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Cornell College Admissions

If you are thinking about applying to Cornell College, Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students with financial need may qualify for for fee waiver for their application.

Considering Applying Early to Cornell College?

Cornell College does not offer early decision but does offer early action.

Mark your calendar! The Early Action deadline is November 1, which is coming up fast!

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission. Cornell College has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What's Most Important to Get In to Cornell College?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are are most important when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengthsand any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that prioritize the areas where you shine.

Admissions Factors at Cornell College

Cornell College Application Requirements

To apply, all applicants to Cornell College must submit the following items. Double check with Cornell College's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Cornell College?

Students admitted to Cornell College have an average unweighted GPA of 3.5.

Out of all students that were admitted, 45.51% submitted a class rank. At Cornell College 19.75% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 46.21% were in the top 25% and 81.06% were in the top 50%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At Cornell College, students GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 45.51%
3.75 and 3.99 18.28%
3.50 and 3.74 16.55%
3.25 and 3.49 13.45%
3.00 and 3.24 12.76%
2.50 and 2.9 1.72%
2.00 and 2.49 0%
Cornell College does look at standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

Cornell College is not test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2021, 35.89% of Cornell College's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 67.52% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for Cornell College?

To be competitive with other Cornell College applicants, you should strive to earn between 1080 and 1253 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Cornell College 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1253 and 25% of scored lower than 1080, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Cornell College students scored 630 or higher and 75% of students scored 548 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Cornell College students scored 650 or higher, and 75% scored a 548 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for Cornell College?

To be most competitive at Cornell College, you should strive to earn between 23 and 29 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 29 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Cornell College's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 29, and three out of four students scored lower than 29 on the ACT.

A 23 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Cornell College students. Only one out of every four students scored below 23.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

Transferring to Cornell College

For transfer students wishing to start in the Fall, the deadline to apply is June 1. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in Cornell College during the following terms: Fall Term Spring Term

Cornell College Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Cornell College?

Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Cornell College.

Does Cornell College accept transfer credits?

Cornell College accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.

Does Cornell College accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

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Do I have to submit test scores to Cornell College?

Cornell College. is not test optional. You must submit test scores as part of the application.

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Cornell College Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Not available

Transfer Applications are Due

Jun 1

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Cornell College is Jun 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Cornell College ACT Scores


ACT Range

23 - 29

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

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29 and Above


23 to 29


23 and Less


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Cornell College SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1080 - 1253


Math SAT Range

520 - 630


Reading SAT Range

548 - 650

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Cornell College GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Cornell College, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.5. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

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