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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?

0 Undergraduate Awards
$57,504 Avg Cost After Aid
9% Acceptance Rate
  • Students at Cornell may have an easier time interacting with their teachers since the student to faculty ratio at the school is 9 to 1.
  • The 0% 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.
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the doctor's degree is the highest award a student can attain at Cornell.
  • In <nil>, 92% of the faculty were full-time.
  • A student who earns a bachelor's degree from Cornell makes roughly $98,321 a year. This is 141% 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.

Where Is Cornell University?


Contact details for Cornell are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 300 Day Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853
Phone: 607-255-2000

How Do I Get Into Cornell?

You can apply to Cornell online at:

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 Considered but not required
TOEFL Required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Cornell?

9% Acceptance Rate
55% Of Accepted Are Women
41% Submit SAT Scores
The acceptance rate at Cornell is 9%, which means the school is highly selective when deciding who will be admitted and who won't. Even if you have great grades and test scores, that may not be enough. So be sure to look for ways to make your application memorable.

Approximately 45% of accepted students are men and 55% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 8%, and the acceptance rate for women is 10%.

Average Test Scores

About 41% 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 700 and 760. Math scores were between 750 and 800.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Cornell University  ( 700 to 760 )

SAT Math Scores for Cornell University  ( 750 to 800 )
Cornell received ACT scores from 20% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 34 and 35. Math scores were between 31 and 35. Composite scores were between 33 and 35.

ACT English Scores for Cornell University  ( 34 to 35 )
ACT Math Scores for Cornell University  ( 31 to 35 )
ACT Composite Scores for Cornell University  ( 33 to 35 )

Can I Afford Cornell University?

$57,504 Net Price
27% Take Out Loans
0.4% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Cornell is $57,504. 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

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Cornell, approximately 27% of students took out student loans averaging $8,585 a year. That adds up to $34,340 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Cornell is 0.4%. 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

15,450 Full-Time Undergraduates
54% Women
49% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 15,503 undergraduate students at Cornell, with 15,450 being full-time and 53 being part-time.


There are also 10,079 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 15,450 full-time undergraduates at Cornell, 46% are male and 54% are female.


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 3,347
Black or African American 1,121
Hispanic or Latino 2,278
White 5,241
International Students 1,556
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,907

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

160 Took All Classes Online
2,997 Took At Least One Class Online
1,316.1% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2020-2021, 2,997 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.


Online Growth Rankings of Cornell

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Cornell University was 1,316.1%. This is the #82 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Cornell regardless of major.

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%.


*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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