Standardized Testing Policies

Two-year suspension on SAT/ACT test scores

SAT/ACT: Cornell University has suspended the SAT/ACT requirement for 2021 and 2022* applicants

Colleges and Schools at Cornell that are score-free

Cornell colleges that will not use test scores in the admission process:

For more specific information about testing requirements, please visit the college-specific webpages.

Colleges and Schools at Cornell that are test-optional

Cornell colleges and schools that will include a review of test results if they are submitted in the application review process:

For more specific information about testing requirements, please visit the college-specific webpages. 

Recruited student athletes must follow Ivy League guidelines. The Ivy League is not requiring testing for admission in 2021 and 2022.

SAT Subject Tests

SAT Subject Tests (to be discontinued in 2021) are not required or expected for admission to Cornell University.

Additional Information About Standardized Testing

  • Cornell University does not require the essay section on the SAT or ACT. (The essay portion for SAT has been discontinued in 2021.)
  • Applicant results will be superscored to combine your highest subsections.
  • If you plan to apply to one of our test-optional colleges/schools, you are welcome to submit unofficial test scores to Cornell University. Should you be admitted and enrolled at Cornell, we will require official test scores sent from the testing agency at that time.
  • For All Applicants to Current and Future Terms: Please do not feel you need to take exams unless you are able to take the exam locally near your home and you feel safe in doing so. As a reminder, we will evaluate your application without standardized testing. For your health and safety, please always adhere to your local, state, and national COVID-19 guidelines.