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Does the College of Engineering award credit for college classes taken during high school?

Please review the " Transfer Credit " section of the Engineering Registrar's website. Students who have taken a course or courses offered by an accredited college or university prior to their official start term at Cornell may wish to transfer the credits and apply them toward course requirements at Cornell.  Duri…

Do I have to apply to a particular major in Engineering? If so, what if I change my mind later?

First-year applicants apply to the College of Engineering and not to a particular engineering major. Students may indicate an intended major of interest on the Common Application if they wish, but they will not officially select a major until the second semester of their sophomore year.

If calculus is not offered at my high school, will this hurt my chances of being admitted to the College of Engineering?

Cornell Engineering requires one calculus course as a component of the engineering application because our engineering curriculum is fundamentally driven by facility in calculus. You may review detailed information about the Cornell Engineering math sequence on the Choosing Your First Math Class section of the Corn…

Does Cornell offer a fee waiver for veterans?

Cornell provides application fee waivers for veterans and current members of the military upon request. Please email [email protected] to request an application fee waiver. Note—do not pay the application fee if requesting a waiver, as the fee is non-refundable.

What is the minimum high school GPA required to be admitted to the College of Engineering?

Admitted Engineering students have generally excelled in their high school studies, particularly in math and the sciences, and have grades that are generally in the A range. Most of the students admitted into the College of Engineering are within the top 5 to 10% of their high school graduating class. When considerin…

Can I still apply as an international student if I don’t meet all the admissions requirements?

At Cornell CALS, we read applications based on where you have attended school – so your application will be reviewed within the context of the school/curriculum/country where you are a student. While we list admissions requirements by major to share with students the foundational courses that the most prepared candid…

What science and math courses are prospective Engineering students expected to take in high school?

To be a competitive engineering applicant, we ask students to complete a minimum of four units of math (including one unit of calculus), one unit of physics, one unit of chemistry, and one unit of biology. One unit is typically a high school year-long class (or equivalent). Calculus is extremely important given th…

What does CALS look for in a first-year applicant?

We conduct a holistic admissions process for all applicants. During our review, we are considering whether candidates have the academic backgrounds (rigor, coursework and grades) to be successful at Cornell CALS; whether the personal attributes and extracurricular experiences shared demonstrate a solid connection wit…

Does the College of Engineering offer credit for AP, IB, and A-level scores?

The College of Engineering routinely offers credit for appropriately high scores on Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate Higher Level (IB), and General Certificate of Education (A-level) examinations. For detailed information on the acceptable scores, please refer to the  Advanced Placement and Transf…

Are first quarter grades required for early decision applicants to Cornell University?

As an early decision applicant, first quarter grades and the Midyear Report are not required and will not appear on your application checklist. Once your first quarter and/or midyear grades are available, you are welcome to ask your school counselor to submit them to Cornell. Although not required, they may be helpfu…

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