Cornell University

School Overview: Acceptance Rate, Tuition, and More

Ithaca, NY

$59,282

Avg tuition

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About Cornell University

School Type: Private

Status: Non-profit

Accreditation: Regional

Religious Affiliation: N/A While the student experience is largely unaffected at most schools with religious affiliations, some schools place more of an emphasis on religion. Learn how religious affiliations may impact students' experience.

Military Friendly: YesMilitary-friendly schools are Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges, offer the Yellow Ribbon Program, and have a dedicated point of contact to support veterans, military service members, and their families. Explore our college guide for service members and veterans to learn more.

Cornell University is a large private university located on an urban campus in Ithaca, New York. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 23,620, and admissions are extremely selective, with an acceptance rate of 11%. The university offers 109 bachelor's degrees, has an average graduation rate of 95%, and a student-faculty ratio of 9:1. Tuition and fees for students are $59,282.

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Admissions Breakdown

Acceptance Rate Insight

This school has a highly selective acceptance rate.

This school is very selective about its students. Selective schools welcome 1-14% of all applicants.

11% of students were accepted during the 2020-2021 school year. Sometimes schools with midrange acceptance rates have higher standards of entry but are still accessible to many students who apply.

Retention Rate Insight

Students remain enrolled in this school at a higher rate than other schools.

This typically means students are happy with their school selection and wish to continue their education there.

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96% of full-time students stayed to continue their studies the following academic year. These students started in Fall 2019 and returned in Fall 2020.

Graduation Rate Insight

Students graduate from this school at a higher rate than other schools.

This is typically an indication of a school's quality and means most students finish their degree in a timely manner.

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95% of students graduated out of all full-time, first-time students who began their studies in Fall 2014. Keep in mind many students who enroll are not typically first-time students, as most are adult learners. Therefore, the number of first-time students is traditionally low.

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High school transcript Required

Letter of recommendation Required

Open admission No

Test of English as a foreign language (TOEFL) Required

SAT & ACT

Students who attend this school typically have higher standardized test scores than students at other schools.

While test scores can be an important aspect of college applications, schools determine admission based on several factors, and these test scores are only a suggested range.

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ACT 25th-75th Percentile 32-35

SAT 25th-75th Percentile 1400-1540

Learning Environment

Student Body Stats

This school has a student body of more than 15,000 students.

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24k

Students enrolled

94%

Online student enrollment

9:1

Student to faculty ratio

Ways Students Can Learn

On-campus Check Bold
International Online classes are available for students around the world. Check Bold

Demographics

White

34%

Non-U.S. Citizen

22%

Asian

17%

Hispanic

11%

Unknown

6%

Black

6%

Two or more races

4%

American Indian/Alaska Native

0%

Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander

0%

Female student population

51%

Socio-economic diversity

15% of students received an income-based Federal Pell Grant intended for low-income students.

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Financial Breakdown

Students Receiving Aid

Federal Grant Aid

16%

State Grant Aid

14%

Institution Grant Aid

45%

Pell Grant

15%

Average Aid Awarded

Federal Grant Aid $6,737
State Grant Aid $3,432
Institution Grant Aid $46,168
Pell Grant Aid $4,961

Financial Outlook

$15k

Average student debt after graduation

$76k

Average salary 6 years after starting school

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Data collected from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), [2020-2021]. In the absence of IPED data, information was collected directly from the school and is accurate as of the date of collection. Contact the school directly for the most current and complete information.