Cornell University (NY)

Cornell University (NY)

Common Application:

Early Decision: Nov. 1, 2016
Regular Decision: Jan. 2, 2017

Essay Questions:

Common Application Essays:

The essay demonstrates your ability to write clearly and concisely on a selected topic and helps you distinguish yourself in your own voice. What do you want the readers of your application to know about you apart from courses, grades, and test scores? Choose the option that best helps you answer that question and write an essay of no more than 650 words, using the prompt to inspire and structure your response. Remember: 650 words is your limit, not your goal. Use the full range if you need it, but don't feel obligated to do so. (The application won't accept a response shorter than 250 words.)

l   Some students have a background or story that is so central to their identity that they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please          share your story.

l   The lessons we take from failure can be fundamental to later success. Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from     the experience?

l   Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again?

l   Describe a problem you've solved or a problem you'd like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma-anything that is of personal importance,     no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution.

l   Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family.

Supplemental Essay Questions: 

On the online Common Application Writing Supplement, please respond to the essay question below (maximum of 650 and minimum of 250 words) that corresponds to the undergraduate college(s) or school(s) to which you are applying.

If you are utilizing the Primary/Alternate admission option, you must complete an essay for both colleges/schools; please complete the essays that correspond to your primary and alternate choices.


l   College of Agriculture and Life Sciences: How have your interests and related experiences influenced the major you have selected in the College of Agriculture and Life                    Sciences?

l   College of Architecture, Art, and Planning: Why are you excited to pursue your chosen major in AAP? What specifically about AAP and Cornell University will help you fulfill            your academic and creative interests and long-term goals?

l   College of Arts and Sciences: Describe two or three of your current intellectual interests and why they are exciting to you. Why will Cornell’s College of Arts and Sciences be the      right environment in which to pursue your interests?

l   College of Engineering: Tell us about an engineering idea you have, or about your interest in engineering. Describe how your ideas and interests may be realized by—and linked        to—specific resources within the College of Engineering. Finally, explain what a Cornell Engineering education will enable you to accomplish.

l   School of Hotel Administration: Hospitality is the largest industry in the world and includes sectors such as hotel operations, food and beverage management, real estate,                finance, marketing, and law. Considering the breadth of our industry, please describe what work and non-work experiences, academic interests, and career goals influenced your          decision to study hospitality management? How will these contribute to your success at the School of Hotel Administration?

l   College of Human Ecology: What do you value about the College of Human Ecology's perspective, and the majors that interest you, as you consider your academic goals and            plans for the future?

l   School of Industrial and Labor Relations: Tell us about your intellectual interests, how they sprung from your course, service, work or life experiences, and what makes them            exciting to you. Describe how these interests may be realized and linked to the ILR curriculum.

Documents Required:

  • $80 Application Fee or Waiver 
  • A completed Common Application and the Cornell Supplement
  • Official score reports from the SAT or ACT
  • Official score reports for 2 SAT Subject Tests (different requirements by colleges)
  • Official TOEFL score report
  • Secondary School Report
  • Mid-Year School Report 
  • Final Report
  • Teacher Evaluations 

Other Information:

Address: Cornell University
               410 Thurston Avenue
               Ithaca, NY 14850

 607 255-5241
 607 254-5157
Application Info:

SAT/TOEFL Code: 2098

ACT Code: