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Cornell University


Cornell University was founded in 1865 By Ezra Cornell and Andrew Dickson White. Morrill Hall was the first building constructed on the main Ithaca campus, which today includes 608 buildings on more than 2000 acres. Cornell is the federal land-grant institution of New York State, a private endowed university and a partner of the State University of New York.


Cornell is a privately endowed research university and a partner of the State University of New York. As the federal land-grant institution in New York State, we have a responsibility—unique within the Ivy League—to make contributions in all fields of knowledge in a manner that prioritizes public engagement to help improve the quality of life in our state, the nation, the world.


From the laboratory bench to the hospital bedside and from cultural evolution to concepts in sustainability, our researchers and scholars are translating discovery into meaningful, measurable impact that is changing the world for the better.

Talented researchers and top scholars know that teaching and learning are intrinsic to one another. That's why they come to Cornell. They know they can push the boundaries of discovery by engaging with students who, in turn, engage with and challenge them.


Cornell University conducts an annual survey of the postgraduate activities of our graduates. Our colleagues in the universitywide Cornell Career Services office create this report for public view. 

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Student services

The resource centers, advising units, and affinity groups that comprise the Dean of Students Office focus on identity development, student support, and advocacy, and create opportunities for students to explore the intersectionality of identity development.

As a unit in Student and Campus Life, we work to promote a cohesive campus community that brings people together across lines of difference and allows all students to benefit from the educational and cultural value of various identities.

Housing services

No matter your academic level, life experience, interests, or needs, you're sure to find the perfect place to call home at Cornell.

First-Year Undergraduate Students – housing options for current high school students, or high school graduates, entering the university as first-year students (freshmen).

Graduate & Professional Students – housing options for students and their families who are enrolled in one of Cornell's graduate or professional schools; housing options for undergraduate students with families.

Transfer Undergraduate Students – housing options for incoming undergraduate students who are transferring from other universities or colleges.

Library services

Welcome! In a time of rapid change, Cornell University Library continues to stand at the center of intellectual life on campus. With world-class collections and services — print, online, and in person — our Library serves as an indispensable partner in study, teaching and research at the university.

ICT services

Connect to eduroam, Cornell's secure wireless (Wi-Fi) network, to access the Internet, keep everything you do online private, and use your eduroam account at other eduroam institutions.

Medical services

At Cornell Health, we recognize that our patients and clients are whole people whose mental and physical health are intimately linked. That’s why we’ve built our model of care around delivering integrated medical and mental health services that support both mind and body. When you come to Cornell Health for care, you’ll find co-located multidisciplinary staff. 

Campus life

Our main campus: 2,300 acres in the heart of New York State's Finger Lakes region. And only steps away from the shops, restaurants, nightlife, and activities of Ithaca. There's no end to the things you can do, accomplish, and create here.

Weill Cornell Medicine on the Upper East Side. The Cornell Tech campus on Roosevelt Island. And more than a dozen programs – most in the heart of the city in Midtown – for faculty research, student learning and public engagement. We've got this city covered.

Setting new world standards in patient care at Weill Cornell Medicine's location in the center of Education City. Our partnership with nearby Sidra Medical and Research Center provides even more state-of-the-art experience.

Sports facilities

Being a Cornellian is a whole-body experience. Staying involved in the recreational activities you love—or trying out some new ones—is an important part of living, learning, and keeping everything in balance.

The hardest part about staying active at Cornell is deciding which activities to take part in. From ropes courses to caving and everything in the world between, Cornell Outdoor Education sees 37,000 participant days every year. 

Looking for a more competitive element in your activities? Cornell hosts more than 30 intramural leagues each school year. Still not enough? Cornell has an NCAA Division I athletics program in 37 varsity sports. Go Big Red!

Student clubs

One of the responsibilities of the SAC is to review and approve funding requests for CALS student organizations or individuals looking to create or participate in trips, events, and other academically relevant pursuits. To apply, simply fill out the form, which can be downloaded below, and submit it to the SAC. We will review your request in a timely fashion and submit our recommendation to Dean Boor, who has final say in the appropriation of funds.

Cornell University has been accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education since 1921 and was most recently reaffirmed in 2016. Cornell’s official Statement of Accreditation Status is maintained at the Middle States website.

Ithaca, New York, United States

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