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Admitted Students

Congratulations! Your admission into Cornell Engineering, one of the world's most prestigious engineering programs, is cause for applause and celebration. The high caliber of your application set yourself apart from the 1,300+ others we received in the early decision pool. We truly believe you have the academic talent and personal disposition to thrive at Cornell, and we excited to welcome you in person next fall!

In early May, you will start receiving emails from the engineering advising office to guide you through the next steps. For now, focus on having a successful end to your senior year as we will review your year-end grade report.

At Cornell Engineering, intellectually rebellious students and faculty challenge established paradigms and prevailing conventions. Discovery stretches across disciplines in pursuit of novel solutions to complex problems in fields such as nanoscience, biomedical engineering, molecular biology, and information science. While it is difficult to encapsulate the many dimensions of Cornell Engineering, there are four hallmarks at the heart of this remarkable institution:

  • We have one of the deepest engineering curriculums in the world.
  • We are embedded within a world-class university.
  • We care about our students and invest in their success.
  • Our exceptional community of students, faculty, and staff is our greatest asset.

 

Enrollment Deferrals

Admitted first-year Cornell Engineering students may be able to apply for a one- or two-year deferred entry. Requests are evaluated on a case-by-case basis by the Engineering Admissions Office and have been granted in previous years for a variety of reasons.

Deadlines

  • Early Decision Candidates: The deadline to request an enrollment deferral for the 2018-2019 academic year is March 1, 2018.
  • Regular Decision Candidates: The deadline to request an enrollment deferral for the 2018-2019 academic year is June 1, 2018.

Guidelines

If you are granted an enrollment deferral, the following conditions apply:

  1. You must officially accept your offer of admission from Cornell University.
  2. You must submit a $400 deposit reserving your place in a future class of Cornell Engineers. (Note: An $800 deposit is required for two-year deferrals). 
  3. You must formally withdraw your application(s) from any college/university to which you have applied.
  4. You must formally decline your offer(s) of admission from any college/university to which you have been admitted.
  5. You must NOT apply to, or enroll at, another college/university during your deferral period.

Please note: If you are granted a deferral of admission, you will begin to receive information in the spring prior to enrolling at Cornell to help you prepare for your arrival. It is your responsibility to apprise the university of any changes in your mailing address and/or email address.

Students admitted from the waitlist are expected to enroll for the upcoming fall semester and are rarely granted deferrals.

Choose which type of deferral you wish to request:

Enrollment Deferral   Military Enrollment Deferral

Frequently Asked Questions

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

If I'm still waiting to hear from the Office of Financial Aid, when do I need to notify Cornell about whether I will accept an offer of admission?

What happens if I receive an outside scholarship? 

Due to circumstances beyond my control, I am unable to get my deposit in by the deadline. What should I do?

Do I need to submit my final grades to Cornell?  

Can an offer of admission be rescinded if my senior-year grades go down? 

As an admitted student, is it possible to switch colleges before arriving on campus? 

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

Yes. 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. Click here for more details.

Students may also earn credit by taking Cornell Advanced Standing Exam(s) (CASE) during the fall orientation period. CASE exam performance will demonstrate understanding of key subject areas (i.e. calculus, physics, chemistry, and biology) within the framework of the Cornell Engineering curriculum. While these exams are voluntary, they help place students in the appropriate coursework level.

If I'm still waiting to hear from the Office of Financial Aid, when do I need to notify Cornell about whether I will accept an offer of admission?

If your financial aid application is complete, your financial aid award should be sent to you within a few days after you receive your acceptance letter. If your package does not arrive within a week of receiving your acceptance letter, call the Office of Financial Aid at 607-255-5145. The deposit deadline for early decision is January 19, 2018. All deposit extensions for financial aid reasons are granted by the Office of Financial Aid.

What happens if I receive an outside scholarship? 

As the Office of Financial Aid is notified of outside sources of assistance, they adjust your need-based financial aid. Contact the Office of Financial Aid for more information on how outside scholarships typically affect financial aid packages.  

Due to circumstances beyond my control, I am unable to get my deposit in by the deadline. What should I do? 

Please contact the Office of Financial Aid at finaid@cornell.edu or 607-255-5145. All deposit extensions for financial aid reasons are granted by the Office of Financial Aid.

Do I need to submit my final grades to Cornell?  

Yes. Final grades for all admitted students must be reviewed. Your guidance counselor should email your final grade report to: undergradapp@cornell.edu for processing.  

Can an offer of admissions be rescinded if my senior-year grades go down? 

Cornell's offer of admission includes the following statement: "Our offer of admission is also contingent upon your satisfactorily completing any school work now in progress, and on your continuing to uphold high standards of character in activities outside the classroom." All enrolling students are required to submit a final high school transcript once they complete their senior year. Each transcript is reviewed to ensure that our enrolling students continued to succeed academically once they received their offers of admission. Students whose performance declined are asked to respond, in writing, with an explanation for the decline in academic performance. Responses are evaluated and a determination is made whether a student will be allowed to enroll, or if his/her offer of admission will be rescinded. The decisions we make in these cases are done thoughtfully, thoroughly, and bearing in mind their impact. This process usually occurs in June and we try to reach decisions as quickly as the process will allow so that students are definitively aware of their status and can plan accordingly.  

As an admitted student, is it possible to switch colleges before arriving on campus? 

No. However, once you have matriculated you can work with the head of advising within your college to plan and navigate a change to another college within Cornell University. Your advisor will be able to help you manage the internal transfer process, but, in the meantime, it may be useful for you to review the Office of Internal Transfer's (ITD) website. The ITD works directly with students interested in transferring from one college to another at Cornell and they will likely become an important resource for you if you decide to apply for internal transfer once you arrive on campus.

Engineering student Alex '20

Jumping into freshman year seemed like a huge leap into the unknown, but looking back, it wasn't nearly as bad as I thought it would be. I think the most important thing is to concentrate on is being willing to talk to and befriend everyone who you meet. Everyone is in the same situation as you and wants to make friends. Everyone belongs: it’s up to you to embrace it!!

— Alex '20