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 Cornell University

Cornell University - Ithaca, NY

300 Day Hall, Ithaca, New York 14853

General information:(607)255-2000
Type:4-Year,Private not-for-profit
Awards offered:Bachelor's degree
Master's degree
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship
Doctor's degree - professional practice
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years
Campus setting:City: Small
Campus housing:Yes
Student population:21,131(14,167 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:12 to 1
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Special Learning Opportunities
ROTC(Army, Navy, Air Force)
Study abroad
Student Services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
Credit Accepted
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Carnegie Classification
Research Universities (very high research activity)
Religious Affiliation
Not applicable
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
More than 3%
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

• Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.

Detailed Expenses 2009-2010 2010-2011 2011-2012 %change 2010-2011 to 2011-2012
Tuition and fees
In-state $37,954 $39,666 $41,541 -5%
Out-of-state $37,954 $39,666 $41,541 -5%
Books and supplies $760 $780 $800 -3%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board $12,160 $12,650 $13,154 -4%
Other $1,540 $1,580 $1,630 -3%
Off Campus
Room and board $12,160 $12,650 $13,154 -4%
Other $1,540 $1,580 $1,630 -3%
Off Campus with Family
Other $1,540 $1,580 $1,630 -3%
Total Expenses 2009-2010 2010-2011 2011-2012 %change 2010-2011 to 2011-2012
On Campus $52,414 $54,676 $57,125 -5%
Off Campus $52,414 $54,676 $57,125 -5%
Off Campus with Family $40,254 $42,026 $43,971 -2%
On Campus $52,414 $54,676 $57,125 -5%
Off Campus $52,414 $54,676 $57,125 -5%
Off Campus with Family $40,254 $42,026 $43,971 -2%
Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year 2012-2013
In-state tuition $41,325
In-state fees $216
Out-of-state tuition $41,325
Out-of-state fees $216
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of Plan Offered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment plan
Other alternative tuition plan
Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year 2012-2013
In-state tuition $29,500
In-state fee $76
Out-of-state tuition $29,500
Out-of-state fees $76
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2010-2011
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

• Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.

Type of Aid Number receiving aid Percent receiving aid Total amount of aid received Average amount of aid received
Any student financial aid 2,113 66% --
Grant or scholarship aid 1,755 55% $53,353,666 $30,401
Federal grants 470 15% $2,735,384 $5,820
Pell grants 468 15% $1,939,136 $4,143
Other federal grants 382 12% $796,248 $2,084
State/local government grant or scholarships 498 16% $1,161,874 $2,333
Institutional grants or scholarships 1,620 51% $49,456,408 $30,529
Student loan aid 1,018 32% $5,620,869 $5,521
Federal student loans 976 31% $3,893,614 $3,989
Other student loans 217 7% $1,727,255 $7,960
All Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Number receiving aid Percent receiving aid Total amount of aid received Average amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid1 8,181 59% $232,865,157 $28,464
Pell grants 2,362 17% $9,611,185 $4,069
Federal student loans 4,450 32% $20,910,037 $4,699


Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
Average net price Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income 2008-2009 2009-2010 2010-2011
$0 - $30,000 Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable
$30,001 - $48,000 Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable
$48,001 - $75,000 Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable
$75,001 - $110,000 Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable
$110,001 and more Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable

• Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees (lower of in-district or in-state), books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.

• Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.

• Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students who received federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same total cost of attendance minus grant aid.


• An institution's net price calculator allows current and prospective students, families, and other consumers to estimate the net price of attending that institution for a particular student.

Fall 2011
Total enrollment 21,131
Undergraduate enrollment 14,167
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment 516
Graduate enrollment 6,964

Undergraduate application fee (2012-2013):$75

Graduate application fee (2011-2012):$95

Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2012

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 36,387 19,552 16,835
Percent admitted 18% 17% 19%
Percent admitted who enrolled 17% 8% 10%
Admissions ConsiderationsRequiredRecommended
Secondary school GPA X
Secondary school rank X
Secondary school record X
Completion of college-preparatory program X
Formal demonstration of competencies X
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) X
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign language) X
Recommendations X
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)

Test scores:Fall 2011(enrolled first-time students)

Students submitting scores Number Percent
SAT 2907 88%
ACT 1204 36%.
Test Scores 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile**
SAT Critical Reading 630 730
SAT Math 670 770
SAT Writing . .
ACT Composite 29 33
ACT English . .
ACT Math . .
First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who are seeking bachelor's degrees who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees

Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2010 and Returned in Fall 2011

Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 85 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2011.


