Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

Cornell University

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Ithaca, NY 14853
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Cornell University Summary

What makes Cornell University unique?

Cornell University is a private land-grant research university that was founded in 1865 in the suburban college town of Ithaca, New York by Andrew Dickson White and Ezra Cornell. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of about 15,000 students who attend classes on a campus that covers over 4,000 acres. Cornell is on a semester-based academic calendar with tuition and fees for both in-state students and out-of-state students that exceeds $55,000, though financial aid is available. 

Cornell University is made up of seven colleges and seven graduate divisions, including competitive hospitality and business programs. The school is known for its robust international network that is fostered in part by two satellite campuses in New York City and Education City, Qatar. 

Cornell University is part of the Ivy League and has affiliations with some of the top academic scholars of the last century. In addition to its strong scholastic traditions, the school is known for its Botanic Gardens and a large portfolio of university-owned and operated land in New York City. Notable alumni include Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, television star Bill Nye, and Christopher Reeve, who was known for being the first actor to play Superman.

Cornell University Review

A Excellent
4.51 Based on 25 Reviews
Career Preparation
A
Students and Culture
A-
Facilities
A+
Activities and Groups
A

Degree Overview

Check out the most popular majors and specific degrees students have earned at Cornell University.

*Sources for school statistics and data include the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. Data may vary depending on school and academic year.

1952 Engineering Graduates
Major
Associate's
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering
 
 
25
 
4
Architectural and Building Sciences/Technology
 
67
54
 
 
Architectural History and Criticism, General
 
0
1
 
1
Architecture
 
1
0
 
 
Architecture and Related Services, Other
 
 
0
 
 
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering
 
60
220
 
46
Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other
 
422
 
 
 
Chemical Engineering
 
71
42
 
26
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning
 
31
41
 
3
Civil Engineering, General
 
37
36
 
13
Electrical and Electronics Engineering
 
88
127
 
22
Engineering Mechanics
 
 
1
 
2
Engineering, General
 
19
 
 
 
Engineering/Industrial Management
 
 
36
 
 
Environmental Design/Architecture
 
3
2
 
 
Environmental Toxicology
 
 
0
 
0
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
 
27
 
 
 
Landscape Architecture
 
10
24
 
 
Materials Engineering
 
24
34
 
14
Mechanical Engineering
 
139
70
 
13
Natural Resource Economics
 
 
0
 
0
Natural Resources/Conservation, General
 
70
9
 
11
Nuclear Engineering
 
 
 
 
0
Plastics and Polymer Engineering Technology/Technician
 
 
2
 
4

* Number of people in 2019 that graduated with this degree and study level

1797 Business Graduates
Major
Associate's
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Business Administration and Management, General
 
 
753
 
6
Development Economics and International Development
 
 
8
 
 
Econometrics and Quantitative Economics
 
183
 
 
 
Economics, General
 
4
15
 
16
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
 
 
14
 
 
Labor and Industrial Relations
 
281
51
 
6
Operations Research
 
160
264
 
12
Real Estate
 
 
24
 
 

* Number of people in 2019 that graduated with this degree and study level

1096 Mathematics and Science Graduates
Major
Associate's
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Animal Genetics
 
 
1
 
6
Astronomy
 
3
2
 
4
Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General
 
10
0
 
1
Biochemistry
 
 
0
 
26
Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other
 
211
 
 
 
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
 
282
2
 
13
Biometry/Biometrics
 
40
0
 
0
Biophysics
 
 
0
 
6
Botany/Plant Biology
 
 
1
 
5
Chemistry, General
 
29
33
 
19
Computational Biology
 
 
 
 
0
Engineering Physics/Applied Physics
 
24
22
 
8
Entomology
 
11
1
 
3
Evolutionary Biology
 
 
2
 
1
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other
 
14
 
 
 
Geology/Earth Science, General
 
0
2
 
3
Mathematics, General
 
87
6
 
14
Medical Microbiology and Bacteriology
 
 
0
 
0
Microbiology, General
 
 
0
 
4
Molecular Biology
 
 
2
 
6
Neurobiology and Behavior
 
 
1
 
4
Neuroscience
 
 
0
 
0
Parasitology
 
 
5
 
 
Physics, General
 
56
20
 
24
Plant Pathology/Phytopathology
 
 
2
 
5
Statistics, General
 
23
47
 
5
Zoology/Animal Biology
 
 
0
 
0

* Number of people in 2019 that graduated with this degree and study level

973 Computer Technology Graduates
Major
Associate's
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Computer and Information Sciences, General
 
