Spotlight on Cornell University: A private university that will begin admitting students with DACA as domestic applicants this fall!



Cornell University is a prestigious private university located in Ithaca, New York. Beginning in the Fall of 2016, applicants from any state in the country who have DACA will be considered as domestic students for admission instead of international students.

“Like any other U.S. citizen or permanent resident, [applicants with DACA] will be eligible for need-blind admissions and need-based financial aid. Cornell had previously considered undocumented students as international students and, therefore, competing with international students for the limited amount of financial aid available… While federal and state financial aid is not available to DACA students, Cornell will provide institutional financial aid in place of federal and state grants and loans.”

Please note that: “Undergraduate applicants who are undocumented and without DACA status will be evaluated for admission with consideration of the ability of students or parents to pay educational costs… However, all admitted students with demonstrated financial need will receive aid that meets 100 percent of their family’s demonstrated need… About 10 percent of Cornell’s undergraduate population is international. In fall 2015, there were 1,376 international undergraduates at Cornell; 250 received financial aid.”

Please refer to this press release and the admissions page for undocumented students on their website for more information!

In particular, these staff members in Cornell’s admissions office can give you more information: Jessica Potter ( and Samantha Miller (

Rachel is currently pursuing a PhD in Social Sciences and Comparative Education at UCLA’s Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. She has worked closely with undocumented youth activists in several states, the Bhutanese refugee community and LGBT community in Oakland, California. Rachel taught in two public high schools in Okinawa, Japan for two years and has worked in the community college and higher education sector for Bunker Hill Community College, MassBay Community College, Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, Achieving the Dream, and Jobs for the Future. She received her Masters in Higher Education from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education and her Bachelors in Philosophy from the University of Chicago.


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