Application guidelines for first-year students

Please review our Guidelines for First-Year Applicants (PDF, 265 KB) for information on the application process. For information about early and regular decision timelines, see the Undergraduate Admissions guidelines on application options. For general information about applying to Cornell, see the Undergraduate Admissions Office website.

Early Decision

If Cornell is your first choice and you are applying for first-year admission, consider applying under the early decision plan. Your application will be read in the fall, and you will be notified by mid-December of Cornell's decision.

If you would like to apply early, but you would like to submit scores for standardized tests you are scheduled to take after the November early decision deadline, please note the date of these tests on your application. We will then wait until the scores arrive before reviewing your application.

Remember that an early decision application is a commitment. If you are accepted at Cornell, you must withdraw any applications sent to other schools and send your acceptance deposit to Cornell.