A+
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
    C
  10. Campus Food
    A+
  11. Student Life
    A
  12. Safety
    B
Cornell University is ...
Private not-for-profit
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FCS
Athletic Conference
Ivy Group
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
14%
Application Deadline
January 2
SAT Range
1330-1530
ACT Range
31-34
Application Fee
$80
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$30,014/ 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
    $16,751/ year
  • $30-48k
    $12,382/ year
  • $49-75k
    $15,456/ year
  • $76-110k
    $26,312/ year
  • $110k+
    $46,258/ year

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
59%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.133 responses
35%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.132 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
14,556Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
1%
Pell Grant
15%
Varsity Athletes
8%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 78 responses
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  • Smart, hard working, and stressed
    53%
  • Work hard, play hard
    14%
  • Intelligent, but self absorbed
    9%
  • Entitled
    6%
  • Stressed
    6%
  • Smart & stressed
    6%
  • Busy
    5%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
99%
Poll
62%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.147 responses
Poll
69%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.167 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 94 responses
Report
  • Any person, any study
    44%
  • Endless possibilities
    14%
  • Work hard, play hard
    12%
  • Work hard, play later
    10%
  • Legacies and Trust-fund babies
    10%
  • Bureaucratic and frustrating!
    6%
  • The game where everybody plays and nobody wins
    4%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$73,600/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
94%
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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Below are 3 things I consider Cornell as a great investment.
1. reputation
Every people, including people at work, recognizes me as a "smart Cornell girl"
2. Food
Food in Cornell is very delicious. It is just like a buffet! Compared to all other school cafeterias I have visited, I think Cornell has one of the best campus foods in the United States.
3. Friends / Networks
Of course friends and networks are the most important above all. Because it is a private Ivy-league school, all smart and mostly above middle class students gather around school networks, which I assume will be very powerful for future career.
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As a freshman at Cornell University, campus life has been very enjoyable so far. The university academically challenges its students to bring out the best in them and encourages its students to develop professionally. Located in Ithaca, New York, the scenery is beautiful with gorges and waterfalls across the campus and despite common belief, offers plenty of things to do for its students--including the annual apple fest, farmer's market, great restaurants, and more. I wish it was not as cold during the winter months, though it should be bearable with a nice winter jacket. Dorms are very nice and offers a warm community of students and advisors with all freshmen on north campus and others on west campus.
I really have enjoyed my time here thus far! The diversity on campus is refreshing, and the academic environment outstanding. The dorms vary greatly in quality, but the food is always delicious! I have made a ton of friends through clubs as well!