While working for Samuel Morse, Ezra Cornell devises a way to use electricity and magnetism to string telegraph wires on glass-insulated poles aboveground. He takes much of his pay in stock, becoming the largest stockholder of Western Union. The success of the telegraph enables him to found Cornell University in 1865.
Fourteen colleges and schools, each autonomous in its programs, its admissions, its faculty, and its support. Each working together as Cornell University to serve you, your needs and Cornell's specific missions.
Cornell offers nearly 80 formal major fields as well as challenging dual-degree programs and a score of interdisciplinary majors that cross traditional departmental boundaries.
Cornell offers 70 minors to undergraduates.
Graduate study at Cornell is interdisciplinary by design.
For example, the graduate field of economics includes faculty from:
From the laboratory bench to the hospital bedside and from cultural evolution to concepts in sustainability, our researchers and scholars are translating discovery into meaningful, measurable impact that is changing the world for the better.
The challenges of the world and the big picture of what’s possible rarely fit neatly into a single academic discipline. This is why we’ve made collaboration and communication a way of life at Cornell. We foster a community of renowned scholars that spans disciplines, locations, and industries in order to convert promising ideas and innovations into results that truly matter.
At Cornell, we want your career to be more than a way to survive -- we want your career to be where you thrive.
We’ve created a helpful 5-step model to assist in planning and managing your career development.
Our office is here to:
First-year undergraduates live with their classmates on North Campus. The Carol Takton Center serves as the hub of activity, Faculty Fellows seem to be around every corner, and residence hall advisors are never far away.
As an upper-level student, you can hone in on the communities you've found and thrive in most. Move to West Campus, a fraternity or sorority, or a co-op. You can even stay on North Campus in a themed residence hall, or venture off-campus to the apartments and rental homes in Collegetown or the greater Ithaca area.
A graduate or professional student? We have family-friendly apartments, shared apartments, and cooperative housing options to help you strike the right balance between campus and home.
Cornell University Library stands at the center of intellectual life on campus. Expert librarians are available in person—and online 24/7—to help navigate our world-class collections and assist with papers, exam prep, and long-term projects.
We're a home away from home, with warm, inviting spaces for solo study and high-tech, flexible spaces for group work.
At Cornell we believe healthcare should provide access to evidence-based, comprehensive medical treatment when needed and encourage healthy living.
Our comprehensive health care plans for part-time or full-time regular faculty and staff, are designed to provide quality care at the lowest possible cost.
At Cornell you'll experience the traditional college campus: eateries, residence halls, academic buildings, libraries, and research facilities. But its natural beauty—the nearby lake, natural waterfalls, and gardens—set the campus apart from others in the Ivy League. If you're looking for a city-campus feel, Cornell offers that, too. Collegetown is a short walk away and boasts award-winning restaurants and shops of all kinds.
Each Cornell-run and Cornell-partnered program is exactly where we need to be. And exactly where you want to be.
The hardest part about staying active at Cornell is deciding which activities to take part in. From ropes courses to caving and everything in the world between, Cornell Outdoor Education sees 37,000 participant days every year. More interested in swimming or shooting pool, martial arts or massage
We've got you covered with more than 100 physical education classes, in addition to four fitness centers, a bowling center, and two recreational centers.
Looking for a more competitive element in your activities? Cornell hosts more than 30 intramural leagues each school year. Still not enough? Cornell has an NCAA Division I athletics program in 37 varsity sports. Go Big Red!
Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS, StudyPortals offers you the chance to receive up to £10000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.