Cornell University

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2022 Undergraduate Tuition
$62,456
3.6% growth from 2021
2022 Average Net Price
$26,060
After Financial Aid
2019 Default Rate
0.47%
on Student Loans
2022 Acceptance Rate
7.47%
69,195 Applicants
2022 Enrolled Students
25,898
96.9% Full-Time
2022 Graduation Rate
95.3%
3,159 Graduates

About

Cornell University is a higher education institution located in Tompkins County, NY. In 2022, the most popular Masters Degree concentrations at Cornell University were General Business Administration & Management (590 degrees awarded), Computer Science (332 degrees), and Management Science (305 degrees).

In 2022, 8,800 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Cornell University. 49.6% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 50.4% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (2,644 degrees), 1.86 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (1,421 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Cornell University is $62,456, which is $32,306 more than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($30,150).

Costs

In 2022, the median undergraduate tuition at Cornell University is $62,456, which is $32,306 more than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($30,150).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $26,060.

In 2022, 49% of undergraduate students attending Cornell University received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 23% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Tuition Costs

$62,456
2022 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2022, the cost of tuition at Cornell University was $62,456. The cost of tuition at Cornell University is $32,306 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($30,150).

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Average Net Price

$26,060
2022 Value
7.41%
1 Year Growth

In 2022 Cornell University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $26,060. Between 2021 and 2022, the average net price of Cornell University grew by 7.41%.

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Other Student Expenses

$16,396
Room and Board
$1,000
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Cornell University was of $16,396 in 2022. The cost of room and board increased by 5.26% between 2021 and 2022.

During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,000. The cost of books and supplies increased by 1.01% during the same period.

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Financial Aid by Income Level

49%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
23%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

49% of undergraduate students at Cornell University received financial aid through grants or loans in 2022. This represents a growth of 0% with respect to 2021, when 49% 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.
0.47%
2019 Default Rate
12
Number of Defaults

In 2019 the default rate for borrower's at Cornell University was 0.47%, which represents 12 out of the 2554 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 69,195 undergraduate applications in 2022, which represents a 2.69% annual growth. Out of those 69,195 applicants, 5,168 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 7.47% acceptance rate.

There were 25,898 students enrolled at Cornell University in 2022. 37% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Cornell University has an overall enrollment yield of 67.6%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

7.47%
Acceptance Rate in 2022
5,168
Accepted Out of 69,195

In 2022, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Cornell University was 7.47% (5,168 admissions from 69,195 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2021, which was 8.69%. Between 2021 and 2022, the number of applicants grew by 2.69%, while admissions declined by −11.7%..

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SAT Scores

37%
Submission Percentage (2022)
1,281
Scores Submitted (2022)

37% of enrolled first-time students at Cornell University in 2022 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Cornell University had a total enrollment of 25,898 students in 2022. The full-time enrollment at Cornell University is 25,098 students and the part-time enrollment is 800. This means that 96.9% of students enrolled at Cornell University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Cornell University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 30.3% White, 17.9% Asian, 11.2% Hispanic or Latino, 5.88% Black or African American, 4.3% Two or More Races, 0.236% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0849% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Cornell University in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (16.9%), followed by White Male (15.7%) and Asian Female (13.7%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (12.8%), followed by White Male (12.5%) and Asian Female (4.84%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

96.9%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Cornell University in 2022, both undergraduate and graduate, is 25,898 students. The full-time enrollment at Cornell University is 25,098 and the part-time enrollment is 800. This means that 96.9% of students enrolled at Cornell University are enrolled full-time compared with 77.4% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

97%
2022 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 (84%), Cornell University had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    7,840 enrolled students
  2. Asian
    4,637 enrolled students
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    2,900 enrolled students

The enrolled student population at Cornell University is 30.3% White, 17.9% Asian, 11.2% Hispanic or Latino, 5.88% Black or African American, 4.3% Two or More Races, 0.236% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0849% 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 47.5% White, 15.5% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.58% 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, 1,367 students (5.28%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2022, 70 fewer women than men received degrees from Cornell University. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Cornell University is white (2,644 degrees awarded). There were 1.86 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (1421 degrees).

The most common Masters Degree concentration at Cornell University is General Business Administration & Management (590 degrees awarded), followed by Computer Science (332 degrees) and Management Science (305 degrees).

In 2022,  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 Engineering (1,408 degrees awarded), Legal (451 degrees), and Physical Sciences (256 degrees).

