Cornell University

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2020 Undergraduate Tuition
$58,586
3.6% growth from 2019
2020 Average Net Price
$27,522
After Financial Aid
2018 Student Loan
0.969%
Default Rate
2020 Acceptance Rate
10.7%
51,500 Applicants
2020 Enrolled Students
23,620
97.3% Full-Time
2020 Graduation Rate
95.4%
3,065 Graduates

About

Cornell University is a higher education institution located in Tompkins County, NY. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Cornell University were Computer Science (396 degrees awarded), General Biological Sciences (294 degrees), and Labor & Industrial Relations (270 degrees).

In 2020, 8,245 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Cornell University. 49.4% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 50.6% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (2,654 degrees), 2.14 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (1241 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Cornell University is $58,586, which is $29,957 more than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,629).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Cornell University is $58,586, which is $29,957 more than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,629).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $27,522.

In 2020, 47% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 33% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$58,586
2020 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2020, the cost of tuition at Cornell University was $58,586. The cost of tuition at Cornell University is $29,957 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,629).

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Average Net Price

$27,522
2020 Value
4.84%
1 Year Growth

In 2020 Cornell University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $27,522. Between 2019 and 2020, the average net price of Cornell University grew by 4.84%.

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Other Student Expenses

$15,246
Room and Board
$970
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Cornell University was of $15,246 in 2020. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $970. The cost of room and board increased by 3.25% between 2019 and 2020. The cost of books and supplies decreased by 15.7% during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

47%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
33%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

47% of undergraduate students at Cornell University received grants or loans in 2020. This represents a growth of 0% with respect to 2019, when 47% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
0.969%
2018 Default Rate
25
Number of Defaults

In 2018 the default rate for borrower's at Cornell University was 0.969%, which represents 25 out of the 2580 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Admissions

Cornell University received 51,500 undergraduate applications in 2020, which represents a 4.86% annual growth. Out of those 51,500 applicants, 5,514 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 10.7% acceptance rate.

There were 23,620 students enrolled at Cornell University in 2020, and 73% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Cornell University has an overall enrollment yield of 58.9%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

10.7%
Acceptance Rate in 2020
5,514
Accepted Out of 51,500

In 2020, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Cornell University was 10.7% (5,514 admissions from 51,500 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2019, which was 10.9%. Between 2019 and 2020, the number of applicants grew by 4.86%, while admissions grew by 3.45%.

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SAT Scores

73%
Submission Percentage
2,361
Scores Submitted

73% of enrolled first-time students at Cornell University in 2020 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Cornell University has a total enrollment of 23,620 students. The full-time enrollment at Cornell University is 22,975 students and the part-time enrollment is 645. This means that 97.3% of students enrolled at Cornell University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Cornell University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 33.6% White, 16.6% Asian, 11.4% Hispanic or Latino, 5.79% Black or African American, 3.98% Two or More Races, 0.237% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.102% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Cornell University in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (17.5%), followed by White Male (17.2%) and Asian Female (12.2%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Male (16.7%), followed by White Female (14.8%) and Asian Male (4.88%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

97.3%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Cornell University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 23,620 students. The full-time enrollment at Cornell University is 22,975 and the part-time enrollment is 645. This means that 97.3% of students enrolled at Cornell University are enrolled full-time compared with 76.4% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

96%
2020 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Cornell University was 96%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Doctoral Universities (84.5%), Cornell University had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    7,937
  2. Asian
    3,926
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    2,698

The enrolled student population at Cornell University is 33.6% White, 16.6% Asian, 11.4% Hispanic or Latino, 5.79% Black or African American, 3.98% Two or More Races, 0.237% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.102% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Doctoral Universities is 49.8% White, 15.1% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.74% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 1,526 students (6.46%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2020, 93 fewer women than men received degrees from Cornell University. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Cornell University is white (2,654 degrees awarded). There were 2.14 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (1241 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Cornell University is Computer Science (396 degrees awarded), followed by General Biological Sciences (294 degrees) and Labor & Industrial Relations (270 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at Cornell University, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Agriculture (630 degrees awarded), Architecture and Related Services (232 degrees), and Engineering (1,539 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

Most Common Job

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Cornell University are Software developers (445,290 people), Other managers (363,696 people), Miscellaneous engineers, including nuclear engineers (348,434 people), Civil engineers (276,490 people), and Mechanical engineers (205,566 people).

