While Cornell University is not quite as selective as Harvard, Yale or Princeton, it is still one of the most selective colleges in the country. In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. As you can see, the majority of students who got into Cornell had a GPA in the "A" range, SAT scores (CR+M+W) above 2000, and ACT composite scores above 29. Hidden behind the blue and green are a lot of red dots, so keep in mind that high grades and test scores are no guarantee of admission to Cornell. For this reason, even strong students should consider Cornell a reach school.
At the same time, keep in mind that Cornell has holistic admissions -- the admissions officers are looking for students who will bring more than good grades and standardized test scores to their campus. Students who show some kind of remarkable talent or have a compelling story to tell will get serious consideration even if grades and test scores aren't quite up to the ideal.
To learn more about Cornell University, high school GPAs, SAT scores and ACT scores, these articles can help:
- Cornell University Admissions Profile
- What's a Good SAT Score?
- What's a Good ACT Score?
- What's Considered a Good Academic Record?
- What is a Weighted GPA?
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