Cornell University

Cornell University

Founded in 1865, by Ezra Cornell and Andrew Dickson, Cornell University is a private university with four state-supported statutory or contract colleges. It is a member of the Ivy League and the university is ranked fourth in the world in producing the largest number of graduates, who pursue PhDs at American institutions.

The University is organized into seven undergraduate colleges and seven graduate divisions. The undergraduate divisions are:

  • College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • College of Architecture, Art, and Planning
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Human Ecology
  • School of Hotel Administration
  • School of Industrial and Labor Relations

Cornell's graduate colleges and schools are:

  • Cornell Law School
  • College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Graduate School
  • Johnson Graduate School of Management
  • Weill Cornell Medical College
  • Weill Cornell Medical College
  • Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences

The sports teams of Cornell are nicknamed Big Red.

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Contacting Cornell

Cornell University
Ithaca , NY 14853
General Phone: (607) 255-2000

Cornell Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Engineering1,179engineering, aerospace engineering, bioengineering, biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, engineering mechanics, engineering physics, ...
Liberal Arts854American studies, Asian studies, East Asian studies, Near/Middle east studies, German studies, African-American studies, gay/lesbian studies, linguistics, comparative literature, ...
Business and Management759business management, labor relations
Science725biology, biochemistry, biophysics, molecular biology, botany, plant pathology, bacteriology, immunology, zoology, ...
Agricultural Science and Management362agriculture, agricultural management, agricultural operations, agricultural economics, international agriculture, food science
Family and Social Work292food and nutrition, housing, family studies, community organization, public administration, public policy analysis
Hospitality268hotel management
Law258law, US law
Computer Science and Engineering233information technology, computer science
Architecture and Planning203architecture, urban planning, environmental design, landscape architecture, architectural history, architectural services
Animal Science and Care132animal science, animal breeding
Therapy and Counseling99psychology, child psychology
Medicine96neuroscience, pre-med, veterinary medicine, veterinary sciences
Mathematics89mathematics, applied mathematics, statistics
Media78communication studies
Fine Arts76fine arts, art history and criticism, textile arts, fine arts studies
Landscaping and Horticulture66ornamental horticulture, plant sciences, agronomy, horticultural science
Conservation and Resource Management50conservation, environmental science, natural resource economics
Religion and Philosophy29philosophy, religion
Education and Teaching20education, agricultural teaching, family/home economics teaching, math teaching, science teaching, biology teaching, chemistry teaching, physics teaching
Real Estate and Construction Management19real estate
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy19nutrition sciences
Medical Administration18health care administration
Music12music, music theory and composition, musicology
Drama and Performing Arts12dance, drama
Photography and Commercial Art9film studies
Cooking and Culinary Arts0institutional food workers

Number of programs and degrees for Cornell in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree3,43186
Master's degree1,737106
Doctor's degree47990
First-professional degree2732
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years371

Cornell Student Body

In 2007-2008, Cornell had a total enrollment of 19,800 students (19,403 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 50%
Women 50%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 68%
Graduate 27%
First Professional 4%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 46%
Black 5%
Hispanic 5%
Asian 13%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 14%
(Foreign Students) 17%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 0%
18-19 28%
20-21 33%
22-24 16%
25-29 14%
30-34 5%
35-39 2%
40-49 1%
50-64 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

New York32%
New Jersey10%
(International Students)9%
State unknown1%
New Hampshire1%
North Carolina1%

Cornell Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 96 %

Cornell Room and Board (2007)

Cornell offers campus housing for 7,239 of its 19,403 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Ithaca, New York for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other New York Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Cornell Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal630730
SAT Math670770
SAT Writing640730
ACT Verbal2834
ACT Math2934
ACT Composite2933

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencerecommended
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT99%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT30%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required

Cornell Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 36,504
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 36,504
Room and board $ 11,640
Room charge $ 6,950
Board (meal plan) charge $ 4,690
Books and supplies $ 740
Other expenses $ 1,500

Financial Aid:
Cornell participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 271100)

