Prospective First Year Students

One of the most important steps to take as you begin 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.

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 or request that one be sent to you.

Selection Factors

Competitive and compelling candidates demonstrate strong academic performance in challenging courses, a clearly articulated connection to the college 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, as each undergraduate college/school determines their own requirements. There is no formula used in the selection process.

The College of Human Ecology practices selective admissions and we carefully consider every application we receive to understand what makes you an individual and what you would bring to the college and university communities. Students who are not accepted as freshmen might consider transferring to the College of Human Ecology as sophomores or juniors.