Cornell University

Cornell University


Founded in 1865 as both a private, co-educational university and the land-grant institution of New York State, Cornell University has a history of egalitarian excellence and diversity. Cornell educates leaders of tomorrow and extends the frontiers of knowledge in order to serve society. The university community fosters personal discovery, growth, scholarship, and creativity, and engages men and women from every segment of society. Valuing enrichment of the mind, Cornell pursues understanding and knowledge beyond the barriers of ideology and disciplinary structure.

Programs Supporting First-Generation College Students

Pre-College Prep & Outreach Encourage Young Engineers and Scientists (EYES)

EYES is a community-service organization committed to promoting engineering and the sciences as career fields and to increasing the math and science skills of elementary, middle, and high school students. Each year, teams of Cornell students create exciting, project-based math and science lessons and experiments that are taught at local schools and after-school programs. Learn more about Encourage Young Engineers and Scientists (EYES)

Pre-College Prep & Outreach Let's Get Ready!

Cornell’s Let’s Get Ready! program mobilizes those who live and work around disadvantaged students to actively support education. It provides free SAT preparation courses and college/financial aid advising to underserved high school students, and it involves families, schools, churches, and businesses in offering these services. College students from surrounding communities run the programs and serve as instructors, role models and mentors to the students, helping them to navigate the college admissions process. Learn more about Let's Get Ready!

Open House, Fly-in, Visit Diversity Hosting

To encourage multicultural students to matriculate to Cornell, the University sponsors Diversity Hosting. This admitted student program occurs throughout April and offers students the chance to “get to know” Cornell. Diversity Hosting provides limited transportation to participants, and families are welcome.

Special Admissions Policy New York State Opportunity Programs

Cornell offers both a Higher Education Opportunity Program and an Education Opportunity Program. Both are programs for New York State residents who possess neither the traditional academic profile nor the financial means to afford college, but who do have the potential for success in a competitive academic environment. Students accepted under the EOP/HEOP programs receive academic counseling, assistance completing the financial aid application and a financial aid package to make a Cornell education affordable. Learn more about New York State Opportunity Programs

Academic Advising & Support The Learning Strategies Center

Providing tutoring and supplemental courses in biology, chemistry, economics, mathematics, and physics, the Learning Strategies Center is the central academic support unit for Cornell students. Semester long courses, workshops, individual consultations and website resources offer assistance in improving general study skills. Learn more about The Learning Strategies Center

Academic Advising & Support Office of Academic Diversity Initiatives (OADI)

Cornell’s Office of Academic Diversity Initiatives facilitates academic and personal adjustment to Cornell for the minority community. It encourages institutional change, when necessary, to ensure that the University embraces its diverse student population. The Office also offers referrals to campus-wide services, announcements of events and scholarships, and a student-produced yearbook. Learn more about Office of Academic Diversity Initiatives (OADI)

Student Diversity

  • 14,566
  • 48/52
  • n/a
    First-generation college students
  • <1%
    American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • 18%
  • 6%
    Black or African American
  • 12%
  • <1%
    Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 39%
  • 4%
    Two or more races
  • 10%
    Race and/or ethnicity unknown
  • 10%

Student Success

  • 97%
    First-to-second year retention
  • 94%
    Six-year graduation
  • 91%
    Six-year graduation for underrepresented minority groups
  • 100%
    Freshmen who live on campus
  • 57%
    Undergraduates who live on campus
  • 1,648
    Full-time faculty
  • 303
    Full-time minority faculty
  • 9:1
    Student–faculty ratio
  • Top 5 Majors

    Biological Sciences, Economics, Business, English, Engineering

  • Multicultural Student Clubs and Organizations

    ALANA, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Asian & Asian-American Forum, Asian Pacific Americans for Action, Association of Students of Color, Baraka Kwa Wimbo Gospel Ensemble, The Black Cornellian Woman, Black Students United, Caribbean Students Association, Chinese Student Association, Delta Sigma Theta, Filipino Association, Ghanaians at Cornell, Haitian Students Association, Kappa Alpha Psi, Lambda Pi Chi, Lambda Theta Alpha, Lambda Theta Phi, Men of Color Council, Mexican Students Association at Cornell, Minorities in Agriculture, Minority Business Students Association, Minority Industrial and Labor Relations Student Organization


Cost of Attendance

  • $48,880
  • n/a
    In-state Tuition
  • $236
    Required Fees
  • $13,678
    Room and Board

Financial Aid

  • $222,181,371
    Total institutional scholarships/grants
  • $44,859
    Average aid package
  • $24,394
    Average student loan debt upon graduation (of those who borrow)
  • 15%
    Pell Grant recipients among freshmen
  • 46%
    Students with financial need
  • 46%
    Students with need awarded financial aid
  • 100%
    Students with need awarded need-based scholarship or grant aid
  • 100%
    Students with need whose need was fully met


Applicant Academics

  • 44,965
    # of applicants
  • 14%
  • n/a
    Average HS GPA
  • n/a
    ACT Composite
  • 650—750
    SAT Critical Reading
  • 680—780
    SAT Math
  • n/a—n/a
    SAT Writing
  • n/a
    SAT/ACT optional


  • 01/02
    Regular application closing date
  • $80
    Application Fee
  • $80
    Application Fee (online)
  • yes
    Fee waiver for applicants with financial need
  • yes
    Early decision plan
  • 11/01
    Early decision application closing date
  • n/a
    Early action plan
  • n/a
    Early action application closing date