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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  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 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 $64,800.
About Cornell University...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FCS
Athletic Conference
Ivy League
Address
300 Day Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853
Branch of
SUNY System
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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

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.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$36,164/ 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
60%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.144 responses
33%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.143 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
14,898Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
9
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 88 responses
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  • Smart, hard working, and stressed
    53%
  • Work hard, play hard
    16%
  • Intelligent, but self absorbed
    10%
  • Smart & stressed
    6%
  • Stressed
    6%
  • Busy
    5%
  • Amazing
    1%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
58%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.158 responses
Poll
68%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.178 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 105 responses
Report
  • Any person, any study
    45%
  • Endless possibilities
    13%
  • Legacies and Trust-fund babies
    10%
  • Work hard, play hard
    10%
  • Work hard, play later
    10%
  • Bureaucratic and frustrating!
    4%
  • Play hard, work harder.
    3%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$77,200/ 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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Cornell University Reviews

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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 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!