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Cornell University Data & Information Overview

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

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

Cornell University was awarded 236 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 also holds the #1 spot on the Best Colleges in New York ranking.

See all of the rankings for Cornell University.

Is It Hard to Get Into Cornell?

Acceptance Rate

Even if you have the best grades and high test scores, that may not be enough to get into Cornell since the school has one of the most selective in the country. Its acceptance rate is a mere 13%, so there's no shame if you don't get in. Be sure to apply to other schools just in case.

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

At Cornell, the student to faculty ratio is an excellent 9 to 1. That's much better than the national average of 15 to 1. This indicates that many classes will probably be small, and students will have ample opportunites to work closely with their professors and classmates.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

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 15,182 undergraduates at Cornell with 15,175 being full-time and 7 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

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Cornell, approximately 32% of students took out student loans averaging $7,448 a year. That adds up to $29,792 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?

Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from Cornell with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $77,200 in their early years. 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

Located in Ithaca, New York, Cornell University is a private not-for-profit institution. 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 109 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 options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

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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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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