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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
Postbaccalaureate certificate
Master's degree
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship
Doctor's degree - professional practice
Campus setting:  City: Small
Campus housing:  Yes
Student population:  22,319 (14,566 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  9 to 1
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 – undergraduate courses offered, programs not offered
Distance education – graduate programs offered
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 2016Full timePart time
Total faculty2,790272
Research and public service97483
Total graduate assistants-2,491
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 year2014-20152015-20162016-20172017-2018% change 2016-2017 to 2017-2018
Tuition and fees$47,286$49,116$50,953$52,8533.7%
Books and supplies$870$890$910$9302.2%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$13,680$13,678$13,900$14,3303.1%
Off Campus
Room and board$13,680$13,678$13,900$14,3002.9%
Off Campus with Family
Total Expenses2014-20152015-20162016-20172017-2018% change 2016-2017 to 2017-2018
On Campus$63,606$65,494$67,613$70,3214.0%
Off Campus$63,606$65,494$67,613$70,2914.0%
Off Campus with Family$49,926$51,816$53,713$55,9914.2%
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2017-2018
Alternative Tuition Plans
  • No alternative tuition plans are offered by this institution.
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2016-2017
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 aid11,99860%————
Grant or scholarship aid1,61649%$58,441,807$36,164
Federal grants46814%$2,918,549$6,236
Pell grants46614%$2,123,025$4,556
Other federal grants2949%$795,524$2,706
State/local government grant or scholarships45814%$1,485,445$3,243
Institutional grants or scholarships1,47645%$54,037,813$36,611
Student loan aid1,00530%$8,147,564$8,107
Federal student loans88127%$3,207,160$3,640
Other student loans67920%$4,940,404$7,276
  • 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 aid17,70753%$269,559,321$34,976
Pell grants2,26116%$9,973,639$4,411
Federal student loans4,33030%$21,675,788$5,006
  • 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$28,656$30,014$31,449
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2014-20152015-20162016-2017
$0 – $30,000$12,403$12,168$14,028
$30,001 – $48,000$11,579$12,382$10,652
$48,001 – $75,000$16,877$15,456$15,413
$75,001 – $110,000$27,257$26,312$25,404
$110,001 and more$44,931$46,652$46,544
  • 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 2016
Total enrollment22,319
Undergraduate enrollment14,566
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment585
Graduate enrollment7,753
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: 39%
Two or more races: 4%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 8%
Non-resident alien: 11%
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: 58%
Foreign countries: 11%
Unknown: 2%
  • Age data are reported for Fall 2015.
  • 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: 1%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 99%Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 0%
Enrolled in some distance education: 3%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 96%
Undergraduate application fee (2017-2018): $80
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2017
Number of applicants47,03924,86722,172
Percent admitted13%11%15%
Percent admitted who enrolled56%58%55%
Admissions ConsiderationsRequiredRecommendedConsidered but not required
Secondary school GPAX
Secondary school rankX
Secondary school recordX
Completion of college-preparatory programX
Formal demonstration of competenciesX
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT)X
Other Test (Wonderlic,WISC-III,etc)X
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign language)X
Test Scores: Fall 2017 (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 Evidence-Based Reading and Writing690760
SAT Math700790
ACT Composite3134
ACT English3235
ACT Math3035
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 2015 and Returned in Fall 2016
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, 83 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2016.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2011
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 2009]
4-year: 86%
6-year: 93%
8-year: 94%
[Began in Fall 2011]
4-year: 85%
6-year: 93%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time and Began in Fall 2009 or Fall 2011
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 2011 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: 57%
Asian: 95%
Black or African American: 90%
Hispanic/Latino: 93%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 50%
White: 94%
Two or more races: 93%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 92%
Non-resident alien: 93%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2011 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
  • Alternative measures of student success are reported by degree-granting institutions to describe the outcomes of degree/certificate-seeking undergraduate students who are not only first-time, full-time students, but also part-time attending and non-first-time (transfer-in) students. These measures provide the 6-year and 8-year award-completion rates after entering an institution. For students who did not earn any undergraduate award after 8-years of entry, the enrollment statuses are reported as either still enrolled at the institution, subsequently transferred out of the institution, or status unknown. Unlike the Graduation Rates data, all reporting institutions must report on their transfer outs regardless if the institution has a mission that provides substantial transfer preparation.
Award and enrollment rate:
Received award in 6 years: 93%
Received award in 8 years: 94%
Enrolled at same institution within 8 years: 0%
Enrolled at different institution within 8 years: 4%
Received award in 6 years: 92%
Received award in 8 years: 93%
Enrolled at same institution within 8 years: 0%
Enrolled at different institution within 8 years: 5%
Award and enrollment rate:
Received award in 6 years: 0%
Received award in 8 years: 100%
Enrolled at same institution within 8 years: 0%
Enrolled at different institution within 8 years: 0%
  • Institution did not enroll part-time, first-time entering undergraduates.
