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Please note that Cornell University does not track demonstrated interest. Visiting campus is not required nor expected of applicants. Students can articulate their fit and interest in Cornell through specific essay questions in the application.

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Our website remains the best place to learn about the opportunities that Cornell has to offer, and the steps students should take to apply for admission. To learn more about Cornell and our students, we invite you to stay connected and follow us on social media. You may still reach and engage admissions office staff, Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EDT, via email at admissions@cornell.edu and by phone at 607-255-5241. We also invite you to use our searchable database of frequently asked questions (and answers).

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Schedule Your Visit

Virtual Visit

Cornell University encourages prospective students, their families, and advocates to meet virtually through live sessions and recordings posted on our websites. Cornell has experienced great success with virtual outreach, bringing information and connection to students all around the world, and expects to continue these activities. You can also learn more through our FAQ page and reach us through our campus email addresses or by telephone with questions. 

Please note that Cornell University does not track demonstrated interest. Visiting campus is not required nor expected of applicants. Students can articulate their fit and interest in Cornell through specific essay questions in the application.

Questions for Cornell University Undergraduate Admissions

Our website remains the best place to learn about the opportunities that Cornell has to offer, and the steps students should take to apply for admission. To learn more about Cornell and our students, we invite you to stay connected and follow us on social media. You may still reach and engage admissions office staff, Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EDT, via email at admissions@cornell.edu and by phone at 607-255-5241. We also invite you to use our searchable database of frequently asked questions (and answers).

We are happy to provide you with general information about admissions, our students, academics, and financial aid at the university. In particular, the admissions data listed here are meant to give you a broad understanding of the kind of highly qualified candidates we admit to Cornell. These numbers should not be interpreted, however, to mean that objective data are the most important criteria in our selection process. Other factors, such as secondary school curriculum and performance, special talents, extracurricular activities, essays, and interviews (where required) are critical to our decision making as well.

Students in the Cornell Class of 2025 Come From...
Afghanistan • Albania • Argentina • Armenia • Australia • Austria • Bangladesh • Bosnia and Herzegovina • Botswana • Brazil • Bulgaria • Burundi • Cambodia • Canada • China (including Hong Kong) • Colombia • Croatia • Czech Republic • Denmark • Ethiopia • France • Germany • Ghana • Guatemala • Haiti • Hungary • India • Italy • Japan • Kazakhstan • Kenya • Malaysia • Mauritius • Mexico • Nepal • New Zealand • Nigeria • Norway • Oman • Pakistan • Peru • Philippines • Portugal • Romania • Russia • Rwanda • Saudi Arabia • Singapore • Somalia • South Africa • South Korea • Switzerland • Syria • Taiwan • Thailand • Trinidad and Tobago • Tunisia • Turkey • United Kingdom • United Arab Republic • United States • Uruguay • Venezuela • Vietnam • Zambia  

Class of 2025 Admissions:

University Totals for the 2020-2021 Admissions Cycle

  Early Decision Regular Decision Total
Applicants 9,017 58,363 67,380
Admits 1,930 3,922 5,852
Enrolling 1,868 1,897 3,765

Standardized Tests: Enrolling Student Scores

Test 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT ERW 700 760
SAT Math 750 800
ACT Composite 33 35

Class Rank: Enrolling Students*

Rank Percentage
Top 10% 84.2%
Top 25% 96.4%

*22.3% of students were ranked.

Secondary School: Enrolling Students

Public 62.1%
Private/parochial 23.7%
Other (charter, home-schooled, etc.) 14.3%

Class of 2025 Demographics:

Female 2,071 (55.0%)
Male 1,694 (45.0%)
Total 3,765

 

African American 9.0%
Asian American 22.2%
Bi/Multiracial 5.8%
Caucasian 31.2%
Hispanic American 15.6%
Hawaiian/Pac Isle 0.2%
Native American 0.3%
Not reported and other 5.5%

 

From: Percentage
New York 31.7%
Mid-Atlantic 18.6%
West 12.2%
International 10.5%
New England 9.7%
Midwest 6.5%
South/Southeast 6.2%
Southwest/Mountain 4.4%
Blank/Unknown <0.1%
   
First-Generation College 19.4%

Academics:

Courses Offered: 4,000+

Undergraduate Major/Interdisciplinary Programs: 100+

Retention/Persistence:

First-year students returning after their first year: 96%
First-year students who entered in fall 2014 and graduated within six years: 95% (includes five-year program in architecture and dual-degree candidates)

Undergraduate Enrollment by College (Fall 2020):

Agriculture and Life Sciences 2,815
Architecture, Art, and Planning 493
Arts and Sciences 4,478
Engineering 3,125
SC Johnson Business 1,665
Human Ecology 1,181
Industrial and Labor Relations 986

Campus Safety

Annual Security and Fire Safety Reports

Class of 2020 Financial Aid:

University Totals for the 2016-2017 Admissions Cycle  
 Full-time first-year students 3,315
 Number who applied for aid 1,826
 Number determined to have financial need 1,513
 Number awarded financial aid 1,513
 Number receiving need-based scholarship/grant aid 1,484
 Average need-based scholarship/grant award $40,333

2017-2018 Costs:
2010-2011 Costs:

Endowed Colleges

Tuition and fees $52,853
Housing $8,564
Dining $5,766
Books & supplies $930
Personal expenses $1,850
Total $70,321

Contract Colleges

New York State Resident

Tuition and fees $35,483
Housing $8,564
Dining $5,766
Books & supplies $930
Personal expenses $1,850
Total $52,951

Nonresident

Tuition and fees $52,853
Housing $8,564
Dining $5,766
Books & supplies $930
Personal expenses $1,850
Total $70,321
 

 

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