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Cornell University Campus Life

Campus Size

Large Campus
Total Undergrads
Including 14 Part-time
Degree-Seeking Freshmen

Gender Breakdown:

47% Women
53% Men


NCAA Division I-AA

Ivy Group

  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Cross Country/Track

Total Varsity Sports


Men's sports coaches (Average salary: $129,711)
Women's sports coaches (Average salary: $81,433)
Athletics Details
Sport Varsity Men Varsity Women Club Intramural
All Track Combined 167 232 Yes -
Baseball 35 - Yes -
Basketball 18 15 Yes Yes
Equestrian - 27 - -
Fencing - 34 Yes -
Field Hockey - 23 - Yes
Football 108 - - -
Golf 14 - - Yes
Gymnastics - 21 Yes -
Ice Hockey 26 21 - Yes
Lacrosse 43 26 Yes -
Other Sports 82 25 - -
Rowing 97 59 - -
Soccer 35 29 Yes Yes
Softball - 23 - Yes
Squash 14 11 - Yes
Swimming and Diving 35 29 - -
Tennis 16 11 Yes Yes
Volleyball - 19 Yes Yes
Wrestling 36 - Yes Yes
Badminton - - - Yes
Bowling - - Yes Yes
Court Sports - - - Yes
Cricket - - Yes -
Cycling - - Yes -
Flag Football - - - Yes
Frisbee/Disc Sports - - Yes Yes
Martial Arts/Self Defense - - Yes -
Outdoor Fitness/Recreation - - Yes Yes
Roller Hockey - - Yes -
Rugby - - Yes -
Sailing - - Yes -
Skating - - Yes -
Skiing - - Yes -
Table Tennis - - Yes Yes
Track and Field, X-Country - - - Yes
Water Polo - - Yes Yes
Water Sports - - Yes -
Weight Lifting - - Yes -


Student Total
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.3%
Asian/Pacific Islander 13.6%
Black/non-Hispanic 4.5%
Hispanic 6.6%
Non-resident alien 17.0%
Race/Ethnicity unknown 11.9%
Two or more races 1.9%
White/non-Hispanic 44.1%
Percent of students with disability 4%

Services & Housing

Services Offered
  • Academic/Career counseling
  • Employment services for current students to find part-time positions
  • Job placement for graduates to find full-time employment
  • Library on campus
  • On-Campus Housing
  • Meal plan offered, maximum 21 meals per week.

Clubs & Organizations

Musical Groups
  • Choral Groups
  • Concert Band
  • Jazz Band
  • Marching Band
  • Music Ensemble
  • Pep Band
  • Symphony Orchestra
Performance Arts
  • Dance
  • Drama Theater
  • Musical Theater
Journalism & Publications
  • Literary Magazine
  • Student Newspaper
  • Yearbook
  • Television Station
  • Radio Station
Reserved Officers' Training Corps (ROTC)
  • Army ROTC
  • Navy ROTC
  • Air Force ROTC
  • International Student Organization
  • Model United Nations
  • Student Government
  • Campus Ministries

Safety Statistics

Arrests On Campus
Illegal Weapons Possession 0
Drug Law Violation 20
Liquor Law Violation 8
Criminal Offenses On Campus
Personal Crime 3
Property Crime 21

Notable Alumni

  • Adolph & Joseph Coors, co-founders of the Coors beer brewing company
  • Bill Maher [Class of 1978], comedian, host of Politically Incorrect
  • Bill Nye [Class of 1977], "The science guy"
  • Christopher Reeve [Class of 1974], actor, best known for Superman
  • E. B. White [Class of 1921], American essayist, author of "Elements of Style," "Charlotte's Web"
  • Janet Reno [Class of 1960], U.S. attorney general under Clinton
  • Ken Dryden [Class of 1969], NHL Hall of Fame goalie
  • Peter Yarrow [Class of 1959], folksinger of Peter, Paul, and Mary
  • Toni Morrison [Class of 1955], author and Nobel laureate
  • Pearl S. Buck [Class of 1926], Nobel laureate, author of Pulitzer Prize novel, The Good Earth
Reviews Dorm Life
  • Lisa from Commack, NY
  • 4
  • The dorm life is livable however the buildings range in quality. So when you don't get a choice as to which building you want, it is unfair to those that…

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  • Denzel
  • 5
  • Some of the dorms may be a little old (i.e. 1960s and 1970s), however they still have a very cozy feeling to them. Some of the older buildings do not…

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Food And Dining
  • 5
  • Cameron from Decatur, GA
  • I am accepted here and planning to attend soon

    There are four main meal plans at Cornell. There is Bear Basic, where you get 7 meals a week with four bonus meals per semester (for guests or visitors) and $500 in Big Red Bucks per semester (BRBs, which are used to by small snacks in vending machines and such). Bear Choice is where you get 10 meals per week with 4 bonus meals per semester, and $500 in BRBs per semester. With Bear Traditional, you may have up to 14 meals per week with 4 bonus meals per semester, and $400 in BRBs per semester. Lastly, Bear Unlimited gives unlimited access to food during designated service periods every week, 8 bonus meals per semester, and $400 in BRBs per semester.

