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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.



According to its Office of Admissions and Enrollment, Cornell 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 2016, Cornell received 45,009 applications for freshman admission to the Class of 2020. The overall admit rate reported by Cornell was 13.96 percent as the school admitted 6,277 applicants with 4,939 regular decision applicants and 1,338 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.