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?
- 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.
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.
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|#23||Best Doctor’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.
Awards From Around the Web
The following table lists some notable awards Cornell has earned from around the web.
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|#3||Best Colleges for Agriculture & Agriculture Operations||College Factual|
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|#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?
Contact details for Cornell are given below.
|Address:||300 Day Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853|
How Do I Get Into Cornell?
You can apply to Cornell online at: https://www.commonapp.org/
Admission Requirements for Cornell
|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|
|SAT or ACT Scores||required|
How Hard Is It To Get Into Cornell?
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.
Can I Afford Cornell University?
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
There are also 8,418 graduate students at the school.
Of the 15,175 full-time undergraduates at Cornell, 47% are male and 53% are female.
The racial-ethnic breakdown of Cornell University students is as follows.
|Race/Ethnicity||Number of Grads|
|Black or African American||1,038|
|Hispanic or Latino||2,043|
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
The following chart shows how the online learning population at Cornell has changed over the last few years.
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|
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|
|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.
*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.
- College Factual
- National Center for Education Statistics
- Image Credit: By Notyourbroom under License
More about our data sources and methodologies.
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