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*Due to the cancelation of many standardized testing dates and other circumstances regarding COVID-19, the ILR School has adopted a test-optional policy for the fall 2021 semester. Students applying for this term are not required to submit SAT or ACT results.

The ILR Admissions Committee will continue to use the academic record, essays and references to evaluate an applicant’s academic strength and fit with the School. Some applicants without standardized testing results may be asked to submit additional grade reports or other college-preparatory results during the review process.

See Cornell University’s standardized testing policy for additional information.

Applying to ILR

All First-Year and Transfer Applicants must submit the Common Application or the Universal College Application and select Industrial and Labor Relations (ILR) for both their school and major. Information on Cornell's application requirements, deadlines and instructions can be found at the Undergraduate Admissions Office (UAO) website.

Successful applicants to ILR have a record of academic success, extracurricular activities or work experiences that have exposed them to ILR-related topics, and an essay that shows a strong interest in the areas they hope to explore in our school. All applicants should review our course descriptions and alumni spotlights to gain a full understanding of the range of issues studied at ILR and the paths students take to pursue their goals. 


High school seniors and students with a high school diploma who have earned less than 12 credits at a college or university must apply as a first-year applicant. 

Review the Common App's instructions and tips for completing the application.

Early Decision (ED) at Cornell is a binding agreement. If you are accepted through ED, you must withdraw any applications submitted to other schools and cannot submit additional applications to any other institution. Students who apply early to ILR can be admitted, deferred to the regular decision pool, or refused. 

High School Course Requirements: 4 years of English and 4 years of Math


Students who have earned 12 or more credits at a college or university after the date they received their high school diploma or GED must apply as transfer applicants. Transfers can begin their studies at ILR as first- or second- semesters sophomores or first-semester juniors. 

Please review the Guidelines for Transfer Applicants (PDF, 92 KB) for information on course requirements and the transfer of credits. 

Midterm Report: The midterm report should be uploaded as supplemental material through the Cornell application status portal, which you will gain access to after your application is submitted and processed. If you are unable to get a hard copy of the form completed, you can 1) submit a screenshot of your midterm grades if these are provided by your school, or 2) ask professors to send you an email with your approximate midterm grade, then add all of the emails (including the date the email was sent) to one page and save it as a pdf.

Visiting Student status is for those who desire instruction in ILR courses, not for students who wish to formally transfer to ILR. You will not be a candidate for a Cornell degree or receive financial aid. Visiting Students must apply as transfer applicants.

Tuition and Aid

For the most current information on tuition, access to our financial aid calculator, and details on our initiatives to make Cornell affordable for admitted students, please visit our Financial Aid website. Keep in mind that ILR is one of Cornell's New York State contract colleges.

Internal Transfers

Current Cornell students who are considering a transfer to ILR should call 607-255-2222 or email to schedule a meeting with an admissions counselor.