University Facts

Cornell by the numbers.

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45 Nobel laureates affiliated with Cornell as faculty members or alumni

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Cornell Firsts

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The solution to the Poincaré Conjecture, one of the most famous problems in mathematics, was first posted on Cornell's
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Cornell endowed the nation's first professorships in American history, musicology, and American literature.
Waiters' Derby was an early tradition of the annual Hotel Ezra Cornell event
Cornell established the first four-year schools of hotel administration and industrial and labor relations.
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Cornell awarded the world's first degree in journalism, the nation's first degree in veterinary medicine, and the first doctorates in electrical and industrial engineering.
Vintage war poster reads YOU help my boy win the war, buy a liberty bond
Cornell was the first U.S. university to offer a major in American studies.
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The first university to teach modern Far Eastern languages, Cornell's IMPAC program now provides intensive study of Mandarin Chinese.



Founded 1865 By Ezra Cornell and Andrew Dickson White.
Opened 1868 Morrill Hall was the first building constructed on the main Ithaca campus, which today includes 608 buildings on more than 2000 acres.
Identity Public and private Cornell is the federal land-grant institution of New York State, a private endowed university, a member of the Ivy League/Ancient Eight, and a partner of the State University of New York. It has been described as the first truly American university because of its founders' revolutionarily egalitarian and practical vision of higher education, and is dedicated to its land-grant mission of outreach and public service.
Colleges and schools 14 Seven undergraduate units and four graduate and professional units in Ithaca, two medical graduate and professional units in New York City, and one in Doha, Qatar. The Cornell Tech campus in New York City is the latest addition.

Faculty and Staff, Fall 2013

Faculty * 1,628
Staff ** 8,103

* Regular full-time and part-time professorial faculty members.

** Regular full-time and part-time non-professorial-faculty academic employees (instruction, research, extension, and library) and regular full-time and part-time nonacademic employees.


Student Enrollment, Fall 2013*

Undergraduate 14,393
Graduate 5,023
Professional 2,177
Total university 21,593

* On-campus and off-campus registrants; includes participants in one-semester or two-semester study-abroad programs or other temporary off-campus activities, and participants in employee degree programs.


Student Gender, Ethnicity and Citizenship, Fall 2013*

  Female Male Minority** International
Undergraduates 51% 49% 38% 10%
Graduate 44% 56% 16% 45%
Professional 44% 56% 28% 25%

*Based on students in entering classes only.

** Combined percentage of self-declared African Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanic Americans and Native Americans in the U.S. citizen/legal resident portion of the student population. Actual counts may be higher, as some minorities do not report ethnic status.


Student Region of Origin, Fall 2013*

New York State 27%
Middle States 15%
New England 8%
Midwest 7%
South 8%
Southwest 3%
West 12%
Territories 0%
USA, unknown 1%
International 20%

* Ithaca campus only


Degrees Granted, 2012–2013*

Bachelor's degrees 3,577
Master's degrees 2,289
PhD, JSD and DMA 490
D.V.M. 89
J.D. 191
Total university 6,636

* Academic year includes degrees granted from July 1 through June 30. Ithaca campus only.