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Ivy League Profile: Cornell University

Ivy League school Cornell University was founded in 1865 by Ezra Cornell and Andrew Dickson White, hence its name. With its main campus in Ithaca, New York, sprawled across 23,000 acres, Cornell has 15,735 undergrad students (as of fall 2022). Undergraduates hail from 50 states and 120 nations, and 45% come from multicultural backgrounds. Undergrads have access to nearly 80 undergraduate major concentrations and over 120 minor ones. While undoubtedly competitive, Cornell has a higher acceptance rate than some other schools in the Ivy League: 10%. However, this is a significant decrease from its 14% acceptance rate in 2016. In keeping with national trends, Cornell University has extended its two-year suspension of SAT/ACT requirements to 2023 and 2024 applicants. Some colleges and schools are score-free, meaning that scores will not be considered in the admissions process, while others are test optional, meaning that scores will be considered if submitted.

The Ivy Dean has helped dozens of students gain acceptance to Cornell University over the past ten years. As a professional company with two expert college admissions specialists – led by President Drusilla Blackman, who formerly served as Dean of Undergraduate Admissions at Columbia University and Dean of Graduate Admissions at Harvard University – we have an in-depth understanding of how campus admissions officers decide which students to admit, waitlist and reject. Our experienced and dedicated counselors guide students and their families through every step of Cornell’s admissions process, providing special assistance with application essays given their increased importance in the absence of standardized testing requirements. Please call us at (845) 826-5310 or contact us online to learn more about how we can help you fulfill your dream of studying at Cornell.

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