Cornell University is an American private Ivy League and federal land-grant research university located in Ithaca, New York. Founded in 1865 by Ezra Cornell and Andrew Dickson White, the university was intended to teach and make contributions in all fields of knowledge — from the classics to the sciences, and from the theoretical to the applied. These ideals, unconventional for the time, are captured in Cornell’s motto, a popular 1865 Ezra Cornell quotation: “I would found an institution where any person can find instruction in any study.” The university is broadly organized into seven undergraduate colleges and seven graduate divisions at its main Ithaca campus, with each college and division defining its own admission standards and academic programs in near autonomy.
The university also administers two satellite medical campuses, one in New York City and one in Education City, Qatar. Cornell is one of three private land grant universities in the nation and the only one in New York. Of its seven undergraduate colleges, three are state-supported statutory or contract colleges through the State University of New York (SUNY) system, including its agricultural and veterinary colleges. As a land grant college, it operates a cooperative extension outreach program in every county of New York and receives annual funding from the State of New York for certain educational missions. The Cornell University Ithaca Campus comprises 745 acres, but is much larger when the Cornell Plantations (more than 4,300 acres) are considered, as well as the numerous university-owned lands in New York City.
Since its founding, Cornell has been a co-educational, non-sectarian institution where admission has not been restricted by religion or race. Cornell counts more than 245,000 living alumni, and its former and present faculty and alumni include 34 Marshall Scholars, 29 Rhodes Scholars, 7 Gates Scholars, 50 Nobel laureates, and 14 living billionaires. The student body consists of nearly 14,000 undergraduate and 7,000 graduate students from all 50 American states and 122 countries. Fourteen colleges and schools, each autonomous in its programs, its admissions, its faculty, and its support. Each working together as Cornell University to serve you, your needs and Cornell’s specific missions. Cornell University is home to contract colleges and schools that were created by an Act of the New York State Legislature and receive direct funding from New York State. They are at the core of our public partnership with the SUNY program. Their mission is linked directly to the economic and social well-being of New York State.
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Cornell’s second-largest undergraduate college and the third-largest college of its kind in the United States. We are consistently ranked as the best college of agriculture and related sciences in the country. CALS is a New York State contract college.
College of Architecture, Art, and Planning
AAP offers rigorous theoretical training and studio experiences, while encouraging imagination, technical creativity, and critical thinking. We prepare our graduates for their role as world citizens in a diverse and inclusive society.
College of Arts and Sciences
Cornell’s largest undergraduate college. Our faculty is stacked with national and international leaders in their respective disciplines. The best part? Courses are open to students in all of Cornell’s colleges and schools.
College of Engineering
Engineering as experienced through innovative teaching and research, as well as practical applications and approaches. We prepare you to become the kind of engineer who will influence technologies and societies for the better.
School of Hotel Administration (SHA)
Service-oriented undergraduate, graduate, and professional degree programs. Each is designed to help shape the global knowledge base for every aspect of hospitality management.
College of Human Ecology
Pioneering research, leadership development, and community outreach: these are the cornerstones of the Human Ecology education and experience. From science and health to policy and design, we focus on our human condition and the related challenges, opportunities, and endeavors we encounter. Human Ecology improves lives by exploring and shaping human connections to natural, social, and built environments. The College of Human Ecology is a New York State contract college.
School of Industrial and Labor Relations (ILR)
ILR’s focus extends beyond labor-management relations to the broader concerns of work in the world today—from human resource management, labor economics and law, and compensation to organizational behavior, disability, and conflict resolution. Our mission is to prepare workplace leaders, inform employment and labor policy, and improve working lives. ILR is a New York State contract college.
Faculty of Computing and Information Science
An interdisciplinary unit with a core group of faculty members pulled from throughout the university. Our charge? To integrate computing and information science into every aspect of Cornell’s undergraduate education, research, scholarly programs, and activities. Our collaborative faculty ensure that you will sit at the forefront of advancing computer science and learn how to apply it to society’s needs.
Cornell Tech (New York City)
Cornell’s newest graduate campus combines deep technical knowledge with hands-on experience and an entrepreneurial culture. The campus offers a one-year Cornell Master of Engineering degree in computer science and a one-year Johnson Master of Business Administration. In addition, Cornell Tech offers two Master of Science dual degrees in media technologies and health technologies through the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute, an unprecedented international partnership between Cornell and the Technion.
More than 90 major fields of graduate study, independent of our traditional college and departments. Graduate students are admitted and conferred doctoral and master’s research and professional degrees under the guidance of individual Special Committees of faculty members or a field advisor.
Cornell Law School
A small program with strong spirit, tight camaraderie, and a faculty devoted to teaching and contributing to the intellectual life of the law. Our goal is to develop broad-minded and technically sophisticated future lawyers and leaders.
College of Veterinary Medicine
We are dedicated to advancing the understanding of animal and human health at the interface of discovery and application. We foster open collaboration across disciplines and institutional boundaries in order to deliver the greatest possible benefits to all of society. The College of Veterinary Medicine is a New York State contract college.
Weill Cornell Medical (Doha, Qatar)
The Doha, Qatar branch of Weill Cornell Medical College is the first American medical school ever set up overseas. Funded by the Qatar government through the Qatar Foundation, operated by Cornell, and we offer both a full Cornell MD degree and a two-year pre-medical program.
Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences (New York City)
Seven research-oriented PhD graduate programs designed to train those interested in biomedical sciences and the scientific method of conducting investigative research. Staffed through Weill Cornell Medical College and the Sloan-Kettering Institute.
School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions
Year-round learning opportunities for pretty much anyone: enrolled college students; high school students; Cornell faculty and staff members; executives and other professionals; Cornell alumni, parents, and friends; local residents. We draw from all of Cornell’s academic units and vast educational resources—including visiting scholars and leaders in industry, government, and other professions. Admission and enrollment are independent of undergraduate and graduate admissions procedures.
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