#19 Best Colleges in America

Cornell University

Ithaca, New York

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Cornell University overview
Location Ithaca, New York
Online cornell.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Small City
Cornell University overview
Size Large
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Cornell University, chartered in 1865 and located in Ithaca, New York, is a prestigious Ivy League institution distinguished by its vast and scenic campus that meshes historical gothic architecture with modern facilities. Set within the Finger Lakes region, it is a private university with a public mission, encapsulating seven undergraduate colleges and four graduate and professional schools known for a wide array of research programs. Cornell offers student housing options, including residence halls and cooperative housing. Academically, Cornell is notable for its diverse programs, with particularly strong agriculture, hotel administration, and engineering departments. The university admits students on a highly selective basis, reflecting its rigorous academic standards and reputation for excellence. Cornell's intercollegiate sports teams, known as the Big Red, are recognized for their competitive presence in men's wrestling and women's ice hockey, among other sports.

In the most recent statistical year 69,195 prospective students applied, and 5,168 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 3,491 enrolled in the school.  25,098 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 800 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $62,456 plus fees of $744. Cornell is ranked 19 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Cornell is rated within the top 5% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 10 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Cornell University overview
SAT 1470/1570
ACT 33/35
Estimated GPA 3.9

Applications Accepted

Cornell University overview
Applications Due Jan 2, 2024
Applicant Competition Extreme
Application Fee $80

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Cornell University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,000
Other Fees$744
Room and Board $16,988
Budget for Other Expenses$2,008
Total One Year Cost$83,196

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$98,400 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

93% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Cornell University students
Subject Percent of Class
Engineering 17%
Agriculture 13%
Business 13%
Biology 12%
Social Sciences 12%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=190415 IPEDS survey data for Cornell University.

Current students may use the Cornell University GPA calculator to determine their current college GPA.