You are a first-year applicant if you'll complete high school during the 2020-21 academic year or if you've graduated from high school but have earned fewer than 12 credits at a college or university. Before you apply, be sure to review our checklist to make sure you have all the things you need for your application.
If you are an international applicant, see additional information for international students.
Not a first-year applicant? Review our transfer applicant checklist.
Important Note for First-Year Applicants
For all students who plan to enroll, we require that final grades be sent directly from the high school. In addition, we may be contacting you to verify transcript authenticity when we conduct audits. The Undergraduate Admissions Office at Cornell University conducts audits to verify the authenticity of final transcripts for a random sampling of entering freshmen.