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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.

Web Sitewww.cornell.edu/
Institution TypePrivate
CoeducationalYes
Undergraduate Students14,566
   Women7,577 (52.0%)
   Men6,989 (48.0%)
Graduate Students7,753

ADMISSION

Entrance DifficultyMost difficult
Overall Admission Rate14% of 44,965 applicants were admitted
Early Action OfferedNo
Early Decision OfferedYes
Regular Admission DeadlineJanuary 2
Selection of Students
FactorVery ImportantImportantConsideredNot Considered
Academic GPAX
Standardized TestsX
EssayX
Extracurricular ActivitiesX
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPANot reported
SAT Math680-780 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading650-750 range of middle 50%
SAT WritingNot reported
ACT Composite31-34 range of middle 50%

MONEY MATTERS

Cost of Attendance$67,613
Tuition and Fees
$50,953
Room and Board
$13,900
Average Percent of Need Met100%
Average Freshman Award$46,569
Average Indebtedness of
2016 Graduates
$23,389

ACADEMICS

Academic Calendar SystemSemester
General Education/
Core Curriculum
Not required
Full-Time Faculty
Teaching Undergraduates
1,783
Regular Class Size2-9 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

CAMPUS LIFE

Ithaca Population30,515
Nearest Metropolitan AreaSyracuse
Freshman Housing GuaranteeFreshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing 100% of freshmen, 55% of all students
Athletic ConferencesNCAA Division I
MascotBear
Sororities25% of women participate
Fraternities 25% of men participate

STUDENTS

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 Students10.0% from 93 countries
First-Year Students Returning97.0%
Students Graduating
Within 4 Years
87.1%
Graduates Offered Full-Time
Employment Within 6 Months
62%
Graduates Pursuing
Advanced Study Directly
24.0%
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CLASS OF 2022 Profile of Students on COLLEGEdata
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  GPA SAT ACT
UW W M ERW  
Average 3.80 4.28 725 699 32
Low 1.80 2.23 510 480 16
High 4.00 5.00 800 800 36
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DID YOU KNOW?

• In an annual prank, students place large objects on top of Cornell's 173-foot tall Jennie McGraw Tower.

• Each St. Patrick's Day, first-year Cornell architect students build a giant dragon, parade the beast around the campus, then set it on fire and cheer.

• One of the largest indoor natural rock climbing walls in North America is at Cornell.

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