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Cornell University Overview

Cornell University is a private not-for-profit institution situated in Ithaca, New York. Ithaca is a great location for students who prefer city over country life.

What Is Cornell University Known For?

4,145 Undergraduate Awards
$55,527 Avg Cost After Aid
13% Acceptance Rate
  • Students who want to work more closely with their professors have an easier time at Cornell since the student to facuty ratio is 9 to 1.
  • The 1% student loan default rate at Cornell is better than the national rate of 10.1%. That's a good sign that you may be able to pay off student loans easier than your peers at other schools can.
  • The doctor's degree is the highest award offered at Cornell.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 90% of the faculty were full-time.
  • A student who earns a bachelor's degree from Cornell makes roughly $77,200 a year. This is 89% more than their peers from other colleges and universities.
  • It takes the average Cornell student 4.1 years to graduate. This is pretty good when compared to the national rate of 4.4 years.

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Cornell University Rankings

We have ranked Cornell as #17 out of 2,320 colleges and universities in the country in our 2021 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 1% of all schools in the nation! Out of the 149 colleges in New York, it is ranked at #1.

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Cornell has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#11 Best Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#14 Best Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#23 Best Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#47 Most Popular Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#48 Most Popular Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#127 Most Popular Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Cornell.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Psychology Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Family, Consumer & Human Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Agriculture & Agriculture Operations Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Visual & Performing Arts Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best Communication & Journalism Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Best Public Administration & Social Service Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#5 Best Computer & Information Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#5 Best Mathematics & Statistics Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#5 Best Engineering Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#7 Best Business, Management & Marketing Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Cornell has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#1 Best Colleges for Architecture & Related Services College Factual
#3 Best Colleges for Agriculture & Agriculture Operations College Factual
#4 Best Business Schools Business Degree Central
#12 Best Colleges for Public Administration & Social Service College Factual
#15 Best Colleges for Business, Management & Marketing College Factual
#22 Best Colleges for Psychology College Factual

Where Is Cornell University?

Location of Cornell University

Contact details for Cornell are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 300 Day Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853
Phone: 607-255-2000
Website: www.cornell.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Cornell
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Cornell

How Do I Get Into Cornell?

You can apply to Cornell online at: https://www.commonapp.org/

Admission Requirements for Cornell

Submission Required?
High School GPA considered but not required
High School Rank considered but not required
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program considered but not required
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Cornell?

13% Acceptance Rate
54% Of Accepted Are Women
64% Submit SAT Scores
With an acceptance rate of 13%, Cornell is one of the most selective schools in the country. If the admissions department requests additional materials, be sure to submit them promptly. This could be a sign that you're on the border line of being accepted or denied.

Approximately 46% of accepted students are men and 54% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 11%, and the acceptance rate for women is 15%.

Average Test Scores

About 64% of students accepted to Cornell submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 690 and 760. Math scores were between 700 and 790.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Cornell University  ( 690 to 760 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Cornell University  ( 700 to 790 )
200
800
Cornell received ACT scores from 56% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 32 and 35. Math scores were between 30 and 35. Composite scores were between 31 and 34.

ACT English Scores for Cornell University  ( 32 to 35 )
1
36
ACT Math Scores for Cornell University  ( 30 to 35 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for Cornell University  ( 31 to 34 )
1
36

Can I Afford Cornell University?

$55,527 Net Price
32% Take Out Loans
1.0% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Cornell is $55,527. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Cornell, approximately 32% of students took out student loans averaging $7,448 a year. That adds up to $29,792 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Cornell is 1.0%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Cornell University Undergraduate Student Diversity

15,038 Full-Time Undergraduates
54% Women
46% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 15,043 undergraduate students at Cornell, with 15,038 being full-time and 5 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Cornell

There are also 8,984 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 15,038 full-time undergraduates at Cornell, 46% are male and 54% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Cornell

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Cornell University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Cornell Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 2,978
Black or African American 999
Hispanic or Latino 2,079
White 5,354
International Students 1,618
Other Races/Ethnicities 2,010

Geographic Diversity

New York students aren't the only ones who study at Cornell University. At this time, 49 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 120 countries are represented at Cornell. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, India, and Canada.

