Cornell University

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2016 Undergraduate Tuition

$50,712

3.75% growth from 2015

2016 Average Net Price

$30,014

After Financial Aid

2015 Student Loan

1.03%

Default Rate

2016 Acceptance Rate

14.1%

44,965 Applicants

2016 Enrolled Students

22,319

99.6% Full-Time

2016 Graduation Rate

93.9%

2,978 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 General Biological Sciences (335 degrees awarded), Labor & Industrial Relations (283 degrees), and Hotel Administration & Management (271 degrees).

In 2016, 7,380 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Cornell University. 47.2% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 52.8% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were white (2,778 degrees), 2.68 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (1036 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Cornell University is $50,712, which is $24,856 more than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($25,856).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Cornell University is $50,712, which is $24,856 more than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($25,856).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $30,014.

In 2016, 53% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 30% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$50,712

2016 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2016, the cost of tuition at Cornell University was $50,712. The cost of tuition at Cornell University is $24,856 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($25,856).

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Average Net Price

$30,014

2016 Value

4.74%

1 Year Growth

In 2016 Cornell University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $30,014. Between 2015 and 2016, the average net price of Cornell University grew by 4.74%.

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Other Student Expenses

$13,678

Room and Board

$890

Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Cornell University was of $13,678 in 2016. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $890. The cost of room and board decreased by 0.0146% between 2015 and 2016. The cost of books and supplies increased by 2.3% during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

53%

Of Undergraduates Receive Grants

30%

Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

53% of undergraduate students at Cornell University received grants or loans in 2016. This represents a decline of 3.64% with respect to 2015, when 55% 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.

1.03%

2015 Default Rate

28

Number of Defaults

In 2015 the default rate for borrower's at Cornell University was 1.03%, which represents 28 out of the 2728 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 44,965 undergraduate applications in 2016, which represents a 7.32% annual growth. Out of those 44,965 applicants, 6,337 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 14.1% acceptance rate.

There were 22,319 students enrolled at Cornell University in 2016, and 69% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Cornell University has an overall enrollment yield of 52.3%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

14.1%

Acceptance Rate in 2016

6,337

Accepted Out of 44,965

In 2016, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Cornell University was 14.1% (6,337 admissions from 44,965 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2015, which was 15.1%. Between 2015 and 2016, the number of applicants grew by 7.32%, while admissions grew by 0.348%.

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SAT Scores

69%

Submission Percentage

2,297

Scores Submitted

69% of enrolled first-time students at Cornell University in 2016 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Cornell University has a total enrollment of 22,319 students. The full-time enrollment at Cornell University is 22,227 students and the part-time enrollment is 92. This means that 99.6% of students enrolled at Cornell University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Cornell University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 37.3% White, 14.9% Asian, 10% Hispanic or Latino, 4.96% Black or African American, 3.6% Two or More Races, 0.358% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0762% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Cornell University in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Male (20.1%), followed by White Female (19.2%) and Asian Female (10.3%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Male (18.6%), followed by White Female (14.4%) and Asian Male (5.01%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

99.6%

Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Cornell University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 22,319 students. The full-time enrollment at Cornell University is 22,227 and the part-time enrollment is 92. This means that 99.6% of students enrolled at Cornell University are enrolled full-time compared with 78.1% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

97%

2016 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 97%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Doctoral Universities (83%), 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

    8,319

  2. Asian

    3,317

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    2,231

The enrolled student population at Cornell University is 37.3% White, 14.9% Asian, 10% Hispanic or Latino, 4.96% Black or African American, 3.6% Two or More Races, 0.358% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0762% 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 51.9% White, 12.8% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.36% 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, 1,522 students (6.82%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2016, 406 fewer women than men received degrees from Cornell University. The majority of degree recipients at Cornell University are white (2,778 degrees awarded). There were 2.68 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (1036 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Cornell University is General Biological Sciences (335 degrees awarded), followed by Labor & Industrial Relations (283 degrees) and Hotel Administration & Management (271 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 (569 degrees awarded), Architecture and Related Services (228 degrees), and Engineering (1,489 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 Miscellaneous managers (472,983 people), Software developers, applications & systems software (374,839 people), Miscellaneous engineers, including nuclear engineers (317,793 people), Civil engineers (236,850 people), and Postsecondary teachers (180,134 people).

