Cornell

Cornell University

B07 Day Hall, Ithaca, United States
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  • Total Documents
    3,348
  • Class Notes
    1,752
  • Textbook Notes
    378
  • Study Guides
    1,216
  • Currently Enrolled
    1,687
  • Previously Enrolled
    1,157

Overview of Cornell University (Cornell)

About this school

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.
  • Institution Type


    Private

  • Undergraduate Students


    • Undergraduate Students:14,907
    • Men:7,086 Men (47.5%)
    • Women:7,821 Women (52.5%)

Location

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Admission Information (Cornell)

Freshman Admission Requirements

Difficulty of Admission


Admission to Cornell University is 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:

Required Or Recomended High School Units


SubjectRequired UnitsRecommended Units
English
4
-
Mathematics
3
-
Science
-
3
Foreign Language
-
3
Social Studies
-
3
History
-
3
Academic Electives
-
-

Examinations Required


ExamRequiredScores Due Date
SAT or ACT
Required
Not reported
SAT Only
-
-
ACT Only
-
-
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT
-
-
SAT Subject Tests Only
Required for some
-
Essay/TestStatusScores Due Date
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

Admission Details

Admissions Office


Address
144 East Avenue
City, State, Zip
Ithaca, NY 14853
Phone
(607) 255-5241
Fax
(607) 255-0659
Email

Application Dates And Fees


Regular Admission 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

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

Factors involed in acceptance process.
4 star = most important, 1 star = least important.

FactorImportance
Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Tests
Class Rank
Recommendations
Essay
Interview
Level of Applicant's Interest
Extracurricular Activities
Volunteer Work
Particular Talent/Ability
Character/Personal Qualities
First Generation to Attend College
State Residency
Geographic Residence
Relation with Alumnus
Religious Affiliation/Commitment
Ethnicity
Work Experience

Profile of Fall Admission

Overall Admission Rate


Overall Admission Rate
13% of 47,039 applicants were admitted
Women
15% of 22,172 applicants were admitted
Men
11% of 24,867 applicants were admitted

Students Enrolled


Students Enrolled
3,429 (58%) of 5,962 admitted students enrolled
Women
1,821 (56%) of 3,228 admitted students enrolled
Men
1,608 (59%) of 2,734 admitted students enrolled

Grade Point Average of Enrolled First-Year Students


Average GPA
Not reported
375 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 Score of Enrolled First-Year Students


Sat Math
700-790 range of middle 50%
• Score 700 - 800
76%
• Score 600 - 700
21%
• Score 500 - 600
4%
• Score 400 - 500
0%
• Score 300 - 400
0%
• Score 200 - 300
0%
• Score 700 - 800
71%
• Score 600 - 700
26%
• Score 500 - 600
3%
• Score 400 - 500
0%
• Score 300 - 400
0%
• Score 200 - 300
0%

ACT Scores of Enrolled First-Year Students


Act Composite
31-34 range of middle 50%
• Score 30 - 36
89%
• Score 24 - 29
10%
• Score 18 - 23
1%
• Score 12 - 17
0%
• Score 6 - 11
0%
• Score 5 Or Below
0%

Tuition & Financial Aid (Cornell)

Tuition & Expenses

Cost of Attendance


  • Books & Supplies: - $52,853 (75.11%)
  • Room & Board: - $14,380 (20.43%)
  • Other Expenses: - $930 (1.32%)
  • Tuition & Fees: - $2,208 (3.14%)
Books & Supplies
Room & Board
Other Expenses
Tuition & Fees

Payment Plans


Cornell University accepts installment plan

Applying for Financial Aid

Financial Aid Office


Email
Website
Net Price Calculator Url

Application Process


Application Deadline
February 15
Award Notification Date
On or about April 1
Methodology For Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal Methodology

Forms Required


Forms RequiredFiling Cost
FAFSA| Code is 002711
Free
CSS/Financial Aid Profile
$25 for first college, $16 each additional

Profile of 2017-18 Financial Aid

First-Year Student


Financial Aid Applicants
1,852 (55.3%) of freshmen
Found To Have Financial Need
1,589 (85.8%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
1,589 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
1,589 (100.0%) of aid recipients
Average Percent Of Need Met
100%
Average Award
$47,860
• Need-Based Gift
Received by 1,553 (97.7%) of aid recipients, average amount $42,053
• Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 1,363 (85.8%) of aid recipients, average amount $5,483
• Merit Based Gift
Not reported
Merit Based Gift
Not reported

