Applying to ILR

Successful applicants to ILR have a strong record of academic success in high school, have demonstrated their leadership skills in extracurricular activities, and have thought about how the study of ILR fits their academic and career interests.

Our selection committee will look at your application carefully to get a clear picture of your background, your interests, and your potential for succeeding at Cornell. If you think the ILR School is where you belong, please feel free to contact us so that we can assist you with any questions you have about the program or application process.

For general information about Cornell's application process, you will also want to review Cornell's Undergraduate Admission Office (UAO) website.


If you will complete high school during the current academic year, if you are hoping to attend after your junior year in high school, or if you have graduated from high school but have earned fewer than 12 credits at a college or university, then apply as a first-year student.

The First-Year Application for the Fall 2016 semester is now available.


If you are (or have been) a full-time college student, or if you have earned 12 or more credits at a college or university since graduating from high school, then apply as a transfer student.


About 9% of Cornell's undergraduate students come from more than 120 foreign countries. For ILR-specific information for international students, please review our Application Tips for International Students, which has information on academic qualifications and international application procedures.

For general information about applying to Cornell as an international student, see the International Students Overview.

Still have questions?

If you don’t quite fit into any of these categories, or if your circumstances are unusual, please contact the admissions office. If you want to enroll for up to two semesters and take a full program of study, apply as a visiting student using the transfer application. Please note that you will not be a candidate for a Cornell degree or receive financial aid if you pursue the visiting student option.