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Cornell University

Ithaca, New York

Cornell University is a major teaching and research institution with more than 20 interdisciplinary research centers. Cornell's outstanding faculty includes several Nobel laureates, members of the National Academy of Sciences and Pulitzer Prize recipients.

Cornell offers an impressive range of academic resources and research facilities to its graduate students. The library system, with more than 5 million volumes, is one of the largest academic research libraries in the country. Many of its special holdings and collections are unexcelled anywhere in the world. The research facilities, laboratories and programs available to graduate students span all major disciplines.

Students enrolled in the Graduate School come from across the nation and from more than 100 countries. More than 70 percent of the 4,522 graduate students are enrolled in a program leading to a doctoral degree. There are 12,585 full-time undergraduate students. The total minority population is 19%, with Hispanics making up 4.4%.

The ideal of freedom with responsibility distinguishes the graduate program at Cornell. The Graduate School is organized into 89 fields of study that are independent of traditional college or department divisions so that they may draw together faculty from several colleges, departments or related disciplines.

The 740-acre campus is located in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York. Part of the campus is the 180-acre Sapsucker Woods, a bird sanctuary offering nature and hiking trails. A full compliment of housing options, including male, female and coed residence halls, university- operated apartments and both on and off-campus family housing, is available.Overview

Type of school: Private institution
Year founded: 1865
Affiliation: None
Academic calendar: Semester
Undergraduate student body: 13,562
Environment: Rural
Endowment: $4,385,161,000
Admissions Address

349 Pine Tree Road
Ithaca, NY 14853



Admissions E-mail



Selectivity: Most Selective
Send application by: January 1
Admissions Contact Information
Admissions director: Jason Locke
Admissions office telephone: (607) 255-5241
Fall 2008 Admissions Deadlines Regular decision
Send application by: January 1
Decision sent by: Other
Accept offer by: May 1 (or within 2 weeks if notified thereafter)
Early decision
Send application by: November 1
Decision sent by: December 15
Early action
Not offered Application fee: $65
Is the fee refundable? No
Can fee be waived for students with financial need? Yes
Does school have a waiting list? Yes
Can admission be deferred? Yes
Accepted application formats:
Applications on floppy disks: No
Applications via E-mail: No
Electronic application:
http://app.commonapp.org Tuition deposit: $400 (Nonrefundable)
Room deposit: $50 (Nonrefundable)
Admissions Requirements
High school completion requirement: High school diploma or equivalent is not required
General college-preparatory program: Required
Distribution of high school units required and/or recommended*
  Units Required Units Recommended
English 4 N/A
Mathematics 3 N/A
Science N/A 3
Lab N/A 3
Foreign language N/A 3
Social studies N/A 3
History N/A 3
Academic electives N/A N/A
Total academic units 16 N/A

*One unit equals one year of study or its equivalent.
Campus visit: Recommended
Admissions interview: Neither required nor recommended
Off-campus interview: May be arranged
Does the college use SAT or ACT scores in admissions decisions for first-time, first-year applicants? Yes
SAT/ACT requirements: Either SAT or ACT required.
SAT/ACT scores must be received by: January 1
Tests accepted for Fall 2008 entering class: ACT with writing
SAT Subject Test scores must be received by: February 1
Open admission policy? No
What is the relative importance of specific academic factors in admission decisions?
Rigor of secondary school record: Very important
Class rank: Important
Academic GPA: Very important
Standardized test scores: Very important
Application essay: Very important
Recommendation: Very important
What is the relative importance of specific nonacademic factors in admission decisions?
Interview: Considered
Extracurricular activities: Very important
Talent/ability: Very important
Character/personal qualities: Considered
First generation: Considered
Alumni/ae relation: Considered
Geographical residence: Considered
State residency: Considered
Religious affiliation/commitment: Not considered
Racial/ethnic status: Considered
Volunteer work: Considered
Work experience: Considered
Level of applicant's interest: Not considered
2006-2007 Admissions Statistics
Selectivity: Most Selective
Overall acceptance rate: 25%
Early-decision acceptance rate: N/A
Early-action acceptance rate: N/A
Acceptance rate (excluding early-action and early-decision students): 15%
Total applicants: 28,098
Total acceptances: 6,935
Total freshman enrollment: 3,238
Proportion of freshman enrolled from early action and early decision: 34%
Male applicants: 14,773
Male acceptances: 3,586
Male freshman enrollment: 1,671
Female applicants: 13,325
Female acceptances: 3,349
Female freshman enrollment: 1,567
Students that applied here may also have applied to: N/A
Out-of-state freshmen: 66%
Qualified applicants offered a place on waiting list: 2,713
Applicants accepting a place on waiting list: 1,746
Students enrolled from waiting list: 18

 2006-2007 Freshman Class Profile
Top 10 percent of high school class: 84%
Top 25 percent of high school class: 97%
Top 50 percent of high school class: 100%
First-year students submitting high school class standing: 47%
Average high school GPA: N/A
First-year students submitting GPA: N/A
First-year students submitting SAT scores: 95%
SAT scores (25/75 percentile):
Critical Reading: 620 – 730
Math: 660 – 760
Combined: 1280 – 1490

 Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  SAT Critical Reading SAT Math
700-800 38.0% 59.0%
600-699 46.0% 31.0%
500-599 14.0% 8.0%
400-499 1.0% 1.0%
300-399 N/A N/A
200-299 N/A N/A

First-year students submitting ACT scores: 20%
ACT scores (25/75 percentile):
English: N/A
Math: N/A
Composite: 28 – 32

 Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  ACT Composite ACT English ACT Math
30-36 10.0% N/A N/A
24-29 8.0% N/A N/A
18-23 1.0% N/A N/A
12-17 N/A N/A N/A
6-11 N/A N/A N/A
Below 6 N/A N/A N/A


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