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International Applicants – Admission and Test Requirements

All international students must meet the same test requirements as our first-year or our transfer applicants. SAT or ACT and SAT Subject Test requirements cannot be waived based on the completion or submission of IB, A-levels, or other international credentials. You can find out more information about our testing requirements at: https://admissions.cornell.edu/standardized-testing-requirements and https://admissions.cornell.edu/apply/new-sat-and-changes-admissions-policy.

We receive many questions from international students as to whether they need to take the TOEFL or IELTS test for admission to Cornell. For freshman and transfer applicants, our general policy is as follows:

International* first-year and transfer applicants for whom English is not the first language must submit a TOEFL or IELTS score.

The recommended minimum TOEFL and IELTS scores are as follows:

  • TOEFL: 100 (Internet-based Exam) and 600 (Paper Exam)
  • IELTS: 7

POLICY EXEMPTIONS:

  • We will waive the TOEFL and/or IELTS requirement for international students who have achieved a score of at least 670 on the Critical Reading section of the old SAT exam or a new SAT reading test score of at least 35.
  • We will waive the TOEFL and/or IELTS requirement for international students who have studied for at least 4 years in the United States or other nations where English is an official language. For transfer applicants, we will consider both secondary school and college/university attendance.

If you would like to request a TOEFL waiver, please visit: https://admissions.cornell.edu/apply/international-students/how-do-i-receive-toefl-waiver and follow the instructions.

* International is defined as applicants who are not U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents.

Cornell University’s admission requirements can be found at: http://admissions.cornell.edu/apply/first-year-applicants/admission-requirements. Scores are considered official only if they are sent to Cornell directly from the testing agency. Please be certain to arrange to have your scores sent to Cornell by the appropriate testing agency.

Standardized test scores are important, but they are only one piece of the entire puzzle we consider when we review applications. To find out more about what Cornell looks for, visit: http://admissions.cornell.edu/apply/what-cornell-looks. To make sure that you are completing all of the admission requirements for the college/school at Cornell that you are applying to, be sure to review: http://admissions.cornell.edu/pdf/freshman-requirements-chart.

For more detailed information on applying to Cornell as an international student, please visit: http://admissions.cornell.edu/apply/international-students.

If you have any additional questions, feel free to email: intl-inquiry@cornell.edu and an admissions officer will be happy to assist you.

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