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Cornell University

Ithaca, New York

About Cornell University

Founded in 1865, Cornell University is a private Ivy League university with a mission to “discover, preserve, and disseminate knowledge”. The main campus is on East Hill in Ithaca, New York, overlooking the city and Cayuga Lake. It spreads over 2,300 acres and comprises laboratories, administrative buildings, and almost all the campus' academic buildings, athletic facilities, auditoriums, and museums.

A Brief History
A brief history

Cornell was founded in 1865 by a New York State Senate bill that named the university as the state's land grant institution. Senator Ezra Cornell offered his Ithaca farm as a site for the university.

General info
General information

Cornell is home to eight undergraduate colleges and schools that offer more than 4,000 courses across 100 academic departments. Their faculty include Nobel Laureates and Pulitzer Prize winners.


Acceptance Rate

1440 - 1550

Average SAT Score

31 - 34

Average ACT Score

3.5 - 4.0

GPA Aim (top of class)
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Quick facts about Cornell

  • Undergrad degree: 4 year liberal arts
  • Public or Private: Private
  • Setting: Rural
  • Residential Status: Primarily on campus
  • Number of Undergraduates: 6,755 (approx)
  • Number of Freshman: 3,200 (approx)
  • Acceptance Rate: 8.5% (approx)
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$60,000 USD

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How hard is it to get into Cornell?

While not as competitive as some of the other Ivy League universities, Cornell is still very hard to get into with an acceptance rate of approximately 10%.

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Notable alumni

Cornell University has long been a hub for Nobel Laureates, politicians, scientists, famous actors, musicians and more. Nobel Prize winning cytogeneticist Barbara McClintock earned a Ph.D. in Botany at Cornell while alum Toni Morrison went on to win the Nobel Prize in Literature. Other alumni include former NASA astronaut, Mae Carol Jemison, Supreme Court Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg who attained her undergraduate degree at Cornell and Emmy Award winning actor Jimmy Smits.

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