Cornell University.

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY4 year degree
Acceptance rate

About Cornell University

Cornell University ( kor-NEL) is a private and statutory Ivy League research university in Ithaca, New York. Founded in 1865 by Ezra Cornell and Andrew Dickson White, the university was intended to teach and make contributions in all fields of knowledge—from the classics to the sciences, and from the theoretical to the applied. These ideals, unconventional for the time, are captured in Cornell's founding principle, a popular 1868 quotation from founder Ezra Cornell: "I would found an institution where any person can find instruction in any study."The university is broadly organized into seven undergraduate colleges and seven graduate divisions at its main Ithaca campus, with each college and division defining its specific admission standards and academic programs in near autonomy. The university also administers two satellite medical campuses, one in New York City and one in Education City, Qatar, and Cornell Tech, a graduate program that incorporates technology, business, and creative thinking. The program moved from Google's Chelsea Building in New York City to its permanent campus on Roosevelt Island in September 2017. Cornell is one of the few private land grant universities in the United States. Of its seven undergraduate colleges, three are state-supported statutory or contract colleges through the State University of New York (SUNY) system, including its agricultural and human ecology colleges as well as its industrial labor relations school. Of Cornell's graduate schools, only the veterinary college is state-supported. As a land grant college, Cornell operates a cooperative extension outreach program in every county of New York and receives annual funding from the State of New York for certain educational missions. The Cornell University Ithaca Campus comprises 745 acres, but is much larger when the Cornell Botanic Gardens (more than 4,300 acres) and the numerous university-owned lands in New York City are considered.Alumni and affiliates of Cornell have reached many notable and influential positions in politics, media, and science. As of November 2020, 61 Nobel laureates, four Turing Award winners and one Fields Medalist have been affiliated with Cornell University. Cornell counts more than 250,000 living alumni, and its former and present faculty and alumni include 34 Marshall Scholars, 33 Rhodes Scholars, 29 Truman Scholars, 7 Gates Scholars, 55 Olympic Medalists, 10 current Fortune 500 CEOs, and 35 billionaire alumni. Since its founding, Cornell has been a co-educational, non-sectarian institution where admission has not been restricted by religion or race. The student body consists of more than 15,000 undergraduate and 9,000 graduate students from all 50 American states and 119 countries.


  • Offers bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees
  • 14,815 students
  • 0.72 faculty staff per student
  • Campus housing available

Notable programs at Cornell University

Agricultural Economics
Most popular degree

The most popular degrees are Agricultural Economics, Animal Sciences, Food Science, Fine Arts, Biology, Botany, Molecular Biology, and Ecology.

Acceptance Rates

Acceptance Rate in 2017
Avg SAT Scores in 2017

5,962 students out of 47,039 applicants were accepted into Cornell University. They had an average SAT score of 1477. 64% of people submitted their SAT score along with their applications while 56% chose to submit their ACT score.

Tuition and costs

Undergraduate tuition (2017)

In 2017, the cost of tuition at Cornell University was $52,853. After taking into account the costs of books and supplies, room and board, and general living expenses, the average cost for students was $70,321.

Financial aid available at Cornell University

Of undergrads receive grants
Of undergrads receive federal loans

53% of undergraduate students at Cornell University received grants or loans in 2017.

The average award discount is the ratio between the average grant or scholarship value, and the cost, which is the sum of tuition, room, board, book, supplies, and other living expenses.

Average student living expenses at Cornell University

Room & board
Books & supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Cornell University was of $14,330 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $930.

Diversity at Cornell University

Ethnic Mix, 2017

Student Gender Mix, 2017