Are you thinking about applying to a Cornell graduate school program? What do you think are your chances of being accepted?

This short guide will go through some of the most important aspects of applying to grad school at Cornell, including:

  • Cornell graduate school admissions requirements
  • Average GRE, GMAT, LSAT scores for Cornell grad programs
  • Minimum GPA for Cornell grad programs
  • Acceptance rates for Cornell graduate school programs
  • Other important Cornell grad school admissions statistics

Let’s get into it.

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Cornell Graduate School

Cornell University has been around since the 1800’s and it’s one of the most famous and sought after Ivy League colleges. The undergraduate programs at Cornell have ~15,000 enrolled students while the graduate and professional programs have ~8,000 enrolled students.

In U.S. New’s 2019 rankings, Cornell is ranked in the top ten graduate programs for:

  • Biological / Agricultural Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Electrical / Electronic / Communications Engineering
  • Environmental / Environmental Health Engineering
  • Industrial / Manufacturing / Systems Engineering
  • Materials Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Biological Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • English
  • Physics
  • Veterinary Medicine

Cornell Admissions Statistics – How Difficult is It to Get into Cornell?

Many of Cornell’s graduate programs are very competitive. How do you know if your standardized test scores will be good enough for Cornell?

Most of Cornell’s programs don’t directly list their GRE statistics. The information below was put together by Magoosh (provider of online test prep services – GRE/GMAT/LSAT/etc).

You can find the methodology they used to come up with the GRE score ranges below on their blog.

These statistics were compiled on Magoosh’s GRE Blog.

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Cornell Graduate School Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rates for Cornell grad programs vary. Some of the departments publish their class profile statistics such as GPA and standardized test averages and acceptance rates. We have included some of these statistics below.

Cornell MBA – Two Year Program – Class of 2020

Total MBA Applications: 1,653
Total Students Admitted : 280
Cornell MBA Program Acceptance Rate: 17%

Median GMAT Score: 699
Low GMAT Score (bottom 10%): 650
High GMAT Score (top 10%): 740

Cornell MBA Median Undergraduate GPA: 3.41

Average Work Experience: 5 years
Most Work Experience (top 10%): 8 years
Least Work Experience (bottom 10%): 3 years

Cornell Law School – Juris Doctor Program

Total applications: 3,826
Total students admitted: 198 admissions
Cornell Law School Acceptance Rate: 5.2%

Median GPA: 3.77
Low GPA (bottom 25%): 3.68
High GPA (top 25%) : 3.87

Median LSAT Score: 167
Low LSAT Score (bottom 25%): 163
High LSAT Score (top 25%): 168

Cornell Medical School

Total applications: ~6,000
Total students admitted: 106
Cornell Medical School Acceptance Rate: ~1.8%

Average GPA: 3.87

Average MCAT Score: 519

Cornell Masters of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Average GPA: > 3.50

Average GRE Verbal Score: >153
Average GRE Quantitative Score: >160

Cornell Master of Industrial and Labor Relations (MILR)

Average Class Size: 56 students

Cornell MILR Acceptance Rate: 35% – 40%

Average Years of Work Experience: 4 years

Average GRE Verbal Score: 157
Average GRE Quantitative Score: 155
Average GRE Analytical Score: 4.3

Average GMAT Verbal Score: 35
Average GMAT Quantitative Score: 45
Average GMAT AWA Score: 5.2

Cornell Graduate School Application Requirements

Confused about the application process for graduate school? Each program has their own application requirements, so it can get complicated.

We have compiled the application requirements for several Cornell graduate school applications below, which should clear things up a bit.

Cornell MBA Application Requirements

The first step for applying to the Cornell MBA program is to create a Johnson at Cornell Application account, then you can start the application process.

You will be submitting the following documents:

  • A completed Cornell MBA Online Application Form
  • $200 Application Fee
  • Your resume
  • A goals statement, an impact essay, a back of your resume essay, and an optional third essay
  • Transcripts from each college or university you previously attended
  • Your GMAT or GRE score report
  • A TOEFL or IELTS score report if your native language is not English
  • At least one professional letter of recommendation, but you can submit two

Cornell MBA Deadlines

Cornell has a series of “rounds” for applications to the 2 year MBA program, each with their own deadlines.

  • October 10th – Deadline for the October Round applications – decision by December 20th
  • November 15th – Deadline for the November Round applications – decision by February 20th
  • January 3rd – Deadline for the January Round applications – decision by April 10th
  • April 10th – Deadline for the April Round applications – decision by May 30th

Further Information for Applying to Cornell Business School

You can get more information and find answers to frequently asked questions on the Cornell MBA Admissions webpage here.

