Updates from Cornell University

Cornell continues to welcome use of either the Universal College Application (UCA) or the Common Application (CA) and considers both applications on equal footing. While Cornell is a member of the Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success, it will not begin accepting the Coalition Application until the 2017-2018 admission cycle for fall of 2018.

U.S. citizens and permanent residents admitted during early decision will receive more information regarding our financial aid deadlines, and more information regarding Financial Aid at Cornell can be found at: http://finaid.cornell.edu/apply-for-aid. U.S. citizens and permanent residents who are admitted during early decision, but who have not initiated a financial aid application by February 15, 2017, will not be considered for institutional aid.

Beginning with the class enrolling in fall 2017, admissions decisions for all undergraduate international applicants will be need-aware. International applicants who do not apply for financial aid (and who are admitted) will not be eligible to apply for international financial aid at any later point after enrolling as an undergraduate at Cornell. Please note that it is now too late for international early decision applicants to apply for international financial aid as the deadline (Nov. 1) has passed. The international financial aid application deadline for regular decision admission candidates is January 2; this is also the regular decision admission application deadline.

Very soon, early decision applicants will receive an email reiterating the ED binding commitment. Here are some of the highlights from the email to students:

  • Early decision is binding. If you’re admitted to Cornell, you are required to withdraw any applications you’ve sent to other schools and send your enrollment deposit to Cornell by early January.
  • You can be admitted or denied during early decision as well as postponed to regular decision. Students whose applications are postponed to regular decision are no longer subject to the early decision binding commitment.
  • While early decision acceptances to Cornell are binding, students may be eligible to be released from the early decision agreement if their need-based financial aid award does not make a Cornell education affordable for applicants and their families (must have applied for financial aid).