Standardized Testing Policy

Cornell University Extends Test-Optional and Score-Free Testing Policy for First-year Applicants for Fall 2025

Since April 2020, Cornell has not required first-year applicants to submit SAT or ACT exam scores. Three of Cornell’s undergraduate colleges—Agriculture and Life Sciences; Architecture, Art, and Planning; and the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business—do not use test scores as part of their admission process. Applicants to Cornell’s five other undergraduate colleges—Arts & Sciences; Engineering; Human Ecology; Jeb E. Brooks School of Public Policy; and the School of Industrial and Labor Relations—have the option to submit SAT and/or ACT scores, although they are not required.

Recruited student-athletes must follow Ivy League guidelines. The Ivy League has suspended testing requirements for prospective student-athlete applicants for fall 2025. Cornell will continue to follow the guidance and policies of the Ivy League regarding testing requirements for applicants who expect to participate in a varsity sport.

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

  • College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • College of Architecture, Art, and Planning
  • Cornell SC Johnson College of Business - Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management
  • Cornell SC Johnson College of Business - Peter and Stephanie Nolan School of Hotel Administration

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

  • College of Arts & Sciences
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Human Ecology
  • Cornell Jeb E. Brooks School of Public Policy
  • School of Industrial and Labor Relations

Additional Information About Standardized Testing

  • Cornell University does not require the essay section on the SAT or ACT. (The essay portion of the SAT was 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 to and enrolled at Cornell, we will require official test scores sent from the testing agency at that time.
  • SAT Subject Tests (discontinued in 2021) are not required or expected for admission to Cornell University.