Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

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Most Popular Majors

All Majors & Degrees

Agriculture and Natural Resources

Major Bachelors Masters
Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations
Agricultural Animal Breeding
Agricultural Business and Management
Agricultural Economics
Agricultural and Horticultural Plant Breeding
Agronomy and Crop Science
Animal Sciences
Food Science
General Plant Sciences
Horticultural Science
International Agriculture
Natural Resource Economics
Natural Resources/Conservation
Ornamental Horticulture
Viticulture and Enology

Arts & Humanities

Major Bachelors Masters
Architectural History and Criticism
Architecture (BArch, BA/BS, MArch, MA/MS, PhD)
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures and Linguistics
Comparative Literature
Creative Writing
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts
East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
English Language and Literature
Environmental Design/Architecture
Fiber, Textile and Weaving Arts
Film, Cinema, Video, Movie Studies
Fine/Studio Arts
French Language and Literature
General Music
German Language and Literature
History and Philosophy of Science/Technology
Italian Language and Literature
Landscape Architecture (BS, BSLA, BLA, MSLA, MLA, PhD)
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Music Theory and Composition
Musicology and Ethnomusicology
Other Architecture and Related Services
Other Fine Arts and Art Studies
Religion/Religious Studies
Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Russian Language and Literature
Spanish Language and Literature


Major Bachelors Masters
Business Administration and Management
Fashion/Apparel Design
Hotel/Motel Administration/Management
Labor and Industrial Relations
Real Estate

Communication & Media

Major Bachelors Masters
Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

Culinary Arts & Food Service

Major Bachelors Masters
Institutional Food Workers


Major Bachelors Masters
Agricultural Teacher Education
Biology Teacher Education
Chemistry Teacher Education
Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education
Mathematics Teacher Education
Physics Teacher Education
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education


Major Bachelors Masters
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
Agricultural/Biological Engineering and Bioengineering
Biomedical/Medical Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Engineering Mechanics
Engineering Physics
Engineering/Industrial Management
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
Materials Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Operations Research
Systems Engineering

Family and Consumer Science Professions

Major Bachelors Masters
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies
Housing and Human Environments
Human Development and Family Studies

Health & Medical Services

Major Bachelors Masters
Health/Health Care Administration/Management
Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies

Interdisciplinary Studies

Major Bachelors Masters
Historic Preservation and Conservation
Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Nutrition Sciences
Other Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies
Science, Technology and Society

Legal Professions

Major Bachelors Masters
American / US Law, Legal Studies and Jurisprudence (LLM, MCJ, JSD, SJD)

Life Science

Major Bachelors Masters
Animal Genetics
Animal Physiology
Biology/Biological Sciences
Botany/Plant Biology
Environmental Toxicology
Evolutionary Biology
General Zoology/Animal Biology
Medical Microbiology and Bacteriology
Molecular Biology
Other Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Plant Pathology/Phytopathology

Mathematics and Statistics

Major Bachelors Masters
Applied Mathematics

Natural Sciences

Major Bachelors Masters
Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology
Geology/Earth Science
Other Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences

Social Sciences

Major Bachelors Masters
African-American/Black Studies
American/United States Studies/Civilization
Asian Studies/Civilization
Development Economics and International Development
Developmental and Child Psychology
East Asian Studies
Gay/Lesbian Studies
German Studies
Near and Middle Eastern Studies
Other Social Sciences
Political Science and Government

Social Work

Major Bachelors Masters
Community Organization and Advocacy
Public Administration
Public Policy Analysis


Major Bachelors Masters
Computer Science
Computer and Information Sciences
Information Technology

Veterinary Medicine

Major Bachelors Masters
Veterinary Science, Veterinary Clinical Sciences

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Ratings & Reviews

Overall Rating for Academics:

Rated 5 of 5 Stars 9 Reviews

100% of students gave Cornell University 5 stars in Academics.

Student Ratings

Student at This School - Grad Year 2015

Academics Rating

The professors come from every nook and cranny of diversity, and always hold esteemed degrees in the fields which they teach. Freshmen have the opportunity to jump right into research/projects that reflect on their grades as well as on their personal achievements. If you can manage your time decently, the workload isn't terrible, and learn very quickly that it is never a bad thing to ask someone for some help.

Alumnus - Grad Year 1999

Academics Rating

On the one hand, students at Cornell are super-focused. It seems like everyone I met there knew what they wanted to study and what their career path was going to be by the time they started high school. This is not a school where people say they want to take a couple semesters to figure out what they want to major in. On the other hand, everyone I knew was super eager to take advantage of the incredible selection of elective courses available to enrich your experience. Some of the most popular electives were Wines (yes, wine tasting- must be over 21), Astronomy 101, Web Site Development 101. The urban legend/stereotype is that the academics are so hard at Cornell that the school has the highest suicide rate of any college. Nobody at Cornell believes this myth. Sure the academics are challenging, but that doesn't mean you won't have plenty of time to excel at school and have plenty of time for friends, sports, a job or anything else you want to do on the side.

Cornell University Academic Details

Academic Calendar Semester
Retention Rate 96%
Carnegie Class Research Universities (very high research activity)
Orientation Month(s) Orientation for new students held in August.

Specialty Study Options

  • Double Majors
  • Independent Study
  • Accelerated Study
  • Honors Program
  • Internships

Domestic Off-Campus Semester-Away Programs

  • Sea Semester
  • Other: Urban Semester in New York City. Capital Semester Program in Albany. Cornell in Washington. Engineering Co-Op. Shoals Marine Lab. AAP in New York City. Marine Biological Lab.

Cooperative Education Programs

  • Agriculture
  • Engineering

Pre-Professional Programs

  • Pre-Law
  • Pre-Medicine
  • Pre-Veterinary

Class Sizes at Cornell University

  • Fewer than 20 Students: 54%
  • 50 - 100 Students: 13%
  • 20 - 49 Students: 27%
  • 100+ Students: 6%
Fewer than 20 Students 54%
50 - 100 Students 13%
20 - 49 Students 27%
100+ Students 6%

Faculty Ethnic Diversity

  • Caucasian: 70
  • Unknown and Other: 16
  • Asian: 8
  • Latino: 3
  • African American: 3
Caucasian 70
Unknown and Other 16
Asian 8
Latino 3
African American 3

Faculty at Cornell University

Total Faculty 3,048
Student-to-Faculty Ratio 12
Full-Time Professors 9,449
Male Faculty 2,010
Part-Time Professors 968
Women Faculty 1,038

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