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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:  21,679 (14,282 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  9 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
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 2014Full timePart time
Total faculty2,776296
Research and public service986105
Total graduate assistants-2,563
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 year2011-20122012-20132013-20142014-2015% change 2013-2014 to 2014-2015
Tuition and fees$41,541$43,413$45,358$47,2864.3%
Books and supplies$800$820$850$8702.4%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$13,154$13,678$13,680$13,6800.0%
Off Campus
Room and board$13,154$13,678$13,678$13,6800.0%
Off Campus with Family
Total Expenses2011-20122012-20132013-20142014-2015% change 2013-2014 to 2014-2015
On Campus$57,125$59,591$61,618$63,6063.2%
Off Campus$57,125$59,591$61,616$63,6063.2%
Off Campus with Family$43,971$45,913$47,938$49,9264.1%
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2014-2015
  • Tuition reported is for the private sector. Please visit for information on cost of attendance by private or public and degree objective.
Alternative Tuition Plans
  • No alternative tuition plans are offered by this institution.
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2013-2014
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 aid11,93760%————
Grant or scholarship aid1,62350%$53,663,657$33,064
Federal grants48515%$3,002,426$6,191
Pell grants48215%$2,087,707$4,331
Other federal grants33510%$914,719$2,731
State/local government grant or scholarships44214%$1,110,470$2,512
Institutional grants or scholarships1,51547%$49,550,761$32,707
Student loan aid1,00131%$7,313,631$7,306
Federal student loans93429%$4,335,282$4,642
Other student loans2919%$2,978,349$10,235
  • 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 aid18,05256%$260,996,946$32,414
Pell grants2,34616%$10,020,127$4,271
Federal student loans4,46731%$22,627,788$5,066
  • 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$23,684$25,652$28,537
  • Interpret data with caution. New York state residents attending one of the three Cornell undergraduate colleges affiliated with the State University of New York pay a separate reduced tuition rate. This is not reflected in net price calculations.
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2011-20122012-20132013-2014
$0 – $30,000$9,980$9,149$11,665
$30,001 – $48,000$9,219$10,539$10,440
$48,001 – $75,000$13,355$16,830$18,560
$75,001 – $110,000$21,891$24,153$26,486
$110,001 and more$39,073$41,691$44,820
  • 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.
  • Interpret data with caution. New York state residents attending one of the three Cornell undergraduate colleges affiliated with the State University of New York pay a separate reduced tuition rate. This is not reflected in net price calculations.
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Fall 2014
Total enrollment21,679
Undergraduate enrollment14,282
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment554
Graduate enrollment7,397
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: 17%
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: 9%
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: 31%
Out-of-state: 59%
Foreign countries: 9%
Unknown: 2%
  • Age data are reported for Fall 2013.
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates.
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: -1%
Enrolled in some distance education: 1%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 99%
Undergraduate application fee (2014-2015): $75
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2014
Number of applicants43,03723,09419,943
Percent admitted14%12%16%
Percent admitted who enrolled53%55%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 2014 (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 Reading650740
SAT Math680770
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 2013 and Returned in Fall 2014
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 2014.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2008
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 2006]
4-year: 87%
6-year: 93%
8-year: 94%
[Began in Fall 2008]
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 2006 or Fall 2008
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: 94%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2008 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: 91%
Asian: 96%
Black or African American: 88%
Hispanic/Latino: 88%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 100%
White: 94%
Two or more races: 97%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 94%
Non-resident alien: 87%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2008 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2013-2014
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.
  • d identifies programs and award levels that are offered as a distance education program. For program category totals, d is shown if one or more programs in the category are offered as a distance education program.
