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Cornell University Data & Information Overview

2,898 awards Ranking Badges
Great Price Value for Your Money
11% Acceptance Rate
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How Well Is Cornell University Ranked?

#13 Best Colleges in Nation
#1 Best Colleges in NY
Plant Sciences Highest Ranked Major
Quality Badge

2023 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 2,898 badges in the 2023 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is plant sciences.

Overall Quality

Cornell is ranked #13 out of 2,241 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2023 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 1% of all schools in the nation! This is an improvement over the previous year, when Cornell held the #16 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

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?

11% Acceptance Rate
55% Of Accepted Are Women
73% Submit SAT Scores

Acceptance Rate

Cornell University has a very low acceptance rate of 11%, making it one of the most selective out of all the colleges and universities in the nation. It's probably a good idea to apply to other schools in addition to Cornell just in case you don't make the cut.

Average Test Scores

About 73% 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 680 and 750. Math scores were between 720 and 790.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Cornell University  ( 680 to 750 )

SAT Math Scores for Cornell University  ( 720 to 790 )
Cornell received ACT scores from 36% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 32 and 35.

ACT Composite Scores for Cornell University  ( 32 to 35 )

Learn more about Cornell University admissions.

Cornell University Faculty

9 to 1 Student to Faculty
93% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used to measure the number of teaching resources that a college or university offers its students. The national average for this metric is 15 to 1, but at Cornell it is much better at 9 to 1. That's good news for students who want to interact more on a personal level with their teachers.

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 93%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  93 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Cornell University

96% Freshmen Retention
88% On-Time Graduation Rate

Freshmen Retention Rate

Cornell University has a freshmen retention rate of 96%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  96 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 88%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  88 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Cornell University.

Cornell University Undergraduate Student Diversity

14,693 Full-Time Undergraduates
48.0% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
54.1% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 14,743 undergraduates at Cornell with 14,693 being full-time and 50 being part-time.

How Much Does Cornell University Cost?

$37,042 Net Price
38% Take Out Loans
$30,556 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of Cornell is $37,042. 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 +
$5,244 $5,133 $9,785 $21,043 $52,887

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

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Cornell, approximately 38% of students took out student loans averaging $7,639 a year. That adds up to $30,556 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Cornell is 0.9%. 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?

$91,176 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from Cornell make around $91,176 per year during the early years of their employment. That's great news for Cornell students since it is 115% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.


See which majors at Cornell University make the most money.

Location of Cornell University

New York State
14,693 Full-Time Undergraduates
Small City Campus Setting
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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Contact details for Cornell are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 300 Day Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853
Phone: 607-255-2000

Cornell University Majors

108 Majors With Completions
4,280 Undergraduate Degrees
3,555 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 108 majors graduated from Cornell University. Of these students, 4,280 received undergraduate degrees and 3,555 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 488 $127,764
General Biology 306 $29,066
Human Resource Management 251 $65,696
Hospitality Management 229 $66,090
Computer Information Systems 193 $90,735
Economics 186 $69,416
Agricultural Economics & Business 182 $78,005
Biological & Biomedical Sciences (Other) 179 $30,195
Political Science & Government 147 $51,469
Mechanical Engineering 121 $72,114

Learn more about the majors offered at Cornell University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Cornell

94% Take At Least One Class Online
26% Take All Classes Online

Online learning is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

In 2019-2020, 22,293 students took at least one online class at Cornell University. This is an increase from the 975 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2019-2020 22,293 6,167
2018-2019 975 123
2017-2018 513 204
2016-2017 543 169
2015-2016 466 36

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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