Admissions for Undergraduate Business Programs

The Cornell SC Johnson College accepts first-year students and transfer students to its undergraduate business programs.

Before you apply, explore each undergraduate business program and its school to see which one is right for you. When you apply, you will need to select your school of choice.

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As you’re researching undergraduate business programs, we encourage you to visit us virtually by attending a live information session!

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Join us for an online information session or attend a question and answer session with students and staff. Registration is required.


2021-2022 Application information for prospective undergraduate business students

Primary/Alternate Option for SC Johnson College of Business Applicants: When applying to the SC Johnson College of Business, students must choose to apply directly to either the Hotel School or the Dyson School. However, they also have the option to choose the other school as an alternate. Most students have a clear path and should apply to whichever school they believe is the right fit for them based on the curricular and extra-curricular offerings of the school. This alternate option should only be used by students who can clearly articulate their academic path in both schools, and they will need to fully explain those interests in their supplemental essay. Choosing both schools will not increase a student’s chances of admission, as application review remains highly selective for all academic programs at Cornell. Please note that during Early Decision application review, students will only be considered for admission to their primary choice. This primary/alternate choice is only between the programs within the SC Johnson College of Business; students cannot choose another Cornell college as their alternate option.

Score-Free Admissions: For first-year applicants applying for fall 2022, the SC Johnson College of Business has a score-free SAT/ACT policy. SAT and ACT scores will not be viewed in the application process and will not be used to evaluate applications.

Applying for an undergraduate business program as a first-year student

Incoming first-year students seeking to pursue a bachelor’s degree apply to Cornell University and select their school of choice using the Common Application. Use the links below to learn more about application requirements and process, what we look for in successful candidates, and how to get started.


Early decision: Nov. 1
Regular decision: Jan. 2

Learn more

Applying to Dyson
Applying to SHA

Applying for an undergraduate business program as a transfer student from another institution

If you’d like to transfer to Cornell University and the SC Johnson College from another institution to continue your bachelor’s degree studies, you must be a first-year student or sophomore when you apply. The Dyson School does not accept transfer students for the spring semester—all Dyson transfers must start in the fall. SHA transfers may start in the fall or spring. Use the links below to learn about the application process, requirements, and eligibility.


Fall start: March 15
Spring start (SHA only): Oct. 15

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