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences
Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations0--
Agricultural and Horticultural Plant Breeding-32
Agricultural Animal Breeding-00
Agricultural Business and Management, General0--
Agricultural Economics223146
Agriculture, General740-
Agronomy and Crop Science030
Animal Sciences, General11016
Food Science382010
Horticultural Science-00
International Agriculture1114-
Ornamental Horticulture-82
Plant Sciences, General2200
Viticulture and Enology4--
Category total4826326
Architecture and Related Services
Architectural History and Criticism, General122
Architecture and Related Services, Other-0-
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning33355
Environmental Design/Architecture223-
Landscape Architecture1423-
Category total1281097
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender and Group Studies
African-American/Black Studies20-
American/United States Studies/Civilization13--
Asian Studies/Civilization1060
East Asian Studies0-0
Gay/Lesbian Studies5--
German Studies244
Near and Middle Eastern Studies911
Category total41115
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Animal Genetics-010
Animal Physiology-12
Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other135--
Biology/Biological Sciences, General329--
Botany/Plant Biology-15
Computational Biology--1
Environmental Toxicology-11
Evolutionary Biology-10
Medical Microbiology and Bacteriology-00
Microbiology, General-16
Molecular Biology-111
Neurobiology and Behavior-03
Plant Pathology/Phytopathology-08
Zoology/Animal Biology-01
Category total4861480
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Business Administration and Management, General-553d6
Hotel/Motel Administration/Management255830
Labor and Industrial Relations2358310
Real Estate-23-
Category total490742d16
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Communication, General67104
Speech Communication and Rhetoric000
Category total67104
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer and Information Sciences, General10--
Computer Science11614411
Information Technology25191
Category total15116312
Agricultural Teacher Education4--
Biology Teacher Education-2-
Chemistry Teacher Education-0-
Earth Science Teacher Education-1-
Education, General0105
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 total4145
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering-182
Agricultural Engineering78249
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering-8012
Chemical Engineering826410
Civil Engineering, General45477
Electrical and Electronics Engineering6211227
Engineering Mechanics-04
Engineering Physics/Applied Physics25169
Engineering, General29--
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering26--
Materials Engineering29269
Mechanical Engineering1487721
Nuclear Engineering--0
Operations Research107859
Systems Engineering-35d-
Category total631584d119
Engineering Technology and Engineering-Related Fields
Engineering/Industrial Management-29-
Category total-29-
English Language and Literature/Letters
Creative Writing-8-
English Language and Literature, General56910
Category total561710
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General0--
Housing and Human Environments, General-90
Human Development and Family Studies, General8742
Category total87132
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General202
Comparative Literature945
East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General-24
French Language and Literature1--
German Language and Literature100
Italian Language and Literature2--
Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General-911
Russian Language and Literature0--
Spanish Language and Literature15--
Category total412026
Health Professions and Related Programs
Health/Health Care Administration/Management-28-
Veterinary Medicine--85
Veterinary Sciences/Veterinary Clinical Sciences, General-38
Category total-3193
History and Philosophy of Science and Technology-00
History, General4986
Category total4986
Legal Professions and Studies
American/U.S. Law/Legal Studies/Jurisprudence-863
Category total-86194
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies4--
Category total4--
Mathematics and Statistics
Applied Mathematics, General-99
Mathematics, General37610
Statistics, General2543
Category total396922
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Historic Preservation and Conservation-6-
Medieval and Renaissance Studies-41
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other34--
Nutrition Sciences6337
Science, Technology and Society333
Category total1001611
Natural Resources and Conservation
Natural Resource Economics-00
Natural Resources/Conservation, General80144
Category total80144
Personal and Culinary Services
Institutional Food Workers0--
Category total0--
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Religion/Religious Studies2-0
Category total1093
Physical Sciences
Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General721
Chemistry, General322334
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other12--
Geology/Earth Science, General043
Physics, General343926
Category total857071
Developmental and Child Psychology-65
Psychology, General7954
Category total79119
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Community Organization and Advocacy022
Public Administration-132-
Public Policy Analysis, General5300
Category total531342
Social Sciences
Development Economics and International Development-11-
Economics, General1732314
Political Science and Government, General1001910
Social Sciences, Other034
Category total3357145
Visual and Performing Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation700
Dance, General0--
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General721
Fashion/Apparel Design-00
Fiber, Textile and Weaving Arts2412
Film/Cinema/Video Studies4--
Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other0--
Fine/Studio Arts, General186-
Music Theory and Composition-00
Music, General753
Musicology and Ethnomusicology-63
Visual and Performing Arts, Other5--
Category total72209
Grand total3,5702,328781
Services and Programs for Servicemembers and Veterans
Yellow Ribbon Program (officially known as Post-9/11 GI Bill, Yellow Ribbon Program)
Educational Benefits, 2013-2014
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: 63
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: 53
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: 0
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: 4
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: $28,592
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: $14,540
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: $1,981
Tuition policies specifically for Veterans and Servicemembers
2013-2014 Varsity Athletes
NCAA Division I-AA MenWomen
All Track Combined169221
Field Hockey20
Ice Hockey2721
Swimming and Diving3331
Other Sports7728
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
2013 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201120122013
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations728
Liquor law violations432
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls !201120122013
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations520
Liquor law violations320
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201120122013
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible7911
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)010
Aggravated assault002
Motor vehicle theft000
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls !201120122013
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible7811
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)010
Aggravated assault001
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 Year201220112010
Default rate1.0%1.5%2.2%
Number in default284359
Number in repayment2,7932,7512,566
  • These default rates apply to all locations of this institution.
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)
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