Cornell University


Highest Degree Offered: Doctoral

College Type: Private

Campus Type:

Academic Calendar: Semester

State: New York


Along with its excellent faculty and facilities, Cornell University boasts a beautiful location in the Finger Lakes region of central New York. The huge hillside campus overlooks Lake Cayuga and is crisscrossed by deep gorges and bridges. Cornell is unique among the Ivy League universities in that its agricultural program is part of the state school system. Cornell is well known for its schools of engineering and hotel management. Its strengths in research and instruction have earned it membership in the Association of American Universities, and Cornell can also boast of a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.
Explore campus in this Cornell University photo tour.

Most Popular Majors

Agricultural Business, Animal Science, Biology, Economics, Hotel Management, Human Development, Industrial and Labor Relations, Mechanical Engineering, Political Science

Student/Faculty Numbers

Total Students: 20273
Total Grad Students: 6338
Undergraduate Students: 13935
Faculty: 2800

Total Student/Faculty Ratio: 7:1
Undergraduate Student/Faculty Ratio: 5:1

Percent Male: 50%
Percent Female: 50%

Financial Resources


Alumni Giving Rate: %

Graduation and Retention Information

Four-Year Graduation Rate: 86%

Six-Year Graduation Rate: 93%

Transfer-Out Rate

Graduation and Retention Data From: Spring 2010

Contact Information


Ithaca New York 14853


Main Email:

Main Phone: 607-255-5200

Additional Campuses:
College of Architecture, Art & Planning
129 Sibley Dome
Ithaca, NY 14853

College of Arts & Sciences
147 Goldwin Smith Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853

College of Engineering
Cornell University, Carpenter Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853-2201

School of Hotel Administration
146 Statler Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853-6902

Admissions Contact:
Undergraduate Admissions
(607) 255-5241

Transfer Services Contact:

International Admissions Contact:
Undergraduate Admissions
(607) 255-5241

Athletics Contact:
Andy Noel
The Meakem*Smith Director of Athletics and Physical Education, Athletics & Physical Education
(607) 255-8832

Applying to Transfer

Transfer Agreements:

Common App Used? Yes

High School Transcript Required? Yes

Minimum GPA for Applying:
Minimum GPA requirements for transfer credit vary by department/school.

Minimum Grades for Transfer:
Unless the course is not equivalent to a Cornell course or you have received less than a "C" grade ("C-" in the School of Industrial and Labor Relations), you may assume that credits will be transferred.

Credits (Min/Max):
The minimum number of credit to apply as a transfer student is 12. The maximum credit hours for transfer is between 45 - 60, dependent on department/school.

Test Scores for Applying:
If you have previously taken the SAT or ACT, you should have an official score report sent to Cornell by the testing agency. It is not necessary to take the SAT or ACT if you have not previously done so.

Letters of Recommendation Required:
Cornell requires a College Instructor Evaluation, as well as a College's Official Report that has been completed by a registrar, faculty advisor or other college official with access to your records.

Essay(s) required:
Essays are required and have varied subjects dependent on each school.

Application Fee:
Applications must be submitted with a $75 application fee or fee waiver in order to be considered.

Other Requirements:
You must submit the Cornell Transfer Supplement to the Common Application, the required Midterm Report, a copy of your parents' previous Federal Income Tax Return and a completed CSS profile. There are other special requirements per school.

Fall Deadline:

Spring Deadline:

Summer Deadline:

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Standardized Testing

ACT 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
Composite 29 33
SAT 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
Critical Reading 630 730
Math 670 770

Standardized Testing Notes:

Transfer Statistics

Transfers Applied: 3198

Transfers Accepted: 702

Transfer Percentage Accepted: 22%

Freshmen Percentage Accepted: 18%

Difference Between Transfer and Freshmen Acceptance Rates: 4%

Admissions Data From: Fall 2010


Books: 800

Other Expenses: 1630

Room and Board: 13154

Tuition and Fees: 41541

Total Cost: 57125

Note on Costs:
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Costs Data From: 2011-12

Financial Aid

General Financial Aid Information:
If you are applying for financial aid as a transfer student to Cornell, you must complete and submit new CSS PROFILE and FAFSA forms to our financial aid office, even if you have already submitted these forms to your current institution.

CSS/Profile Used? Yes

Own Financial Aid Form? Yes

Average Amount of Aid – Grants:

Average Amount of Aid – Loans: 5431

Percent of New Students Receiving Aid: 67%

Percent of New Students Receiving Grants: 56%

Percent of New Students Receiving Loans: 32%

Financial Aid Data From: Fall 2010

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