Before reading this ILR-specific information for international students, it may be helpful to first review the general international student information at the Undergraduate Admissions Office website:
International students applying to Cornell should have completed a strong university preparatory curriculum, including English and Mathematics.
If you are an international student, and English is not your first language, you are required to submit the results of either the TOEFL or the IELTS. Cornell’s recommended minimum TOEFL score is 100 (internet-based), or 600 (paper-based), and the recommended minimum IELTS score is 7.
We will waive the TOEFL and/or IELTS requirement for students who have achieved a score of 670 or higher on the Critical Reading section of the SAT Reasoning Test. We will also waive the requirement for students who have been attending school in the U.S. (or other nations where English is the primary language spoken) for at least 4 years.
To be certain that Cornell receives your test scores, the name you use for the test registration must match exactly the name used on your passport and on your admissions application.
Request that the testing agencies send your scores directly to Cornell’s Undergraduate Admissions Application Center; scores that appear on secondary- school transcripts are not considered official.
Applying for admission: international application procedures
Details on the required application materials can be found here:
International applicants need to complete and submit:
- The Common Application
- Supplement to the Common Application, which is required of all applicants. It includes important Cornell-specific information and required essays.
- International Financial Aid Application
- Application fee
About your status
You apply to Cornell as a freshman if you will complete secondary school during the current academic year. If you already have the equivalent of a United States bachelor’s degree, you should apply directly to a graduate program. See http://www.ilr.cornell.edu/gradDegreePrograms/. You would not be eligible to apply for a second bachelor’s degree.
Selecting a college within Cornell
At Cornell University, there are seven undergraduate colleges, and you will want to select one of the seven colleges that best meets your academic interests. As soon as you know you want to apply to the ILR School at Cornell, be sure to check ILR as the college at Cornell you are applying to, and write code number 701 as your major. ILR has only one major: Industrial and Labor Relations.
International financial aid availability
Cornell University is pleased to provide financial aid to students who are not citizens of the United States. Financial aid for international students is made available from university funds as well as from scholarships that include (but are not limited to) the Cornell Club of Hong Kong Scholarship, the Robert and Wendy Purcell Scholarship for students from the Philippines and Thailand, and the Tata Scholarship for students from India. To apply for international financial aid, you should submit the Cornell University International Financial Aid Application and the College Scholarship Service (CSS) PROFILE. International financial aid decisions are determined after admission decisions are made. Please see the university Admissions site for more information on international aid: http://www.finaid.cornell.edu/apply-aid/international-applicants
U.S. citizens living abroad
United States citizens living abroad receive the same financial aid as United States citizens living in the U.S. To apply for financial aid you will need the following:
Resources for international students
The International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) is the campus center for international students. ISSO can advise you about immigration regulations and forms and can refer you to various campus services for counseling, financial matters, medical care, and housing. See http://www.isso.cornell.edu.
If you have specific questions about applying, you can write to our international mailbox at email@example.com. Messages sent to this mailbox are answered by staff members each day.