Cornell University

Ithaca, New York, United States

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Cornell University Brief background & Overview

Cornell University started in 1865, is a private research university that was established with the aim of imparting education and making contributions in all fields of knowledge. It has established itself as an Ivy League institution and is considered one of the best universities in the world. The university is generally classified into seven undergraduate colleges, seven graduate divisions, and two medical colleges.


Founders Ezra Cornell & Andrew Dickson White
University Motto I would found an institution where any person can find instruction in any study
University City Ithaca, New York, United States
University Type Private Statutory Research University
Endowment $10 Billion
Faculty to Student Ratio 1:9
Acceptance Rate 10.7%
Graduation Rate 94.5%
Employment Rate 87%
Campus Size 4,800 acres (19 km2)
Official Website Link Cornell University
Phone Number (607) 254-4636


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The University offers various degrees through schools such as:

  • list items The Law School
  • list items The Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management
  • list items The College of Engineering
  • list items The Weill Cornell Medical College
  • The University was ranked 14 by QS World University Rankings and 16th by U.S. News & World Report National Universities ranking in 2019. The University had a 10.3% rate of acceptance for Freshmen for Fall 2018.

    Its College of Engineering offers undergraduate and graduate programs in

  • list items Applied and Engineering Physics
  • list items Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
  • list items Computer Science
  • list items Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • list items Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • And others. 


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    Cornell University ranking is #18 in the QS Global World Ranking 2021. It testifies how excellent this university is and what stature it holds among the study abroad aspirants around the globe. US News has ranked this university as #18 among the national universities in its Best College Rankings 2021. Also, The Times Higher Education ranks Cornell University as #19 in its World University Rankings 2021.


    Acceptance Rate

    Cornell University acceptance rate is around 10%. It shows that it's very hard to get into this university. It is one of the most competitive schools in the world. 
    The average SAT score required to get admission into Cornell University is 680-750 in reading and writing, while 710-790 in Math. The average GRE scores required to get into the university are 149-153 in Verbal and 161-165 in Quant.



    Cornell campus spread over 2300 acres, is a sight to behold. The campus comprises various laboratories, academic buildings, administrative buildings, athletic facilities, museums, and auditoriums. The campus is broadly divided into Central, North, and West Campus. The campus also has state-of-the-art lecture halls, research centers, the 11th largest academic library system in the country, a number of restaurants, bars, and cafes. 


    Residing Options

    Cornell University provides on-campus accommodation to its students and has various dormitories, apartments, cooperative houses, and Greek residences.

    However, most graduate students prefer staying on the campus and stay in areas such as:

  • list items Collegetown Plaza
  • list items Ravenwood Apartments
  • list items Gun Hill Residences
  • list items Eddygate Park Apartments
  • and others. 


    Faculty and pedagogy

    Being one of the finest Universities in the country, it is no wonder then that Cornell University has some of the best professors in tfhe country. Quite a number of their teachers are Nobel laureates, Marshall Scholars, and Rhodes Scholars. 



    Cornell University fees for Indian students is around $30,000 annually. The average off-campus living cost is around $6,000.


    Financial aid

    As mentioned above, Cornell University is a private University and thus there are very few scholarships available. However, there are plenty of on-campus or off-campus jobs. Cornell students can also apply for Research Assistantship or Teaching Assistantship. 



    Jobs and placements

    The university was ranked 36th in the US in terms of salaries offered for different programs. 45% of the Alumni say their job makes the world a better place. Girls earn between $46,238 - $102,764, and boys make $55,032 - $124,809.

    The top recruiters include:

  • list items Cornell University
  • list items International Business Machines (IBM) Corp - $67,163 - $126,902
  • list items Lockheed Martin Corp - $60,921 - $108,004
  • list items J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC) - $66,081 - $130,056
  • list items Google, Inc. -$78,000 - $132,665
  • Popular job profiles and the average salaries are:

  • list items Software Engineer -$102,561
  • list items Project Manager, (Unspecified Type / General)- $82,600
  • list items Data Scientist - $105,246
  • list items Veterinarian - $80,408
  • list items Data Analyst - $62,304
  • list items Senior Software Engineer - $125,164
  • list items Master of Science (MS) earn between $54,157 - $123,876
  • list items Master of Engineering (MEng / ME) makes between $64,221 - $110,835
  • list items The average salary of Master of Professional Studies (MPS) is $78,967
  • Cornell University was reported 51st in the US for the Return on Investment (ROI) with 20 Year Net ROI = $646,000 and Annual ROI = 6.5 %. 1395 found the jobs after passing out from Cornell extremely satisfying and rated 4 out of 5.


    Notable Alumni

  • list items Ratan Naval Tata, Indian industrialist, philanthropist, and a former chairman of Tata Sons. He was the chairman of Tata Group
  • list items Carl Bass, Former CEO and president of Autodesk (2006–2017)
  • list items Al Bernardin, Creator of the McDonald's Quarter Pounder, former vice president of Product Development for McDonald's
  • list items Jeffrey Bleustein, Chairman and former CEO of Harley Davidson
  • list items Heather Cho, Former VP of Korean Air, fired after Nut Rage incident
  • list items Alonzo G. Decker, Jr, Former president, CEO and chairman of the board of Black & Decker
  • list items Eric Daniels, Former CEO of Lloyds Banking Group
  • list items Deena Varshavskaya, Founder and CEO of Wanelo
  • Being one of the finest Universities in the country, the university has a long list of famous alumni. The list of Cornell University notable alumni include Chief Technical Officer of Cisco Systems   Padmasree Warrior, Co-founder, and Chairman of Qualcomm Irwin M. Jacobs, and Inventor of Air-Conditioning Willis Carrier. 

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    After all that we have said, is there anything more left to say? Well, Cornell University is right there at the top and if you have got an acceptance from the University, you better not reject it – unless you have somewhere better to go! 


    Cornell University Location

    Cornell University runs at multiple locations with the main campus at Ithaca, at the heart of New York’s lake region. Cornell University has a traditional college campus with eateries, residence halls, academic and research buildings, and a library. The natural ambiance with nearby lakes, natural waterfalls, and gardens makes your visit and stay at the university pleasant and memorable.

    The campus can be reached using the street address of Day Hall at 144 East Avenue, Ithaca, NY 14853. If you are driving to the campus, you can use the details on the website’s road closures page for assistance.

    Some of the nearest airports to the university are:

  • list items Syracuse Hancock International Airport (61miles)
  • list items Greater Rochester International Airport (94 miles)
  • list items Buffalo Niagara International Airport (146 miles)
  • and so on.

    Cornell University Map Location

    Ithaca, NY 14850, United States