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Cornell University

Cornell University is a private Ivy League university located in Ithaca, New York.

Cornell University

Cornell University

Cornell was founded in 1865 by Ezra Cornell and Andrew Dickson White as a co-educational, non-sectarian institution where admission was offered irrespective of religion or race. Its founders intended that the new university would teach and make contributions in all fields of knowledge—from the classics to the sciences and from the theoretical to the applied. These ideals, unconventional for the time, are captured in Cornell’s motto, an 1865 Ezra Cornell quotation: “I would found an institution where any person can find instruction in any study.”

Following the spirit of its motto, Cornell offers curricula in traditional liberal arts studies as well as in fields like engineering, agriculture, hotel administration, and city and regional planning. The university is broadly organized into seven undergraduate colleges and seven graduate divisions at its main Ithaca campus—for example, the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Engineering—with each college and division defining its own academic programs in near autonomy. Cornell is one of two private land grant universities, and its seven undergraduate colleges include three state-supported statutory or contract colleges. The university also administers two satellite medical campuses, one in New York City and one in Education City, Qatar.

Cornell counts more than 255,000 living alumni, 28 Rhodes Scholars and 41 Nobel laureates affiliated with the university as faculty or students. The student body consists of over 13,000 undergraduate and 6,000 graduate students from all 50 states and 122 countries.

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Cornell University Tuition and Fees

Undergraduate Per Semester Per Year
Architecture, Art and Planning; Arts and Sciences; Engineering; Hotel Administration; Unclassified, through the Internal Transfer Division $19,725 $39,450
Graduate Per Semester Per Year
Research degrees (M.A., M.S., M.S./Ph.D., Ph.D), M.F.A. and D.M.A. programs, and non-degree students $14,750 $29,500
Professional degrees/certificates (CIPA, FALCON, M.Arch.I, M.Arch.II, M.Eng., M.P.S. Africana Studies, M.S.P. Applied Statistics, M.P.S. Real Estate) $19,725 $39,450
Graduate Hotel School Programs Please consult your college business office
Graduate Law School Programs Please consult your college business office

Professional Schools

Johnson Graduate School of Management Per Semester Per Year
Two-year program (For additional programs and fees, please contact the Johnson Graduate School of Management) $24,636 $49,272
Law School Per Semester Per Year
Law School (JD) $25,575 $51,150
LL.M. (one year program) $26,925 $53,850

Contract College Units (tuition rates are tentative)

Undergraduate Per Semester Per Year
Agriculture and Life Sciences; Human Ecology; Industrial and Labor Relations
  • New York State resident
$11,655 $23,310
  • Nonresident
$19,725 $39,450
Graduate Per Semester Per Year
Research degrees (M.A., M.S., M.S./Ph.D., Ph.D) and non-degree students (formerly contract rate) $10,400 $20,800
Professional degrees (M.A.T., M.F.S., M.H.A., M.I.L.R., M.L.A., M.P.S., M.R.P) except M.P.S. ILR NYC (formerly contract rate) $12,907.50 $25,815
M.P.S. ILR NYC $9,863 $19,726

Professional Schools

College of Veterinary Medicine Per Semester Per Year
New York State resident, D.V.M. Program $13,850 $27,700
Nonresident, D.V.M. Program $20,850 $41,700

Other Tuition and Fees

Student Activities Fees (tentative rates) Per Semester Per Year
Undergraduate Students $108 $216
Graduate and Professional Students $38 $76
In Absentia Fees Per Semester Per Year
Undergraduate Students $200
Graduate and Professional Students $200
Law and Management (JGSM) Students $75
Other Tuition Fees Per Semester Per Year
Extramural Study/Summer Session $1055**

**Regular session rate per credit hour. Special Programs rates may vary.

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