Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

Cornell University, founded in 1865, is both a land-grant institution for the state of New York and a private, comprehensive research university in the Ivy League. Founded to be an institution where "any person can find instruction in any study," Cornell encourages students to take intellectual risks, explore the unfamiliar, and follow unconventional ideas. In addition to well-known graduate and professional programs, Cornell has seven undergraduate colleges. Each college defines its own academic programs, admits its own students, and provides its own faculty and advising. Cornell's 745-acre campus is located in Ithaca, 45 miles from Syracuse.

Website: www.cornell.edu/

Private
Co-ed
15,182
Undergraduate
Students
(53.0%) 8,043 Women
(47.0%) 7,139 Men
8,418
Graduate
Students

Admission

Entrance Difficulty
Most difficult
Overall Admission Rate
12% of 47,039 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
No
Early Decision Offered
Yes
Regular Admission Deadline
January 2

Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

Average GPA
Not reported
SAT Math
710-790 range of middle 50%
SAT EBRW
680-750 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite
32-34 range of middle 50%
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Money Matters

Cost of Attendance
$72,434
Tuition and Fees
$54,818
Room and Board
$14,816
Average Percent of Need Met
100%
Average Freshman Award
$48,913
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
$29,762
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Academics

Academic Calendar System
Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum
Not required for most or all students
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
1,817
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 17% of classes
10-19 students: 41% of classes
20-29 students: 13% of classes
30-39 students: 7% of classes
40-49 students: 5% of classes
50-99 students: 11% of classes
Over 100 students: 7% of classes
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Campus Life

Ithaca Population
30,515
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Syracuse
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing
52% of all students
Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division I
Mascot
Bear
Sororities
24% of women participate
Fraternities
26% of men participate
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Students

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.4% American Indian/Alaskan Native
21.6% Asian
7.7% Black/African-American
15.1% Hispanic/Latino
5.3% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
40.8% White
9.0% Unknown
International Students
10.9% from 85 countries
First-Year Students Returning
97.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
88.4%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
65%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
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Freshman Admission Requirements


Entrance Difficulty

Most Difficult: More than 75% of freshmen were in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1310 on the SAT I or over 29 on the ACT; about 30% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation

High School Graduation
High school diploma or equivalent is not required
High School Program
 

High School Units Required or Recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended
Subject Required Units Recommended Units
English 4  
Mathematics 3  
Science   3
Foreign Language   3
Social Studies   3
History   3
Academic Electives    

Examinations

Examinations
Exam Required Units Scores Due in Admissions Office
SAT or ACT Required Not reported
SAT Only    
ACT Only    
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT    
SAT Subject Tests Only Required for some
SAT Essay Component Policy Not reported
ACT Writing Test Policy Accepted with or without writing component
ACT Writing Test Policy SAT: Not used
ACT: Not used

Applying for Admission


Admissions Office

Address
144 East Avenue
City, State, Zip
Ithaca, NY 14853
Phone
(607) 255-5241
Fax
(607) 255-0659
E-mail
admissions@cornell.edu

Application Dates and Fees

Regular Admisson Deadline
January 2
Application Fee
$80
Application Fee Waiver
Available
Regular Admission Notification
March 31
Accept Offer of Admission
By May 1 or within 2 weeks if notified after May 1
Waiting List Used
Yes
Defer Admission
Student can defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission

Early Decision Offered
Yes
Early Decision Deadline
November 1
Early Decision Notification
December 15
Early Action Offered
No
Early Action Deadline
 
Early Action Notification
 

Application Form

Common Application
Accepted, supplemental forms required
Universal College Application
Accepted, supplemental forms required
Electronic Application
Available

Other Application Requirements

Interview
Not Required
Essay or Personal Statement
Required for all freshmen
Letters of Recommendation
2 required for all freshmen
Other
 
Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students


Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record X
Academic GPA X
Standardized Tests X
Class Rank X
Recommendations X
Essay X
Interview X
Level of Applicant's Interest X
Extracurricular Activities X
Volunteer Work X
Particular Talent/Ability X
Character/Personal Qualities X
First Generation to Attend College X
State Residency X
Geographic Residence X
Relation with Alumnus X
Religious Affiliation/Commitment X
Ethnicity X
Work Experience X

Profile of Fall Admission


Overall Admission Rate
12% of 47,039 applicants were admitted
Women
12% of 24,982 applicants were admitted
Men
9% of 26,342 applicants were admitted
Students Enrolled
3,429 (63%) of 5,448 admitted students enrolled
Women
1,809 (60%) of 3,016 admitted students enrolled
Men
1,555 (64%) of 2,432 admitted students enrolled
Early Decision Admission Rate
24% of 6,325 applicants were admitted
Early Action Admission Rate
 
