Cornell Tradition fellows are members of a select group, representing less than two percent of the Cornell undergraduate population. Freshmen are selected for the program during the Cornell admissions process based on their academic excellence as well as expressed or demonstrated interest in work and service. A limited number of students are selected through a highly-competitive application process.

Selection of Tradition Fellows

High School Students

Members of the Undergraduate Admissions Office selection committee conduct a review of all undergraduate applications for consideration. There is not a separate Tradition application. High school students should be thorough when listing their work and service experiences in their Cornell admission application. This will help to support your application and the possibility of being awarded a Tradition fellowship. If you are a prospective student and you have questions about the program, please contact us at

Current Cornellians

Current Cornell students, who were not chosen as entering freshmen to be in the Tradition program, may apply in the spring of their freshman/sophomore/junior year to be admitted into the program at the beginning of the next academic year. Current students applying for a fellowship need to complete the minimum requirements, as well as try to exceed those requirements. Student applicants must be U.S. citizens OR possess US permanent resident status OR F1-visa status.The forms used to document service and off-campus work hours can be found here. Upperclass fellowship selection is competitive, so all students applying for a a fellowship should do their best to compile as many work and service hours as possible.


Applications for the 2018-2019 academic year have closed.  Applications for 2019-2020 will be available in the Spring 2019 semester.  Please email and the link for the application will be sent to you when it is available.

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