Students Say

The westernmost of the Ivies, Cornell University provides its students with a prestigious education, paired with “an unwavering commitment to leave a positive impact on the world.” The school is “more than a bunch of books and exams—it’s an experience that challenges students to break free from their comfort zones.” Seven different undergraduate colleges (including one of the premier Hotel Administration schools in the nation) “really make it feel small and specialized,” and “top notch faculty.”

Overview

Applicants
43,037
Acceptance Rate
14%

Test Scores

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
650 - 740
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
680 - 770
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
30 - 34

Deadlines

Early Decision
November 1

Regular
January 2

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores
Application Essay
Recommendation(s)
Non-Academic

Extracurricular Activities
Talent / Ability
Character / Personal Qualities

Selectivity Rating

Overall

Students Say

The westernmost of the Ivies, Cornell University provides its students with a prestigious education, paired with “an unwavering commitment to leave a positive impact on the world.” The school is “more than a bunch of books and exams—it’s an experience that challenges students to break free from their comfort zones.” Seven different undergraduate colleges (including one of the premier Hotel Administration schools in the nation) “really make it feel small and specialized,” and “top notch faculty.” The university is “a place where any person can find instruction in any study (and it won’t feel like work),” as it allows its students to explore any kind of interest they may have (ranging from Punk Rock as a literary genre to particle physics) while “also offering an incredible amount of depth within each department.” There are endless opportunities to “pursue other topics, enhance your knowledge of things that you’re already interested in, and try completely random things that you’d never even heard of before.” Professors are “experts in their field, almost always conducting their own research, and are enthusiastic about passing their knowledge on to their students.”
“[Since] being in Ithaca, you’re kind of in the middle of nowhere,” there are plenty of reasons to focus on your studies, but “Cornell as an administration keeps the faculty, research, and access to the most recent information so up-todate that this campus is as connected as any place in the world.” Between balancing those amazing resources and the community feel, the Cornell bigwigs get a lot of applause, as they have “proven time and time again that they care, both on an individual and system-wide level.” Great internships, a strong alumni network, and “boundless opportunities after graduation” round out the “definition of amazing” that is Cornell University. “I was intimidated to go here, but now I will say that I cannot imagine going anywhere else,” says a junior.

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
9:1
Total Faculty
2,086
with Terminal Degree
1,835

1,358
Men
728
Women
338
Minority
99
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
87%
Graduate in 5 years
92%
Graduate in 6 years
93%

Majors

  • Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences

  • Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations
  • Agricultural and Food Products Processing
  • Agricultural and Horticultural Plant Breeding
  • Agricultural Business and Management, General
  • Agricultural Economics
  • Agriculture, General
  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Animal Sciences, General
  • Crop Production
  • Farm/Farm and Ranch Management
  • Food Science
  • Horticultural Science
  • International Agriculture
  • Ornamental Horticulture
  • Plant Protection and Integrated Pest Management
  • Plant Sciences, General
  • Viticulture and Enology

  • Architecture and Related Service

  • Architectural History and Criticism, General
  • Architecture
  • City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning
  • Environmental Design/Architecture
  • Landscape Architecture

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • African-American/Black Studies
  • American/United States Studies/Civilization
  • Area Studies, Other
  • Asian Studies/Civilization
  • Asian-American Studies
  • Gay/Lesbian Studies
  • German Studies
  • Near and Middle Eastern Studies
  • Women's Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Animal Genetics
  • Animal Physiology
  • Biochemistry
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Biometry/Biometrics
  • Biostatistics
  • Botany/Plant Biology
  • Ecology
  • Entomology
  • Medical Microbiology and Bacteriology
  • Plant Pathology/Phytopathology

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Hotel/Motel Administration/Management
  • Labor and Industrial Relations

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
  • Communication, General

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Computer Science
  • Information Science/Studies
  • Information Technology

  • Education

  • Agricultural Teacher Education
  • Education, General
  • Educational Administration and Supervision, Other
  • Foreign Language Teacher Education
  • French Language Teacher Education

  • Engineering

  • Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
  • Agricultural/Biological Engineering and Bioengineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering, General
  • Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
  • Engineering Physics
  • Engineering, General
  • Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Materials Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Nuclear Engineering
  • Operations Research

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences

  • Apparel and Textiles, General
  • Family Resource Management Studies, General
  • Human Development and Family Studies, General
  • Textile Science

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Comparative Literature
  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Italian Language and Literature
  • Latin Language and Literature
  • Linguistics
  • Modern Greek Language and Literature
  • Russian Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • International Public Health/International Health

  • History

  • History, General

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • General Studies
  • Humanities/Humanistic Studies
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General
  • Statistics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
  • Nutrition Sciences
  • Science, Technology and Society

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Natural Resources/Conservation, General