Cornell Faculty

Cornell has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track211103
Non-tenured and not on tenure track187191

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year139$142,04131$139,342
Associate professorcalendar year68$109,67727$105,804
Assistant professorcalendar year17$95,61819$97,884
Instructorcalendar year2*4$65,300
Lecturercalendar year18$96,51322$90,834
All faculty totalcalendar year244$126,090103$109,667

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year510$156,399121$145,443
Associate professoracademic year205$111,349113$103,797
Assistant professoracademic year206$90,838100$83,050
Instructoracademic year1*1*
Lectureracademic year97$70,061118$64,266
All faculty totalacademic year1,019$125,770453$99,976

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Cornell Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Ivy Group
Basketball Ivy Group
Baseball Ivy Group
Track Ivy Group

Cornell Degree Programs (2007)

Agricultural Science And Management
Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations
Agricultural Business and Management, General
Agricultural Economics
Agriculture, General
Food Science
International Agriculture

Animal Science And Care
Agricultural Animal Breeding
Animal Sciences, General

Architecture And Planning
Architectural History and Criticism, General
Architecture (BArch, BA/BS, MArch, MA/MS, PhD)
Architecture and Related Services, Other
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning
Environmental Design/Architecture
Landscape Architecture (BS, BSLA, BLA, MSLA, MLA, PhD)

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Labor and Industrial Relations

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science
Information Technology

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Science
Natural Resource Economics
Natural Resources/Conservation, General

Cooking And Culinary Arts
Institutional Food Workers

Drama And Performing Arts
Dance, General
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Agricultural Teacher Education
Biology Teacher Education
Chemistry Teacher Education
Education, General
Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education
Mathematics Teacher Education
Physics Teacher Education
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education

Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
Agricultural/Biological Engineering and Bioengineering
Biomedical/Medical Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering, General
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Engineering Mechanics
Engineering Physics
Engineering, General
Engineering/Industrial Management
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
Materials Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Nuclear Engineering
Operations Research
Systems Engineering

Family And Social Work
Community Organization and Advocacy
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General
Housing and Human Environments, General
Human Development and Family Studies, General
Public Administration
Public Policy Analysis

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Fiber, Textile and Weaving Arts
Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Hotel/Motel Administration/Management

Landscaping And Horticulture
Agronomy and Crop Science
Horticultural Science
Ornamental Horticulture
Plant Sciences, General

American/US Law/Legal Studies/Jurisprudence (LLM, MCJ, JSD/SJD)
Law (LLB, JD)

Liberal Arts
African-American/Black Studies
American/United States Studies/Civilization
Asian Studies/Civilization
Classics/Classical Languages, Lit & Linguistics, General
Comparative Literature
Creative Writing
Development Economics and International Development
East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
East Asian Studies
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
Gay/Lesbian Studies
German Language and Literature
German Studies
Historic Preservation and Conservation
History and Philosophy of Science and Technology
History, General
Italian Language and Literature
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Near and Middle Eastern Studies
Political Science and Government, General
Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
Russian Language and Literature
Social Sciences, Other
Spanish Language and Literature

Applied Mathematics
Mathematics, General
Statistics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

Medical Administration
Health/Health Care Administration/Management

Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies
Veterinary Medicine (DVM)
Veterinary Sciences/Veterinary Clinical Sci, Gen (Cert,MS,PhD)

Music Theory and Composition
Music, General
Musicology and Ethnomusicology

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Nutrition Sciences

Photography And Commercial Art
Film/Cinema Studies

Real Estate And Construction Management
Real Estate

Religion And Philosophy
Religion/Religious Studies

Animal Genetics
Animal Physiology
Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General
Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Botany/Plant Biology
Chemistry, General
Environmental Toxicology
Evolutionary Biology
Geology/Earth Science, General
Medical Microbiology and Bacteriology
Molecular Biology
Physics, General
Plant Pathology/Phytopathology
Science, Technology and Society
Zoology/Animal Biology

Therapy And Counseling
Developmental and Child Psychology
Psychology, General

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