NCAA Division I-AAMenWomen
All Track Combined 168257
Baseball 35-
Basketball 2118
Equestrian -30
Fencing -32
Field Hockey -23
Football 104-
Golf 10-
Gymnastics -20
Ice Hockey 2722
Lacrosse 4729
Other Sports 8327
Rowing 9849
Soccer 2933
Softball -23
Squash 1516
Swimming and Diving 3128
Tennis 1611
Volleyball -17
Wrestling 32-


Middle States Commission on Higher Education07/01/1921 Accredited
Middle States Commission on Higher Education08/27/2012 Accredited
Middle States Commission on Higher Education07/01/1921 Accredited
New York State Board of Regents, and the Commissioner of Education07/01/1921 - 07/01/2001Accredited


Liaison Committee on Medical Education

Medicine (MED) - Programs leading to the M.D. degree

07/01/1942 Accredited
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics

Didactic Program in Dietetics

12/01/1970 Accredited
American Bar Association, Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar

Law (LAW) - Professional schools

07/01/1923 Accredited
American Veterinary Medical Association, Council on Education

Veterinary Medicine (VET) - Programs leading to a D.V.M. or D.M.V. degree

07/01/1976 Accredited
Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education

Health Services Administration (HSA) - Graduate programs in health services administration

07/01/1968 Accredited


Illegal weapons possession100
Drug law violations4120 7
Liquor law violations2084
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls 2009 2010 2011
Illegal weapons possession 000
Drug law violations 945
Liquor law violations 423
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus 2009 2010 2011
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter 000
Negligent manslaughter 000
Sex offenses - Forcible 837
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only) 000
Robbery 010
Aggravated assault 110
Burglary 181313
Motor vehicle theft 020
Arson 142
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls 2009 2010 2011
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter 000
Negligent manslaughter 000
Sex offenses - Forcible 737
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only) 000
Robbery 000
Aggravated assault 010
Burglary 988
Motor vehicle theft 000
Arson 142
• (!) Residence Halls are a subset of On-Campus statistics
• The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
• These data do not include incidents that: (a) took place off campus on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the Campus; (b) took place on a noncampus building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) incidents at buildings/property owned or controlled by an institution but is not contiguous to the institution. For further information, see


Default Rate1.6%
Number in default42
Number in repayment2,545

• For further information on default rates please visit the Cohort Default Rate Home Page. This school's six-digit OPE ID is 00271100

Aid Programs

• Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL)

• Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)


Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.