  • Personal and Culinary Services

  • Institutional Food Workers

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Astronomy
  • Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General
  • Chemistry, General
  • Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Community Organization and Advocacy
  • Public Administration
  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions, Other
  • Public Policy Analysis

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Applied Economics
  • Archeology
  • Economics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Social Sciences, General
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Cinematography and Film/Video Production
  • Dance, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Fiber, Textile and Weaving Arts
  • Film/Cinema Studies
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Music, General


Degrees

Bachelor's
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Ruth Bader Ginsburg
US Supreme Court Justice

Bill Maher
comedian

Toni Morrison
Pultizer and Nobel prize winning author

Bill Nye
Science educator, mechanical engineer, television host, and comedian

Christopher Reeves
actor, activist medical research

Lee Teng-hui
President Taiwan

E.B. White
writer

Academic Rating

Career overview

Students Say

Cornell students are definitely a career-focused bunch: “People are kind of paranoid of failure,” says a student. “They go crazy looking for internships and career opportunities as early as second semester freshman year.” Fortunately for those students, consensus seems to be that “Cornell offers great career assistance to help students write resumes, cover letters, and find jobs/internships.” The center offers counseling for students looking to explore their interests and determine a career path, resources for finding jobs and internships, career fairs and on campus recruiting, and even resources for those seeking international work experience. In addition to a central office in Barnes Hall that serves all students, each of Cornell’s seven undergraduate colleges has its own office with resources tailored to the students in that college.

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
87%
Graduate in 5 years
92%
Graduate in 6 years
93%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Median Starting Salary
$57,000

Median Mid-Career Salary
$107,000

Alumni with High Job Meaning
50%

Return on Education (ROE) rating
97

Dates

Application Deadlines
Feb 15
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent

Bottom Line

An Ivy League education at Cornell University will cost attendees just more than $47,000 per year in tuition. Add to that $13,680 for room and board, and another $1,086 for books, fees, and supplies, and costs come to about $61,800 annually. Students are graduating from Cornell with an average accumulated debt of $20,557.

Bang For Your Buck

Students describe the financial aid at Cornell University as “generous” and “amazing,” so it should be no surprise that the university is dedicated to making a Cornell education affordable for admitted students. Cornell practices need-blind admission and is committed to need-based financial aid for U.S. citizens and permanent residents. In fact, all gift aid is need-based at Cornell, though returning students can apply for fellowships that value their strengths and academic goals in a separate process through the Cornell Career Services website. Accepted students are automatically considered for financial assistance through grants, endowed scholarships, loans, and federal work-study when they fill out a financial aid application. One student ultimately chose Cornell because “it offered the best financial aid package and the best networking opportunities.” Others praise the school’s “research opportunities,” “breadth of courses” and “unbelievable access to experts” no matter your field of study.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$38,758

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$37,559

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,802

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$21,411

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
43%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$38,758

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$48,880
Required Fees
$236
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$890

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$5,566
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Institutional

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Financial Aid Rating

Overall

Students Say

With so many different colleges within Cornell, there is “a plethora of diverse students” here, but the underlying commonality between all students is “ambition and ability.” “From farm kids and pre-med students to engineers and hotelies, Cornell is home to all sorts of students,” says one. “You’ll find yourself with a roommate who was on Team USA, a friend who was a firefighter, and a classmate who’s backpacked around the world.” The integration of people with eclectic interests “[inspires] others to become active students,” which is easily enough done at a university with hundreds upon hundreds of student organizations. “Everyone’s smart and that’s just accepted,” but “a competitive environment isn’t created.” Cornellians are “very committed to academics but always know how to put books aside and relax.” Most do research and volunteer work, and many “are involved in some form of Greek life.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
14,453
Out of State
64%

International
11%
Foreign Countries Represented
85

Demographics

19.02%
Asian
6.61%
African-American
12.85%
Hispanic
46.52%
Caucasian
9.76%
Unknown
11.27%
International

51% female
49% male
64% are out of state
100% are full time
0% are part time

Overview

Students Say

As they say, “Ithaca is gorges,” so hiking and outdoor activities are big pastimes. The “absolutely gorgeous campus” in the Finger Lakes region allows students to “truly, purely enjoy their time here” by “experiencing the natural beauties of Upstate New York, along with the eccentricity of surrounding town.” “I think it sums up the Cornell experience to say that at dinner a few nights ago, our conversation included the presidential debate, Macbeth, sex, cantaloupes, sex WITH cantaloupes, drone strikes in Pakistan, the iPhones, and invasive parasitic species in Southeast Asia,” says a freshman. The school’s infrastructure is “intense”—“we have our own dairy so that we can make our own milk, for goodness’ sake”—and “there’s just so much going on at every moment [that] the hard part is choosing what it is you want to do.” Many admit that various aspects of Cornell life can cause stress—the upperclass housing lottery, course enrollment system, workload, and difficulty studying abroad all get singled out—but students are able to discern when to kick back and enjoy themselves. Fun can range anywhere from “an awesome party in Collegetown to a movie night in the dorm while ordering insomnia cookies,” but “it’s definitely acceptable to turn down weekend plans because you have too much work to do.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
55%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
100%

