Our Best Answer - What can I do to improve my chance of being admitted to Cornell?
There’s no magical formula of grade-point average and standardized test scores that guarantees you will (or won’t) get into Cornell. Yes, Cornell’s admissions personnel review your academic transcript, and they’re interested in the strength of your curriculum. Yes, they note your test scores. It’s all important.
What they’re looking for beyond the numbers is intellectual potential, strength of character, and love of learning. They want to know about your ability, achievements, motivation, leadership, diligence, and integrity; your sense of fairness and compassion. All of this and more can be revealed in your essays and recommendations, and is reflected in your extracurricular activities, hobbies, after-school and summer jobs, and volunteer work. Some of the unique qualities of our entering class are reflected in the Class Profile.
In putting together each class, Cornell selects promising people from all over the country and the world; from cities, suburbs, and rural areas; and from every imaginable background – social, economic, racial, and national. They’re graduates of public, parochial, college prep, and alternative and home schools.
And this is of critical importance: Cornell vigorously supports equality of opportunity. No one is denied admission because of race, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, or disability. The result is an incredibly rich mix of humanity that is one of the best things about Cornell.
It’s not easy to get into Cornell. Don't let that discourage you, though. If you think Cornell is right for you, we encourage you to learn about the university and consider applying.