Standardized Testing Requirements

Cornell University requires freshman applicants to submit either the SAT or all ACT scores. Cornell participates in the College Board Score Choice program. For the SAT, Cornell considers the highest section scores across test dates. For the ACT, Cornell considers the highest composite score across all ACT test dates. As a reminder, ACT does not create new records by combining scores from different test dates. In addition, each undergraduate college/school at Cornell has specific requirements for SAT Subject Tests (see requirements below).

SAT Subject Test Requirements by College/School

  • Agriculture and Life Sciences: SAT Subject Tests not required
  • Architecture, Art, and Planning: SAT Subject Tests not required
  • Arts and Sciences: Two subjects of your choice
  • Cornell SC Johnson College of Business—Applied Economics and Management: SAT Subject Tests not required
  • Cornell SC Johnson College of Business—Hotel Administration: SAT Subject Tests not required
  • Engineering: Mathematics (any level) and a science of your choice
  • Human Ecology: SAT Subject Tests not required
  • Industrial and Labor Relations: SAT Subject Tests not required

Additional Information About Required Testing

  • Cornell University does not require the writing section on the SAT or ACT.
  • Your SAT results will be superscored to combine your highest reading/writing and math sections.
  • Your ACT composite will not be superscored.
  • ACT scores may not be used to fulfill SAT Subject Test requirements.
  • AP and IB scores may not be used to fulfill SAT Subject Test requirements, but we do ask that you report them if taken.
  • All required scores must be officially reported to Cornell from the testing agency by our application deadline.
    • Please note, if your application and application fee/fee waiver are submitted by the deadline, it is acceptable to have other supporting materials (transcripts, test scores, letters of recommendation, etc.) arrive shortly thereafter. It is best to ensure that all application materials are sent as close to the deadline as possible.
  • Review the Freshman Admission Requirements Chart for additional information.

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