PROGRAMBachelor's degree Master's degree Doctor's degree - research/scholarship Doctor's degree - professional practice Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences Colleges
Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations0----
Agricultural Animal Breeding-00--
Agricultural Business and Management, General0----
Agricultural Economics151310--
Agricultural and Horticultural Plant Breeding-84--
Agriculture, General40---
Agronomy and Crop Science023--
Animal Sciences, General1186--
Food Science1185--
Horticultural Science-00--
International Agriculture16---
Ornamental Horticulture-911--
Plant Sciences, General700--
Viticulture and Enology3----
Category total5096439--
Architecture and Related Services Colleges
Architectural History and Criticism, General131--
Architecture and Related Services, Other-2---
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning32396--
Environmental Design/Architecture255---
Landscape Architecture169---
Category total1501227--
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender and Group Studies Colleges
African-American/Black Studies49---
American/United States Studies/Civilization5----
Asian Studies/Civilization1150--
East Asian Studies0-0--
Gay/Lesbian Studies3----
German Studies232--
Near and Middle Eastern Studies310--
Category total83182--
Biological And Biomedical Sciences Colleges
Animal Genetics-26--
Animal Physiology-03--
Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other2----
Biology/Biological Sciences, General32----
Botany/Plant Biology-09--
Computational Biology--3--
Environmental Toxicology-03--
Evolutionary Biology-01--
Medical Microbiology and Bacteriology-00--
Microbiology, General--5--
Molecular Biology-06--
Neurobiology and Behavior--3--
Plant Pathology/Phytopathology-22--
Zoology/Animal Biology-02--
Category total473970--
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services Colleges
Business Administration and Management, General-5017--
Hotel/Motel Administration/Management244750--
Labor and Industrial Relations250666-0
Real Estate-24---
Category total49466613-0
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs Colleges
Communication, General34---
Speech Communication and Rhetoric114--
Category total8154--
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services Colleges
Computer Science815213--
Computer and Information Sciences, General11----
Information Technology110--
Category total9915313--
Education Colleges
Agricultural Teacher Education4----
Biology Teacher Education-3---
Chemistry Teacher Education-1---
Education, General0135--
Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education-0---
Mathematics Teacher Education-0---
Physics Teacher Education-1---
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education-0---
Category total10185--
Engineering Colleges
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering-264--
Agricultural Engineering92147--
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering-7710--
Chemical Engineering715010--
Civil Engineering, General724911--
Electrical and Electronics Engineering011022--
Engineering Mechanics-36--
Engineering Physics/Applied Physics1226--
Engineering, General16----
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering0----
Materials Engineering251912--
Mechanical Engineering1286015--
Nuclear Engineering--0--
Operations Research2958--
Systems Engineering-56---
Category total651581111--
Engineering Technology and Engineering-Related Fields Colleges
Engineering/Industrial Management-37---
Category total-37---
English Language and Literature Letters Colleges
Creative Writing-9---
English Language and Literature, General7912--
Category total611812--
Family and Consumer Sciences Human Sciences Colleges
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General0----
Housing and Human Environments, General-60--
Human Development and Family Studies, General9660--
Category total96120--
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Colleges
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General203--
Comparative Literature022--
East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General-22--
French Language and Literature7----
German Language and Literature100--
Italian Language and Literature1----
Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General-115--
Russian Language and Literature2----
Spanish Language and Literature10----
Category total641914--
Health Professions and Related Programs Colleges
Health/Health Care Administration/Management-26---
Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies0----
Veterinary Medicine---87-
Veterinary Sciences/Veterinary Clinical Sciences, General-18--
Category total027887-
History Colleges
History and Philosophy of Science and Technology-00--
History, General1766--
Category total6166--
Legal Professions and Studies Colleges
American/U.S. Law/Legal Studies/Jurisprudence-802--
Category total-802200-
Liberal Arts and Sciences Studies and Humanities Colleges
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies1----
Category total15----
Mathematics and Statistics Colleges
Applied Mathematics, General-95--
Mathematics, General21612--
Statistics, General1354--
Category total545021--
Multi Interdisciplinary Studies Colleges
Historic Preservation and Conservation-2---
Medieval and Renaissance Studies-22--
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other1----
Nutrition Sciences1011--
Science, Technology and Society142--
Category total89815--
Natural Resources and Conservation Colleges
Natural Resource Economics-00--
Natural Resources/Conservation, General666--
Category total7466--
Personal and Culinary Services Colleges
Institutional Food Workers0----
Category total0----
Philosophy and Religious Studies Colleges
Religion/Religious Studies0-0--
Category total2069--
Physical Sciences Colleges
Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General903--
Chemistry, General153229--
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other3----
Geology/Earth Science, General034--
Physics, General122624--
Category total1096765--
Psychology Colleges
Developmental and Child Psychology-16--
Psychology, General1603--
Category total8019--
Public Administration and Social Service Professions Colleges
Community Organization and Advocacy091--
Public Administration-110---
Public Policy Analysis, General7000--
Category total701191--
Social Sciences Colleges
Development Economics and International Development-7---
Economics, General301312--
Political Science and Government, General29911--
Social Sciences, Other035--
Category total4495450--
Visual and Performing Arts Colleges
Art History, Criticism and Conservation225--
Dance, General0----
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General123--
Fashion/Apparel Design-11--
Fiber, Textile and Weaving Arts2330--
Film/Cinema/Video Studies2----
Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other0----
Fine/Studio Arts, General257---
Music Theory and Composition-00--
Music, General413--
Musicology and Ethnomusicology-11--
Category total981713--
Grand total34921634952870