First-Year Applicant Admission Requirements
We welcome freshmen who are intellectually curious and challenge themselves. At the Nolan School, we value honest, collaborative, open-minded, and passionate applicants. We also seek students who get involved with their community, demonstrate entrepreneurship and leadership, and have an interest in hospitality—about half of our first-year students have relevant work experience. It is important for Nolan School applicants to express an understanding of what it means to work in the service industry, as the coursework at the Cornell Peter and Stephanie Nolan School of Hotel Administration teaches business through the lens of hospitality. We accept the Common App and expect to see a rigorous high school curriculum with outstanding academic achievement.