February 2017

Greetings from Cornell University, where the undergraduate colleges and schools admissions staff are deeply entrenched in application reading while enjoying the absolutely stunning and gorgeous backdrop of an Ithaca winter. We are continuing to receive and process admission application materials and updates from you and your students and as part of Cornell’s commitment to applicants, we will work closely with them and with you to complete applications so that we can make decisions. A few key items pertaining to admissions that we will address in this month’s counselor email are: 1) Missing Application Materials Reminder, 2) Supplemental Materials, 3) Financial Aid, 4) Admission Deferrals, 5) Summer College, and 6) The College of Business.

Last week we sent out reminder emails to all students whose applications remain incomplete. We hope to receive and will continue to add any and all missing, required application materials to students’ files so that they can be reviewed. Students should continue to check their self-service accounts to monitor their application status.

Students can add supplemental materials and updates to their applications until February 15, 2017. If students have supplemental information and/or documents they would like to add to their file, they may upload items to their application via this online form: https://admissions.cornell.edu/submit-documents. Supported file types are: PDF files, Word documents, and jpeg files (.pdf, .doc, .docx, .jpg, .jpeg). To expedite processing and adding of submitted documents and information, the student’s Common App or UCA ID needs to be included on the submission form.

The Regular Decision financial aid application deadline for U.S. citizens/permanent residents, and eligible non-citizens is February 15.

The Regular Decision international financial aid application deadline for international citizens has passed and it is now too late to apply because we are need-aware in our review of admission applications for international citizens.

U.S. citizens and permanent residents who are admitted, but who have not initiated a financial aid application by June 1, will not be considered for institutional aid. Please note this important deadline. Additional information regarding financial aid at Cornell can be found at: http://finaid.cornell.edu/apply-for-aid.

For students who may be interested in deferring their enrollment for one or two years, Cornell University broadly supports the notion of a gap year experience for students between high school and college. Successful gap year experiences start with a well-developed plan and include personal goals. Cornell University encourages students considering Cornell for their undergraduate education to apply and gain admission before requesting an enrollment deferral to participate in a gap year experience. We will ask students to submit their request in writing and will quite often want to discuss gap year plans before granting a request. Early decision admitted students who wish to request a deferral must do so by March 1, and regular decision admitted students who have deposited and wish to request a deferral must do so by June 1. More detailed information can be found at: http://admissions.cornell.edu/apply/enrollment-deferral-policy.

Cornell’s Summer College offers academically motivated high school students an unparalleled opportunity to take courses at a great Ivy League university while earning college credit, working closely with internationally recognized faculty, exploring majors and career options, making friends from around the world, and enjoying the great natural beauty of Ithaca and the Finger Lakes region. You and your students can find more information at: https://www.sce.cornell.edu/sc/index.php.

Cornell is also celebrating an extraordinary gift recently bestowed upon the university by the Johnson family. H. Fisk Johnson ’79, M.Eng. ’80, M.S. ’82, MBA ’84, Ph.D. ’86, and SC Johnson have committed $150 million to Cornell University’s College of Business, which comprises the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, the School of Hotel Administration, and the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management. It is the largest single gift to Cornell’s Ithaca campus and the second largest gift to name a U.S. business school. The gift will further efforts at Cornell to transform business education and it comes just one year after the announcement of the formation of the College of Business ushering in a new era of business education at Cornell. The College of Business has been renamed the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business. Learn more here: http://www.news.cornell.edu/stories/2017/01/150m-gift-founds-cornell-sc-johnson-college-business.

We thank you for all of your work during this busy time of year and invite you to contact us if you have any questions.


Shawn L. Felton
Director of Undergraduate Admissions

Undergraduate Admissions Office • Cornell University • Ithaca, NY
ph: 607-255-5241 • admissions@cornell.edu • www.admissions.cornell.edu