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Colleges / Cornell University

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate7%

About Cornell

Cornell University is a prestigious Ivy League institution nestled in the scenic Finger Lakes region of upstate New York. Cornell’s rich history dates back to 1865, and its reputation as an elite college attracts some of the most distinguished faculty and students in the world. Cornell offers rigorous academics, cutting-edge research, and a strong alumni network. 

Cornell students are highly ambitious and capable, with a wide range of interests and backgrounds. You may spot students walking around campus sporting an “Ithaca is Gorges” t-shirt, a reference to the breathtaking gorges and waterfalls surrounding the campus. Cornell’s rural location provides a beautiful backdrop for serious students to learn, explore and get outdoors.

Did You Know? 

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is one of the world's leading institutions for the study and conservation of birds. Founded in 1915, the lab houses an extensive collection of bird sounds, photographs, and specimens. Its researchers have contributed significantly to the field of ornithology. The lab's popular online platform, eBird, allows bird enthusiasts to report sightings and contribute to global bird monitoring efforts. 

From the CC Community on visiting Cornell

"The campus is absolutely quintessential... its history just surrounds you!"

“Try a meal in the dining hall! Cornell’s food is considered the best in the ivy league.” 

See what else the CC Community is saying about Cornell.

Cornell University is a private, nonprofit university in the town of Ithaca, New York. Cornell was founded in 1865. The university currently enrolls around 25,898 students per year, including 15,735 undergrads.

Cornell Acceptance Rate 2022

It is extremely difficult to get into Cornell. In 2022, Cornell accepted 7% of applicants. Out of 71,164 applications received in 2022, 5,168 students were offered admission.

Cornell University Admissions Facts At-A-Glance
Overall Acceptance Rate 7%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate 19%
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Test Optional Yes
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 43%

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Cornell University is located in Ithaca, New York, near Syracuse.

If you would like to see Cornell for yourself, be sure to plan a visit! The best way to reach campus is to take Highway 13 to Ithaca, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Syracuse Hancock International.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Cornell University and Ithaca are like without leaving home.

College Info

410 Thurston Avenue Ithaca, NY 14850

Campus Setting: Small Town

Cornell Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 2

Transfer Applications are Due

Mar 15

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Cornell is Jan 2.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Cornell is Mar 15.

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

Cornell SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1470 - 1550


Math SAT Range

750 - 800


Reading SAT Range

710 - 770

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Wondering what life at Cornell is like? There are approximately 25,898 students enrolled at Cornell, including 15,735 undergraduate students and 10,163 graduate students. 100% percent of students attend school full-time, 37% percent are from NY and 63% percent of students are from other states.


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