What is Cornell Looking For?
Ezra Cornell founded the institution to foster an environment “where any person can find instruction in any study.”
Given the amazing size and breadth of offerings at this Ivy League institution, it is understandable that selectivity at Cornell varies greatly based on the undergraduate school in question that an applicant chooses to apply to at Cornell.
Unlike the other Ivies, Cornell:
- Has no numerical rating system
- Invites faculty to evaluate candidates
- Selectivity varies based on which of the 7 undergraduate schools one applies to
- Has New York State contract colleges or schools, like CALS and ILR and Human Ecology, that reserve a certain percentage of their class for New York State residents
- Looks more for fit to a particular school or college
Cornell rates every applicant in two separate areas:
- Academic Rating
- Personal Rating
At Cornell, selectivity varies by school.
The endowed schools at Cornell are: College of Arts & Sciences, College of Engineering, School of Hotel Administration, and the College of Architecture, Art & Planning.
The New York State Contract Schools are: College of Agriculture & Life Sciences (CALS), College of Human Ecology, and the School of Industrial and Labor Relations (ILR).
The most selective schools at Cornell for admissions are:
- Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management
- College of Arts & Sciences
- College of Engineering
- College of Architecture, Art & Planning
Less selective schools at Cornell are (but still selective):
- College of Agriculture & Life Sciences (CALS)
- College of Human Ecology
- School of Industrial and Labor Relations (ILR)
- School of Hotel Administration
Consider applying to a New York State Contract School at Cornell if your numbers are not high enough for Arts & Sciences or for Engineering, or if you are a New York State resident. Often, common majors can be found in multiple schools, such as biology in both the College of Arts & Sciences and in CALS.
What is Cornell's current acceptance rate?
7.3% for the 2021-2022 admissions cycle.
What is Solomon Admissions' success rate to Cornell?
40.4% for the 2021-2022 admissions cycle.
For the 2021-2022 admissions cycle, we had a 40.4% acceptance rate to Cornell. Solomon Admissions provided an advantage factor of 5.5X for our clients. You can see more of our acceptance rates here.