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CORNELL UNIVERSITY EARLY ADMISSIONS

Cornell reported a record number of 5,384 early decision applicants for admission to Cornell’s Class of 2021 with 1,378 acceptances representing an increase (10.3 percent) from last year’s 1,340 admitted students. This year’s numbers broke the record set last year by the early decision Class of 2020. Cornell’s early decision pool has increased by 78 percent within the past decade. Of these applicants to Cornell, 25.6 percent were admitted — a smaller fraction than last year, when the University accepted 27.4 percent of applicants.

CORNELL UNIVERSITY EARLY ROUND ACCEPTANCE
Early Applications Accepted Total Early Applications Received Early Acceptance Rate Estimated Overall Enrollment % of Class Filled by Early Admissions
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

Cornell has received the highest number of applications in university history for the second consecutive year. There were 47,038 applicants for admission to the Class of 2021. 5,889 applicants have been admitted, and another 5,713 students have been placed on the waitlist. A record number of students self-identify as an underrepresented minority – 1,777, or 30.2 percent of the class. Students of color are 52.5 percent of the newly admitted class. There are more than 700 first-generation college students.

CORNELL UNIVERSITY ADMISSIONS: REGULAR DECISION
Regular Decision Applications Accepted Regular Decision Applications Received Regular Decision Admissions Acceptance Rate
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
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%

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