Cornell university  ithaca  new york   united states
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Brief background: 

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. The University offers various degrees through schools such as the Law School, the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management, the College of Engineering, and 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 Applied and Engineering Physics, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and others. 


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 Collegetown Plaza, Ravenwood Apartments, Gun Hill Residences, 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 the 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 Cornell University; International Business Machines (IBM) Corp - $67,163 - $126,902; Lockheed Martin Corp - $60,921 - $108,004; J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC) - $66,081 - $130,056; Google, Inc. -$78,000 - $132,665. Popular job profiles and the average salaries are Software Engineer -$102,561; Project Manager, (Unspecified Type / General)- $82,600; Data Scientist - $105,246; Veterinarian - $80,408; Data Analyst - $62,304; Senior Software Engineer - $125,164. Master of Science (MS) earn between $54,157 - $123,876 and Master of Engineering (MEng / ME) makes between $64,221 - $110,835. 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.


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. 


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

Acceptance Rate for Indians 48%
STEM Masters Awarded to International Students 547
STEM Doctorates Awarded to International Students 85
TA Appointments 258
RA appointments 442
Research funding $123,161,918
Source : GyanDhan's analysis & partner data as of year 2018

Aerospace and Mechanical

The Aerospace Department of Cornell University operates under the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace engineering. The programs strike a proper balance between the basic and applied aspects of aerospace science and technology and assist students to find their niche in research, industrial development, and government agencies. The mechanical division at Cornell Engineering is one of the top ten departments for mechanical engineering in the United States. The department offers both undergraduate and graduate programs with classroom training and experience in research methodology and prepares students for superior performance in the industry, government sector, and academia. Prominent study and research fields include energy and thermal systems engineering, biomechanics, fluid dynamics, and granular flow, engineering materials and mechanics of solids, aerospace engineering, applied and computational mathematics, and dynamics, nonlinear systems, and controls.
The department offers BS in Mechanical, MS (Thesis/non-thesis) and MEng (Professional) in Mechanical Engineering and Aerospace Engineering.

Areas of Expertise: Dynamics, Nonlinear Systems, and Controls; Engineering Materials and Mechanics of Solids; Aerospace Engineering; Applied and Computational-Mathematics; Fluid Dynamics and Granular Flows; Biomechanics; Energy and Thermal Systems Engineering

Chemical and Biomolecular

The chemical engineering department of Cornell University runs independently as the Smith School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. The school opens the gateway to a wide range of opportunities and plays a significant role in solving present-day societal issues. Both undergraduate and graduate programs are offered by the department. It covers domains like complex fluid and polymers, Nanoscale electronics, photonics and materials processing, computational and system biology, and biomolecular engineering. Students, especially in the field of sustainable energy systems, also take advantage of a large number of interdisciplinary laboratories and research centers within the university campus including the Cornell Energy Systems Institute (CESI) which is dedicated to developing smart energy systems with low carbon footprints which are safe for the society.

Areas of Expertise: Computational and Systems Biology; Nanoscale Electronics, Photonics and Materials Processing; Sustainable Energy Systems; Complex Fluids and Polymers; Biomolecular Engineering
List of labs: Cornell Energy Institute

Civil and Environmental

The school of Civil and Environmental Engineering is known for constantly exploring and contributing to the fields of civil infrastructure, environment, and Engineering systems and management. Along with the academics, the department has an incredible depth of knowledge with 14 majors and 20 minors on the offer. Students can work in transportation systems engineering, computational solid mechanics, system engineering and engineering management, and structural engineering/engineering materials. Cross-disciplinary research and innovation in the spheres like environmental processes, geotechnical and lifeline engineering, environmental fluid mechanics and hydrology, and environmental and water resources systems is a particular strength of the department which opens up opportunities for rewarding careers for the students. The transportation infrastructure research consortium and collaboration with the Multidisciplinary Center for Earthquake Engineering (MCEER) are the additional benefits for the aspiring candidates who will be admitted into the department.


The undergraduate and graduate programs cover the fields applied climatology and forecasting, geophysics and upper atmospheric physics, igneous and metamorphic petrology, isotopes and rare-earth element geochemistry, and water resources systems and ocean science. The Department of Environmental and Biological Engineering of the university also offers M.S (Thesis/non-thesis) and M.Eng (Professional) programs which focus on fields like biogeochemistry, water, and wastewater treatment, transport of contaminants, environmental fluid mechanics and hydrology.  Students also get the opportunity to work on projects with eminent institutes like the New York State water resource institute. The programs offered by the department are B.S, M.S (Thesis/non-thesis), M.Eng (Professional), and  Ph.D. degree programs in Civil Engineering and Environmental Engineering.

