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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:  21,904 (14,315 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  9 to 1
Net Price
Tuition Policies for Servicemembers and
Carnegie Classification
Doctoral Universities: Highest 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 2015Full timePart time
Total faculty2,774297
Research and public service972104
Total graduate assistants-2,531
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 year2012-20132013-20142014-20152015-2016% change 2014-2015 to 2015-2016
Tuition and fees$43,413$45,358$47,286$49,1163.9%
Books and supplies$820$850$870$8902.3%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$13,678$13,680$13,680$13,6780.0%
Off Campus
Room and board$13,678$13,678$13,680$13,6780.0%
Off Campus with Family
Total Expenses2012-20132013-20142014-20152015-2016% change 2014-2015 to 2015-2016
On Campus$59,591$61,618$63,606$65,4943.0%
Off Campus$59,591$61,616$63,606$65,4943.0%
Off Campus with Family$45,913$47,938$49,926$51,8163.8%
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2015-2016
Alternative Tuition Plans
  • No alternative tuition plans are offered by this institution.
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2014-2015
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 aid11,97361%————
Grant or scholarship aid1,58149%$55,241,973$34,941
Federal grants49115%$3,157,141$6,430
Pell grants48315%$2,159,726$4,471
Other federal grants36611%$997,415$2,725
State/local government grant or scholarships46414%$1,316,842$2,838
Institutional grants or scholarships1,49746%$50,767,990$33,913
Student loan aid1,00931%$7,520,220$7,453
Federal student loans94829%$4,451,743$4,696
Other student loans32510%$3,068,477$9,441
  • 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 aid17,82655%$261,197,365$33,376
Pell grants2,20715%$9,609,125$4,354
Federal student loans4,32630%$22,868,127$5,286
  • 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$25,652$28,537$28,656
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2012-20132013-20142014-2015
$0 – $30,000$9,149$11,665$12,403
$30,001 – $48,000$10,539$10,440$11,579
$48,001 – $75,000$16,830$18,560$16,877
$75,001 – $110,000$24,153$26,486$27,257
$110,001 and more$41,691$44,820$44,931
  • 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 2015
Total enrollment21,904
Undergraduate enrollment14,315
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment497
Graduate enrollment7,589
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 100%
Part-time: 0%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 48%
Female: 52%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 18%
Black or African American: 6%
Hispanic/Latino: 12%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 41%
Two or more races: 4%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 8%
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%
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates, Fall 2014.
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: 6%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 94%
Undergraduate application fee (2015-2016): $80
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2015
Number of applicants41,90022,59419,306
Percent admitted15%13%17%
Percent admitted who enrolled50%51%50%
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 2015 (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 Reading650750
SAT Math680780
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 2014 and Returned in Fall 2015
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 2015.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2009
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 2007]
4-year: 87%
6-year: 93%
8-year: 94%
[Began in Fall 2009]
4-year: 86%
6-year: 93%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time and Began in Fall 2007 or Fall 2009
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 2009 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: 70%
Asian: 95%
Black or African American: 86%
Hispanic/Latino: 91%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 100%
White: 96%
Two or more races: 91%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 91%
Non-resident alien: 91%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2009 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2014-2015
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-14
Agricultural Animal Breeding-00
Agricultural Business and Management, General0--
Agricultural Economics2462516
Agriculture, General750-
Agronomy and Crop Science003
Animal Sciences, General10217
Food Science332410
Horticultural Science-00
International Agriculture196-
Ornamental Horticulture-75
Plant Sciences, General1400
Viticulture and Enology8--
Category total4976445
Architecture and Related Services
Architectural History and Criticism, General011
Architecture and Related Services, Other-0-
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning29425
Environmental Design/Architecture191-
Landscape Architecture1027-
Category total1101176
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender and Group Studies
African-American/Black Studies35-
American/United States Studies/Civilization8--
Asian Studies/Civilization2070
East Asian Studies0-0
Gay/Lesbian Studies4--
German Studies122
Near and Middle Eastern Studies522
Category total41164
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Animal Genetics-27
Animal Physiology-02
Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other208--
Biology/Biological Sciences, General329--
Botany/Plant Biology-16
Computational Biology--4
Environmental Toxicology-02
Evolutionary Biology-12
Medical Microbiology and Bacteriology-00
Microbiology, General-06
Molecular Biology-17
Neurobiology and Behavior-01
Plant Pathology/Phytopathology-14
Zoology/Animal Biology-01
Category total5571361
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Business Administration and Management, General-618d2
Hotel/Motel Administration/Management238493
Labor and Industrial Relations264742
Real Estate-22-
Category total502763d7
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Communication, General87119
Speech Communication and Rhetoric000
Category total87119
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer and Information Sciences, General13--
Computer Science16017014
Information Technology40291
Category total21319915
Agricultural Teacher Education0--
Biology Teacher Education-0-
Chemistry Teacher Education-0-
Earth Science Teacher Education-0-
Education, General002
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 total002
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering-173
