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

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
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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
62%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.127 responses
33%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.126 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
14,303Undergrads
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 72 responses
Report
  • Smart, hard working, and stressed
    57%
  • Work hard, play hard
    15%
  • Intelligent, but self absorbed
    10%
  • Stressed
    7%
  • Busy
    6%
  • Smart & stressed
    6%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
99%
Poll
60%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.141 responses
Poll
72%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.161 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 88 responses
Report
  • Any person, any study
    45%
  • Endless possibilities
    15%
  • Work hard, play hard
    13%
  • Legacies and Trust-fund babies
    10%
  • Work hard, play later
    10%
  • Bureaucratic and frustrating!
    5%
  • Okay
    1%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$70,900/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
94%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
92%
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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My experience at Cornell had been a whirlwind of endless opportunities. It has absolutely had it's ups and downs, with times where the stress and fast pace of classes seems to be unbearable, but usually when that happens a break was right around the corner and there was time to catch up. All the students at this school, from the engineers to the Hotelies, are used to being the top of their class in high school. It takes some getting used to learn that not everyone can be the best at this university.

That being said, Cornell can offer you the change to truly impact the world in whatever field you pursue. Your plant science degree with lead to cutting edge research, your business major with give you connections others need years to build and your engineering degree will give you your choice of career straight out of college. But that diploma does not come easy, you will have to work relentlessly for four years to earn it (five years if you're studying architecture!).

Looking back to choosing this university my senior year of high school, I wouldn't change a thing. My experience has been far from perfect: I've experienced failure just like the rest of my peers. I'm not, however, the same person I was in high school and this is a good thing. Cornell has changed me for the better and I highly recommend you let it do the same to you!
Cornell has an incredibly diverse mix of people. If you can find a good crew it will make your experience exponentially better. The academics are definitely hard, but professors do want you to succeed so use them as a resource! The weather obviously sucks, there's no way around that. Don't try to be strong. By a giant puffy coat (everyone wears them I promise) and some winter boots. You'll need them. "No winter maintenance" is Cornell's November-March motto.

If you get the chance spend the summer. It will be the best time of your life hands down. Its mostly people who slacked off a little bit and like to have fun. Go to wineries, go to gorges, take a class or two and just enjoy the two and a half months of the year the Ithaca weather is pleasant.