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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.
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Institution Type Private
Coeducational Yes
Undergraduate Students 14,566
   Women 7,577 (52.0%)
   Men 6,989 (48.0%)
Graduate Students 7,753
Entrance Difficulty Most difficult
Overall Admission Rate 14% of 44,965 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 680-780 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading 650-750 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing
ACT Composite 31-34 range of middle 50%
Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Academic GPA X      
Standardized Tests X      
Essay X      
Extracurricular Activities X      
Cost of Attendance $67,613
  Tuition and Fees $50,953
  Room and Board $13,900
Average Percent of Need Met 100%
Average Freshman Award $46,569
Average Indebtedness of
2016 Graduates
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Academic Calendar System Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum Not required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates 1,783
Regular Class Size 2-9 students: 18% of classes
10-19 students: 39% of classes
20-29 students: 14% of classes
30-39 students: 8% of classes
40-49 students: 4% of classes
50-99 students: 10% of classes
Over 100 students: 7% of classes
Ithaca Population 30,515
Nearest Metropolitan Area Syracuse
Freshman Housing Guarantee Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing 100% of freshmen, 55% of all students
Athletic Conferences NCAA Division I
Mascot Bear
Sororities 25% of women participate
Fraternities 25% of men participate
Ethnicity of Students from U.S. 0.5% American Indian/Alaskan Native
20.5% Asian
7.0% Black/African-American
13.9% Hispanic/Latino
5.0% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
44.0% White
8.9% Unknown
International Students 10.0% from 93 countries
First-Year Students Returning 97.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years 87.1%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months 62%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly 24.0%