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Cornell University is a member of the Ivy League/Ancient Eight and it is described as the first truly American university because of its founders’ revolutionary egalitarian and practical vision of higher education.

Key Facts

Rankings

  • #17 in National Universities according to US News & World Report 2020
  • #10 in Business Programs
  • #9 in Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs
  • #3 in Biological/Agricultural Engineering

Year founded

  • 1865

School type

  • Private, coed, no religious affiliation

Latest undergraduate enrolment

  • 15,182

Latest graduate enrolment

  • 5,838

Student-faculty ratio

  • 9:1

Freshman acceptance rate

  • 12.7% 

Average SAT/ ACT for freshman entry

  • SAT 1444 / ACT 32

Average GPA for freshman entry

  • 4.05

International student population

  • 10.2%

Median starting salary of alumni

  • $65,0000

Popular majors

  • Engineering; Business, Management, Marketing; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; Agriculture, Agriculture Operations; and Computer and Information Sciences 

Tuition and Room & Board

  • $55,188 / $14,816

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About the university

Undergraduate students are organized into seven colleges.

  • More than 1,000 student organizations, from the Big Red Marching Band to the International Affairs Society
  • At undergraduate level, Cornell offers 80 formal major fields as well dual-degree programs and interdisciplinary majors
  • Graduate study is interdisciplinary by design and students are admitted to one of over a hundred fields of study
  • Famous alumni include: Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Supreme Court Justice; Toni Morrison, writer and professor at Princeton. Pulitzer Prize winner in 1988 for her novel Beloved, she was also awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1993.
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