All Undergraduates


Financial Aid Applicants
7,642 (51.3%) of undergraduates
Found To Have Financial Need
7,031 (92.0%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
7,031 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
7,031 (100.0%) of aid recipients
Average Percent Of Need Met
100%
Average Award
$47,202
• Need-Based Gift
Received by 6,766 (96.2%) of aid recipients, average amount $40,540
• Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 6,421 (91.3%) of aid recipients, average amount $5,679
• Merit Based Gift
Not reported
Merit Based Gift
Not reported

Borrowing


2016 Graduates with Loans
41%
Average Indebtedness Of 2016 Graduates
$25,542
Parents Of Students Receiving Aid
3.0%
Parents Of Students Not Receiving Aid
1.0%

Financial Aid Programs

Scholarchips 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
Not reported
Creative Arts/Performance
Not reported
Special Achievements/Activities
Not reported
Special Characteristics
Not reported

Employment


Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available, other work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
$2,434

Academics & Instruction (Cornell)

Academics Overview

Academic Calendar System


Semester

Summer Session


Offered

Graduation Requirements

General Education/Core Cirriculum


Not required

Computer


Students not required to own/lease a computer

Foreign Language


Not required

Math/Science


Not required

Faculty & Instruction

Full-Time Faculty


1,756

Part-Time Faculty


401

Full-Time Faculty With Ph.D./Terminal Degree


75%

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
% of Classes
2-9
10-19
20-29
30-39
40-49
50-99
Over 100 students
# of Students

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
% of Sections/Labs
2-9
10-19
20-29
30-39
40-49
50-59
Over 100 students
# of Students

Advanced Placement

International Baccalaureate


Accepted

Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations


Accepted for placement and credit

Sophomore Standing


Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources

Libraries


Library Available On Campus
Not reported
Holdings
10,108,921
Computer Ownership
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available On Campus
2650
Internet E Mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services

Remedial Instruction


Offered

Tutoring


Available

Services for Students Requiring Accommodations


Available

Services for Students with Accessibility Needs


Cornell University provides hearing impaired services, speech disorders services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Undergraduate Retention & Graduation

Returning First-Year Students


97.0%

Students Graduating Within 4 Years


85.5%

Students Graduating Within 5 Years


91.5%

Students Graduating Within 6 Years


93.4%

Programs & Majors (Cornell)

Undergraduate Education

Undergraduate Majors (78)


  • African-American/Black Studies
  • Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations
  • Agricultural Business and Management, General
  • Agricultural Economics
  • Agricultural Engineering
  • Agricultural Teacher Education
  • 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
  • Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
  • Fiber, Textile and Weaving Arts
  • Film/Cinema/Video Studies
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Food Science
  • French Language and Literature
  • Gay/Lesbian Studies
  • Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other
  • German Language and Literature
  • German Studies
  • 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
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Materials Engineering
  • Mathematics, General
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
  • 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
  • Science, Technology and Society
  • Sociology
  • Spanish Language and Literature
  • Statistics, General
  • Viticulture and Enology

Most Popular Disciplines


Offered

Professional Degree Programs


No online degree programs

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


Engineering, Biological/life sciences, Business/marketing

Online Degrees


None

Graduate and Professional Education

Master's Degrees Offered


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

Master's Programs of Study (163)