Campus Environment
Suburban

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Cooperative
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Frat Sorority
International Student
Other
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Student Disability Services

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Katherine Fahey

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Requred for LD
Current comprehensive psychoeducational evaluation based on adult norms

Documentation Requred for ADHD
Current comprehensive psychoeducational evaluation

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
No

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
No

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
1,060
Number of Honor Societies
22

Number of Social Sororities
18
Number of Religious Organizations
30

27% join a fraternity
23% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

Men's Sports (Big Red)
18 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Diving
Football
Golf
Ice Hockey
Lacrosse
Light Weight Football
Polo
Soccer
Squash
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Wrestling
Women's Sports (Big Red)
20 Sports

Basketball
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Diving
Equestrian Sports
Fencing
Field Hockey
Gymnastics
Ice Hockey
Lacrosse
Polo
Sailing
Soccer
Softball
Squash
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Day Care
Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups: LGBT Resource Center at http://lgbtrc.cornell.edu/

Minority Support Groups: Cornell provides services and support for minority undergraduates through the Office of Academic Diversity Initiatives (http://www.oadi.cornell.edu ) and the Center for Intercultural Dialogue (http://living.sas.cornell.edu/live/community/studentcenters/intercultural.cfm ). We encourage a culture that provides for the full participation of all members of our campus community and support a wide range of student organizations and activities. For more see http://diversity.cornell.edu/ .

Army ROTC Offered on-campus
Navy ROTC Offered on-campus
Air Force ROTC Offered on-campus

Sustainability

At Cornell University, students can choose from more than 400 courses and twenty-eight majors to study sustainability in every college. The Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future brings together students, faculty and staff to “help advance multidisciplinary research and cultivate innovative collaborations within and beyond Cornell to foster a sustainable future for all.” The Center provides seed grants for cutting-edge interdisciplinary research advances the local and national conversation on sustainability through activities that engage government agencies and officials, foundations, businesses, NGOs, and others. Cornell is implementing a plan to be carbon neutral by 2050 and achieved a 32 percent carbon emissions reduction since 2008. Another critical part of Cornell’s carbon reduction strategy is a $46 million investment in energy conservation. Transportation Services provides free bus passes to freshman and staff, and offers incentives to use Ithaca Carshare, vanpools, public transportation, and the student-run Big Red Bikes, bike-share program. The award-winning Cornell Dining was rated the #2 most vegan-friendly food service program. There are over forty active green clubs on campus to fill every niche, including Greeks Go Green, Cornell University Sustainable Design, Dilmun Hill Organic Farm, Kyoto NOW!, Engineers for a Sustainable World, Cornell Farmers Market and the Sustainable Enterprise Association. More than 64 percent of waste on campus is recycled or composted, including 550 tons of food from the dining halls. Cornell considers itself a care-taker of the natural environment. In total, the university manages 3,500 acres of biologically diverse natural land on and around its campus. The Ithaca campus currently has one LEED Platinum and 8 LEED Gold buildings, and a policy for all new major construction to obtain LEED Silver and 30 percent more energy-efficient than national standards.

School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
45%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
50

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
60

Average Number of PC's per Lab
25

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
99%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell, Apple, HP, IBM, Sun.

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Address
Admissions Office
410 Thurston Ave
Ithaca, NY 14850

Phone
6072555241

Email
admissions@cornell.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Lynah Rink
The Trillium
The Lindseth Climbing Wall
Ho Plaza
Willard Straight Hall
http://www.cornell.edu

Most Popular Places Off Campus
The Ithaca Commons
Museum of the Earth
Cayuga Lake/Stewart Park
Four State Parks, including Buttermilk Falls
Collegetown
http://www.visitithaca.com/

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday
8am-4:30pm
6072555241

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: No
Dates: Year-round
Times: http://www.cornell.edu/visiting/ithaca/walking_tours.cfm
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Not Available

Times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
3 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
Contact each coach directly.

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Other

Limitations
Available during fall and spring session

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
http://www.cornell.edu/visiting/ithaca/visiting.cfm The Ithaca-Tompkins County Airport is 5 miles (a ten-minute drive) from campus. Taxis and limousine service are available for the ride from the airport to campus. Greyhound Bus Lines and Shortline Bus serve Ithaca; from the bus station you can take a taxi (607-277-8294) or a Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit (TCAT) Bus Routes to campus.

Driving Instructions to Campus
http://www.cornell.edu/visiting/ithaca/visiting.cfm

Local Accommodations
http://www.visitithaca.com/lodging/
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Key Stats

43,037
Applicants
14,453
Size
14%
Acceptance Rate

Rankings & Lists