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 (1,035,304 people), Other managers (466,799 people), Miscellaneous engineers, including nuclear engineers (398,414 people), Civil engineers (290,959 people), and Postsecondary teachers (221,791 people).

The most specialized majors at Cornell University in 2022 are Engineering (1,408 degrees awarded), Legal (451 degrees), Physical Sciences (256 degrees), Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (1,331 degrees), and Math & Statistics (254 degrees) (as of 2022).

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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 Podiatrists, Surgeons, Physicians, Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, and Cardiovascular technologists and technicians

The most specialized majors at Cornell University are Engineering (1,408 degrees awarded), Legal (451 degrees), Physical Sciences (256 degrees), Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (1,331 degrees), and Math & Statistics (254 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Cornell University are Computer Systems Design (1,080,699 people), Architectural, engineering & related services (498,577 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (433,119 people), Construction (332,881 people), and Elementary & secondary schools (276,893 people).

The most specialized majors at Cornell University are Engineering (1,408 degrees awarded), Legal (451 degrees), Physical Sciences (256 degrees), Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (1,331 degrees), and Math & Statistics (254 degrees) (as of 2022).

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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 (2022)
  1. 504 degrees awarded
  2. 290 degrees awarded
  3. 282 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Cornell University was Computer Science with 504 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

4,435
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2022
4,365
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2022

In 2022, 4,435 degrees were awarded to men at Cornell University, which is 1.02 times more than the number of degrees awarded to females (4,365).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2022, 550 degrees were awarded to men at Cornell University in Computer Science, which is 1.78 times more than the 309 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2022, 309 degrees were awarded to men at Cornell University in Computer Science, which is 0.562 times less than the 550 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

89%
100% Completion Time
95%
150% Completion Time

In 2022, 89% 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 96% 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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Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
White Female
Highest Graduation Rate (98.2%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate in 2022 at Cornell University is Female and White (98.2% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (73.2%).

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, 8.45% of graduates (267 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    2,644 degrees awarded
  2. Asian
    1,421 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    785 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Cornell University is white (2,644 degrees awarded). There were 1.86 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (1421 degrees).

5.6% of degree recipients (493 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic (2022)
  1. White Male
    1,377 degrees awarded
  2. White Female
    1,267 degrees awarded
  3. Asian Female
    767 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Cornell University is white male (1,377 degrees awarded). There were 1.09 times more white male recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white female (1267 degrees).

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Operations

Cornell University has an endowment valued at nearly $9.35B, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of −NaNM (−1.25%) compared to the 1.13% average return (4.2M on 373M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2022, Cornell University had a total salary expenditure of 2.66B. Cornell University employs 758 Professors, 408 Associate professors and 400 Assistant professors. Most academics at Cornell University are Male Professor (539), Male Associate professor (236), and Female Professor (219).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Cornell University are: Office and Administrative Support, with 1,427 employees, Service, with 1,377 employees, and Business and Financial Operations with 1,140 employees.

Endowment

$9.35B
2022 Endowment
1.35%
decline from 2021

Cornell University has an endowment valued at about $9.35B, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The endowment of Cornell University declined 1.35% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $8.97B 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. $408M - Federal
  2. $54.8M - State
  3. $5.9M - Local

As of 2022, Cornell University received $408M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $54.8M from state grants and contracts, and $5.9M from local grants and contracts.

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Salary Expenditure

$1.14B
2022 Salaries
6.42%
growth from 2021

In 2022, Cornell University paid a median of $1.14B in salaries, which represents 42.8% of their overall expenditure ($2.66B) and a 6.42% growth from the previous year.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 246M (41.5% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$296M
Instructional Salaries
1,908
Number of Employees

In 2022, Cornell University paid a total of $296M to 1,908 employees working as instructors, which represents 26% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $73.7M (30%) for similar Doctoral Universities.

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Occupations by Share

Professor
Most Common Instructor
758 Employees
Office and Administrative Support
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
1,427 Employees

In 2022, the most common positions for instructional staff at Cornell University were Professor with 758 employees, Associate professor with 408 employees, and Assistant professor with 400 employees.

In 2022, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Cornell University were Office and Administrative Support with 1,427 employees, Service with 1,377 employees, and Business and Financial Operations with 1,140 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic (2022)
  1. Male Professor
  2. Male Associate professor
  3. Female Professor

In 2022, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Cornell University was Male Professor with 539 employees, Male Associate professor with 236 employees, and Female Professor with 219 employees.

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

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