Cornell University

Ithaca, New York

#16 National Colleges

10.85% Admission Rate
Very Selective

14,976 Undergraduates Enrolled

  • Private nonprofit
  • Doctoral Universities: Very High Research Activity
  • Four-year, full-time, more selective, lower transfer-in
  • Four-year, large, primarily residential

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Cornell University is a private Ivy League and statutory land-grant research university, based in Ithaca, New York. Founded in 1865 by Ezra Cornell and Andrew Dickson White, Cornell was founded with the intention 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 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 campuses, one in New York City and one in Education City, Qatar.

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 main campus of Cornell University in Ithaca, New York spans 745 acres (more than 4,300 acres when the Cornell Botanic Gardens 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 September 2021, 61 Nobel laureates, four Turing Award winners and one Fields Medalist have been affiliated with Cornell. 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, 63 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 10,000 graduate students from all 50 American states and 119 countries.

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Ithaca, New York

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City: Small (population less than 100,000)

Mid East (DE, DC, MD, NJ, NY, PA)


Predominant Degree Awarded
Predominantly bachelor's-degree granting

Highest Degree Awarded
Graduate degree

Most Popular Fields

Field % Students
Engineering 15.3%
Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services 15.1%
Biological And Biomedical Sciences 13.8%
Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services 12.2%
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, And Related Sciences 11.6%
Social Sciences 8.0%
Architecture And Related Services 2.9%
Family And Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences 2.7%
Physical Sciences 2.4%
Communication, Journalism, And Related Programs 1.9%
Natural Resources And Conservation 1.8%
Public Administration And Social Service Professions 1.6%
Mathematics And Statistics 1.6%
Psychology 1.5%
History 1.1%
Visual And Performing Arts 1.1%
English Language And Literature/Letters 1.1%
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, And Group Studies 1.0%
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 1.0%
Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics 0.9%
Health Professions And Related Programs 0.6%
Philosophy And Religious Studies 0.5%
Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanities 0.3%



Percentage Students Receiving Aid

Average Net Cost After Aid


SAT Scores

1487 Composite Average
Percentile 75% 50% 25%
Math 800 760 720
Verbal 760 720 680

ACT Scores

34 Cumulative Average
Percentile 75% 50% 25%
Math 35 33 30
English 36 35 33