Getting Started

Knowing yourself is one of the most important steps as you begin your college search. Creating a moment of reflection to learn more about your strengths and weaknesses, what engages you, and what environments stretch you will help you thoughtfully consider your choices and find an undergraduate experience, not just an undergraduate education.

Being well informed regarding the institutions on your list is also important. 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* and watch our recorded information sessions.

Also, join the University's contact list to receive emails, electronic invitations to programs, and important admissions updates. Select “Human Ecology” in the "College Interests" section at the bottom of the form.

Admissions Selection Factors

Competitive and compelling candidates demonstrate strong academic performance in challenging courses, a clearly articulated connection to the college mission and its academic programs, active engagement in their school and greater communities, and an outwardly focused perspective. Our First Year Application Tips will help as you prepare your application. 

Review Cornell University's Freshman Admissions Requirements for information about required coursework, testing, and supplements. Please note Cornell University's updated standardized exam policy for those applying for Fall 2021. Those applying to our Design and Environmental Analysis and our Fashion Design and Management majors are required to submit a design supplement with your application materials.

The College of Human Ecology practices selective admissions and we comprehensively consider the applications we receive to understand what makes you an individual and what you would bring to the college and university communities. There is no formula used in the selection process. Students who are not accepted as freshmen might consider transferring to the College of Human Ecology as sophomores or juniors.

*Download the College of Human Ecology Viewbook version that is Americans with Disabilities Act compliant. PDF is 45MB in size.