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  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Value
    A+
  3. Diversity
    A+
  4. Campus
    A-
  5. Athletics
    B+
  6. Party Scene
    A
  7. Professors
    A+
  8. Location
    B-
  9. Dorms
    C+
  10. Campus Food
    A+
  11. Student Life
    A
  12. Safety
    B
Cornell is a highly rated private university located in Ithaca, New York. It is a large institution with an enrollment of 14,898 undergraduate students. Admissions is extremely competitive as the Cornell acceptance rate is 13%. Popular majors include Biology, Computer Science, and Business. Graduating 93% of students, Cornell alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $60,000.
About Cornell University...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FCS
Athletic Conference
Ivy League
Address
300 Day Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853
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Cornell University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
13%
Application Deadline
January 2
SAT Range
1390-1550
ACT Range
31-34
Application Fee
$80
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Considered but not required
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

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Cost

Net Price
$31,449/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $14,028/ year
  • $30-48k
    $10,652/ year
  • $49-75k
    $15,413/ year
  • $76-110k
    $25,404/ year
  • $110k+
    $46,544/ year
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Academics

Professors
A+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
9:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
82%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.119 responses
61%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.135 responses
34%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.134 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
14,898Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
1%
Pell Grant
14%
Varsity Athletes
8%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 79 responses
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  • Smart, hard working, and stressed
    54%
  • Work hard, play hard
    15%
  • Intelligent, but self absorbed
    9%
  • Smart & stressed
    6%
  • Stressed
    6%
  • Busy
    5%
  • Amazing
    1%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
60%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.149 responses
Poll
69%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.169 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 96 responses
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  • Any person, any study
    45%
  • Endless possibilities
    15%
  • Work hard, play hard
    11%
  • Work hard, play later
    10%
  • Legacies and Trust-fund babies
    9%
  • Bureaucratic and frustrating!
    4%
  • The game where everybody plays and nobody wins
    2%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$73,600/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
93%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
93%
National
83%
82%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.78 responses
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I transferred to Cornell University as a sophomore for the academic opportunities. I decided that I wanted to pursue a veterinary career, and Cornell offered the chance to work alongside animals (from dissections to live animals-sometimes even waking up at 6:30AM to help at the farm), other pre-vets, and the chance to shadow and volunteer at the graduate veterinary school (I was so lucky to work in a coagulation lab with a few experienced lab researchers). Making the decision to transfer was one of the best choices I've ever made; I feel that the Cornell education cannot be replicated elsewhere and I'm even more passionate about becoming a veterinarian after studying here!
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I love the environment and community, and the hidden cafes and delis are a delight to find and sample. The slope, rivers, gorges, lakes, waterfalls, and trails are soothing when the semester gets hectic, and there's no shortage of available activities, clubs, events, and things to do on campus! The winter is harsh but its gorgeous to see, and the overall environment is very friendly.
Cornell is a community of brilliant people with varied interests. I have met talented students in many different disciplines through the extracurricular activities available on campus.

The work at Cornell is difficult; however, the student body is very collaborative. Students work together late into the night to complete major projects, and at the end of a course the knowledge you gain prepares you well for the professional world.

Especially in the engineering program, there are many opportunities to be involved in student organizations that offer technical experience and hands-on work applicable to roles you might accept for an internship or full time job. While job-hunting can be competitive, career services on campus ensure every Cornell student is prepared well to interview with their dream company.

Overall Cornell is a great experience, despite the long winters. The vibrant social scene also makes it easy to forget that you are far from any major city.