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Meinig Family Cornell National Scholars (MFCNS) are members of a select group, representing less than two percent of the Cornell undergraduate population. Freshmen are selected for the program during the regular Cornell admissions process based on their academic excellence as well as their demonstrated leadership activities in the school, local, and state/regional communities.

A limited number of students are selected as rising juniors through a highly-competitive application process.

Selection of Meinig Scholars

High School Students

Members of the Undergraduate Admissions Office selection committee conduct a review of all undergraduate applications for consideration. There is no separate application for MFCNS memberships for prospective Cornellians. If you are a prospective student and you have questions about the program, please contact us at

Current Cornellians

Current Cornell sophomores, who were not chosen as entering freshmen to be in the MFCNS program, may apply in the spring of their sophomore year to be admitted into the program at the beginning of their junior year.

See application information.

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