Cornell University

Cornell University Veteran Services & Resources

Is Cornell University a Good School for Veterans?

If you're a veteran who is thinking about going back to school, it's important to see how well the school treats its students with prior military service first. That's why we've put together this report that gives you the facts about Cornell University veteran students. If you're looking for information related to military tuition assistance such as the GI Bill® or Yellow Ribbon Program, go to the following page: Cornell University G.I. Bill Information

Our Veterans Report on Cornell Includes:

How Does Cornell Rank for Veterans?

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College Factual publishes its Best Schools for Veterans ranking on an annual basis. This list identifies colleges and universities that support veterans as they pursue their education.

The 2022 edition of this list ranked Cornell University at #25. This puts Cornell in the top 5% of the 2,459 schools on this list for providing vets with an excellent educational experience. The school also ranked #2 in our Best for Vets in New York ranking.

We also release our rankings by degree level so vets can see which schools are the best for the level of degree they want to pursue. Below you'll find how Cornell did in those rankings.

Ranking Name Rank
Best Bachelor’s Degree Colleges for Veterans 29
Best Master’s Degree Colleges for Veterans 19
Best Doctor’s Degree Colleges for Veterans 29

You can also see how specific majors at Cornell fared when compared to the same major at other schools. The table below shows those majors which received the highest rankings for vets. Click here to see a full list of majors. From here, you can dive down into different types of rankings once you select a major.

Ranking Name Rank
Best Engineering & Applied Physics Master’s Degree Colleges for Veterans 1
Best Horticulture Master’s Degree Colleges for Veterans 1
Best Housing Master’s Degree Colleges for Veterans 1
Best Industrial Production Technology Doctor’s Degree Colleges for Veterans 1
Best Ornamental Horticulture Master’s Degree Colleges for Veterans 1
Best Animal Genetics Colleges for Veterans 1
Best Developmental & Child Psychology Doctor’s Degree Colleges for Veterans 1
Best Human Resource Management Doctor’s Degree Colleges for Veterans 1
Best Developmental & Child Psychology Master’s Degree Colleges for Veterans 1
Best Animal Genetics Doctor’s Degree Colleges for Veterans 1

How Many Veterans Go to Cornell?

A large number of veterans attending a college means the college and faculty are more used to supporting and accommodating the needs of those with prior military experience.

According to the VA, there are 2 G.I. Bill® students at Cornell. Since the total enrollment at the school is 23,620, approximately 0.01% of the students at Cornell are utilizing the GI Bill® to help pay for their education. For context, let's take this into consideration. According to the Student Veterans of America, approximately three to four per cent of American college students are veterans.

Note, this figure includes all chapters of the GI Bill® program (e.g., Post-9/11, Montgomery GI Bill, Reserve Education Assistance Program, and Veteran Readiness and Employment). It does not include any active-duty military personnel that are attending this college via Tuition Assistance, so the total military population is potentially larger than this.

Federal Veteran Programs at Cornell

Cornell University participates in the following federal programs for vets.

Federal Program Participation
Principles of Excellence Yes
DOD Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Yes

What does this mean to me? Below you can view the specific commitments this school has made by participating in individual programs.

Career and Vocational Support
Accommodate Military Service Members and Reservists absent due to service requirements.
Align institutional refund policies with those under Title IV, which governs the administration of federal student financial aid programs.
Regionally or Nationally Accredited - view all accreditations
Provide information that increases accountability and transparency.
Participate in the Military Voluntary Education Review (MVER)
Benefits Support
Ensure accreditation of all new programs prior to enrolling students.
Will not use fraudulent or aggressive recruiting techniques and misrepresentations.
Provide students with a personalized form covering the total cost of an education program.
Counseling Support
Designate a point of contact to provide academic and financial advice.
Provide educational plans for all military and veteran education beneficiaries.
Referrals to community organizations as needed.

Does Cornell Give Credit for Military Training?

Implied No Credit for Life Experience
NO Credit for Military Training
At this time, Cornell does not offer college credit for life experience.

Unfortunately, Cornell does not offer credit for military training.

Cornell Reserve Officer Training Corp (ROTC)

Yes Air Force ROTC
Yes Army ROTC
Yes Navy ROTC
Cornell does offer Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) programs for the following military branches:

  • Air Force
  • Army
  • Navy

Complaints to the VA About Cornell

Our data shows that this school has not received any complaints at the VA.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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