The most specialized majors at Cornell University are Agriculture (569 degrees awarded), Architecture and Related Services (228 degrees), Engineering (1,489 degrees), Cultural & Gender Studies (74 degrees), and Physical Sciences (241 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 Physicians & surgeons, Economists, Chief executives & legislators, Dentists, and Aircraft pilots & flight engineers

The most specialized majors at Cornell University are Agriculture (569 degrees awarded), Architecture and Related Services (228 degrees), Engineering (1,489 degrees), Cultural & Gender Studies (74 degrees), and Physical Sciences (241 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 (551,699 people), Computer Systems Design (415,354 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (314,862 people), Construction (285,013 people), and Elementary & secondary schools (164,086 people).

The most specialized majors at Cornell University are Agriculture (569 degrees awarded), Architecture and Related Services (228 degrees), Engineering (1,489 degrees), Cultural & Gender Studies (74 degrees), and Physical Sciences (241 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. 335 degrees awarded

  2. 283 degrees awarded

  3. 271 degrees awarded

In 2016, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Cornell University was General Biological Sciences with 335 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men

  1. 3,893

  2. 3,487

In 2016, 3,893 degrees were awarded to men at Cornell University, which is 1.12 times more than the number of degrees awarded to females (3,487).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2016, 457 degrees were awarded to men at Cornell University in General Business Administration & Management, which is 2.6 times more than the 176 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2016, 179 degrees were awarded to women at Cornell University in General Biological Sciences, which is 1.15 times more than the 156 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

87%

100% Completion Time

93%

150% Completion Time

In 2016, 87% of students graduating from Cornell University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 93% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 94% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.

Hispanic or Latino Female

Highest Graduation Rate (96.9%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Cornell University is Female and Hispanic or Latino (96.9% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (67.2%).

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, 9.84% of graduates (293 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    2,778 degrees awarded

  2. Asian

    1,036 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    563 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Cornell University is white (2,778 degrees awarded). There were 2.68 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (1036 degrees).

7.32% of degree recipients (540 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic

  1. White Male

    1,538 degrees awarded

  2. White Female

    1,240 degrees awarded

  3. Asian Female

    533 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Cornell University is white male (1,538 degrees awarded). There were 1.24 times more white male recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white female (1,240 degrees).

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Operations

Cornell University has an endowment valued at nearly $4.76B, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $187M (3.93%), compared to the 1.54% average return ($4.18M on $271M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2015, Cornell University had a total expenditure of $2.12B. Of that $2.12B, they spent $961M on salaries and $2.12B on benefits.

Cornell University employs 728 Professors, 379 Associate professors, and 322 Assistant professors. Most academics at Cornell University are Male Professors (552), Male Associate professors(234), and Male Assistant professors (192).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Cornell University are: Office and Administrative Support, with 1456 employees, Service, with 1179 employees, and Computer, Engineering, and Science with 929 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$4.76B

2015 Endowment

2.46%

growth from 2014

Cornell University has an endowment valued at about $4.76B, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The endowment of Cornell University grew 2.46% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $4.49B 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. $309M - Federal

  2. $29.1M - State

  3. $12M - Local

As of 2015, Cornell University received $309M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $29.1M from state grants and contracts, and $12M from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Primary Expenses

Expenditure values can vary depending on whether the institution is public or private, and are not available for private-for-profit schools.

$961M

Salary Expenditure

$2.12B

Benefits Expenditure

In 2015, Cornell University had a total expenditure of $2.12B. Of that $2.12B, they spent $961M on salaries and $2.12B on benefits.

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Expenditure by Category

This tree map shows all of the primary expenses of Research at Cornell University as a share of total expenditure.

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Salary Expenditure

$961M

2015 Salaries

5.88%

growth from 2014

In 2015, Cornell University paid a median of $961M in salaries, which represents 45.3% of their overall expenditure ($2.12B) and a 5.88% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 4.1% growth from 2013 and a 3.4% growth from 2012.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 206M (43.4% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$243M

Instructional Salaries

1,790

Number of Employees

In 2015, Cornell University paid a total of $243M to 1,790 employees working as instructors, which represents 25.3% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $62.1M (30.2%) for similar Doctoral Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Professor

Most Common Instructor

728 Employees

Office and Administrative Support

Most Common Non-Instructional Employee

1456 Employees

In 2016, the most common positions for instructional staff at Cornell University were Professor with 728 employees; Associate professor with 379 employees; and Associate professor with 322 employees.

In 2016, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Cornell University were Office and Administrative Support with 1,456 employees; Service with 1,179 employees; and Computer, Engineering, and Science with 929 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic

  1. Male Professor

  2. Male Associate professor

  3. Male Assistant professor

In 2016, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Cornell University was Male Professor with 552 employees, Male Associate professor with 234 employees, and Male Assistant professor with 192 employees.

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

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