Why Diversity Matters
Diversity can be somewhat of buzzword among both college admissions officers and students. What does it mean to you?
Broadly speaking, diversity is the word we use to describe a mixture of people and ideas, and the traditions, belief cultures and systems that come with them.
With all of this in mind, what does 'diversity in college' mean?
Students who express that diversity in college is important to them are looking for institutions to provide a variety of curricular and non-curricular opportunities to learn from and learn with people of different ethnicities, races, ages, abilities, sexual identities, religions, and classes.
In order to achieve the most benefit from a diverse campus, seek out institutions that are not only promoting diversity by actively recruiting students and hiring faculty from minority groups, but are also promoting an environment where there is meaningful interaction between different groups.
Learn About Diversity at Cornell, and how it is Similar to Other Schools in the U.S..
This School has Superb Diversity Overall
We combine elements of ethnic, geographic, gender and age diversity to create a total diversity grade for every school.
Quite diverse across all factors, Cornell University is ranked #16 nationwide.
High Ethnic Diversity
Many young people value the ability to meet and learn from different racial and ethnic groups, which is more likely to happen at a diverse school such as this one.
Cornell University is ranked #206 in ethnic diversity nationwide with a student body composition that is far above the national average.
Explore Ethnic Diversity at Cornell
If available, the chart below explores ethnic diversity among the undergraduate students at Cornell.
Cornell boasts excellent ethnic diversity.
If available, the chart below will display ethnic diversity among the faculty at Cornell.
The faculty's ethnic diversity is on par with the national average.
Good Balance of Male and Female Students
If you feel more comfortable on a campus with a nice mix of males and females, this may be the school for you.
At Cornell University, the male to female student ratio is far above the national average of about 40:60 with a student body that is equally balanced.
This university is ranked at #209 in male to female diversity nationwide. The undergraduate population is comprised of 6,935 males and 7,380 females.
Explore Male/Female Diversity at Cornell
If available, the chart below includes the male to female ratio among Cornell's undergraduate students.
The male to female ratio at Cornell is excellent.
If available, the chart below includes the male to female ratio among Cornell's faculty.
The ratio of male to female faculty at Cornell is excellent.
Meet Students From All 50 States: Excellent Geographic Diversity
Looking to attend a school where you can meet students from all over the U.S. and the world?
We've calculated the geographic diversity of each school by looking at where matriculated undergraduates lived before they came to this school.
About 34.2% of the students attending Cornell University come from within New York. This puts Cornell's level of geographic diversity well above the national average and gives it a national geographic diversity ranking of #82.
Research Nationwide Geographic Diversity
The undergraduate student body is split among 50 states (may include Washington D.C.), as shown in the chart below.
Presence of International Students at Cornell
There is a relatively large community of about 4,650 international students at Cornell University representing at least 50 countries. For more complete information, see the Cornell International Student Page.
What is the Age Range of the Students?
Would you prefer a school where the student body represents a blend of different ages and generations, or would you prefer a school where most students are the same age as you?
Traditionally, undergraduate students range in age from 18 to 22. At Cornell University, 59.9% of students are in the age 18 to 22 bracket, compared to the national average of 60%. We rank Cornell #2,141 in the nation for student age diversity.
Cornell Age Diversity Chart
The chart below displays the age range of the undergraduate student body at Cornell.
Questions About Diversity
- How is Cornell doing at attracting and supporting students from all income levels?
Schools with otherwise excellent ethnic and location diversity still may not be diverse when it comes to other factors, such as financial backgrounds. Get a better idea of how Cornell supports low-income students by visiting the Financial Aid Page.
- How important is diversity to Cornell?
Contact the school to find out what they are doing to stimulate diversity, and what student clubs, groups and associations are available that encourage varied perspectives on campus.