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IPEDS ID: 190415
OPE ID: 00271100
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Cornell University
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
Campus setting:  City: Small
Campus housing:  Yes
Student population:  21,593 (14,393 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  12 to 1
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
3% or less
Special Learning Opportunities
ROTC (Army, Navy, Air Force)
Distance education opportunities - undergraduate level
Distance education opportunities - graduate level
Study abroad
Student Services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
Credit Accepted
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty and graduate assistants by primary function, Fall 2013Full timePart time
Total faculty2,742295
Research and public service997101
Total graduate assistants-2,576
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Estimated expenses for academic year2010-20112011-20122012-20132013-2014% change 2012-2013 to 2013-2014
Tuition and fees$39,666$41,541$43,413$45,3584.5%
Books and supplies$780$800$820$8503.7%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$12,650$13,154$13,678$13,6800.0%
Off Campus
Room and board$12,650$13,154$13,678$13,6780.0%
Off Campus with Family
Total Expenses2010-20112011-20122012-20132013-2014% change 2012-2013 to 2013-2014
On Campus$54,676$57,125$59,591$61,6183.4%
Off Campus$54,676$57,125$59,591$61,6163.4%
Off Campus with Family$42,026$43,971$45,913$47,9384.4%
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2013-2014
Alternative Tuition Plans
  • No alternative tuition plans are offered by this institution.
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2012-2013
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Any student financial aid12,06864%————
Grant or scholarship aid1,72754%$58,584,732$33,923
Federal grants48315%$3,014,819$6,242
Pell grants47315%$2,004,381$4,238
Other federal grants37312%$1,010,438$2,709
State/local government grant or scholarships45814%$1,156,797$2,526
Institutional grants or scholarships1,62350%$54,413,116$33,526
Student loan aid94629%$5,875,765$6,211
Federal student loans88928%$3,822,962$4,300
Other student loans2036%$2,052,803$10,112
  • 1 Includes students receiving Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid18,28058%$265,481,095$32,063
Pell grants2,33316%$9,678,852$4,149
Federal student loans4,49832%$22,267,950$4,951
  • 1 Grant or scholarship aid includes aid received, from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.

  • For more information on Student Financial Assistance Programs or to apply for financial aid via the web, visit Federal Student Aid.
Average Net Price for Full-Time Beginning Students
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
Average net price$24,249$23,684$25,652
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2010-20112011-20122012-2013
$0 – $30,000$8,244$9,980$9,149
$30,001 – $48,000$9,277$9,219$10,539
$48,001 – $75,000$13,513$13,355$16,830
$75,001 – $110,000$22,439$21,891$24,153
$110,001 and more$39,459$39,073$41,691
  • 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, 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.
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Fall 2013
Total enrollment21,593
Undergraduate enrollment14,393
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment542
Graduate enrollment7,200
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 100%
Part-time: 0%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 49%
Female: 51%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 16%
Black or African American: 6%
Hispanic/Latino: 11%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 42%
Two or more races: 4%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 10%
Non-resident alien: 10%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 99%
25 and over: 1%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 29%
Out-of-state: 60%
Foreign countries: 9%
Unknown: 1%
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates, Fall 2012.
Graduate Attendance Status
Graduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 99%
Part-time: 1%
Undergraduate Distance Education StatusGraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 0%
Enrolled in some distance education: 0%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 100%Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 0%
Enrolled in some distance education: 1%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 99%
Undergraduate application fee (2013-2014): $75
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2013
Number of applicants39,99921,57718,422
Percent admitted16%14%17%
Percent admitted who enrolled52%52%51%
Admissions ConsiderationsRequiredRecommended
Secondary school GPAX
Secondary school rankX
Secondary school recordX
Completion of college-preparatory programX
Formal demonstration of competenciesX
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT)X
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign language)X
Test Scores: Fall 2013 (enrolled first-time students)
Students submitting scoresNumberPercent
Test Scores25th Percentile*75th Percentile**
*  25% of students scored at or below
** 25% of students scored above
  • Data apply to first-time degree/certificate-seeking students.
  • Institutions are asked to report test scores only if they are required for admission.
SAT Critical Reading640740
SAT Math680780
SAT Writing650750
ACT Composite3034
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
Student retention:
Full-time students: 97%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2012 and Returned in Fall 2013
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, 84 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2013.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 93%
(*) Transfer-out rate:
Percentage of Full-time, First-Time Students Who Graduated or Transferred Out Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
  • (*) Not all institutions report transfer-out rates.
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rates

Bachelor’s degree graduation rates measure the percentage of entering students beginning their studies full-time and are planning to get a bachelor’s degree and who complete their degree program within a specified amount of time.

Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Bachelor's degree rate:
[Began in Fall 2005]
4-year: 87%
6-year: 93%
8-year: 94%
[Began in Fall 2007]
4-year: 87%
6-year: 93%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time and Began in Fall 2005 or Fall 2007
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
Male: 92%
Female: 95%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 79%
Asian: 95%
Black or African American: 85%
Hispanic/Latino: 89%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 100%
White: 95%
Two or more races: 97%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 93%
Non-resident alien: 88%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2012-2013
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramBachelorMasterDoctor
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences
Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations0--
Agricultural and Horticultural Plant Breeding-36
Agricultural Animal Breeding-00
Agricultural Business and Management, General0--
Agricultural Economics194127
Agriculture, General680-
Agronomy and Crop Science023
Animal Sciences, General9711
Food Science282512
Horticultural Science-10
International Agriculture118-
Ornamental Horticulture-121
Plant Sciences, General2500
Viticulture and Enology9--
Category total4326430
Architecture and Related Services
Architectural History and Criticism, General120
Architecture and Related Services, Other-0-
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning23423
Environmental Design/Architecture246-
Landscape Architecture2025-
Category total1291203
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender and Group Studies
African-American/Black Studies24-
American/United States Studies/Civilization13--
Asian Studies/Civilization2750
East Asian Studies0-0
Gay/Lesbian Studies2--
German Studies131
Near and Middle Eastern Studies800
Category total53121
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Animal Genetics-112
Animal Physiology-05
Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other135--
Biology/Biological Sciences, General302--
Botany/Plant Biology-02
Computational Biology--0
Environmental Toxicology-02
Evolutionary Biology-02
Medical Microbiology and Bacteriology-00
Microbiology, General--8
Molecular Biology-010
Neurobiology and Behavior-13
Plant Pathology/Phytopathology-33
Zoology/Animal Biology-01
Category total465973
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Business Administration and Management, General-5178
Hotel/Motel Administration/Management248682
Labor and Industrial Relations240694
Real Estate-25-
Category total48867914
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Communication, General7372
Speech Communication and Rhetoric000
Category total7372
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer and Information Sciences, General15--
Computer Science10312313
Information Technology26181
Category total14414114
Agricultural Teacher Education7--
Biology Teacher Education-5-
Chemistry Teacher Education-1-
Education, General0114
Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education-0-
Mathematics Teacher Education-0-
Physics Teacher Education-0-
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education-0-
Category total7174
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering-154
Agricultural Engineering78277
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering-10012
Chemical Engineering98526
Civil Engineering, General456210
Electrical and Electronics Engineering6912925
Engineering Mechanics-07
Engineering Physics/Applied Physics282516
Engineering, General20--
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering26--
Materials Engineering42179
Mechanical Engineering119918
Nuclear Engineering--0
Operations Research83937
Systems Engineering-68-
Category total608679111
Engineering Technology and Engineering-Related Fields
Engineering/Industrial Management-32-
Category total-32-
English Language and Literature/Letters
Creative Writing-8-
English Language and Literature, General681016
Category total681816
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General0--
Housing and Human Environments, General-70
Human Development and Family Studies, General8712
Category total8782
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General623
Comparative Literature826
East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General-12
French Language and Literature7--
German Language and Literature100
Italian Language and Literature0--
Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General-106
Russian Language and Literature0--
Spanish Language and Literature3--
Category total352519
Health Professions and Related Programs
Health/Health Care Administration/Management-23-
Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies0--
Veterinary Medicine--89
Veterinary Sciences/Veterinary Clinical Sciences, General-212
Category total025101
History and Philosophy of Science and Technology-00
History, General56511
Category total56511
Legal Professions and Studies
American/U.S. Law/Legal Studies/Jurisprudence-872
Category total-87194
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies10--
Category total10--
Mathematics and Statistics
Applied Mathematics, General-25
Mathematics, General361212
Statistics, General4547
Category total406824
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Historic Preservation and Conservation-5-
Medieval and Renaissance Studies-31
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other42--
Nutrition Sciences6319
Science, Technology and Society222
Category total1071112
Natural Resources and Conservation
Natural Resource Economics-00
Natural Resources/Conservation, General6488
Category total6488
Personal and Culinary Services
Institutional Food Workers0--
Category total0--
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Religion/Religious Studies2-0
Category total2368
Physical Sciences
Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General520
Chemistry, General423624
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other18--
Geology/Earth Science, General062
Physics, General282631
Category total947559
Developmental and Child Psychology-41
Psychology, General8208
Category total8249
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Community Organization and Advocacy032
Public Administration-118-
Public Policy Analysis, General5100
Category total511212
Social Sciences
Development Economics and International Development-5-
Economics, General1941524
Political Science and Government, General9664
Social Sciences, Other054
Category total3744743
Visual and Performing Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation1126
Dance, General0--
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General520
Fashion/Apparel Design-11
Fiber, Textile and Weaving Arts1961
Film/Cinema/Video Studies12--
Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other0--
Fine/Studio Arts, General338-
Music Theory and Composition-00
Music, General802
Musicology and Ethnomusicology-21
Category total882111
Grand total3,5782,289771
2012-2013 Varsity Athletes
NCAA Division I-AA MenWomen
All Track Combined164249
Field Hockey21
Ice Hockey2721
Swimming and Diving3426
Other Sports7627
Institutional Accreditation
AgencyPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Middle States Commission on Higher Education(!)7/1/1921 -  Accredited
New York State Board of Regents, and the Commissioner of Education(!)7/1/1921 - 7/1/2001Resigned
Specialized Accreditation
Agency / ProgramPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
Didactic Program in Dietetics12/1/1970 -  Accredited
Dietetics (DIETI) - Dietetic Internship7/1/1995 -  Accredited
American Bar Association, Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar
Law (LAW) - Professional schools(!)7/1/1923 -  Accredited
American Veterinary Medical Association, Council on Education
Veterinary Medicine (VET) - Programs leading to a D.V.M. or D.M.V. degree7/1/1976 -  Accredited
Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education
Health Services Administration (HSA) - Graduate programs in health services administration(!)7/1/1968 -  Accredited
  • (!) Estimated date
2012 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201020112012
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations2072
Liquor law violations843
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls !201020112012
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations452
Liquor law violations232
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201020112012
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible379
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)001
Aggravated assault100
Motor vehicle theft200
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls !201020112012
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible378
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)001
Aggravated assault100
Motor vehicle theft000
  • (!) 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
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year201120102009
Default rate1.5%2.2%1.6%
Number in default435942
Number in repayment2,7512,5662,545
  • These default rates apply to all locations of this institution.
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)
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