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CORNELL UNIVERSITY EARLY ADMISSIONS

Cornell reported a record number of 6319 early decision applicants for admission to Cornell’s Class of 2022 with 1,533 acceptances representing an increase from last year’s 1,378 admitted students. The early admissions rate of 24.3 percent is down from an early admissions rate of 25.8 percent for the Class of 2021 and 27.4 percent for the Class of 2020. This year’s numbers broke the record set last year by the early decision Class of 2021. Cornell’s early decision pool has increased by 83 percent within the past decade.

CORNELL UNIVERSITY EARLY ROUND ACCEPTANCE
Early Applications Accepted Total Early Applications Received Early Acceptance Rate Estimated Overall Enrollment % of Class Filled by Early Admissions
2022 1,533 6,319 24.26% 3,375 45.42%
2021 1,378 5,384 25.59% 3,200 43.06%
2020 1,200 4,866 25.69% 3,200 39.06%
2019 1,196 4,560 26.23% 3,200 37.50%
2018 1,200 4,800 25% 3,200 41.41%
2017 1,237 4,193 29.50%
2016 1,171 3,609 32.45%
2015 1,215 3,456 35.16%
2014 1,176 3,594 32.72%
2013 1,249 3,405 36.68%

CORNELL EARLY & REGULAR DECISION ADMISSIONS

According to its Office of Admissions and Enrollment, Cornell University received the highest number of applications in University history for freshman admission for the third consecutive year. There were 51,328 applicants for admission to the Class of 2022; the previous record was 47,038 applicants for the Class of 2021.

A total of 5,288 applicants were admitted for an overall admit rate of 10.30 percent, down from last year’s admit rate of 12.52 percent. Cornell admitted 1,533 early applicants from a pool of 6,319. In 2017, Cornell received 47,038 applications for freshman admission to the Class of 2021, and admitted 5,889 applicants of which 1,378 were Early Decision applicants.

Of the students accepted, 33 percent self-identify as underrepresented minorities, setting a new record for the fourth year in a row. Students of color — which include underrepresented minorities and Asian-American students — represent 54 percent of the student body.

Geographically, the prospective class represents all 50 U.S. states, in addition to Washington D.C., Guam, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and American Samoa. International students, who make up nearly nine percent of the admitted class, hail from 93 countries around the globe. Canada, China, India, South Korea, Singapore and the United Kingdom are the top countries represented, just as last year.

CORNELL UNIVERSITY ADMISSIONS: REGULAR DECISION
Regular Decision Applications Accepted Regular Decision Applications Received Regular Decision Admissions Acceptance Rate
2022 3,755 45,009 18.34%
2021 4,511 41,654 10.83%
2020 5,027 40,100 12.54%
2019 5,034 37,107 13.57%
2018 4,694 38,266 12.27%
2017 4,825 35,813 13.47%
2016 4,952 34,203 14.48%

CORNELL UNIVERSITY ADMISSIONS: EARLY & REGULAR DECISION
Early & Regular Decision Applications Accepted Early & Regular Decision Applications Received Early & Regular Decision Admissions Acceptance Rate
2022 5,288 51,328 10.30%
2021 5,889 47,038 12.52%
2020 6,277 44,966 13.96%
2019 6,234 41,907 14.88%
2018 6,019 43,041 13.98%
2017 6,062 40,006 15.15%
2016 6,123 37,812 16.19%
2015 6,538 36,387 17.97%
2014 6,673 36,337 18.36%
2013 6,565 34,371 19.10%
2012 6,834 33,073 20.66%