28
 
 
 
Computer Science
 
372
225
 
16
Information Technology
 
129
111
 
2
Systems Engineering
 
 
90
 
 

* Number of people in 2019 that graduated with this degree and study level

877 Human and Social Sciences Graduates
Major
Associate's
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
African-American/Black Studies
 
4
1
 
1
American/United States Studies/Civilization
 
13
 
 
 
Anthropology
 
8
6
 
6
Archeology
 
6
6
 
 
Asian Studies/Civilization
 
19
5
 
0
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
 
13
2
 
3
Cognitive Psychology and Psycholinguistics
 
 
6
 
6
Community Organization and Advocacy
 
0
4
 
1
Comparative Literature
 
17
1
 
3
Developmental and Child Psychology
 
 
8
 
5
East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
 
 
6
 
12
East Asian Studies
 
0
 
 
0
Gay/Lesbian Studies
 
2
 
 
 
German Studies
 
7
2
 
1
Historic Preservation and Conservation
 
 
4
 
 
History, General
 
52
7
 
5
Housing and Human Environments, General
 
 
11
 
0
Human Development and Family Studies, General
 
81
2
 
4
Linguistics
 
9
4
 
8
Medieval and Renaissance Studies
 
 
4
 
4
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
 
0
 
 
 
Near and Middle Eastern Studies
 
9
2
 
1
Philosophy
 
22
8
 
8
Political Science and Government, General
 
123
15
 
14
Psychology, General
 
67
0
 
0
Public Administration
 
 
66
 
 
Public Policy Analysis, General
 
62
0
 
0
Religion/Religious Studies
 
10
 
 
0
Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
 
 
9
 
5
Science, Technology and Society
 
4
3
 
1
Social Sciences, Other
 
0
4
 
1
Sociology
 
51
9
 
14

* Number of people in 2019 that graduated with this degree and study level

678 Agriculture Graduates
Major
Associate's
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations
 
0
 
 
 
Agricultural and Horticultural Plant Breeding
 
 
1
 
10
Agricultural Animal Breeding
 
 
0
 
0
Agricultural Business and Management, General
 
0
 
 
 
Agricultural Economics
 
190
68
 
12
Agricultural Engineering
 
51
19
 
6
Agriculture, General
 
79
0
 
 
Agronomy and Crop Science
 
0
2
 
4
Animal Sciences, General
 
95
5
 
6
Ecology
 
 
0
 
5
Food Science
 
33
22
 
8
Horticultural Science
 
 
3
 
4
International Agriculture
 
14
6
 
 
Ornamental Horticulture
 
 
1
 
0
Plant Sciences, General
 
29
0
 
0
Viticulture and Enology
 
5
 
 
 

347 Hospitality Graduates
Major
Associate's
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Hotel/Motel Administration/Management
 
292
55
 
0

232 Healthcare Graduates
Major
Associate's
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Animal Physiology
 
 
0
 
0
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General
 
0
 
 
 
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other
 
 
 
0
 
Health/Health Care Administration/Management
 
 
38
 
 
Immunology
 
 
0
 
2
International Public Health/International Health
 
44
 
 
 
Nutrition Sciences
 
35
6
 
8
Pharmacology
 
 
 
 
1
Public Health, General
 
 
1
 
 
Toxicology
 
 
 
 
0
Veterinary Medicine
 
 
 
 
97
Veterinary Sciences/Veterinary Clinical Sciences, General
 
 
0
 
0

178 Education and Liberal Arts Graduates
Major
Associate's
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Applied Mathematics, General
 
 
6
 
5
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
 
8
2
 
2
Creative Writing
 
 
20
 
 
Education, General
 
0
0
 
3
English Language and Literature, General
 
50
6
 
13
Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other
 
0
 
 
 
French Language and Literature
 
16
 
 
 
General Studies
 
16
 
 
 
German Language and Literature
 
0
0
 
0
History and Philosophy of Science and Technology
 
 
0
 
0
Italian Language and Literature
 
3
 
 
 
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
 
0
 
 
 
Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
 
 
9
 
5
Russian Language and Literature
 
0
 
 
 
Spanish Language and Literature
 
14
 
 
 
Speech Communication and Rhetoric
 
0
0
 
0

87 Communication and Media Graduates
Major
Associate's
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Communication, General
 
74
7
 
6

61 Art and Design Graduates
Major
Associate's
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Dance, General
 
0
 
 
 