Agricultural Engineering962211
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering-9014
Chemical Engineering81778
Civil Engineering, General415017
Electrical and Electronics Engineering7812832
Engineering Mechanics-23
Engineering Physics/Applied Physics272514
Engineering, General29--
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering39--
Materials Engineering343210
Mechanical Engineering1457824
Nuclear Engineering--0
Operations Research92913
Systems Engineering-73d-
Category total662685d139
Engineering Technology and Engineering-Related Fields
Engineering/Industrial Management-23-
Category total-23-
English Language and Literature/Letters
Creative Writing-7-
English Language and Literature, General591012
Category total591712
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General0--
Housing and Human Environments, General-60
Human Development and Family Studies, General7464
Category total74124
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General822
Comparative Literature923
East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General-00
French Language and Literature4--
German Language and Literature000
Italian Language and Literature0--
Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General-44
Russian Language and Literature0--
Spanish Language and Literature5--
Category total361111
Health Professions and Related Programs
Health/Health Care Administration/Management-28-
Veterinary Medicine--95
Veterinary Sciences/Veterinary Clinical Sciences, General-22
Category total-3097
History and Philosophy of Science and Technology-00
History, General3999
Category total3999
Legal Professions and Studies
American/U.S. Law/Legal Studies/Jurisprudence-883
Category total-88186
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies7--
Category total7--
Mathematics and Statistics
Applied Mathematics, General-77
Mathematics, General371011
Statistics, General6476
Category total436424
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Historic Preservation and Conservation-6-
Medieval and Renaissance Studies-21
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other0--
Nutrition Sciences48112
Science, Technology and Society544
Category total531317
Natural Resources and Conservation
Natural Resource Economics-00
Natural Resources/Conservation, General5797
Category total5797
Personal and Culinary Services
Institutional Food Workers0--
Category total0--
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Religion/Religious Studies3-0
Category total2092
Physical Sciences
Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General720
Chemistry, General463822
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other20--
Geology/Earth Science, General037
Physics, General342619
Category total1087751
Developmental and Child Psychology-54
Psychology, General6967
Category total691111
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Community Organization and Advocacy003
Public Administration-103-
Public Policy Analysis, General4000
Category total401033
Social Sciences
Development Economics and International Development-8-
Economics, General1942112
Political Science and Government, General801210
Social Sciences, Other023
Category total3386038
Visual and Performing Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation871
Dance, General0--
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General010
Fashion/Apparel Design-40
Fiber, Textile and Weaving Arts1950
Film/Cinema/Video Studies0--
Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other0--
Fine/Studio Arts, General246-
Music Theory and Composition-00
Music, General611
Musicology and Ethnomusicology-03
Visual and Performing Arts, Other5--
Category total62245
Grand total3,6742,428765
Services and Programs for Servicemembers and Veterans
Yellow Ribbon Program (officially known as Post-9/11 GI Bill, Yellow Ribbon Program)
Tuition policies specifically for Veterans and Servicemembers
Educational Benefits, 2014-2015
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: 67
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: 63
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: 0
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: 2
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: $29,757
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: $17,122
  • (*) One or more average amounts of benefits/assistance are withheld to preserve the privacy of individuals.
Full-time students: 100%
Retention rate is the percentage of undergraduate students who began their studies in academic year 2013-14 and returned in academic year 2014-15
2014-2015 Varsity Athletes
NCAA Division I-AA MenWomen
All Track Combined178195
Field Hockey19
Ice Hockey2720
Swimming and Diving3126
Other Sports7730
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
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. degree(!)7/1/1960 -  Accredited
Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education
Health Services Administration (HSA) - Graduate programs in health services administration(!)7/1/1968 -  Accredited
Agency / Program / DepartmentPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
Dietetics (DIETI) - Dietetic Internship
Division of Nutritional Sciences
7/1/1995 -  Accredited
  • (!) Estimated date
2014 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201220132014
Illegal weapons possession003
Drug law violations2823
Liquor law violations327
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls !201220132014
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations200
Liquor law violations201
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201220132014
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible911
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)10
Statutory rape0
Aggravated assault020
Motor vehicle theft000
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls !201220132014
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible811
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)10
Statutory rape0
Aggravated assault010
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.
  • As of the 2015 data collection (2014 data onwards), statistics for Sex offenses - Forcible and Sex offenses - Non-forcible are no longer collected. Rape, Fondling, Incest and Statutory rape statistics were not collected prior to the 2015 data collection.
  • 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 Year201320122011
Default rate0.6%1.0%1.5%
Number in default192843
Number in repayment2,9162,7932,751
  • These default rates apply to all locations of this institution.
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)