Cornell University
300 Day Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853
(607) 255-5241
Accrediting Agency:
Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Cornell University is an Ivy League school that was founded in 1865. It houses seven undergraduate and four graduate schools of study at its Ithaca campus and two medical graduate studies programs at its New York City campus. Cornell also has a graduate program in Qatar. The university has received many distinctions over the years. Among them is its veterinary college’s ranking as 1st in U.S. News & Report‘s list of America’s Best Graduate Schools, a position that the college has held four times since the 2000 rankings. Cornell’s undergraduate engineering science/physics program is ranked as 2nd in U.S. News & Report‘s ranking of engineering science and physics programs. In addition, there have been 41 Nobel Laureates affiliated with Cornel as faculty and alumni.

Programs Offered

Cornell’s veterinarian and undergraduate engineering programs have both been recognized by U.S. News and Report, but there are also a number of other notable programs available at the university. In total, there are 14 schools of study — both undergraduate and graduate — at Cornell University. These schools include agriculture and life sciences, architecture, arts and sciences, engineering, hotel administration, human ecology, industrial labor, information science, law, management, medical science, and veterinarian science. Within these schools, there are over 80 undergraduate majors and over 20 graduate and professional degrees. In addition to academics, Cornell is dedicated to research, providing more than a hundred research organizations. It offers numerous online learning options through eCornell.


Cornell University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. In addition to this regional accreditation, Cornell has program-specific accreditations, bestowed upon them by the American Bar Association, the American Dietetic Association, the American Veterinarian Association, and the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education.


Cornell University employs “need-blind” admission to their school. Whether or not a student has the means to pay for education has nothing to do with the evaluation and acceptance/rejection of applications. Prospective undergraduate students are required to fill out a common application, pay an application fee, provide standardize test scores (SAT or ACT), and submit their high school transcripts. Some schools of study have other specific requirements, such as SAT subject tests, portfolio, or design submissions. That information can be found on Cornell’s website. The requirements for graduate candidates vary based on the school and program. Generally, prospective graduate students are required to submit statements of intent, previous education transcripts, proof of a prior degree, and standardized exam scores appropriate for their area of study. Additional requirements are dependent on the field. Cornell also provides a list of deadlines for prospective students.

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