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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
    B-
  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 15,175 undergraduate students. Admissions is extremely competitive as the Cornell acceptance rate is 11%. Popular majors include Biology, Computer Science, and Business. Graduating 95% of students, Cornell alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $64,800.
300 Day Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853
Branch of
SUNY System
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Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FCS
Athletic Conference
Ivy League

Cornell University Rankings

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Cornell Admissions

Acceptance Rate
11%
Application Deadline
January 2
SAT Range
1390-1540
ACT Range
32-34
Application Fee
$80
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Considered but not required
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$28,890/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$41,405/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
60%

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
63%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.151 responses
33%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.150 responses
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Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
0
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
0
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    1%
  • On Campus
    99%
  • Online
    0%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
15,175Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
7
Undergrads Over 25
1%
Pell Grant
16%
Varsity Athletes
7%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 91 responses
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  • Smart, hard working, and stressed
    57%
  • Work hard, play hard
    18%
  • Intelligent, but self absorbed
    8%
  • Smart & stressed
    5%
  • Stressed
    5%
  • Busy
    4%
  • Amazing
    1%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
99%
Poll
56%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.165 responses
Poll
67%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.185 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 112 responses
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  • Any person, any study
    46%
  • Endless possibilities
    13%
  • Work hard, play hard
    10%
  • Work hard, play later
    9%
  • Legacies and Trust-fund babies
    8%
  • Play hard, work harder.
    4%
  • Bureaucratic and frustrating!
    4%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$77,200/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
95%
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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Cornell is an amazing blend of people from various cultures who have come to one place for the purpose of pursing an education. I come from a very small town in Maryland. Coming to Cornell has allowed me to experience different cultures in lots of new ways. However, I believe that Cornell could work on accepting people not only from diverse backgrounds, but also from various socioeconomic statuses. I am middle class. My father is a principle of and I am grateful to have a well-supported family. Many Cornell students are in top-earning families. Currently, I am taking a class called “Controversies About Inequality.” I have learned that Cornell accepts more students from the top 1% than they are from the bottom 1%, and this cycle continues. I would like to point out that Cornell is very aware of this issue and is taking steps towards leveling the playing field for both high and low income students. And the food is absolutely amazing here, so that’s a huge plus!
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Prepare to work hard - especially if you're in STEM. As an engineering major my life here is a never ending cycle of attending classes, working in lab, engineering project team related work, doing homework and crashing/going to bed at 1-2AM. It may seem rough to the outsider but if you're coming from a challenging high school (as I did) its a relatively seamless transition and I am infinitely happier here at Cornell! There is constantly something new happening from the range of amazing speakers visiting, cool things your classmates are creating/doing, Ithaca's quirky charm, your eccentric professors , etc... I came here expecting the competition to be intense and thank goodness its not ; there's a sense of general comradery amongst engineers. The motto 'any person, any study' is really true. They have just about every major allowing allotting the opportunity to study a great variety of fields. Fair warning about Ithaca; it gets REALLY cold! Invest in a warm coat!
I love Cornell! It is the perfect balance of everything I could want out of my college experience, including academics, environment, fun, extracurriculars and more. Ithaca is a great town with a good amount of things to do. However, Cornell isn’t for everyone so be aware that it is far from cities, it’s a lot of work (depending on your college), and it’s really big. I’m fine with all of those things, so it’s great for me.