Cornell University: Acceptance Rates & Statistics

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Cornell Early Admissions

As announced last year, Cornell has decided to not disclose its admissions’ numbers for the Class of 2025 until the end of the yearly cycle. 

For the Class of 2024, Cornell admitted 1,576 out of 6,615 early decision applicants (a 7 percent increase over the past year’s ED applicant numbers), for a 23.8 percent acceptance rate (a 1.2 percent increase over last year). Those admitted are estimated to comprise 49 percent of the Class of 2024. Interestingly, the number of women admitted this year decreased by four percentage points to 51.6 percent. Hard to know exactly what to make of this statistic—other than perhaps Cornell was concerned that it might be approaching a tipping point with respect to gender balance. Students of color comprise 39.7 percent of admitted students. 22.1 percent are legacy and 12.1 percent are athletes.

Cornell University Regular Decision

This year, Cornell admitted 5,836 applicants from a pool of 67,000 to the Class of 2025. Cornell did not release the statistics of its Early Decision round. In previous years, Cornell received 51,500 applications for admission to the Class of 2024 and 49,118 applications for the Class of 2023.

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