Online Learning at Cornell University

204 Took All Classes Online
513 Took At Least One Class Online
972.5% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 513 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Cornell has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 78th most popular in New York for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Cornell

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Cornell University was 972.5%. This is the #89 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Cornell regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Cornell majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Systems Engineering 4%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Cornell ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Cornell.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Other Health Professions #1
Human Resource Management #2
Systems Engineering #2
Engineering #6
Health Professions #31
Business, Management & Marketing #32

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Cornell University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Business Administration & Management 0 753 6 759
Computer Science 372 225 16 613
Human Resource Management 281 65 6 352
Hospitality Management 292 55 0 347
General Biology 282 2 13 297
Agricultural Economics & Business 190 68 12 270
Computer Information Systems 157 111 2 270
Electrical Engineering 88 127 22 237
Economics 187 23 16 226
Mechanical Engineering 139 70 13 222
Operations Research 80 132 6 218
Biological & Biomedical Sciences (Other) 211 0 0 211
Law 0 0 194 194
Biomedical Engineering 30 110 23 163
Political Science & Government 123 15 14 152
Chemical Engineering 71 42 26 139
Legal Research 0 133 6 139
Architectural Sciences & Technology 67 54 0 121
Mathematics 87 6 14 107
Animal Science 95 5 6 106
Physics 56 20 24 100
Veterinary Medicine 0 0 97 97
Systems Engineering 0 90 0 90
Natural Resources Conservation 70 9 11 90
Communication & Media Studies 74 7 6 87
Human Development & Family Studies 81 2 4 87
Civil Engineering 37 36 13 86
Chemistry 29 33 19 81
General Agriculture 79 0 0 79
Agricultural Engineering 51 19 6 76
Urban & Regional Planning 31 41 3 75
Statistics 23 47 5 75
Sociology 51 9 14 74
Materials Engineering 24 34 14 72
General English Literature 50 6 13 69
General Psychology 67 0 0 67
Public Administration 0 66 0 66
History 52 7 5 64
Food Science Technology 33 22 8 63
Public Policy 62 0 0 62
Area Studies 48 9 2 59
Engineering Physics 24 22 8 54
Plant Sciences 29 6 18 53
Nutrition Science 35 6 8 49
Romance Languages 33 9 5 47
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 26 5 11 42
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics 40 0 0 40
Fine & Studio Arts 30 8 2 40
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 38 0 38
Philosophy 22 8 8 38
Engineering-Related Fields 0 36 0 36
Landscape Architecture 10 24 0 34
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering 0 25 4 29
Environmental Engineering 27 0 0 27
Child Development & Psychology 0 14 11 25
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 2 22 24
Real Estate 0 24 0 24
Textile & Apparel Studies 23 0 0 23
Public Health 22 1 0 23
International Agriculture 14 6 0 20
Anthropology 8 6 6 20
General Engineering 19 0 0 19
Geological & Earth Sciences 14 2 3 19
Classical Languages & Literature 13 2 3 18
Music 7 2 8 17
Liberal Arts General Studies 16 0 0 16
Zoology 11 1 3 15
Botany/Plant Biology 0 3 10 13
Archeology 6 6 0 12
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 0 5 6 11
Housing 0 11 0 11
Applied Mathematics 0 6 5 11
Atmospheric Sciences & Meteorology 10 0 1 11
Writing Studies 0 10 0 10
Astronomy & Astrophysics 3 2 4 9
Other Visual Art 9 0 0 9
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 0 2 6 8
Ethnic Studies 6 1 1 8
Science, Technology & Society 4 3 1 8
Genetics 0 1 6 7
East Asian Languages 0 2 4 6
Agricultural Production 5 0 0 5
Environmental Design 3 2 0 5
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 0 1 4 5
Religious Studies 5 0 0 5
Other Social Sciences 0 4 1 5
Community Organization & Advocacy 0 4 1 5
Historic Preservation 0 4 0 4
Medieval Studies 0 2 2 4
Design & Applied Arts 0 3 1 4
General Education 0 0 3 3
Industrial Production Technology 0 1 2 3
Engineering Mechanics 0 1 2 3
Drama & Theater Arts 0 2 1 3
Architectural History 0 1 1 2
Horticulture 0 1 0 1
General Architecture 1 0 0 1
Pharmacology & Toxicology 0 0 1 1
Architecture (Other) 0 0 0 0
Nuclear Engineering 0 0 0 0
Food, Nutrition & Related Services 0 0 0 0
Germanic Languages 0 0 0 0
Slavic, Baltic & Albanian Languages 0 0 0 0
Other Health Professions 0 0 0 0
Veterinary Biomedical & Clinical Services 0 0 0 0
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 0 0 0
Natural Resource Management 0 0 0 0
Culinary Arts 0 0 0 0
Dance 0 0 0 0
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 4,145 2,778 822 7,745

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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