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
 
0
2
 
1
Fashion/Apparel Design
 
 
3
 
1
Film/Cinema/Video Studies
 
0
 
 
 
Fine/Studio Arts, General
 
22
6
 
 
Institutional Food Workers
 
0
 
 
 
Music Theory and Composition
 
 
0
 
0
Music, General
 
7
1
 
4
Musicology and Ethnomusicology
 
 
1
 
4
Visual and Performing Arts, Other
 
9
 
 
 

23 Trades and Careers Graduates
Major
Associate's
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Apparel and Textiles, General
 
21
0
 
 
Fiber, Textile and Weaving Arts
 
0
0
 
0
Textile Science
 
2
 
 
 

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Online Programs

Check out the online programs offered at Cornell University.

Program
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Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Systems Engineering
 
 
 
 

Accreditation Information

This institution is accredited by Middle States Commission on Higher Education
Specialized Institution Accreditations
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Dietetics (DIETI) - Dietetic Internship (Division of Nutritional Sciences)
  • Didactic Program in Dietetics
American Bar Association, Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar
  • Law (LAW) - Professional schools
American Veterinary Medical Association, Council on Education
  • Veterinary Medicine (VET) - Programs leading to a D.V.M. or D.M.V. degree (College of Veterinary Medicine)
Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education
  • Health Services Administration (HSA) - Graduate programs in health services administration
Council on Education for Public Health
  • Public Health Programs (PHPG) - Graduate level program offered outside a school of public health

* Source data obtained from U.S. Department of Education's Office of Post-secondary Education (OPE)

Alumni & Student Reviews

A Excellent
Career Preparation

What letter grade would you give your school on how well it prepares students for a career in the real world?

4.48 Based on 25 Reviews
  • Alumni
    Ornamental Horticulture / Floriculture, Class of 1975

    No idea. It's been too long since I graduated.

    4 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Nutritional Science, Class of 2012

    Cornell provides career counseling, and also prepares its students for startups or other jobs through job fairs and classroom projects

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    B.S. Biology, Class of 1992

    The curriculum is notoriously rigorous, the professors are world-class. Some of them are faculty advisors to clubs. There is a career office, etc.

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Animal science, Class of 2007

    Field trips to places of employment, professors helping students find employment during and after college.

    4 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    BS, Class of 1991

    Too many to note, career services, mentoring, online postings, networking, etc.

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Human Development, Class of 1987

    Cornell has a career center and offers connections with alumni.

    4 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Biometry and Statistics, Class of 2012

    job shadowing, networking events, career fairs, internships

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Bachelors of Science, Class of 2003

    They do job fairs. They have resources online and in career services for job searching.

    4 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Materials Science & Engineering, Class of 2013

    Lots of networking events, corporate information sessions; support from Diversity Programs in Engineering Office; support from the Career Center; resume workshops; career fairs; online job search; alumni connections; engineering senior design projects with corporate interest

    4 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Interdisciplinary Studies, Class of 2013

    Career Center, networking events on and off campus, on campus recruiting

    4 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Industrial labor relations , Class of 2003

    The labor relations major was excellent at connecting to the real world from the professors experiences and guest speakers, volunteer and internship opportunities, and the huge alumni network after graduation.

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    History , Class of 1980

    I have no idea. I graduated 35 years ago

    3 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Bachelor of Science, Class of 1982

    Cornell Entrepreneur Network Internships Cornell EPE Program

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    BA, Class of 1980

    Many groups and networking opportunities exist but I'm not using most of them.

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Communications, Class of 1998

    Back then, we had job/career fairs and a Career Center

    5 Rated January 2016
A- Excellent
Students and Culture

What letter grade would you give the students/culture at your school?

4.12 Based on 25 Reviews
  • Alumni
    Hotel Admin, Class of 1975

    it was a long time ago

    3 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Hotel Admin, Class of 1975

    it was a long time ago

    3 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Nutritional Science, Class of 2012

    Stressed, driven, nihilistic, competitive, obsessed, alcoholic

    3 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    B.S. Biology, Class of 1992

    Students are intense, driven and brilliant.

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Animal science, Class of 2007

    Split! Half was a state school where students worked hard for their education, the other was the prestigious ivy league, wealthy students who had been handed life on a silver platter

    2 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    BS, Class of 1991

    Diverse, exceptional, energetic, inspiring, competitive

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Human Development, Class of 1987

    Standards were high. The culture was fairly liberal for the time.

