Admissions requirements and process

Undergraduate Admissions

As a student in the College of Arts & Sciences, you will live at the center of an academic community that is constantly generating new ideas. You will learn from excellent teachers who will challenge you to expand your imagination, while you sharpen your critical and creative responses to all encounters. And you will join a group of impressive, independent and diverse thinkers, who will help you forge your own path to discovery and transformation.

Undergraduate Admissions Requirements:

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), A&S requires the following Application Materials:

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. To learn about the university and our programs, we encourage you explore Cornell's Virtual Visit information, watch our 4-part virtual information sessionmeet some of our most recent graduates, and explore 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.

Click here to find more information about Cornell's First-Year admission requirements.

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Transfer Admissions

We're happy to know that you are considering a transfer to Cornell's College of Arts & Sciences.

Since you're interested in Cornell, we know that you have most likely taken a broad and challenging liberal arts curriculum during the year or more that you've spent at your current college or university. We know that you've already taken many courses, which could include writing, foreign languages, science, quantitative reasoning, social sciences and humanities. We can help you build on that educational foundation here. We are happy to review applications from students who have attended community colleges as well as other colleges and universities, and welcome international transfer students, as well.

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Transfer Option: If you previously applied to the College of Arts & Sciences and received a Transfer Option, please refer to your Application Status Page for further information and for directions on how to apply with your Transfer Option. Please note that we are unable to provide 1-on-1 evaluations or approvals of first-year coursework planned elsewhere; successful applicants will receive a complete credit evaluation when admitted. If you have questions, please contact us at

Internal Transfer: Current Cornell students interested in transferring into the College of Arts & Sciences should refer to our Internal Transfer webpage.

Undergraduate transfer admissions requirements

While most of the information you'll need to know can be found at the link above, here are some facts that are specific to our College:

  • You will need to complete a minimum of 60 credits at Cornell and four semesters in residency in the College of Arts and Sciences.
  • We accept fall or spring transfers but don't offer interviews.
  • If you wish to transfer to the College of Arts & Sciences as a junior, you need to have fulfilled the prerequisite coursework for your intended major. Information on major prerequisites and requirements can be found in Cornell's Courses of Study
  • For more information on transfer credits, see Transferring Credits

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Graduate Admissions

From cutting-edge research in theoretical physics to in-depth studies of global issues, as a graduate student working in the College of Arts & Sciences you will have access to prize-winning faculty who are pioneers in their fields and fellow students who are top researchers from around the world.

You'll be treated as a colleague in the pursuit of knowledge and join the culture of collaboration that permeates the College and creates multiple opportunities for interdisciplinary research and area studies.

If you are interested in learning more about graduate study opportunities in Arts & Sciences, we encourage you to explore our graduate fields, the College's departments and programs, as well as the website of Graduate School at Cornell University.

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Have questions about graduate admissions?

Please review the contact information on the Graduate School website.