Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853


Type 4 year
Control Private
Business model Not for Profit
Campus size Large
Campus locale City
Degrees offered Undergrad & Graduate
Calendar system Semester
Total enrollment 22,319
Religious affiliation None
Students with disability 6%
Student to faculty ratio 9:1
Campus housing
Dormitory capacity 8,700 students
Freshmen are required
to live on campus
Types of Programs Offered
Postbaccalaureate Recreational or avocational education
Adult basic remedial or high school equivalent
High school education
Medical Degree
Special Learning Opportunities
Weekend/evening classes
Study abroad
Teacher certification
ROTC - Army
ROTC - Navy
ROTC - Air Force
Student Services Offered
On-campus day care for students' children
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling services
Employment services for students
Placement services for graduates


Acceptance Rate
(Fall 2016)

Cornell University is one of the most selective institutions in its admission process in the U.S. In Fall 2016, it received 44,965 applications and only 6,337 students were granted admission. Cornell University is at the #12 spot (in a scale of 1 to 100) in terms of admission difficulty out of 1,781 4 year colleges in the U.S.

Among other admission requirements, applicants must submit ACT or SAT test scores in order to get their application considered. In Fall 2016, 51% of the enrollees submitted ACT scores and 69% submitted SAT scores.

Test Scores

Students admitted and enrolled in Fall 2016 have test scores in the following ranges.
SAT1330 to 1530
ACT31 to 34

Application Fee

Undergrad students
Graduate students
Learn more about admission requirments

Tuition & Fees

Cornell University charges different tuition rate depending on students residency. In 2016-2017 academic year, students from out of state paid $0 and in-state students paid $0.

Follow the link below to learn more about additional cost components such as books and supplies, room and board and other expenses.

Average Net Price
National Average = $22,127
In State Tuition
National Average = $26,792
Out of State Tuition
National Average = $26,792

Financial Aid

In 2016-2017 academic year, 61% of Cornell University's full-time freshman students were awarded some type of financial aid. 15% of the students received need based financial assistance from the federal government with an average amount of $4,469 (which is 1.6% above the national average.)

The total number of federal student loan recipients at Cornell University in 2016-2017, was 882, which is 28% of the total eligible students. The average loan amount given out to these students was $4,697 (which is 20.3% below the national average.)

Pell Grant
National Average = $4,400
Federal Loan
National Average = $5,895
Financial aid
National Average = 92%
Learn more about financial aid

Student Body

In Fall 2016, Cornell University has enrolled a total of 22,319 students (22,227 students full-time and 92 on a part-time basis). Out of the total 22,319 students, 585 of those students were transfer students. The gender ratio of the new enrollee was 51% men and 49% women and 14,566 students were enrolled for undergraduate programs and 7,753 for graduates studies.

The institution also enrolled 36 students for distance studies.

Total Enrollment

Student Diversity

White: 37%

Non-resident alien: 22%

Asian: 15%

Hispanic: 10%

Race/ethnicity unknown: 7%

Black/African American: 5%

Two or more races: 4%

Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: 0%


Listed below are the 10 largest majors offered at Cornell University.

Study areas with their online column set to zero are those programs that have an online option but there was no graduate in 2016-2017 academic year.
Study Areas Percent Total Graduates Online
Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services 42% 3,436 0
Legal Professions And Studies 8% 678
Public Administration And Social Service Professions 6% 482
Health Professions And Related Programs 4% 367
Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services 4% 358
Social Sciences 3% 250
Family And Consumer Sciences/human Sciences 3% 210
Mathematics And Statistics 2% 170
Physical Sciences 2% 166
Engineering 2% 134 0

Graduation & Dropout Rates

Graduation rate
national average: 55%

Graduation rate is a key indicator of an institution's education quality and the level of academic and financial support provided to students.

The following section details graduation and dropout rates of Cornell University full-time students who started class in 2010 and graduated or dropped out prior to August 31, 2016.

Still enrolled
Dropout rate
Transfered out

The above graduation rate is the percentage of students who graduated within 150% of the normal graduation time. For a 4 year degree program, 150% of 4 years is 6 years and for a 2-year program 150% is 3 years.

Earnings After College

Median Annual Income
national average: $33,604

The typical median income of Cornell University graduates 6 years after enrollment is $60,000. Last year, out of the total 2,575 graduates who entered the institution 6 years ago, 2,395 were reported to have been employed. On the same note, out of 3,427 graduates, who enrolled 10 years ago, 3,153 were employed.

6 years after enrollment 10 years after enrollment
Annual Income $60,000 $73,600
Employment Rate 93% 92%
Total Graduates 2,575 3,427

Campus Location

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