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Prospective First Year Students

This is an exciting time - the next chapter in your educational and personal development lies ahead, with all of the opportunities and challenges that will help you become a strong and passionate leader, a critical and analytical thinker, and an active and engaged citizen in a global community. As our world becomes smaller and more complex, Human Ecology faculty and staff educate our students to make a difference.

One of the most important steps to take as you being your college search is to create a moment to reflect and learn more about yourself - your strengths and weaknesses, what engages you, and what environments will stretch you. A college search is not just a way to find an undergraduate education, but a way to find an undergraduate experience. Knowing yourself will help you thoughtfully consider your choices.

Another important step is to be well informed regarding the institutions on your list. Spend time on our website to learn about what makes the Human Ecology experience so meaningful, our academic programs, and how to best prepare for the possibilities ahead. You can also flip through the Human Ecology Viewbook or request that one be sent to you.

First-Year Selection Factors

The College of Human Ecology practices selective admissions and we carefully review every application we receive to understand what makes you an individual and what you would bring to the college and university communities.

We often receive questions about our minimum/average SAT score or GPA, how many activities should be on a resume, and how many letters of recommendation should be submitted. There is no formula used in the selection process.

Competitive and compelling candidates demonstrate strong academic performance in challenging courses, with math and science in their curriculum throughout their entire high school career, a clearly articulated and connected interest in the college, active engagement in their school and greater communities, and a perspective that demonstrates an outward focus.

Carefully review Cornell University's Freshman Admissions Requirements for information about required coursework, testing, and supplements, as each undergraduate college/school determines their own requirements. 

Review our First Year Application Tips to help you prepare a more compelling and competitive application.

Students who are not accepted as freshmen might consider transferring to the College of Human Ecology as sophomores or juniors.