Cornell GPA, SAT, and ACT Data

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Cornell's Admissions Standards

Cornell University GPA, SAT and ACT Data for Admission
Cornell University GPA, SAT Scores and ACT Scores for Admission. Data courtesy of Cappex.

While Cornell University is not quite as selective as Harvard, Yale, or ​Princeton, it is still one of the most selective colleges in the country. Only 14 percent of those who apply are accepted.

For the class of 2020, 90 percent of the enrolling students were in the top 10 percent of their high school graduating class. The middle 50 percent of those enrolling had this performance on tests:

  • SAT Critical Reading: 650 to 750
  • SAT Math: 680 to 780
  • ACT: 31 to 34

You must submit either the SAT Reasoning Test or the ACT. Some of the undergraduate colleges have requirements for SAT Subject Tests. See their Freshman Admission Requirements Chart for the current details. They require all scores from SAT tests be submitted and they don't participate in the College Board's Score Choice. They don't require the new SAT Optional Essay or the Writing section of the ACT.

How do you measure up at Cornell University?  ​ Calculate your chances of getting in with this free tool from Cappex.

Cornell University Admissions Graph

In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. As you can see, the majority of students who got into Cornell had a GPA in the "A" range, SAT scores (RW+M) above 1200 and ACT composite scores above 25 (scores higher than this lower range are obviously going to improve your chances measurably). Hidden behind the blue and green are a lot of red dots, so keep in mind that high grades and test scores are no guarantees of admission to Cornell. For this reason, even strong students should consider Cornell a reach school.

At the same time, keep in mind that Cornell has holistic admissions. The admissions officers are looking for students who will bring more than good grades and standardized test scores to their campus. Students who show some kind of remarkable talent or have a compelling story to tell will get serious consideration even if grades and test scores aren't quite up to the ideal.

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