Cornell University

About Cornell University

Cornell University is a private Ivy League research university located in Ithaca, New York. Founded in 1865, it is one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in the United States. The university offers undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees in a wide range of fields, including arts and sciences, engineering, business, law, and medicine. It is known for its strong programs in areas such as agriculture, hotel administration, and industrial and labor relations.

Cornell University is a unique institution, as it is both a land-grant university and a private university. This means that it receives funding from the state of New York as well as from private sources, and it has a mandate to provide both practical education and cutting-edge research.

The university is made up of 14 undergraduate, graduate, and professional schools, including the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Engineering, the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management, and the Weill Cornell Medical College. It is also home to a number of world-renowned research centers and institutes, such as the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source.

Cornell’s student body is diverse, with students from all 50 states and more than 120 countries. The university is also known for its commitment to sustainability and environmental stewardship, with several green initiatives and programs in place.

In terms of ranking, Cornell consistently ranks among the top universities in the United States and the world. According to U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 edition of Best Colleges, Cornell is ranked 15th among national universities. It is also ranked among the top 10 universities in the world by various international ranking organizations.


SAT & ACT Score Ranges

Cornell University considers admission test scores (SAT/ACT) during the application process, but does not require them. Students who were admitted to Cornell University and enrolled typically had admission test scores in these ranges.

 25th Percentile*50th Percentile**75th Percentile***
Evidence-Based Reading and Writing710750770
 25th Percentile*50th Percentile**75th Percentile***

Students Submitting Scores

Number Percent
SAT 1,281 37%
ACT 490 14%

Undergraduate Admissions

Number of applicants69,195
% admitted7%
% who enrolled68%

*   25% of students scored at or below
**  50% of students scored above and 50% scored below (i.e., midpoint of the test score distribution)
*** 25% of students scored above