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2016-2017
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramBachelorMasterDoctorPostgraduate
  • 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-27-
Agricultural Animal Breeding-00-
Agricultural Business and Management, General0---
Agricultural Economics201558-
Agriculture, General780--
Agronomy and Crop Science093-
Animal Sciences, General9676-
Food Science29278-
Horticultural Science-00-
International Agriculture268--
Ornamental Horticulture-64-
Plant Sciences, General1500-
Viticulture and Enology7---
Category total45211436-
Architecture and Related Services
Architectural History and Criticism, General020-
Architecture and Related Services, Other-0--
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning33276-
Environmental Design/Architecture313--
Landscape Architecture1220--
Category total134986-
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender and Group Studies
African-American/Black Studies41--
American/United States Studies/Civilization8---
Asian Studies/Civilization650-
East Asian Studies0-0-
Gay/Lesbian Studies6---
German Studies123-
Near and Middle Eastern Studies620-
Category total31103-
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Animal Genetics-29-
Animal Physiology-03-
Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other177---
Biology/Biological Sciences, General292---
Botany/Plant Biology-04-
Computational Biology--7-
Environmental Toxicology-00-
Evolutionary Biology-14-
Medical Microbiology and Bacteriology-00-
Microbiology, General-23-
Molecular Biology-213-
Neurobiology and Behavior-13-
Plant Pathology/Phytopathology-25-
Zoology/Animal Biology-00-
Category total4981667-
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Business Administration and Management, General-6666-
Hotel/Motel Administration/Management251381-
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General-27d--
Labor and Industrial Relations2657810-
Real Estate-25--
Category total516834d17-
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Communication, General8555-
Speech Communication and Rhetoric000-
Category total8555-
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer and Information Sciences, General17---
Computer Science26217524-
Information Technology681312-
Category total34730626-
Agricultural Teacher Education1---
Biology Teacher Education-0--
Chemistry Teacher Education-0--
Earth Science Teacher Education-0--
Education, General000-
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 total100-
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering-152-
Agricultural Engineering76216-
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering-8516-
Chemical Engineering889718-
Civil Engineering, General40519-
Electrical and Electronics Engineering7914424-
Engineering Mechanics-03-
Engineering Physics/Applied Physics19253-
Engineering, General15---
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering30---
Materials Engineering26368-
Mechanical Engineering1347416-
Nuclear Engineering--0-
Operations Research1071095-
Systems Engineering-74d--
Category total614731d110-
Engineering Technology and Engineering-Related Fields
Engineering/Industrial Management-48--
Category total-48--
English Language and Literature/Letters
Creative Writing-8--
English Language and Literature, General48106-
Category total48186-
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences
Apparel and Textiles, General70--
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General0---
Housing and Human Environments, General-60-
Human Development and Family Studies, General7201-
Textile Science3---
Category total8261-
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General520-
Comparative Literature822-
East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General-13-
French Language and Literature6---
German Language and Literature000-
Italian Language and Literature0---
Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General-78-
Russian Language and Literature0---
Spanish Language and Literature6---
Category total371714-
Health Professions and Related Programs
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other---12d
Health/Health Care Administration/Management-27--
Veterinary Medicine--101-
Veterinary Sciences/Veterinary Clinical Sciences, General-07-
Category total-2710812d
History and Philosophy of Science and Technology-00-
History, General241110-
Category total241110-
Legal Professions and Studies
American/U.S. Law/Legal Studies/Jurisprudence-1237-
Category total-123209-
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
General Studies4---
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies0---
Category total4---
Mathematics and Statistics
Applied Mathematics, General-76-
Mathematics, General3978-
Statistics, General18576-
Category total577120-
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Historic Preservation and Conservation-8--
Medieval and Renaissance Studies-12-
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other0---
Nutrition Sciences52018-
Science, Technology and Society852-
Category total601422-
Natural Resources and Conservation
Natural Resource Economics-00-
Natural Resources/Conservation, General5979-
Category total5979-
Personal and Culinary Services
Institutional Food Workers0---
Category total0---
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Religion/Religious Studies3-0-
Category total2767-
Physical Sciences
Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General834-
Chemistry, General362719-
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other9---
Geology/Earth Science, General066-
Physics, General352223-
Category total906556-
Developmental and Child Psychology-66-
Psychology, General4982-
Category total49148-
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Community Organization and Advocacy030-
Public Administration-84--
Public Policy Analysis, General6600-
Category total66870-
Social Sciences
Development Economics and International Development-9--
Economics, General1581621-
Political Science and Government, General90515-
Social Sciences, Other031-
Category total2986255-
Visual and Performing Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation1041-
Dance, General0---
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General020-
Fashion/Apparel Design-31-
Fiber, Textile and Weaving Arts1114-
Film/Cinema/Video Studies0---
Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other0---
Fine/Studio Arts, General136--
Music Theory and Composition-00-
Music, General852-
Musicology and Ethnomusicology-61-
Visual and Performing Arts, Other13---
Category total55279-
Grand total3,6342,71780412
Services and Programs for Servicemembers and Veterans
Yellow Ribbon Program (officially known as Post-9/11 GI Bill, Yellow Ribbon Program)
Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families
Recognized student veteran organization
Member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges
Tuition policies specifically for Veterans and Servicemembers
Educational Benefits, 2016-2017
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: 68
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: 70
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: 0
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: 0
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: $33,069
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: $20,626
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
2016-2017 Varsity Athletes
NCAA Division I-FCSMenWomen
All Track Combined187240
Field Hockey21
Ice Hockey2819
Swimming and Diving2930
Other Sports7737
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 - 3/20/2018Accredited
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
2016 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201420152016
Illegal weapons possession310
Drug law violations232719
Liquor law violations7520
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls !201420152016
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations022
Liquor law violations113
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201420152016
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter001
Negligent manslaughter000
Statutory rape020
Aggravated assault006
Motor vehicle theft000
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls !201420152016
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Statutory rape010
Aggravated assault002
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 Year201420132012
Default rate0.7%0.6%1.0%
Number in default221928
Number in repayment2,8272,9162,793
  • These default rates apply to all locations of this institution.
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)