Cornell University

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Cornell University, located in Ithaca, New York, is a privately endowed research university and an Ivy League School. Established in 1865 by founders Ezra Cornell and Andrew Dickson White, Cornell University is a partner of the State university of New York and a federal land-grant institution of New York State and holds the responsibility to contribute back to the community. Named the #6 most Green Campus by the Princeton Review, Cornell’s engineering graduate programs rank in the top 10 in the United States and the school has been named the 11th best university in the world. Cornell holds a number of “first” titles – it was the first university in the world to award a degree in journalism; first in the nation to grant degrees in veterinary medicine; offered the first doctorates in electrical and industrial engineering; and was the first United States university to offer a major in American studies.

Academic Programs

Cornell is made up of fourteen colleges and schools, all of which are autonomous in their programs, admissions, faculty and support. Colleges and schools include the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences; College of Architecture, Art, and Planning; College of Arts and Sciences; College of Engineering; School of Hotel Administration; College of Human Ecology; School of Industrial and Labor Relations; Cornell Tech (in New York City); Graduate School; Cornell Law School; Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management; College of Veterinary Medicine; Weill Cornell Medical School (New York City); Weille Cornell Medical (Doha, Quatar); Weille Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences (New York City); and the School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions.

Approximately 4,000 courses are offered across 100 academic departments, and the school boasts nearly 100 majors, over 85 minors, and 100+ graduate fields of study. As a land-grant institution, public service holds a significant role in Cornell Academics, providing students with an understanding of how ideas work in the real world while helping to enrich the community around them.

Student Life

Cornell’s total enrollment figure is over 21,000 – approximately 14,000 are undergraduate students. Over 1,000 student-lead clubs and organizations exist on campus, creating a community for every interest. Characterized as a vibrant, diverse and inclusive college town, a myriad of events take place across the campus all through the year including festivals, volunteer programs, and nightlife, as well as Cornell traditions of Dragon Day, Chimes Concerts, and the Homecoming football game.

Cornell offers a variety of residency options for students; first-year undergrads live with classmates on the North Campus. Upper-level students have a variety of housing options to choose from including residencies on the West Campus, fraternity or sorority, co-op, or on the North Campus themed residence halls, as well as off-campus apartments and rental homes in the College town or greater Ithaca area. Family-friendly apartments, shared apartments, and cooperative housing options are available for graduate and professional students. Cornell dining has been ranked as the top 10 in university dining experiences across the country. The university offers approximately 30 dining facilities that include everything from a la carte to all-you-can-eat options, a vegetarian café to a kosher dining hall.

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