Could You Have Gotten into Cornell in the 19th Century?

Try your hand at our (very much abbreviated) version of a University entrance examination!

And check out our story on Cornell entrance exams of yesteryear!


Students take final exams in Barton Hall

With the aim of letting modern readers experience what it was like to take Cornell entrance exams in the late 1800s, we’ve approximated 10 questions—albeit in much-simplified form—with this multiple-choice quiz.

(If you don’t do well, don’t feel bad. You’re not alone.)

Published November 9, 2022

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