A basic preparation for Cornell University includes these high school courses:
- 4 years of English
- 3 years of mathematics
- 3 years of science (at least 2 lab sciences)
- 3 years of a foreign language
- 3 years of social science (history, social studies)
Applicants with a GED or High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED) will be asked to submit GED scores, or other applicable high school equivalency, along with the portion of their high school record they have completed. In addition, applicants should submit transcripts from any college course(s) they have completed and scores from any standardized examination(s) they have taken, including state exams, the SAT or ACT, SAT Subject Tests, and AP exams.