Areas of Expertise: Sustainable Engineering; Biological Engineering; Structural Engineering/Engineering Materials; Renewable Energy; Computational Solid Mechanics; Industrial Biotechnology; Food and Bioprocess Engineering; Transportation Systems Engineering; Environmental Engineering; Environmental & Water Resources Systems; Environmental Fluid Mechanics & Hydrology; Geotechnical & Lifeline Engineering; Systems Engineering & Engineering Management; Environmental Processes

List of labs: Transportation Infrastructure Research Consortium; MCEER; The New York State Water Resources Institute

Computer Science

The Computer Science department is one of the oldest departments of Cornell Engineering. The department offers B.S., M.S, MEng (Professional) and Ph.D. degree programs in Computer Science. These courses include established domains like programming languages, computer graphics, and vision, Theory of computation and algorithm, system engineering, system architecture, system modeling and analysis, and systems (networking, databases, and distribution) with a focus on their latest trends. Students also get to contribute to and build their careers in the most recently and rapidly growing domains like machine learning, natural language processing, artificial intelligence, and robotics. An inclusive approach brings different fields together like biological, social statistics, mathematical, and engineering statistics, system engineering and system engineering management, systems applications, and econometrics thus helping the students to stand out in the market crowd. The department of computer science also jointly works with the Center of Advanced Computing, the Institute for Computational Sustainability, Intelligent Information Systems Institute, and Jacobs Technion, which are in-house sites for research.

Areas of Expertise: Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Robotics, and Natural Language Processing; Computer Graphics and Vision; Theory of Computation and Algorithms; Scientific Computing; Systems Architecture, Behavior and Optimization; Systems Modeling and Analysis; Systems (Networking, Databases and Distributed Systems); Systems Engineering; Systems Engineering Management; Systems and Technology Integration; Programming Languages; Systems Applications
List of labs: Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute; Cornell University Center for Advanced Computing; Intelligent Information Systems Institute; Program of Computer Graphics; Institute for Computational Sustainability

Electrical and Computer Engineering

The study at the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), Cornell University, takes place in subjects ranging from nanoscale integrated electronics to terrestrial scale power grids, from single transistor device to billion node networks, from microscopic ICs and biological systems to large scale energy generator, and from maker movements to theoretical quantum mechanics. Both B.S. and M.Eng (Project) programs are offered by the department. ECE department also includes a number of centers and labs to support research and innovation.

Areas of Expertise: Information, Networks, and Communication Systems; Circuits, Devices, MEMS, and Photonics; Energy and Power Systems; Computing Systems; Space Engineering and Plasma Physics; Bio-Electrical Engineering; Circuits, Device

Engineering Management

The Engineering Management program of the Cornell University caters to students who want to focus on managerial roles while being in the technological environment. The engineering management division offers a Master of Engineering (MEng) degree which can be completed in 2 semesters through a thorough and exhaustive study. Students can also choose to complete the course in 3 semesters in case they need to include an internship or extra electives or need time to adjust with the study. College of Engineering and Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University, together offer a dual degree program with the help of which students can obtain M.Eng. and MBA degrees in 5 semesters. The focus study areas include applied probability, dynamic programming, statistics, financial engineering, manufacturing and service system logistics, game theory, discrete event simulation, and combinational, linear and non-linear optimization. Engineering management students are also benefited by the on-campus recruitments which see the participation of top companies across the world looking for talent in fields like production management, finance, entrepreneurship, engineering leadership, data analytics, and real estate management.

Materials Science

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) is a global leader in producing and cultivating materials scientists and engineers of the new generation. With a flexible curriculum for the undergraduate program and an emphasis on strong collaborative and interdisciplinary research culture for the graduate program, MSE has become one of the top educators in materials science. The importance is given to the key areas of energy production and storage, biomaterials and systems, electronics and photonics, and green technologies, which have been chosen by the department after brainstorming and analyzing the current trends in the sphere of material science and engineering. Cornell University also has centers for material research and nanomaterials engineering and technology which facilitate and promote groundbreaking research in the branches of science related to materials. The department offers BS, MS, MEng in the Materials Science and Engineering

Areas of Expertise: Energy Production and Storage; Electronics and Photonics; Green Technologies; Biomaterials and Systems
List of labs: Platform for the Accelerated Realization, Analysis, and Discovery of Interface Materials; Center for Nanomaterials Engineering and Technology; Cornell Center for Materials Research

Pure Science

B.S. degrees in physics, mathematics, biology, and chemistry are offered by the respective departments. After exploring the detailed sub-streams in these domains, students can choose expertise from areas: biological physics and biotechnology, energy resources and technology, plasma physics, nanobiotechnology, nanotechnology, laser physics and technology, photonics and applications, electron, ion, X-ray, and scanned probe, quantum optics, and material physics and solid-state devices. The Laboratory of Plasma Studies is a benchmark establishment to facilitate students' research in the field of plasma. Other programs offered in Pure Sciences are Applied Physics (M.S.); Applied Mathematics (M.S.).

Areas of Expertise: Biological Physics and Biotechnology; Econometrics; Photonics and Applications; Engineering Statistics; Mathematical Statistics; Biological Statistics; Nanotechnology; Energy, Resources and Technologies; Dynamical Systems; Optimization; Mathematical Biology; Quantum Optics; Mathematical Physics; Plasma Physics; Nanobiotechnology; Probability; Social Statistics; Electron, Ion, Xray, and scanned probe; Mathematical Finance; Laser physics and technology; Probability Theory; Computational Fluid Dynamics; Materials Physics and Solid State Devices
List of labs: Laboratory of Plasma Studies

Annual fees for Indians $30,000
Annual off-campus living $6,000
Source : GyanDhan's analysis & university's website as of year 2018

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