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 break the rules of conventional thought — to think independently and explore new ways to improve the quality of life on our planet. Together, we work to tackle problems great and small. How will you break the rules to do great things? 

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 29 student-led project teams.

  • Females compose 51% of the Class of 2021 and over 46% of the College of Engineering overall.

  • 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.

Discover Cornell Engineering

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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.

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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.”

Featured Alumni

ORIE Professor of Practice Brenda Dietrich

Welcome Brenda Dietrich

Brenda Dietrich has joined the faculty of the School of Operations Research and Information Engineering (ORIE) at Cornell as the Arthur and Helen Geoffrion Professor of Practice. Dietrich comes to Ith...

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Nikolaos Bouklas, assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering in Cornell's Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Welcome Nikolaos Bouklas

Nikolaos Bouklas has joined the faculty of the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Cornell. Bouklas most recently held a post-doctoral researcher position at the Institute of Mech...

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Key Statistics about Cornell Engineering

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of the incoming first-year class are women
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of Cornell Engineering undergraduate are under-represented minorities
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U.S. News and World Report Rankings of Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs (Schools with doctorates)
Engineering student Haley '19

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