The most specialized majors at Cornell University are Agriculture (630 degrees awarded), Architecture and Related Services (232 degrees), Engineering (1,539 degrees), Legal (332 degrees), and Physical Sciences (281 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Cornell University are Surgeons, Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, Physicians, Cardiovascular technologists and technicians, and Diagnostic medical sonographers

The most specialized majors at Cornell University are Agriculture (630 degrees awarded), Architecture and Related Services (232 degrees), Engineering (1,539 degrees), Legal (332 degrees), and Physical Sciences (281 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Cornell University are Architectural, engineering & related services (568,756 people), Computer Systems Design (455,224 people), Construction (327,944 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (323,130 people), and Electronic component & product manufacturing, n.e.c. (162,250 people).

The most specialized majors at Cornell University are Agriculture (630 degrees awarded), Architecture and Related Services (232 degrees), Engineering (1,539 degrees), Legal (332 degrees), and Physical Sciences (281 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Cornell University.
Most Common
  1. 396 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 294 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 270 degree-majorss awarded

In 2020, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Cornell University was Computer Science with 396 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

4,169
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2020
4,076
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2020

In 2020, 4,169 degrees were awarded to men at Cornell University, which is 1.02 times more than the number of degrees awarded to females (4,076).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2020, 472 degrees were awarded to men at Cornell University in General Business Administration & Management, which is 2.07 times more than the 228 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2020, 240 degrees were awarded to women at Cornell University in Computer Science, which is 0.529 times less than the 454 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

88%
100% Completion Time
95%
150% Completion Time

In 2020, 88% of students graduating from Cornell University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 95% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 95% within 200%.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Asian Female
Highest Graduation Rate (98%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Cornell University is Female and Asian (98% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (72.4%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 5.38% of graduates (165 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    2,654 degrees awarded
  2. Asian
    1,241 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    702 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Cornell University is white (2,654 degrees awarded). There were 2.14 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (1241 degrees).

7.08% of degree recipients (584 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic
  1. White Male
    1,359 degrees awarded
  2. White Female
    1,295 degrees awarded
  3. Asian Female
    631 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Cornell University is white male (1,359 degrees awarded). There were 1.05 times more white male recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white female (1,295 degrees).

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Operations

Cornell University has an endowment valued at nearly $6.88B, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $140M (2.04%), compared to the 3.48% average return ($10.5M on $302M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2020, Cornell University had a total salary expenditure of $2.46B. Cornell University employs 743 Professors, 394 Associate professors, and 353 Assistant professors. Most academics at Cornell University are Male Professors (539), Male Associate professors(225), and Female Professors (204).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Cornell University are: Office and Administrative Support, with 1432 employees, Service, with 1242 employees, and Business and Financial Operations with 999 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$6.88B
2020 Endowment
1.32%
decline from 2019

Cornell University has an endowment valued at about $6.88B, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The endowment of Cornell University declined 1.32% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $6.58B higher than than the median endowment of Doctoral Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $348M - Federal
  2. $42.3M - State
  3. $1.55M - Local

As of 2020, Cornell University received $348M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $42.3M from state grants and contracts, and $1.55M from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$1.06B
2020 Salaries
2.4%
growth from 2019

In 2020, Cornell University paid a median of $1.06B in salaries, which represents 43% of their overall expenditure ($2.46B) and a 2.4% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 5.2% growth from 2018 and a 4.18% growth from 2017.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 238M (43% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$267M
Instructional Salaries
1,850
Number of Employees

In 2020, Cornell University paid a total of $267M to 1,850 employees working as instructors, which represents 25.2% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $69.9M (29.4%) for similar Doctoral Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Professor
Most Common Instructor
743 Employees
Office and Administrative Support
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
1432 Employees

In 2020, the most common positions for instructional staff at Cornell University were Professor with 743 employees; Associate professor with 394 employees; and Associate professor with 353 employees.

In 2020, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Cornell University were Office and Administrative Support with 1,432 employees; Service with 1,242 employees; and Business and Financial Operations with 999 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic
  1. Male Professor
  2. Male Associate professor
  3. Female Professor

In 2020, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Cornell University was Male Professor with 539 employees, Male Associate professor with 225 employees, and Female Professor with 204 employees.

This chart shows the sex split between each academic rank present at Cornell University.

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