Cornell University

Ithaca, New York
4-year Private university


Cornell University is a private institution established in 1865 with a rural setting located at Ithaca. It is ranked 12 in National Universities in the 2024 edition of Best Colleges. Its tuition and fees are $ 66,014. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 15,735. It practices a semester-based academic calendar. First-year students live together on the north campus, and the university has housing options for upperclassmen and graduate students, though many choose to live off campus. Cornell has a thriving Greek life, with more than 60 fraternity and sorority chapters. Cornell’s two largest undergraduate colleges are the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

#12 in National Universities
Location Ithaca, New York
Type 4-year Private
Year Founded 1865
Selectivity Very High
Size Large
15,735 Undergraduates


Student-Faculty Ratio
Most Popular Major

Majors Available

  • Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, And Related Sciences
  • Architecture And Related Services
  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, And Group Studies
  • Biological And Biomedical Sciences
  • Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services
  • Communication, Journalism, And Related Programs
  • Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • English Language And Literature/Letters
  • Family And Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences
  • Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics
  • History
  • Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanities
  • Mathematics And Statistics
  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Natural Resources And Conservation
  • Personal And Culinary Services
  • Philosophy And Religious Studies
  • Physical Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Public Administration And Social Service Professions
  • Social Sciences
  • Visual And Performing Arts


Cost of Attendance
Average Student Contribution
Instate Tution Fee $66,014
Outstate Tuition Fee $66,014
Room and Board Fees $18,554
$66,972 Median Salary After 2 years of Graduation


7% (Very High Selectivity) Acceptance Rate
Admission Difficulty: Most Difficult
$80 Application Fee
Application Fee Waiver Available
-- Average High School GPA

Application Requirements

SAT/ACT Not Required
SAT/ACT Writing (essay) Not Required
SAT Subject Test Required
Essay or Personal Statement Required
SAT Score Range
Middle 50% (25% - 75%) scores range
ACT Score Range
Middle 50% (25% - 75%) scores range

How to Apply?

Accepts CommonApp
Other Applications Accepted Universal College Application

For International Students

100 Minimum TOEFL Score
TOEFL Requirement: Required
IELTS, DET Other English Language Tests Accepted
(in lieu of TOEFL)
TOEFL Waived if

English is an official language of the apllicant's country

Deadlines for Fall Intake Applications
Early Decision Deadline
Regular Decision Deadline
Transfer Applications
Transfer Applications Deadline
For Financial Aid
Financial Aid Priority Application Deadline
Financial Aid Application Deadline

Scholarships and Financial Aid

$59,644 Average Financial Aid
Need-based Aid available for International Students

Need-based Aid

$52,413 Average Need-based Aid
Cost of Attendance for out-of-state students: $83,296
49% Students with need received Financial Aid
100% Students had their need fully met
Deadline for need-based financial application February 15
Forms to be submitted CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE, FAFSA, Institution's own financial aid form

Merit Scholarships

Not Available

Other Scholarships

Tata Scholarship
Total Worth --
Details For students from India. To receive the undergraduate scholarship, a recipient must:

1. be a citizen of India and have attended secondary school in India;
2. be offered admission to Cornell as an undergraduate student;
3. be eligible for need-based financial aid.
Preference will be given to qualified students accepted to the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning; the College of Engineering; the Applied Economics and Management major in the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business; and majors across colleges in the biological sciences, physical sciences, and other “hard” sciences, as well as the social sciences.


15,735 Total Undergraduate Enrollment
School Size: Large
97% Freshmen return to Sophomore Year
89% Students graduate within 6 years