Cornell University

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Cornell University can be found in Ithaca, NY, a nonprofit private college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. The students enrolled at Cornell University number around 21,000 per year, and is one of the biggest schools in the state.

Students can report either the ACT or SAT exam scores to this school. A score in the range of 1970 - 2270 on the SAT exam, or 30 - 34 on the ACT exam is among the 25th - 75th percentile range among admitted students. We were able to estimate the Cornell University average GPA (3.75 - 4) of admitted students by applying sampled GPA data on over 150 schools. Only 16% of applicants are accepted to this school due to the fair number of applicants and the increase competition for enrollment. Using acceptance rate data from previous years, we can project that the Cornell University acceptance rate in 2015 is going to be around 17%. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall Cornell University Acceptance Rate - Fall 2013


The overall acceptance rate for Cornell University was reported as 15.6% in Fall 2013 with over 40,000 college applications submitted to Cornell University. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • SAT Scores: 1970 - 2270
  • ACT Scores: 30 - 34
  • Average GPA: 3.75 - 4

How Hard Is It to Get into Cornell University?

Applicant Selectivity: High

Cornell University has a very competitive selection process for applicants, where most students accepted have a higher than average high school GPA and scored in the top percentiles on standardized tests like the SAT or ACT exam.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2021 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2021-2022 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for Cornell University has been getting lower when compared to averages from previous years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2009-2010: 19.1%
  • 2010-2011: 18.4%
  • 2011-2012: 18.0%
  • 2012-2013: 16.6%
  • 2013-2014: 15.6%
  • Projected Acceptance Rate 2021-2022: 16.9%

How Does Cornell University Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for Cornell University is more than 100% lower than the national average of all colleges which is around 55.5%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
SUNY at Binghamton42.9%
Syracuse University49.5%
University of Rochester35.7%
Rochester Institute of Technology60.2%
Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania88.6%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • High School Class Rankings are Recommended
  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes are Recommended
  • Submit Recommendation Letters are Required
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2013)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to Cornell University (Fall 2013)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading640 - 740
Math680 - 780
Writing650 - 750
Total Score1970 - 2270
ACT®Score Range
English0 - 0
Math0 - 0
Composite Score30 - 34
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