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Want the scoop on Cornell University? We've put together a comprehensive report on the school that covers what majors Cornell offers, how the school ranks, how diverse it is, and much more. Want to dig deeper into a particular stat? Just click on its tile and you'll be taked to a more in-depth page on the figure. In addition, you can use the links below to quickly jump to any section on this page.

How Well Is Cornell University Ranked?

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2021 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

Cornell University was awarded 254 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is agricultural economics and business.

Overall Quality

Cornell landed the #17 spot in College Factual's 2021 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 1,715 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This puts it in the top 1% of all schools in the nation!

Cornell is also ranked #1 out of 132 schools in New York.

See all of the rankings for Cornell University.

Is It Hard to Get Into Cornell?

Acceptance Rate

Cornell University has a very low acceptance rate of 13%, making it one of the most selective out of all the colleges and universities in the nation. It's probably a good idea to apply to other schools in addition to Cornell just in case you don't make the cut.

Average Test Scores

About 64% of students accepted to Cornell submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 690 and 760. Math scores were between 700 and 790.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Cornell University  ( 690 to 760 )

SAT Math Scores for Cornell University  ( 700 to 790 )
Cornell received ACT scores from 56% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 31 and 34.

ACT Composite Scores for Cornell University  ( 31 to 34 )

Learn more about Cornell University admissions.

Cornell University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used to measure the number of teaching resources that a college or university offers its students. The national average for this metric is 15 to 1, but at Cornell it is much better at 9 to 1. That's good news for students who want to interact more on a personal level with their teachers.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Cornell University is 90%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  90 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Cornell University

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 97% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like Cornell University enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  97 out of 100

Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At Cornell the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 86%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  86 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Cornell University.

Excellent Overall Diversity at Cornell

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 14,907 undergraduates at Cornell with 14,898 being full-time and 9 being part-time.

Cornell Diversity Score

College Factual computes an overall diversity score for each college and university that takes gender, ethnicity, geographic location, and age into account. Schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest, and those that cater to just one or two student groups are ranked the lowest.

With an overall score of 99.43 out of 100, Cornell is one of the most diverse schools in the nation.

Overall Diversity Score  99.43 out of 100
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How Much Does Cornell University Cost?

The overall average net price of Cornell is $30,494. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Cornell

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$6,048 $6,918 $13,653 $22,588 $47,089

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Cornell, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Cornell, approximately 30% of students took out student loans averaging $8,107 a year. That adds up to $32,428 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Cornell is 1.0%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do Cornell Graduates Make?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from Cornell make around $77,200 per year during the early years of their employment. That's great news for Cornell students since it is 94% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


See which majors at Cornell University make the most money.

Location of Cornell University

Cornell University is a private not-for-profit institution located in Ithaca, New York. The city atmosphere of Ithaca makes it a great place for students who enjoy having lots of educational and entertainment options.

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Location of Cornell University

Contact details for Cornell are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 300 Day Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853
Phone: 607-255-2000

Cornell University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 110 majors graduated from Cornell University. Of these students, 4,145 received undergraduate degrees and 3,600 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Computer Science 372 $116,300
Hospitality Management 292 $57,900
General Biology 282 $32,800
Human Resource Management 281 $66,700
Biological & Biomedical Sciences (Other) 211 $36,200
Agricultural Economics & Business 190 $73,300
Economics 187 $67,500
Computer Information Systems 157 $79,600
Mechanical Engineering 139 $72,700
Political Science & Government 123 $45,100

Learn more about the majors offered at Cornell University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Cornell

Online learning is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

In 2017-2018, 513 students took at least one online class at Cornell University. This is a decrease from the 543 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 513 204
2016-2017 543 169
2015-2016 466 36
2014-2015 469 0
2013-2014 65 0

Learn more about online learning at Cornell University.

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