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Study at Cornell University

Founded in 1865, by Ezra Cornell and andrew Dickson, Cornell University is a private university with four state-supported statutory or contract colleges. It is a member of the Ivy League and the university is ranked fourth in the world in producing the largest number of graduates, who pursue PhDs at American institutions.

The University is organized into seven undergraduate colleges and seven graduate divisions. The undergraduate divisions are:

  • College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • College of Architecture, Art, and Planning
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Human Ecology
  • School of Hotel Administration
  • School of Industrial and Labor Relations
Cornell’s graduate colleges and schools are:

  • Cornell Law School
  • College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Graduate School
  • Johnson Graduate School of Management
  • Weill Cornell Medical College
  • Weill Cornell Medical College
  • Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences
The sports teams of Cornell are nicknamed Big Red.

Profile of Cornell University

Cornell is found in Ithaca, NY. Ithaca is a small city. The school is a private, not-for-profit institution. Students can earn degrees up to and including the Doctoral degree at Cornell.

Course Topics

The school has a greater breadth of degree programs (majors) than most colleges of its size. Cornell is known for its programs in hospitality, science, engineering, and agricultural science and management.

Cornell Selectivity

Admission to the school is not automatic; not everyone who applies gets in. Hats off to the 21% of those who apply who get accepted. Three quarters of students in 2007 had SAT verbal scores of at least 630. Half of math SAT scores of accepted students fell between 660 and 770.


Cornell maintains a faculty/student ratio (full-time) which is better than most colleges. The school has a tenure system for senior faculty. The full-time faculty at Cornell is well-paid, which often goes with faculty quality.

Student enrolment

Students numbered 19,800 in 2007 at the school.

Student Life

Full-time students are the norm at Cornell. The school offers dorm rooms to a higher percentage of its students than do most colleges. Cornell offers students meal plans. The school values student athletics, and belongs to the Ivy Group.

Cornell Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Engineering1,205electrical engineering, operations research, mechanical engineering, civil engineering, chemical engineering, bioengineering, engineering physics, materials engineering, . . .
Liberal Arts843economics, political science, English, history, sociology, anthropology, American studies, liberal arts and sciences, . . .
Business and Management790 business management, labor relations
Science 741biology, biological and biomedical sciences, chemistry, physics, geology, biometrics, entomology, astronomy, . . .
Agricultural Science and Management328 agricultural operations, agriculture, food science, agricultural economics, international agriculture, agricultural management
Family and Social Work276family studies, public policy analysis, public administration, food and nutrition, community organization, housing
Hospitality271 hotel management
Law260law, US law
Computer Science and Engineering226computer science, information technology
Architecture and Planning 194architecture, urban planning, landscape architecture, environmental design, architectural services, architectural history
Animal Science and Care156animal science, animal breeding
Medicine105veterinary medicine, pre-med, veterinary sciences, neuroscience
Therapy and Counseling94psychology, child psychology
Mathematics90mathematics, statistics, applied mathematics
Media84communication studies
Fine Arts71textile arts, fine arts, art history and criticism, fine arts studies
Conservation and Resource Management68conservation, natural resource economics, environmental science
Landscaping and Horticulture50plant sciences, agronomy, ornamental horticulture, horticultural science
Education and Teaching29education, biology teaching, math teaching, agricultural teaching, science teaching, family/home economics teaching, physics teaching, chemistry teaching
Religion and Philosophy25philosophy, religion
Music18musicology, music, music theory and composition
Real Estate and Construction Management16real estate
Drama and Performing Arts16drama, dance
Medical Adminstration15health care administration
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy13nutrition sciences
Photography and Commercial Art8film studies
Cooking and Culinary Arts0institutional food workers

Contact: Cornell

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY 14853

General Phone: (607) 255-2000


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