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  • 5
  • Xiaoyu
  • I am a current student here

    The food here is great. It is also very convenient to find places to eat on campus or in college town. The food on campus can be slightly expensive. We also have an app called Eatery for where to eat and also the menu for dining halls. For meal plan, I think the 10 meals per week one should work well. For meal plans, there are also Big Red Bucks that come with the meal plan, which can be used to buy food on campus, tax free. It is also important to control the spending since some of my friends ran out of BRBs during exam week. It will be helpful to store some food in room for exam week at the end of the semester. The ice cream is also really good. Go to Dairy Bar for ice cream!!! The ones in dining hall are also from the Dairy Bar.

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  • 5
  • Mia from Brooklyn, NY
  • I am a current student here

    Great food and dining. Many different options for any type of eaters. Multiple chefs in every dining room.

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  • 5
  • Jeb
  • I am researching this school and have not visited the campus

    Best restaurants?

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  • 4
  • Madeline from Charlotte, NC
  • I am accepted here and planning to attend soon

    The food was good. I ate at one small cafe and one large dining hall. Both had healthy choices and junk food and they tasted fine. I can see where it might get repetitive after a while and I'll want to venture to a real restaurant on occasion. Coming from the south I am seriously going to miss Chick-fil-A because Ithaca doesn't have any.

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  • 5
  • JIANG from China
  • I am researching this school and have not visited the campus

    If you live in a university which is good at agricultureï¼?I donâ??t think we need to worry about it.That's true.

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  • 5
  • Maria from Queens, NY
  • I am a current student here

    Food is great! There are plenty of options everyday and an amazing salad bar. Some dishes get old quick, but they are tasty. There is also always fresh fruit everyday!

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  • 5
  • Jo
  • I am a current student here

    West campus has the best dining hall food but North campus dining halls are definitely not bad. You can use BRBs (big red bucks) to get food from any of the cafes on central campus. Trillium has a really good pasta bar and salad bar. Plus, there's always food in Collegetown.

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 0
  • Emily - Middleburg, FL
  • I am a current student here

    The fraternities have had a bad reputation lately since they've been involved in multiple harassment/assault cases. The university president has tightened up the rules this past year.

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  • 0
  • Jo
  • I am a current student here

    Greek life is pretty big but you don't need to join to have social life. One thing I really like about Greek life here is that you rush second semester of freshman year. This way you will make friends outside of your sorority / fraternity before rushing and you have time to decide if you want to join or not.

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  • 0
  • Carli from Rochester Hills, MI
  • I am a current student here

    Greek life is very dominant on campus, and there are a large number of diverse houses. Sororities and fraternities are always holding fundraisers or formals. Rush week in January is said to be an unforgettable experience!

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  • 0
  • Christina from Oakland Gardens, NY
  • I am a current student here

    Greek life constitutes most of the social life at Cornell. With such a large school, it is hard to branch out and find new friends. Most students choose to rush in order to broaden their social circles. There are over 40 fraternities and 13 sororities.

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  • 0
  • Melinda from Ithaca, NY
  • I am a current student here

    It's great if you want to get involved with IFC or Panhellenic. The campus is about 1/3 Greek, so it's enough that it sure makes a difference but also not overly populated so if you don't go Greek, you will still have friends. For those interested in the Multicultural Greek life, it is also an amazing, but small community. The advisor for the MGC is actually the most amazing person ever. I've been multicultural Greek since my sophomore year and I could never go back. :)

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  • 0
  • Erin from Locke, NY
  • I am a current student here

    I'm not personally involved in Greek life, but about 30% of the student body is. If you're looking to be involved in a fraternity or sorority, there is definitely opportunity here for that. If you don't want to be involved, that's totally fine! Neither does the other 70% of the student body. This definitely isn't a campus where you have to pledge to be social.

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  • 0
  • Marisa from Ithaca, NY
  • I am a current student here

    The greek life on campus is amazing. I am part of a sorority and I have had nothing but positive experiences. The houses are all nice and some are old mansions!

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  • 0
  • Savannah from Highland, CA
  • I am a current student here

    The Greek life on campus is very diverse. There are numerous professional or service fraternities, in addition to social and bonding sororities and fraternities available. There's basically a Greek house available to almost anyone.

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