If you have already applied to the MBA program, you can check the status of your application by logging into the Johnson at Cornell Application account you created when you first filled out the application.

Application Requirements for Cornell Medical School

The first step for applying to medical school at Cornell is to complete an application with the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS). The AMCAS service will allow you to submit your primary documents and primary application one time (to AMCAS) and use that application for multiple medical colleges.

After you submit your AMCAS application to Cornell, then you will receive an email inviting you to complete the Weil Cornell Medicine supplemental application.

During the application process, you will be submitting the following documents to AMCAS and to Cornell directly:

  • A completed AMCAS application
  • A preprofessional advisory committee letter (if your undergraduate college has one) or two letters of recommendation
  • Transcripts from each college or university you previously attended
  • Your MCAT score report
  • A personal comments essay – 5,300 characters maximum
  • A $170 AMCAS application fee
  • A $100 Cornell supplemental application fee

Application Timeline for Cornell Medical School

The big decision on when to apply to the medical school program at Cornell is whether you want to follow the early application deadlines or the regular application deadlines.

  • August 1st – AMCAS early decision application deadline
  • October 1st – Decision notification deadline for Cornell Medical School early decision applicants
  • October 15th – AMCAS regular application deadline
  • November 15th – Deadline for your application’s supporting materials – a completed Supplemental Application Form, MCAT scores, and letters of evaluation within AMCAS
  • March 15th – Decision notification deadline for Cornell Medical School regular applicants

Further Information for Applying to Cornell Medical School

You can find further details on the Cornell Medical School Admissions webpage here. The website also lists application tips and FAQs.

Already applied to the program? You can check your Cornell application status on the Cornell Supplemental Application webpage, which was emailed to you when you were invited to complete the application.

Application Requirements for the Cornell Master of Engineering in Computer Science Program

The first step for applying to the Cornell MEng of Computer Science program is to create a CollegeNet ApplyWeb account.

You will be submitting the following documents as part of your application:

  • Your Statement of Purpose essay
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Transcripts from each college or university you previously attended
  • Your GRE score report
  • Your TOEFL or IELTS score report if your native language is not English
  • The $105 application fee

Application Timeline for Cornell MEng of Computer Science

The MEng of Computer Science program at Cornell has two admissions cycles, with either a Fall semester start or a Spring semester start.

  • October 1st – Deadline for Spring admissions
  • First week in September – Deadline to take the GRE test so that your scores will arrive by the October application deadline. Sending your scores can take two weeks, so leaving more time as a cushion before the application deadline would be even better.
  • February 1st – Deadline for Fall admissions
  • First week in January – Deadline to take the GRE test so that your scores will arrive by the February application deadline.

Further Information for Applying to the Cornell Computer Science Master of Engineering Program

You can find all the information you need to apply to the MEng program on the Cornell Computer Science Admissions webpage here. The website also lists application FAQS and financial aid information

If you have already applied to the CS MEng program, then you can check your Cornell application status with your CollegeNet ApplyWeb account, which you set up when you first completed your application.

Application Requirements for Cornell Master of Science in Hotel Administration

Your first step for applying to the Cornell Master of Science in Hotel Administration program is to create a CollegeNet ApplyWeb account.

You will be sending in these documents as part of your application:

  • Statement of Purpose Essay (i.e. Why are you applying?)
  • Career Essay (i.e. What are your career goals?)
  • Character Essay (i.e. Why are you special?)
  • Transcripts from each college or university you previously attended
  • GMAT or GRE Scores
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • Your Resume
  • A $105 Application Fee
  • A TOEFL or IELTS score report if your native language is not English

Deadlines for Cornell Master of Science in Hotel Administration

Cornell’s MS in Hotel Administration program has a series of application rounds, each with their own deadlines. The earliest application round is preferred by the MMH department, so the application fee is waived for the first application round.

  • December 1st– Round 1 application deadline (no application fee required)
  • January 15th – Round 2 application deadline
  • March 1st – Round 3 application deadline
  • April 15th – Round 4 application deadline

More Information on Applying to the Cornell Master of Science in Hotel Administration Program

The Cornell MMH webpage has further information on the application process and the details of the program on their website here. You can also find FAQs and program statistics there.

Have you already applied to the MMH program? You can check your Cornell application status with your ApplyWeb account.

Conclusion

Deciding to apply to a Cornell graduate school program is intimidating. Most of Cornell’s grad programs are very selective.

This guide went over the application process, average test scores and GPAs, and acceptance rates for some of Cornell’s graduate program applications.

Hopefully, the information will help you decide whether you should apply to Cornell and how you can maximize your chances of submitting a successful application.

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