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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 student 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. 

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

Standardized Tests: SAT or ACT (we do not have a preference). ILR does not require subject tests. Please note that Cornell University particpates in Score Choice. International students must complete the TOEFL (score of 100 or better) or IELTS (score of 7).


Students who have earned 12 or more credits at a college or university since the date they received their high school diploma or GED must apply as transfer applicants. Transfers can begin their studies at ILR as early as the first semester of their sophomore year and as late as the first semester of their junior year.

Please review the Transfer Application Guidelines (PDF, 305 KB) for information on course requirements and the transfer of credits. 

All applicants must submit 1) a Mid-term Report (PDF, 199 KB) with approximate grades for the classes they are currently taking, and 2) a College Report (PDF, 233 KB) from every school attended after high school.

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.


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