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Admission Requirements

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As you prepare to apply to the College of Arts & Sciences, please review the following requirements for First-Year Students:

A&S requires the following High School Coursework:

  • 4 units of English
  • 3 units of Mathematics
  • 3 units of Science
  • 3 units of one foreign language OR completion of at least the third level of a foreign language sequence (e.g., Spanish 3). N.B. It is our strong preference that students complete 3 units of one foreign language during high school, however, students who have initiated a foreign language sequence before high school or who have heritage language skills that allow them to place directly into a higher level course will have met our minimum requirement by completing at least the third level of a foreign language sequence (e.g., Spanish 3).
  • Also recommended, an additional unit of advanced mathematics and science.

In addition to the Common Application (CA) or the Universal College Application (UCA), A&S requires the following Application Materials:

  • Official Secondary/High School Transcript followed by a Mid-Year Report when it becomes available
  • Counselor Recommendation and School Report
  • 2 Teacher Evaluations
  • Test Scores:
    • The SARS-CoV-2 pandemic has led Cornell University to suspend the SAT/ACT testing requirement for applicants seeking to enroll as first-years beginning in August 2021. For the College of Arts & Sciences, the submission of SAT/ACT test results is optional for both Early Decision and Regular Decision. For more information, please consult the webpage for the Undergraduate Admissions Office. Note that Cornell University does not plan to adopt a “test-optional admission” policy permanently.
    • International students: TOEFL or IELTS
    • SAT Subject Tests are NOT required.
  • Cornell Writing Supplement 
  • $80 application fee or Fee Waiver.

Supplemental Materials

Undergraduate applicants to the College of Arts & Sciences who believe that their musical abilities will enhance their application (regardless of their intended major) are encouraged to supplement their applications with music recordings. All recordings must be electronic, no longer than 10 minutes in length, and highlight the applicant. All recordings submitted through the Department of Music’s online portal are evaluated by Cornell faculty for our Admissions Committee.

With the exception of musical recordings, the College of Arts & Sciences does not review art portfolios, films, creative writing samples, academic papers, or other supplemental materials provided outside the parameters of the Common Application.


The College of Arts & Sciences does not require, nor offer, on campus interviews. Due to the high volume of applications we receive each year, we are unable to extend an interview to every candidate and thus, in the interest of fairness and equity, interviews are not part of our Admissions process. We invite you to learn more about our college by watching our 4-part virtual information session, meeting some of our most recent graduates, and exploring our academic departments.

First-year applicants may be contacted by an alumnus/a volunteer in their local area to schedule a time to talk about Cornell. This informal conversation is not required, and is offered as an additional way for applicants to discover Cornell and ask questions. Due to time, geographic, and volunteer constraints, not all applicants will be contacted; please be assured that applications are not adversely impacted if an applicant is not contacted by an alumnus/a volunteer.


Find more information about Cornell's First-Year admission requirements.

Transfer students: Find information about transfer requirements.

Graduate students: Find information about graduate requirements.