  • Adult Education
  • Aerospace/Aeronautical Engineering
  • African Studies
  • African-American Studies
  • Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness
  • Agricultural Education
  • Agricultural Engineering
  • Agronomy and Soil Sciences
  • American Studies
  • Animal Sciences
  • Applied Economics
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Applied Physics
  • Applied Statistics
  • Archaeology
  • Architectural History
  • Architecture
  • Art/Fine Arts
  • Artificial Intelligence/Robotics
  • Asian Languages
  • Asian Studies
  • Atmospheric Sciences
  • Biochemical Engineering
  • Biochemistry
  • Bioengineering
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences--General
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Biometry
  • Biotechnology
  • Business Administration and Management--General
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Child and Family Studies
  • Civil Engineering
  • Clothing and Textiles
  • Communication--General
  • Computational Sciences
  • Computer Art and Design
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Conflict Resolution and Mediation/Peace Studies
  • Conservation Biology
  • Consumer Economics
  • Corporate and Organizational Communication
  • Cultural Studies
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Demography and Population Studies
  • Developmental Biology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • East European and Russian Studies
  • Ecology
  • Economic Development
  • Economics
  • Education--General
  • Educational Policy
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Energy and Power Engineering
  • Engineering Management
  • Engineering Physics
  • Engineering and Applied Sciences--General
  • English
  • Entomology
  • Environmental Design
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Management and Policy
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Epidemiology
  • Ergonomics and Human Factors
  • Ethnic Studies
  • Facilities Management
  • Fish, Game, and Wildlife Management
  • Food Science and Technology
  • Foreign Languages Education
  • Forestry
  • Gender Studies
  • Geochemistry
  • Geology
  • Geophysics
  • Geosciences
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • German
  • Health Communication
  • Health Services Management and Hospital Administration
  • Historic Preservation
  • History
  • History of Science and Technology
  • Horticulture
  • Hospitality Management
  • Human Development
  • Human Resources Management
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Hydrology
  • Immunology
  • Industrial and Labor Relations
  • Industrial/Management Engineering
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Interior Design
  • Jewish Studies
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Latin American Studies
  • Law
  • Linguistics
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Marine Geology
  • Marine Sciences
  • Materials Engineering
  • Materials Sciences
  • Mathematics Education
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechanics
  • Media Studies
  • Medieval and Renaissance Studies
  • Mineralogy
  • Molecular Biology
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Music
  • Nanotechnology
  • Natural Resources
  • Near and Middle Eastern Studies
  • Nutrition
  • Operations Research
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Paleontology
  • Pharmacology
  • Photography
  • Physics
  • Physiology
  • Plant Biology
  • Plant Molecular Biology
  • Plant Pathology
  • Plant Physiology
  • Plant Sciences
  • Polymer Science and Engineering
  • Public Affairs
  • Public Policy
  • Quantitative Analysis
  • Real Estate
  • Religion
  • Reproductive Biology
  • Romance Languages
  • Rural Sociology
  • Scandinavian Languages
  • Secondary Education
  • Slavic Languages
  • Social Psychology
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Statistics
  • Structural Biology
  • Structural Engineering
  • Sustainable Development
  • Systems Engineering
  • Textile Design
  • Textile Sciences and Engineering
  • Theoretical Physics
  • Toxicology
  • Transportation and Highway Engineering
  • Urban Design
  • Urban and Regional Planning
  • Water Resources
  • Water Resources Engineering
  • Western European Studies
  • Women's Studies
  • Writing

Campus Life (Cornell)

Location & Geography

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

Available Transportation


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 of College Housing


54% of all students

Housing Restrictions


Freshman Housing Guarantee


Freshmen are guaranteed housing

Students Living Off Campus/Commuting


46%

Security

24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices


Available

24-Hour Security Patrols


Available

Late-Night Transport/Escort Services


Available

Electronically Operated Housing Entrances


Available

Personal Support Services

Health Service


Offered

Personal Counseling


Offered

Child Care


Offered

Sports & Recreation

School Athletics


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

Intercollegiate Athletics (Women)


FactorOfferedScholarships Given
Baseball
Basketball
Crew
Cross-Country Running
Equestrian Sports
Fencing
Field Hockey
Football
Golf
Gymnastics
Ice Hockey
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Squash
Swimming And Diving
Tennis
Track And Field
Volleyball
Wrestling

Intercollegiate Athletics (Men)


SportOfferedScholarships Given
Baseball
Basketball
Crew
Cross-Country Running
Equestrian Sports
Fencing
Field Hockey
Football
Golf
Gymnastics
Ice Hockey
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Squash
Swimming And Diving
Tennis
Track And Field
Volleyball
Wrestling

Recreational Sports


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

Student Activities

Activities And Organizations


Cornell University offers choral groups, marching band, drama theatre, radio station, student newspaper, television station, national fraternities, national sororities, student assembly, class councils, cornell concert commission, interfraternity council, panhellenic association

Sororities


25% of women participate

Fraternities


25% of men participate

ROTC


Army ROTC offered on campus, Navy ROTC is offered on campus, Air Force ROTC offered on campus

Student Body

Co-educational


Yes

Number of Full-Time Undergraduates


14,907

Undergraduates


All Undergraduates
14,907
Women
7,821
Men
7,086

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.


  • 0.4% American Indian/Alaskan Native
  • 21.2% Asian
  • 7.4% Black/African-American
  • 14.3% Hispanic/Latino
  • 5.2% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
  • 0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
  • 42.8% White
  • 8.6% Unknown

International Students


10.7% from 88 countries

Average Age


Number of Graduate Students


8,109

Student Resources (Cornell)