Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

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Tuition & Fees

$59,316

not including room and board

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Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
69%
600-699
27%
500-599
2%
400-499
0
700-800
82%
600-699
14%
500-599
2%
400-499
0
30-36
91%
24-29
7%
18-23
0
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undergraduateRatios

46%

male

54%

female

1

teacher

9

students

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Extremely Selective

10%

acceptance rate

Accepted 5,330
Declined 43,784
Total Received 49,114
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Private

15,043

undergraduate students

8,984

graduate students

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School Facts

Cornell University, founded in 1865, is a private, not-for-profit, co-educational, nonsectarian institution of higher learning chartered and operated under Laws of the State of New York. Although a private institution, Cornell is also the land-grant institution for New York State. Its 745-acre campus is located in Ithaca, 52 miles from Syracuse.

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Application link Apply online
Public/private Private
Campus enrollment 24,027
Established in 1865
Coeducational Coeducational

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745‐acre campus in Ithaca (population: 31,006), 60 miles from Syracuse; branch campus in New York City and abroad in Doha, Qatar; programs in Washington, DC and abroad in Rome. Served by air and bus; major airport and train serve Syracuse. School operates transportation to various locations in Tompkins County. Public transportation serves campus.

  • Metropolitan area: Syracuse
  • Campus Size: hectares
  • Nearest airport: Syracuse Hancock International

Cornell University
410 Thurston Avenue
Ithaca
14850

Campus Life

yes
Housing available
52%
Percent of undergraduates that live in campus-owned housing
yes
Freshman guaranteed housing
yes
Coed housing
yes
Women only housing
yes
Disabled student housing

Top Organizations

  • Class Councils
  • Cornell Hillel
  • Interfraternity Council/Panhellenic Association
  • Outing Club
  • Student Assembly

Top Events

  • Slope Day (spring concert and celebration)
  • Homecoming
  • Welcome Weekend/Orientation

Fun Facts

  • Cornell University kicks off spring break each year with Dragon Day, which includes a parade and dragon made by first-year Architecture students.
  • Love Bill Nye the Science Guy? He's a graduate of Cornell University, and often teaches there as part of the Frank H.T. Rhodes Visiting Professorship program.
  • Cornell University has the distinction of being both a private (endowed) and public (federal land grant) institution. Monies are allocated to fund specific schools within the university: three of its seven undergraduate schools are public; the rest, private.
  • Cornell University is both a public and private school as a privately endowed university, and also as a partner of the State University of New York. Cornell is the federal land-grant institution of New York State.
  • Cornell University was the first university in the United States to offer a major in American Studies and the first in the world to award a degree in Journalism.
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Campus Facts

  • Student-run campus newspaper
  • Drama/Theater group
  • Student-run radio station
  • Marching band
  • Choral groups
  • National fraternities on campus
  • Local fraternities on campus
  • National soroities on campus
  • Local sororities on campus

Campus Security

  • 24 hour emergency telephone/alarm devices
  • 24 hour patrol by trained security personnel
  • Late-night transport/escort service
  • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances

% freshman classHigh School Class Rank

Top 1/10
83%
Top 1/4
96%
Top 1/2
99%

Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
69%
600-699
27%
500-599
2%
400-499
0
700-800
82%
600-699
14%
500-599
2%
400-499
0
30-36
91%
24-29
7%
18-23
0

Admissions Facts

Considers standardized test scores in admission decisions yes
Application fee $80
Application deadline January 2
Has early decision program yes

Extremely Selective

10%

acceptance rate

Accepted 5,330
Declined 43,784
Total Received 49,114

Admissions Factors

Very Important

extracurricular activities
character/personal qualities
application essay
academic GPA
recommendation(s)
rigor of secondary school record
talent/ability
standardized test scores

Important

class rank

Considered

alumni/ae relation
first generation
geographical residence
interview
racial/ethnic status
state residency
volunteer work
work experience

Not Considered

level of applicant's interest

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International Facts

Accepts International Baccalaureate no
Offers English as a second language yes
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Financial Facts

Installment payment plan yes
Tuition waiver for employees (and children) yes

Varsity Sports

M W
Baseball
Basketball
Crew
Cross-country running
Equestrian sports
Fencing
Field hockey
Football
Golf
Gymnastics
Ice hockey
Lacrosse
Sailing
Soccer
Softball
Squash
Swimming and diving
Tennis
Track and field
Volleyball
Wrestling