Students Offered Wait List
6,683
Students Accepting Wait List Position
4,546
Students Admitted From Wait List
164

Grade Point Average of Enrolled Freshmen (4.0 scale)

Average GPA
Not reported
3.75 and Above
Not reported
3.50 - 3.74
Not reported
3.25 - 3.49
Not reported
3.00 - 3.24
Not reported
2.50 - 2.99
Not reported
2.00 - 2.49
Not reported

SAT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

SAT Math
710-790 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
81%
Score of 600 - 700
17%
Score of 500 - 600
2%
Score of 400 - 500
0%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%
SAT EBRW
680-750 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
68%
Score of 600 - 700
30%
Score of 500 - 600
2%
Score of 400 - 500
0%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%

ACT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

ACT Composite
32-34 range of middle 50%
Score of 30 - 36
90%
Score of 24 - 29
9%
Score of 18 - 23
0%
Score of 12 - 17
0%
Score of 6 - 11
0%
Score of 5 or Below
0%

Other Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

High School Class Rank
Top tenth: 83%
Top quarter: 97%
Top half: 100%
National Merit Scholar
Not reported
Valedictorian
Not reported
Class President
Not reported
Student Government Officer
Not reported

Tuition and Expenses


Cost of Attendance
$72,434
Tuition and Fees
$54,818
Room and Board
$14,816
Books and Supplies
$950
Other Expenses
$1,850
Payment Plans
Installment plan

Applying for Financial Aid


Financial Aid Office

Email
finaid@cornell.edu
Web Site
Financial Aid Web Site
Net Price Calculator URL
Net Price Calculator URL

Application Process

Application Deadline
February 15
Award Notification
On or about April 1
Methodology for Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal Methodology
Forms Required Cost to File
FAFSA
Code is 002711
Free
CSS/Financial Aid Profile $25 for first college, $16 each additional
Noncustodial (Divorced/Separated) Parent's Statement  

Profile of 2018 - 19 Financial Aid


Freshman

Financial Aid Applicants
1,781 (55.3%) of freshmen
Found to Have Financial Need
1,567 (85.8%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
1,567 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
1,567 (100.0%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
100%
Average Award
$48,913
Need-Based Gift
Received by 1,518 (97.7%) of aid recipients, average amount $42,946
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 1,401 (85.8%) of aid recipients, average amount $5,325
Merit-Based Gift
Not reported
Merit-Based Gift
Not reported

All Undergraduates

Financial Aid Applicants
7,735 (51.3%) of undergraduates
Found to Have Financial Need
7,163 (92.6%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
7,163 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
7,163 (100.0%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
100%
Average Award
$48,835
Need-Based Gift
Received by 6,880 (96.2%) of aid recipients, average amount $42,228
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 6,566 (91.3%) of aid recipients, average amount $5,709
Merit-Based Gift
Not reported
Merit-Based Gift
Not reported

Borrowing

2018 Graduates Who Took Out Loans
41%
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
$29,762
Parents of Students Receiving Aid
3.0%
Parents of Students Not Receiving Aid
1.0%

Financial Aid Programs


Loans

Federal Loans
Direct subsidized Stafford loans, direct unsubsidized Stafford loans, direct PLUS loans, Federal Perkins loans
State Loans
 
Other Loans
College/university loans

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships
Non-Need–Based Available
None

Non-Need Awards

Academic Interest/Achievement Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Creative Arts/Performance Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Achievements/Activities Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Characteristics Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 

Employment

Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available, other work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
$2,246
Academic Calendar System
Semester
Summer Session
Offered
General Catalog/Bulletin
Online Catalog

Undergraduate Education


Undergraduate Majors

  • 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
Most Popular Disciplines
Engineering, Business/marketing, Biological/life sciences
Combined Liberal Arts/Professional Degree Programs
None
Special Programs
Accelerated program, Cooperative work study program, Student-designed major, Distance learning, Double major, English as a second language, Honors program, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad, Summer session
Study Abroad
Offered
Online Degrees
No online degree programs

Curriculum and Graduation Requirements


General Education/Core Curriculum
Not required for most or all students
Computer
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Foreign Language
Not required
Math/Science
Not required

Faculty and Instruction


Full-Time Faculty
1,817
Part-Time Faculty
376
Full-Time Faculty with Ph.D./Terminal Degree
77%
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 17% of classes
10-19 students: 41% of classes
20-29 students: 13% of classes
30-39 students: 7% of classes
40-49 students: 5% of classes
50-99 students: 11% of classes
Over 100 students: 7% of classes
Discussion Section/Lab Class Size
2-9 students: 13% of discussion sections/labs
10-19 students: 42% of discussion sections/labs
20-29 students: 30% of discussion sections/labs
30-39 students: 8% of discussion sections/labs
40-49 students: 5% of discussion sections/labs
50-59 students: 3% of discussion sections/labs
Over 100 students: 1% of discussion sections/labs