    4 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    History/Asian Studies, Class of 1994

    ultracompetitive, overly focused on grades

    3 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Biometry and Statistics, Class of 2012

    smart and nerdy, serious about their school work, but all around good people, very nice, hard working, lots of school pride

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Bachelors of Science, Class of 2003

    The students are all super motivated, and I can't imagine many didn't find a great job after graduation.

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Materials Science & Engineering, Class of 2013

    Workaholics mostly, some party kids. Lots of stress for most people.

    4 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Psychology, Class of 2009

    Rich white kids mixed with slightly less rich white kids, and poor white kids like me.

    4 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    BA, Class of 1983

    Some of my best friends still

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Interdisciplinary Studies, Class of 2013

    A mix of students truly there to learn, and students forced to go to school, and there to party

    4 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Industrial labor relations , Class of 2003

    High achieving students from mostly well-off backgrounds

    4 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Bachelor of Science, Class of 1982

    Cornell is an international school with many internationally renowned schools, including engineering, arts, architecture, hotel, and industrial & labor relations. The student body was international in nature, with classmates and friends hailing from every corner of the earth.

    4 Rated January 2016
A+ Excellent
Facilities

What letter grade would you give the facilities at your school.

4.88 Based on 25 Reviews
  • Alumni
    Ornamental Horticulture / Floriculture, Class of 1975

    Updated many times since I graduated

    4 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Nutritional Science, Class of 2012

    The facilities were awesome. State of the art computer and technology facilities, excellent labs for chemistry or plant breeding, great buildings and libraries, excellent food.

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Doctor of Veterinary Medicine , Class of 1976

    There were no computers in those days but the labs were very well prepared and the dining areas also.

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    B.S. Biology, Class of 1992

    Facilities are state of the art.

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Human Development, Class of 1987

    Facilities were good, a little dated in some places. They have been thoroughly modernized.

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Biometry and Statistics, Class of 2012

    high tech state of the art facilities, lots of options for food or library atmosphere

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Bachelors of Science, Class of 2003

    Top notch--I can't imagine there was anything they were missing.

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Materials Science & Engineering, Class of 2013

    Some old, some brand new, all kept up.

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Psychology, Class of 2009

    Excellent, state of the art for the most part.

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Interdisciplinary Studies, Class of 2013

    Very nice, constantly being upgraded.

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Industrial labor relations , Class of 2003

    Dining halls are excellent. Other facilities are nice and updated as needed

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Bachelor of Science, Class of 1982

    Dining offered premier facilities in computer labs, dining, state of the art dormitories, and classrooms. Athletic facilities have been greatly improved in the years since I have graduated, with a new basketball arena having been constructed and new training facilities for all athletes to use having been constructed.

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    BA, Class of 1980

    Awesome array of world-class facilities.

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Communications, Class of 1998

    We had adequate facilities for the time period - internet was dial-up and it was called the World Wide Wed

    5 Rated January 2016
A Excellent
Activities and Groups

What overall letter grade would you give the activities/groups at your school?

4.56 Based on 25 Reviews
  • Alumni
    BS, Class of 1979

    sports and all kinds of things

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Nutritional Science, Class of 2012

    There is a club for just about everything. The Chimes Masters Club is pretty unique

    4 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    History, Class of 2010

    Greek life, student leadership, athletics

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    B.S. Biology, Class of 1992

    Cornell Daily Sun (newspaper), ice hockey, a cappella singing groups, improvisational comedy groups--too numerous to name. There are a great many activities and groups of every description.

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    BS, Class of 1991

    Too many to note, cultural, social, political, athletic, you can find anything

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    applied economics, Class of 2008

    greek life, ice hockey, athletics

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Human Development, Class of 1987

    Frats/sororities were popular. Musical and art activities were as well.

    4 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Biometry and Statistics, Class of 2012

    Intramural Sports, Greek Life, Outdoor education classes, acapella groups, slope day

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Bachelors of Science, Class of 2003

    Bangrha Dancing, hiking, outdoor activities

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Materials Science & Engineering, Class of 2013

    Underwater basket weaving? We had >600 student groups. There's something for everybody.

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Psychology, Class of 2009

    Slope day, a large end of the school year festival/concert.

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Interdisciplinary Studies, Class of 2013

    Almost anything you could want.

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Industrial labor relations , Class of 2003

    Greek system, intramural sports, lots of clubs based on interests within major

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Bachelor of Science, Class of 1982

    The most unusual activities include being able to tour the Finger Lakes wine region on weekends, being able to attend races at Watkins Glen, and being able to road trip to New York City.

    4 Rated January 2016
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