April 2022

Greetings from Cornell University!

We’ve just finished reviewing and notifying Regular Decision admissions applicants for fall 2022. It was a challenging admissions year and from the over 71,000 total applications submitted we hope to enroll our fall 2022 first-year class of 3,441. Regular Decision applicants learned of their decisions online, yesterday, Thursday, March 31, beginning at 7:00 p.m. (EDT) via their Cornell application status account portal.

Again this year, in addition to the wait list website and reply form, we have placed an informative blog on our website. Here are some of the highlights from the blog to share with your fall 2022 Regular Decision applicants who were placed on Cornell’s wait list.

  • Being offered a place on Cornell’s wait list means we cannot offer you admission at this time. It also means that we thought your application was strong, and we hope to consider it again.
  • Confirming a place on Cornell’s wait list keeps your application active while we determine whether sufficient numbers of already accepted applicants will enroll. If spaces remain as we approach, and after the May 2 reply date, we may be able to extend an offer of admission to you.
  • We are not able to estimate the chances for an offer of admission from the wait list. Although the eventuality of things is not clear, we hope Cornell remains of interest to those offered a place on the wait list.
  • Cornell’s wait list is managed college by college. It is unknown whether all colleges at Cornell will be able to go to the wait list. Each college at Cornell has its own wait list that is not ranked.
  • Wait list students have been asked to let us know by April 10 if they are interested in keeping their name on our wait list.It’s important to let us know your wait list plans as soon as possible, but the wait list reply form will be accessible through mid- to late-April.
  • In the meantime, it is important that you assure yourself of a place at another college or university to which you have already been admitted.
  • It is also important to update your Cornell admission application if you choose to remain on the wait list, because we do consider demonstration of continued interest by those students. 
  • Admission updates can include a statement of continued interest, new grade reports, information about new honors or awards, and communication about additions or shifts in momentum related to your activities in and outside the classroom.
  • We welcome any new information and invite wait list applicants to send it to us quickly using the following method. Log in to your Cornell Application Status Page, use the Supplemental Uploader, and select “Wait List Correspondence” from the drop-down menu to submit new information.
  • Please let us know by April 10 if you are interested in keeping your name on our wait list by completing the wait list reply form. You can learn more here: https://admissions.cornell.edu/about-wait-list.

April 1 marks the return of Dragon Day, a more than century-old Ithaca campus tradition interrupted and on hiatus for the past two years due to the global pandemic. And more than just a comeback or return to things as they were, first- and second-year architecture students in the College of Architecture, Art and Planning (AAP) are collaborating in historic fashion to design, build and release a dragon believed to be like none Cornellians have seen before: a two-headed monster crafted from recycled materials. The resurrection of the Dragon is Friday, April 1, at 1 pm.

Cornell Undergraduate Admissions has also developed an array of virtual and online visit and engagement alternatives to provide interested students and families a glimpse of the stunning architecture and natural beauty of the campus, information about the admissions process and our academic majors and programs, and an opportunity to hear perspectives from our current students on what makes Cornell truly special. On-demand online and virtual content is available via our Virtual Visit website, which includes student blogs; university, college and school information sessions; admissions requirements; information on all of our undergraduate majors; news, important updates, and so much more.

Thank you for your efforts and support and we look forward to improving conditions and expanding opportunities to engage with you and your students in the months ahead.

Please be in touch if you have any questions.

Shawn Felton
Executive Director of Undergraduate Admissions
Cornell University