Intramural Sports Men

Badminton, Bowling, Table tennis, Ultimate frisbee, Water polo

Intramural Sports Women

Badminton, Bowling, Table tennis, Ultimate frisbee, Water polo

Club Sports Men

Archery, Rugby, Sand volleyball, Skiing (cross-country), Skiing (downhill)

Club Sports Women

Archery, Cheerleading, Rugby, Sand volleyball, Skiing (cross-country), Skiing (downhill)

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Athletic Conference

NCAA Division 1

Majors

Assc. Bach. Mast. Doct.
African-American/Black Studies
Agricultural Economics
Agricultural Engineering
Agriculture, General
American/United States Studies/Civilization
Animal Sciences, General
Anthropology
Archeology
Architectural History and Criticism, General
Architecture
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Asian Studies/Civilization
Astronomy
Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General
Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Biometry/Biometrics
Chemical Engineering
Chemistry, General
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning
Civil Engineering, General
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
Communication, General
Comparative Literature
Computer Science
Computer and Information Sciences, General
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
Economics, General
Electrical and Electronics Engineering
Engineering Physics/Applied Physics
Engineering, General
English Language and Literature, General
Entomology
Environmental Design/Architecture
Fiber, Textile and Weaving Arts
Film/Cinema/Video Studies
Fine/Studio Arts, General
Food Science
French Language and Literature
Gay/Lesbian Studies
General Studies
German Language and Literature
German Studies
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other
History, General
Hotel/Motel Administration/Management
Human Development and Family Studies, General
Information Technology
International Agriculture
Italian Language and Literature
Labor and Industrial Relations
Landscape Architecture
Linguistics
Materials Engineering
Mathematics, General
Mechanical Engineering
Music, General
Natural Resources/Conservation, General
Near and Middle Eastern Studies
Nutrition Sciences
Operations Research
Philosophy
Physics, General
Plant Sciences, General
Political Science and Government, General
Psychology, General
Public Policy Analysis, General
Religion/Religious Studies
Russian Language and Literature
Science, Technology and Society
Sociology
Spanish Language and Literature
Statistics, General
Visual and Performing Arts, Other
Viticulture and Enology
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Programs Offered

  • English as a second language
  • Distance learning
  • Double major
  • Independent study
  • Accelerated degree
  • Honors college
  • Graduated courses offered to undergraduates
  • Cooporative programs
  • Internships
  • Off campus study
  • Summer session for credit
  • Study abroad
  • Army ROTC
  • Navy ROTC
  • Air force ROTC

Other Programs

  • Doctoral degree - professional
  • Doctoral degree research/scholarship

24,027

total students

36%

in-state

64%

out-of-state

Undergraduate

Graduate

63%

15,043
students

Female
54%
8,104

Male
46%
6,939

37%

8,984
students

Female
47%
4,224

Male
53%
4,760

undergraduateFull-time

undergraduatePart-time

%

15,043
students

Female
54%
8,104

Male
46%
6,939

Not reported

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Student Facts

Freshman retention rate 97%
Student 4 year graduation rate 87%
Student 5 year graduation rate 6%
Student 6 year graduation rate 2%

Student Break-down

10%
Nonresident aliens
6%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic/Latino
19%
Asian, non-Hispanic/Latino
13%
Hispanic/Latino
35%
White, non-Hispanic/Latino
8%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown
4%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic/Latino

535

Transfer students enrolled

2%

Transfer students

Transfer Information

Fall transfer enrollment yes
Winter transfer enrollment no
Spring transfer enrollment yes
Summer transfer enrollment no
Accepts CLEP subject tests no
Accepts CLEP general tests no
Accepts excelsior college examinations no
Generally accepts credits from other institutions yes
Accepts DSST/DANTES no
Accepts Life Long Learning Credit no
Age limit (number of years) for completed credits/courses to be transferred no
No Age limit for completed credits/courses to be transferred yes

Transfer Application Deadlines

Fall: March 15

Transfer difficulty

Most difficult

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Counseling services

  • Group career
  • Individual career
  • Learning disability
  • Personal/Psychological

Remedial services offered

Not reported

Career placement services

  • Alumni Network
  • Career Library
  • Career interest testing
  • Interview workshop
  • Job Fairs
  • Job Interviews
  • Job bank
  • On-campus employer recruitment
  • Other career services
  • Resume preparation
  • Resume referral

Percent of the campus accessible to physically disabled students

Not Reported

Additional services

  • 24 hour library
  • Computer training or assistance
  • Health clinic
  • Library reserved study rooms
  • Women's center

Special programs for physically disabled students

Not Reported

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