CNC says: The most competitive applicants for admission present evidence of academic motivation, preparation, and ability. The middle 50% of admitted applicants typically have a GPA between and 3.20 and a 3.90, an ACT score between a 24 and 30, and a SAT score between an 1150 and a 1350. In addition, the Admission Committee is attracted to students with well developed interests and talents, or with a willingness to get involved and to be a member of a diverse college community, and with a demonstrated commitment to service to others.
Sep 17 2012Political Science I had good test scores and grades and wrote a personal statement from the heart. I was also very involved in extra-curricular activities as a high school student. Service is also very important to Cornell and will improve your chances of getting in. ACT: 30 Female
Nov 23 2004Computer Science To get in to Cornell, I got reasonably good SAT and ACT scores, made good grades throughout high school, and participated in all of the extracurricular activities that interested me so that I was a more "well rounded" student than just a list of classes and scores. ACT: 32 SAT: 1450 Male
Nov 23 2004Computer Science I had good grades, a good SAT score, and I wrote a pretty good essay. Getting in was not difficult.
If you want to get in, have good grades and a good SAT or ACT score. If you only have one or the other, write a killer essay and come in for an interview, if you can. That helps a lot. SAT: 1420 Female
Oct 27 2003English Good grades are important. But EVEN MORE important is being able to differentiate yourself in some way from the rest of the applicants. Creative leadership experiences and fascinating life experiences are desirable. Be unique -- be interesting. SAT: 1370 Female