Cornell University, Ithaca, USA

Ithaca, USA

  • 1865

  • 22.0%

    International Students
  • 19

    No. of Programs
  • 14

    QS World University Rankings
  • NO

  • Yes

    Hostel Accomodation


History, Affiliations & Rankings

Founded in 1865 by Ezra Cornell and Andrew Dickson White, Cornell University is a private and statutory Ivy League research university in Ithaca, New York. Cornell developed as a technologically innovative institution, applying its research to its campus and outreach efforts. For example, in 1883 it was one of the first university campuses to use electricity from a water-powered dynamo to light the grounds. Cornell university is academically affiliated with the Association of American Universities (AAU), the State University of New York, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) and the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU). It has been ranked #17 in National Universities, #3 in Best Colleges for Veterans, #19 in Most Innovative Schools and #224 in Top Performers on Social Mobility by the US News 2020 edition. 

Infrastructure, Campus & Courses

The main campus includes 608 buildings covering around 2300 acres of land, in the heart of New York State's Finger Lakes region. Ithaca, a historic and beautiful city, is voted as one of the top 100 places to live and the best green place to live. Since the university was founded, it has expanded to about 2,300 acres (9.3 km2), encompassing both the hill and much of the surrounding areas. Cornell offers over 80 majors and 100 fields of graduate study, with opportunities for further exploration in 18 minors. The most popular majors at Cornell University include Engineering, Business, Related Support Services, Management, Marketing, Biological, and Biomedical Sciences. Cornell students have the highest acceptance rates among those applying to top medical and law schools in the country. 

Accomplishments & Alumni

The University awarded the world's first degree in journalism, the first degree in veterinary medicine, and the first doctorates in electrical and industrial engineering in the USA. Cornell University has a strong alumni network of more than 250,000 alumni around the globe. Cornell faculty, students and alumni network consists of 47 Nobel laureates, 520 Fulbright Scholars, 62 Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad fellows, 33 Rhodes Scholars, 25 Truman Scholars, 21 Churchill Scholars, 68 Goldwater Scholars, 36 Udall Scholars, 33 Marshall Scholars and 13 Gates Scholars. Notable alumni include Ratan Tata, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Barbara McClintock, Toni Morrison, Freeman Dyson and so on.

Student Diversity & Visiting Companies

In 2018, a total of 23,500+ students enrolled at the main campus from across 50 states from the US and 116 various countries. One of the highlighting facts about Cornell University is that the student body at the Ithaca campus consists of 23% international students. Around 8,000 interviews are conducted through Career Services on an annual basis. In 2016-17, nearly 390 employers like Walmart, Apple, Amazon, UnitedHealth Group, CVS Health, General Motors, etc. conducted on-campus interviews and 1,080 unique employers hired graduates from the class of 2017.

Covid-19 Response

As of June 7, 2021, 83% of Cornell's on-campus population has been fully vaccinated. Cornell faculty, students and staff and tirelessly working towards addressing the Covid-19 pandemic in the best possible ways and returning to normal eventually. The latest updates (as of June 2021) have been mentioned below:

  • Cornell has announced that all vaccines approved by U.S. Food and Drug Administration, WHO and European Medical Association will be approved. 

  • The vaccine requirement is a must for all students returning to Geneva, Ithaca and Cornell Tech campuses, which goes into effect from Fall 2021.

  • Cornell campuses will operate in the Fall under conditions which will ensure herd immunity.

  • Classes normally taught in person will return to the same mode, without any routinely scheduled online classes.

  • However, plans for the Fall have been divided on the basis of immunity: Herd immunity, high levels of immunity and lower levels of immunity.

  • Study Away courses for fall 2021 will depend on the availability of online course. International students should, therefore, try to return to campus.

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