College and School Admissions Requirements

Below, please find the recommended additional preparation for our eight undergraduate colleges and schools. 

1. College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Secondary-School Subjects/Requirements & Recommendations:

  • 16 units, including 4 of English, 4 of mathematics (including pre-calculus*), and 3 of science
    (1 of biology, 1 of chemistry and 1 of physics, recommended)

*Calculus is required for Atmospheric Science, Biological Engineering, Biological Sciences, Biology & Society, Biometry & Statistics, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences, Environmental Engineering, Food Science, Global & Public Health Sciences, Information Science and Nutritional Sciences.

Standardized Testing Requirements:

Special Requirements:

  • Landscape Architecture: Portfolio required (send to: Cornell University, Landscape Architecture Department, 440 Kennedy Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853-4203)

Recommended additional preparation: 

  • An additional advanced core science 
  • Rigorous high school curriculum and an outstanding record of academic achievement
  • Engaged participation in school and community
  • A strong and demonstrated match with the college mission and programs
  • Applicants are encouraged to explore our virtual visit options
  • Interviews are not offered

The Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management: See Business requirements

For more information and to learn about the majors in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) offers, please visit their website.

2. College of Architecture, Art, and Planning

Secondary-School Subjects/Requirements & Recommendations:

  • All departments: 16 units, including 4 of English, 3 years of foreign language, 3 of math, and 3 of science
  • Architecture: requires 4 years of math (calculus is recommended) and 1 of physics

Standardized Testing Requirements:

Special Requirements:

Architecture 

Art

  • Portfolio required - Must be submitted via Cornell AAP SlideRoom portal
  • Deadlines: Early Decision: Nov. 1; Regular Decision: Jan. 2

Recommended additional preparation:

  • 3 or 4 years of foreign language
  • Art: Interview strongly recommended, virtual and in-person available.
  • Urban and Regional Studies: 3 of mathematics, 3 of one foreign language, and 3 of science. Interview strongly recommended, virtual and in-person available.
  • Applicants are encouraged to explore our virtual visit options
  • Rigorous high school curriculum and an outstanding record of academic achievement
  • Participation in activities related to student’s choice of major in Architecture, Art, and Planning

For more information and to learn about the majors in the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning (AAP) offers, please visit their website.

3. College of Arts and Sciences

Secondary-School Subjects/Requirements & Recommendations:

  • 16 units, including 4 of English, 3 of mathematics, 3 of science, and 3 units of one foreign language OR completion of at least the third level of a foreign language sequence (e.g., Spanish 3).

*It is our strong preference that students complete 3 units of one foreign language during high school, however, students who have initiated a foreign language sequence before high school or who have heritage language skills that allow them to place directly into a higher level course will have met our minimum requirement by completing at least the third level of a foreign language sequence (e.g., Spanish 3).

**exceptions to these requirements should be explained in a letter accompanying the application for admission

Standardized Testing Requirements:

Recommended additional preparation: 

  • An additional unit of advanced mathematics and science
  • Applicants are encouraged to explore our virtual visit options
  • Interviews are not offered
  • Rigorous high school curriculum and an outstanding record of academic achievement
  • Strong commitment to the liberal arts and sciences

For more information and to learn about the majors in the College of Arts and Sciences offers, please visit their website.

4. Cornell SC Johnson College of Business

When applying to the SC Johnson College of Business, students must choose to apply directly to either the Hotel School or the Dyson School. However, they also have the option to choose the other school as an alternate. This alternate option should only be used by students who can clearly articulate their academic path in both schools, and they will need to fully explain those interests in their supplemental essay. Please note that during Early Decision application review, students will only be considered for admission to their primary choice.

Secondary-School Subjects/Requirements & Recommendations:

  • The Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management: 16 units, including 4 of English, 4 of mathematics, and 3 of science (biology, chemistry, and physics recommended)
  • School of Hotel Administration: 16 units, including 4 of English, 4 of mathematics (including 1 of pre-calculus), 2 of science (including 1 of chemistry), and 3 of one foreign language (successful completion of level 3)

Standardized Testing Requirements:

The Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management

School of Hotel Administration

Special Requirements:

Recommended additional preparation: 

The Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management

  • Rigorous high school curriculum and an outstanding record of academic achievement
  • Strong and demonstrated match with the school’s mission and opportunities
  • Initiative, Personal Leadership, Entrepreneurship
  • An additional unit of science
  • Applicants are encouraged to explore our virtual visit options
  • Interviews are not offered

School of Hotel Administration

  • Rigorous high school curriculum and an outstanding record of academic achievement
  • Calculus recommended
  • Initiative, Personal Leadership, Entrepreneurship
  • Hospitality exposure
  • An additional unit of science
  • Applicants are encouraged to explore our virtual visit options

For more information and to learn about the majors in the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business offers, please visit their website.

5. College of Engineering

Secondary-School Subjects/Requirements & Recommendations:

  • 16 units, including 1 of chemistry,1 of physics, and 4 of mathematics (2 of algebra, 1 of geometry, and 1 of calculus)

Standardized Testing Requirements:

Recommended additional preparation: 

  • Computer science
  • A foreign language
  • Applicants are encouraged to explore our virtual visit options
  • Interviews are not offered
  • Problem solvers and innovators
  • Students with creative skills and a sense of adventure
  • Individuals who want to make a difference in the world and accomplish something of significance
  • Strong skills in math and science

For more information and to learn about the majors in the College of Engineering offers, please visit their website.

6. College of Human Ecology

Secondary-School Subjects/Requirements & Recommendations:

  • 16 units, including 4 of English, 4 of mathematics (Calculus is strongly recommended), and 4 of science (Including 1 of biology, 1 of chemistry and/or physics, and additional core sciences such as advanced biology)

Standardized Testing Requirements:

Special Requirements:

  • Design and Environmental Analysis: Design Challenge required. Submit via cornellche.slideroom.com. Deadlines: Early Decision: Nov. 1; Regular Decision: Jan. 2
  • Fashion Design and Management: Design Case Study required; submit via cornellche.slideroom.com. Deadlines: Early Decision: Nov. 1; Regular Decision: Jan. 2
  • Fashion Design: Portfolio required. Submit via cornellche.slideroom.com. Deadlines: Early Decision: Nov. 1; Regular Decision: Jan. 2

Recommended additional preparation:

  • Prospective design students: coursework in art and/or design
  • A foreign language
  • Outstanding record of achievement in a rigorous high school curriculum
  • A strong match with the college mission and programs, preferably demonstrated through engaged participation in school and greater community
  • Volunteer and/or work experience
  • Applicants are encouraged to explore our virtual visit options
  • Interviews are not offered

For more information and to learn about the majors the College of Human Ecology offers, please visit their website.

7. School of Industrial and Labor Relations

Secondary-School Subjects/Requirements & Recommendations:

  • 16 units, including 4 of English and 4 of mathematics

Standardized Testing Requirements:

Recommended additional preparation: 

  • Applicants are encouraged to explore our virtual visit options
  • Interviews are not offered
  • Leaders and problem solvers who are drawn to or excel in social science, writing, business, and law courses. Students with relevant extracurricular, work, life and/or service experience, and who demonstrate a strong interest in the core topics studied within the ILR School.

For more information and to learn more about the School of Industrial and Labor Relations (ILR), please visit their website.