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Cornell Admission Chances


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Acceptance Chances

Can I get into Cornell? These admission statistics provide an indication how difficult it is to get in and what your chances are. 6,315 out of 41,900 applicants or 15% were admitted making Cornell a very competitive school to get into with a low chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants. Academically, it has exceptionally high requirements for admission test scores. Of those applicants which were admitted, 50% enrolled. With over half of admitted students enrolling, acceptance by Cornell University is a prized outcome for many students.

Women Men Total
Applied 19,306 22,594 41,900
Accepted 3,353 2,962 6,315
Acceptance Rate 17% 13% 15%
Enrolled 1,662 1,518 3,180
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 50% 51% 50%

Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT and ACT requirements for students to be admitted to Cornell University 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.

SAT Requirements (New SAT)

Reporting indicates the school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1390 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 1310. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1470 out of 1600. A competitive SAT score is critical as 75 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 1390 1550
SAT Reading 680 760
SAT Math 710 790
ACT Composite 30 34
ACT English N/A N/A
ACT Math N/A N/A

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by Score

What do these ratings mean?

SAT Score (NEW 1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1550 and Above Good >23%
1470 to 1550 Avg + 15%-23%
1390 to 1470 Avg - 9%-15%
1310 to 1390 Reach 6%-9%
Less than 1310 Low <6%

Estimated GPA Requirements

Cornell University has not reported high school GPA data for its freshman class at this time.

Fall 2017 Application Deadline

The application deadline for Fall 2017 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 2, 2017.

Admission Requirements

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

Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Recommended
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 No
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=190415 IPEDS survey data for Cornell University.



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