Advanced Placement


International Baccalaureate
Accepted
Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations
Accepted for placement and credit
Sophomore Standing
Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources


Library Available on Campus
Not reported
Holdings
7,137,269
Computer Ownership
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available on Campus
1500
Internet/E-mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services


Remedial Instruction
Offered
Tutoring
Available
Services for Learning Disabled Students
Available
Services for Physically Disabled Students
Hearing impaired services, speech disorders services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Graduate/Professional School Education


Master's Degrees Offered

Master of Laws, Master of Arts, Master of Fine Arts, Master of Food Science, Master of Management in Hospitality, Master of Health Administration, Master of Industrial and Labor Relations, Master of Science, Master of Professional Studies, Master of Public Administration, Master of Engineering, Master of Regional Planning, Master of Landscape Architecture, Master of Architecture

Master's Programs of Study

  • Aerospace/Aeronautical Engineering
  • African Studies
  • African-American Studies
  • Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness
  • American Studies
  • Animal Sciences
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Applied Physics
  • Archaeology
  • Architectural History
  • Architecture
  • Art/Fine Arts
  • Asian Studies
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Biometry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Clothing and Textiles
  • Computer Art and Design
  • Computer Engineering
  • Conflict Resolution and Mediation/Peace Studies
  • Conservation Biology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Demography and Population Studies
  • East European and Russian Studies
  • Ecology
  • Economics
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering Management
  • Engineering Physics
  • Engineering and Applied Sciences--General
  • English
  • Environmental Design
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Management and Policy
  • Ergonomics and Human Factors
  • Ethnic Studies
  • Facilities Management
  • Fish, Game, and Wildlife Management
  • Food Science and Technology
  • Forestry
  • Gender Studies
  • Geochemistry
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • History
  • History of Science and Technology
  • Hospitality Management
  • Human Resources Management
  • Hydrology
  • Industrial and Labor Relations
  • Industrial/Management Engineering
  • Interior Design
  • Jewish Studies
  • Latin American Studies
  • Law
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Marine Sciences
  • Materials Engineering
  • Materials Sciences
  • Medieval and Renaissance Studies
  • Molecular Biology
  • Music
  • Natural Resources
  • Near and Middle Eastern Studies
  • Nutrition
  • Operations Research
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Photography
  • Plant Sciences
  • Polymer Science and Engineering
  • Real Estate
  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Statistics
  • Structural Engineering
  • Textile Design
  • Textile Sciences and Engineering
  • Transportation and Highway Engineering
  • Urban Design
  • Urban and Regional Planning
  • Viticulture and Enology
  • Water Resources Engineering
  • Western European Studies
  • Women's Studies
  • Writing

Doctoral Degrees Offered

Doctor of Musical Arts, Juris Doctor, Doctor of the Science of Law, Doctor of Philosophy

Doctoral Programs of Study

  • Accounting
  • Aerospace/Aeronautical Engineering
  • African Studies
  • African-American Studies
  • American Studies
  • Animal Sciences
  • Applied Economics
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Applied Physics
  • Architectural History
  • Architecture
  • Asian Studies
  • Biochemistry
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences--General
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Biometry
  • Biophysics
  • Biopsychology
  • Business Administration and Management--General
  • Cell Biology
  • Civil Engineering
  • Classics
  • Clothing and Textiles
  • Comparative Literature
  • Computer Art and Design
  • Computer Engineering
  • Conflict Resolution and Mediation/Peace Studies
  • Conservation Biology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Developmental Biology
  • East European and Russian Studies
  • Ecology
  • Economic Development
  • Economics
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering Management
  • Engineering Physics
  • Engineering and Applied Sciences--General
  • English
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Management and Policy
  • Ethnic Studies
  • Evolutionary Biology
  • Experimental Psychology
  • Finance and Banking
  • Fish, Game, and Wildlife Management
  • Food Science and Technology
  • Forestry
  • French
  • Gender Studies
  • Genetics
  • Genomic Sciences
  • Geochemistry
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Hispanic and Latin American Languages
  • History
  • History of Science and Technology
  • Hospitality Management
  • Human Resources Management
  • Hydrology
  • Industrial and Labor Relations
  • Industrial/Management Engineering
  • International Affairs
  • Italian
  • Jewish Studies
  • Latin American Studies
  • Law
  • Limnology
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Marine Sciences
  • Marketing
  • Materials Engineering
  • Materials Sciences
  • Medieval and Renaissance Studies
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Music
  • Natural Resources
  • Near and Middle Eastern Studies
  • Nutrition
  • Oceanography
  • Operations Research
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Polymer Science and Engineering
  • Psychology--General
  • Public Policy
  • Romance Languages
  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Statistics
  • Structural Engineering
  • Textile Design
  • Textile Sciences and Engineering
  • Theater
  • Transportation and Highway Engineering
  • Urban Design
  • Urban and Regional Planning
  • Viticulture and Enology
  • Water Resources Engineering
  • Western European Studies
  • Women's Studies
  • Writing

