Undergraduate Admissions

Cornell Engineers are motivated, collaborative, compassionate, and intelligent. If these qualities resonate with you, consider joining our diverse community of passionate students and faculty. You will be emboldened to think independently and explore new ways to improve the quality of life on our planet. Together, we tackle problems great and small.

Cornell Engineering Virtual Visit

Update on On-Campus Visits

At this time, Cornell is not offering formal campus tours or in-person information sessions. To make the most of your visit, we encourage you to explore our publications and engage with us virtually.

Importantly, Cornell University does not track demonstrated interest. Visiting campus is neither required nor expected of applicants. Students can articulate their fit and interest in the College of Engineering through the Cornell-specific supplemental essays in their application. 

Cornell's Ithaca campus is open to visitors; however, certain public health restrictions remain in place. As of July 30, 2021, all faculty, staff, students, and visitors are required to wear a mask and physically distance when indoors regardless of vaccination status. We regret that due to campus COVID-19 restrictions, we are unable to welcome visitors into our classrooms at this time. Visitor Relations will continue to offer both recorded and virtual live-streamed campus tours.

Alternatively, we hope you will check out the many virtual opportunities available on our virtual visit site.

You can also take advantage of these University-wide virtual features: 

If you are interested in learning more about Cornell, please sign up to receive communications from us, or email us directly with questions.

Important Update on SAT/ACT requirements

What makes Cornell Engineering unique?

  • We are the largest and highest ranked engineering program in the Ivy League.

  • Our program has incredible depth with 14 majors and 20 minors in addition to the breadth of academic opportunities across the University.

  • Cornell Engineering sponsors 31 student-led project teams.

  • Females compose 50% of the College of Engineering.

  • All faculty in our college teach and advise undergraduate students.

  • Our students gain access to an unparalleled career network.

  • We provide outstanding support services from faculty, peers, and our advising and student services offices.


Due to the coronavirus pandemic, we are unable to host on-campus information sessions. We have created a Virtual Visit site to help you learn about Cornell Engineering. We also have created an online version of our information session to help get you started.


View the slides from our Cornell Engineering Information Session

Discover Cornell Engineering

First-Year Applicants

Individuals with a high school diploma or GED who have earned fewer than 12 college credits may apply as a first-year applicant.

International Applicants

International applicants are defined as students who are not U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent residents, do not have refugee/asylee status, or who are undocumented residents without DACA status.

Cornell University: Glorious to View (Short Version)

This video celebrates what makes Cornell University so special—its campus beauty, breadth and depth of academics, spirit of inclusiveness, and commitment to serving the public good. From its inception, Cornell has aspired to be elite and egalitarian. As founder Ezra Cornell said, “I would found an institution where any person can find instruction in any study.”

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Cornell engineering student Haley

I thought I wanted to be an engineer because I liked math and science, I have learned that I truly want to be an engineer to help people. At Cornell Engineering, at the end of the day, your end user for anything and everything that you do is another human being, and I think that is pretty special.

— Haley '19