AEM Undergraduate Admissions: Dyson Requirements

At the Charles H. Dyson School for Applied Economics and Management, our business is a better world.

Part of the SC Johnson College of Business and the Cornell College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS), our undergraduate program is interdisciplinary.

Finance, technology, consulting, agribusiness, consumer packaged goods, entrepreneurial ventures, and sustainable business are among our areas of expertise, and you’ll have plenty of opportunities to put learning into action through research, internships, leadership, study abroad, and other immersive experiences.

The first step toward joining this challenging, innovative, academic environment is learning more about our application process and the overall Cornell Dyson requirements for admission.

Your Dyson Application: What You Need to Know About Applying for a Dyson AEM Degree

Ready to apply to Dyson? Your specific AEM application requirements will vary slightly whether you’re joining us directly from high school, from another institution, or from another college within Cornell. You can explore your individual application needs in the next section. Watch our recorded information session before you apply and find answers to your questions about our programs and the admissions process.

What is common for all Dyson applicants, though, is that we want to know how your background and goals align with our “business for a better world” ethos.


First-Year Applicants

The Dyson admissions process is more than just ensuring transcripts and letters of recommendation are uploaded on your behalf. Your application—and especially your essay—is an incredible opportunity to showcase who you are, how your passions align with our better-world ethos, and where you want your applied economics education to take you. We can’t wait to learn more about you and your goals.

Apply by: November 1 for Early Decision or January 2 for Regular Decision.

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International Applicants

International students bring valuable perspective and experience to our community. If you have a record of academic excellence and see yourself thriving in a challenging, hands-on, and innovative business environment, we welcome your application. Please check Cornell University’s policy regarding English Language Proficiency (ELP) Requirements to find out if you’re required to submit ELP test results.

Apply by: First-year or transfer application deadline as applicable

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Military Veteran Applicants

Cornell University has a rich military tradition. For generations, Cornellians have served in the US Armed Forces and, today, more than 200 military veterans are enrolled across our schools and colleges. We participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program, have an active undergraduate veterans association, and, in partnership with the Warrior-Scholar Project, offer a six-week Veterans Summer Bridge Program.

Apply by: First-year or transfer application deadline as applicable

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External Transfer Applicants

Dyson welcomes collaborative, business-minded students who’ve started their academic journey elsewhere to apply for admission. If you’ve completed 12 or more credits—or you’re currently enrolled as a full-time student in good standing—at another accredited college or university, you’re eligible to apply as a Dyson Cornell transfer student.

Apply by: March 15

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First-Year Applicant Admission Requirements

Our holistic approach to admissions means we consider every aspect of your application—and every dimension of you. Along with your high school academic record, we’ll look at your extracurricular, community, and work experience. Your supplemental essay will give us deeper insight into what issues are important to you and what kind of business student you’ll be.

Ready to apply? Head to the Common App and select “Cornell SC Johnson College of Business–Dyson School” to get started.

FAQs for First-Year Applicants

Here’s a look at some of the most common “how to get into Cornell Dyson”-related questions first-year applicants ask during the admissions process. From a Dyson admissions perspective, we encourage applicants to instead ask themselves, “How can I put my best foot forward in the admissions process?”


International Applicant Admission Requirements

We value the perspective and experience students from around the world bring to Dyson and the greater Cornell community. As an international applicant, you’ll follow the same admissions process as other first-year and transfer students. For all first-year students, this includes demonstrating sufficient academic preparation and the potential to thrive in a collaborative, innovative environment. Specific to international students, there’s an additional requirement to demonstrate English language proficiency. We provide support to international applicants throughout the admissions process—and that support continues after you’re admitted and enrolled.

FAQs for International Applicants

We gathered some of the most frequently asked questions regarding Cornell Dyson requirements for international applicants.


Military Veteran Applicant Admission Requirements

Veteran education benefits are available to eligible full- and part-time Cornell Dyson students who are veterans, on active duty, or who are reserve personnel (and, in some cases, their eligible dependents). If you haven’t yet attended college or have earned fewer than 12 credits at another school, you may apply as a first-year student. Otherwise, you can apply as a transfer student.

The first step for using your educational benefits at Cornell is to provide us with the Certificate of Eligibility (COE), which you can obtain from your VA benefits administrator.

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FAQs for Military Veteran Applicants

Here are some of the most common questions we hear from our military veteran applicants:


External Transfer Applicant Admission Requirements

Students who have completed 12 or more credits at another institution or have recently earned a two-year degree, might be considering the applied economics and management program at Dyson. To apply, start at the transfer Common App and select “Cornell SC Johnson College of Business–Dyson School.” For more details about how to get into Cornell Dyson as a transfer student, explore the following FAQs.

Note: You may only apply as a transfer student as a first-year, sophomore, or rising junior at your current school; if you’re currently a junior or senior, you are not eligible to apply.

FAQs for External Transfer Applicants

To help you through the AEM application process, we collected some of the top questions about Cornell Dyson transfer requirements.

Applying to Dyson: Next Steps

Get more details on the Dyson Cornell admissions process, including application checklists, key dates, and deadlines.


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