Location and Setting


Ithaca Population
30,515
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Syracuse
Campus Size
745 acres

Weather

Temperature
14.3 average low in January, 73.8 average high in September
Rain
169 rainy days per year

Getting Around

Campus Map
Map
Nearest Bus Station
2 mile(s) from campus in Ithaca
Nearest Train Station
60 mile(s) from campus in Syracuse

Housing


College Housing
College offers housing to students
Types of Housing
Women only housing, coed housing, cooperative housing, disabled student housing
Students in College Housing
52% of all students
Housing Requirements
 
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students Living Off Campus/Commuting
 
Off-Campus Housing Assistance
Assistance in locating off-campus housing is available

Security


24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices
Available
24-Hour Security Patrols
Available
Late-Night Transport/Escort Services
Available
Electronically Operated Housing Entrances
Available
Other
 

Personal Support Services


Health Service
Offered
Personal Counseling
Offered
Child Care
Offered

Sports and Recreation


Intercollegiate Athletics

Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division I
Mascot
Bear
School Colors
Red and white

Intercollegiate Sports Offered

Sports Women Men
Offered Scholarships Offered Scholarships
Baseball     x  
Basketball x   x  
Crew x   x  
Cross-Country Running x   x  
Equestrian Sports x      
Fencing x      
Field Hockey x      
Football     x  
Golf     x  
Gymnastics x      
Ice Hockey x   x  
Lacrosse x   x  
Sailing x      
Soccer x   x  
Softball x      
Squash x   x  
Swimming And Diving x   x  
Tennis x   x  
Track And Field x   x  
Volleyball x      
Wrestling     x  
Women's Sports Offered Scholarships
Baseball    
Basketball x  
Crew x  
Cross-Country Running x  
Equestrian Sports x  
Fencing x  
Field Hockey x  
Football    
Golf    
Gymnastics x  
Ice Hockey x  
Lacrosse x  
Sailing x  
Soccer x  
Softball x  
Squash x  
Swimming And Diving x  
Tennis x  
Track And Field x  
Volleyball x  
Wrestling    
Mens's Sports Offered Scholarships
Baseball x  
Basketball x  
Crew x  
Cross-Country Running x  
Equestrian Sports    
Fencing    
Field Hockey    
Football x  
Golf x  
Gymnastics    
Ice Hockey x  
Lacrosse x  
Sailing    
Soccer x  
Softball    
Squash x  
Swimming And Diving x  
Tennis x  
Track And Field x  
Volleyball    
Wrestling x  
Women's Club Sports
ultimate Frisbee, water polo
Men's Club Sports
ultimate Frisbee, volleyball, water polo

Recreational Sports

Intramural Sports
badminton, basketball, bowling, golf, soccer, softball, squash, table tennis, tennis, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball, water polo

Student Activities


Activities and Organizations
choral groups, marching band, drama theatre, radio station, student newspaper, television station, national fraternities, national sororities, class councils, cornell hillel, interfraternity council/panhellenic association, outing club, student assembly
Sororities
24% of women participate
Fraternities
26% of men participate
ROTC
Army ROTC offered on campus, Navy ROTC is offered on campus, Air Force ROTC offered on campus

Student Body


Coeducational
Yes
All Undergraduates
15,182
Women
8,043 (53.0%)
Men
7,139 (47.0%)
Full-Time Undergraduates
15,182
Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.4% American Indian/Alaskan Native
21.6% Asian
7.7% Black/African-American
15.1% Hispanic/Latino
5.3% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
40.8% White
9.0% Unknown
International Students.
10.9% from 85 countries
Average Age
All Graduate Students
8,418

Undergraduate Retention and Graduation


First-Year Students Returning
97.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
88.4%
Students Graduating Within 5 Years
93.3%
Students Graduating Within 6 Years
93.4%

After Graduation


Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
65%
Average Starting Salary
65%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
Disciplines Pursued
Business 1.3%
Engineering 7.1%
Law 7.9%
Medicine 6.7%
Veterinary Medicine 2.1%
Education 0.8%
Other 7.1%

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