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School Overview

    • Founded:
    • 1865
    • Size:
    • Large (>15,000 students)
    • Type:
    • Private non-profit
    • Category:
    • Universities, colleges
    • Specialization:
    • N/A
    • Climate:
    • Cold (Continental)
    • Location:
    • 144 East Avenue, Ithaca, New York, United States, 14853
    • Phone:
    • +16072544636
    • Setting:
    • Suburban, town

The History of Cornell University

Cornell University is a private and statutory Ivy League research university located in Ithaca, New York. Founded in 1865 by Ezra Cornell and Andrew Dickson White, Cornell 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." Cornell 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. Cornell university also administers two satellite medical campuses, one in New York City and one in Education City, Qatar, and Cornell Tech, a graduate program that incorporates technology, business, and creative thinking. The program moved from Google's Chelsea Building in New York City to its permanent campus on Roosevelt Island.

Academic Highlights

Cornell University is a large, primarily residential research university with a majority of enrollments in undergraduate programs. The university has been accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education since 1921. Cornell operates on a 4–1–4 academic calendar with the fall term beginning in late August and ending in early December, a three-week winter session in January, and the spring term beginning in late January and ending in early May. 

Life in Cornell University

For the 2016-17 academic year, Cornell University had over 1,000 registered student organizations. These clubs and organizations run the gamut from kayaking to full-armor jousting, from varsity and club sports and a cappella groups to improvisational theatre, from political clubs and publications to chess and video game clubs and has 36 varsity intercollegiate teams that have the nickname of the Big Red. An NCAA Division I institution, Cornell is a member of the Ivy League and ECAC Hockey and competes in the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC), the largest athletic conference in North America.

School Ranking

In 2015, Cornell ranked 8th domestically and 10th internationally in the CWUR rankings. Cornell ranked 14th in the 2018 edition of the QS World University Rankings and 19th in the 2017 edition of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.The university ranked 10th in the 2013 Business Insider Best Colleges in America ranking, tied for 16th in the 2019 U.S. News & World Report National Universities ranking.


Admission to Cornell University for the Fall 2019 enrolling freshmen, the middle 50% range of SAT scores were 680-720 for evidence-based reading and writing, and 720-780 for math. The middle 50% range of the ACT Composite score was 32-34. As of Fall 2019, Cornell enrolled students from all 50 U.S. states and 119 countries, and 23% of undergraduate students identified themselves as members of underrepresented minority groups. Legacy applicants receive a slight advantage in the admission process. 

Notable Alumni

The notable alumni of Cornell University include people like Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Ann Coulter, Ratan Tata, Bill Nye & Bill Maher. This list of notable alumni is loosely sorted by popularity and has people from different domains of life, such as writers, scientists, intellectuals & academics, media personalities and film & theater personalities etc.

Acceptance Rate

The Cornell University is highly competitive. For Fall 2019, Cornell received over 49,000 applications; 5,183 were admitted, a 10.6% acceptance rate.

Other Campuses
    • 129 Sibley Dome, Ithaca, New York, United States
    • 2148 O Street NW, Washington, District of Columbia, United States
    • 445 East 69th Street, Suite 432, New York City, New York, United States



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July 9, 2018 12:07pm


July 9, 2018 12:07pm

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