Cornell University Review

Ithaca, New York, is the main home of Cornell University, which also has units in New York City and Qatar. Undergraduates can choose almost 80 majors, including hotel administration; notable graduate programs include law, medicine, engineering, veterinary medicine and business administration.

Cornell University Overview

Cornell University's Ivy League roots were planted in 1865 in Ithaca, NY. While Cornell is a private university, it's a land grant institution, and some of its colleges receive funding from New York State. Cornell was the first U.S. university to confer degrees in journalism and in veterinary medicine. The university has a Weill Cornell medical campus in New York City and one in Doha, Qatar.

Undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees are available from Cornell, with programs as diverse as science, law, engineering and hotel administration. The university serves 13,846 undergraduates and 6,427 grad students in Ithaca. About 1,000 more people study at the other campuses.

Admissions and Enrollment Overview

Each of the colleges at Cornell has its own specific requirements for high school prerequisite courses and standardized tests to take. Cornell doesn't require minimum test scores for undergraduate admissions; all aspects of each application are considered. More than half of Cornell students get financial aid, and almost half get funds from Cornell itself, but financial need is not considered in admissions decisions.

Campus Facilities and Learning Environment

Cornell's University Library comprises 20 libraries in four cities with almost eight million books, 88,000 journals or magazines, and 360,000 e-books. Students can get resources delivered to their preferred library or access electronic documents online. Its medical school has connections with New York-Presbyterian Hospital. Cornell also has the country's biggest indoor natural rock-climbing wall.

At Cornell's College of Arts and Sciences, there is a student-faculty ratio of 8:1, and 70% of classes have fewer than 20 students. Students in any major, not just science, can do a research project. Cornell has many research facilities, both on the Ithaca campus and throughout New York State, for biological, marine biological and agricultural research. Cornell Abroad encourages students to spend a year or a semester studying abroad in another country.

Colleges and Schools of Cornell University

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Architecture, Art and Planning
  • School of Hotel Administration
  • School of Industrial and Labor Relations
  • Johnson Graduate School of Management
  • College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • College of Engineering
  • Graduate School
  • Law School
  • College of Human Ecology
  • College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Weill Cornell Medical College (NYC)
  • Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences (NYC)
  • Weill Cornell Medical College (Doha, Qatar)

School Contact Information

  • Address: Campus Information and Visitor Relations, Day Hall Lobby, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853
  • Phone Number: (607) 254-4636