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Cornell Demographics & Diversity

Ithaca, New York

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Racial Demographics & Diversity

Racial Diversity
Very High

A college's ethnic diversity is indicated by the student body's equal inclusion of students from different backgrounds . Students at Cornell are predominantly White with a smaller Asian population. The school has very high racial diversity. 59% percent of students are minorities or people of color (BIPOC). The ethnic breakdown is detailed in the following table.

Racial demographics of Cornell University students
Race Percent of Students
White 41%
Black 6%
Hispanic 12%
Asian 18%
American Indian / Alaskan 0%
Hawaiian / Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 4%
International 10%
Race Unknown 8%
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Gender Demographics & Diversity

Gender Diversity
Very High

There are 2% more female students than male students enrolled at Cornell University with a gender ratio of 50% women to 50% men. Compared to the US average of 56% female students, Cornell has a higher gender diversity than other US colleges and is very inclusive of both genders.

Male to female gender ratio for Cornell University students
Gender Percent of Students
Men 50%
Women 50%
Enrollment by gender for Cornell University students
Gender Number of Students
Men 11,698
Women 11,902

Geographic Diversity

Geographic Diversity

Cornell serves a high number of out-of-state students with 69% of the student body residing outside of New York or from other countries.

Enrollment by geographic location for Cornell University students
Origin Percent of Students
In State 31%
Out of State 57%
Foreign 10%
Unknown Location 2%

Economic Diversity

Median Household Income
$80,346 per year

16% of students can be considered low-income as indicated by their receipt of Federal Pell Grant Aid.

Undergrad Student Population

Undergrad enrollment by age and part time status
Segment Percent of Students
Students Over 25 Years Old 1.1%
Part time Undergrads 0.1%

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