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by Score

What do these ratings mean?

ACT Score Competitiveness Est. Admission Chances
29 and Above Good >80%
26 to 29 Avg + 70%-80%
23 to 26 Avg - 58%-70%
20 to 23 Reach 45%-58%
Less than 20 Low <45%
SAT Score (NEW 1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1370 and Above Good >80%
1230 to 1370 Avg + 70%-80%
1090 to 1230 Avg - 58%-70%
950 to 1090 Reach 45%-58%
Less than 950 Low <45%

Estimated GPA Requirements

You will need very good grades in high school to get into Cornell College. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Cornell College was 3.53 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as Cornell College accepts 70% of students who apply.

What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Admission Chances
3.75+ 37% Good
3.50 to 3.75 21% Avg +
3.25 to 3.50 21% Avg -
3.00 to 3.25 8% Reach
2.75 to 3.00 11% Reach
2.50 to 2.75 2% Reach
2.25 to 2.50 0% Low
2.00 to 2.25 0% Low

Fall 2017 Application Deadline

The application deadline for Fall 2017 has passed. Applications were due on Feb 1, 2017.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Cornell College and what considerations affect admission decisions?

Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Recommended

Credits Accepted

Does accept high school AP credits or award dual credit towards both a college and high school degree?

AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=153162 IPEDS survey data for Cornell College.