Cornell University

1,701 reviews
  1. Ithaca, NY
  2. 4 Year
A+
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Value
    A+
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    A
  5. Athletics
    B-
  6. Party Scene
    A
  7. Professors
    A
  8. Location
    B+
  9. Dorms
    B-
  10. Campus Food
    A+
  11. Student Life
    A+
  12. Safety
    B-
Cornell University is ...
Private not-for-profit
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AA
Athletic Conference
Ivy Group
Address
300 Day Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853

Cornell University Rankings

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Admissions

Acceptance Rate
14%
SAT Range
1330-1510
ACT Range
30-34
Application Fee
$80
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Application Website

Cost

Net Price
$28,537/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $11,665/ year
  • $30-48k
    $10,440/ year
  • $49-75k
    $18,560/ year
  • $76-110k
    $26,486/ year
  • $110k+
    $44,820/ year

Academics

Professors
A
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
9:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
87%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.89 responses
66%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.95 responses
36%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.94 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
14,269Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
1%
Pell Grant
15%
Varsity Athletes
8%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 46 responses
Report
  • Smart, hard working, and stressed
    59%
  • Work hard, play hard
    22%
  • Stressed
    9%
  • Egotistical assholes
    4%
  • Busy
    2%
  • Intelligent, but self absorbed
    2%
  • Smart & stressed
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
62%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.118 responses
Poll
71%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.136 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 46 responses
Report
  • Any person, any study
    63%
  • Endless possibilities
    13%
  • Work hard, play hard
    11%
  • Bureaucratic and frustrating!
    7%
  • Work hard, play later
    7%

After Cornell University

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$70,900/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
93%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
92%
National
83%
83%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.40 responses

Reviews

1,701 reviews
  • Excellent
    319
  • Very Good
    638
  • Average
    581
  • Poor
    104
  • Terrible
    47
My experience at Cornell had been a whirlwind of endless opportunities. It has absolutely had it's ups and downs, with times where the stress and fast pace of classes seems to be unbearable, but usually when that happens a break was right around the corner and there was time to catch up. All the students at this school, from the engineers to the Hotelies, are used to being the top of their class in high school. It takes some getting used to learn that not everyone can be the best at this university. That being said, Cornell can offer you the change to truly impact the world in whatever field you pursue. Your plant science degree with lead to cutting edge research, your business major with give you connections others need years to build and your engineering degree will give you your choice of career straight out of college. But that diploma does not come easy, you will have to work relentlessly for four years to earn it (five years if you're studying architecture!). Looking back to choosing this university my senior year of high school, I wouldn't change a thing. My experience has been far from perfect: I've experienced failure just like the rest of my peers. I'm not, however, the same person I was in high school and this is a good thing. Cornell has changed me for the better and I highly recommend you let it do the same to you!
  • College Junior
  • 2 months ago
I made a lot of friends. I was able to get help when I needed it; I had some very caring TAs. The scenery is beautiful, and there is a lot of nature to look at. The food was relatively good, and the ice cream was amazing. Expect to walk a lot. Some negatives include the high cost of attending, the lack of adequate housing beyond the first year, and the rural setting. Large lecture halls and the large class size may make some students feel insignificant.
  • College Sophomore
  • 2 months ago
The good thing is, if you go to Cornell and do well and CHOOSE A FOCUS, and then follow that up with lots of career event attendance and a polished resume, you will get a great job. That is the main reason why anyone should be going (applying to those who do not plan to go into academia). The people are generally quite rich, snobby, and a bit egotistical, or generally un-fun without the use of alcohol, which I find very disappointing. It can be a depressing, and very judgment-heavy place. If you go to Cornell, don't expect to have all that much fun (though you will at least be having some, of course). You go for the job and life opportunities. Period. Unless you grew up particularly privileged, well off, or connected, going to Cornell will absolutely change your entire life, so unless you got into another ivy, just go if you have the privilege of being accepted. It is an almost guaranteed gateway into the 1% if you do things right and work your ass off.
  • College Senior
  • 2 months ago