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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…

  • Jul-15-2012 Read More
  • Stephanie from Longwood, FL
  • 1
  • once you become a sophmore the housing lottery is a nightmare. the pressure to move off campus is huge. mainly because you might get stuck in a themed house far…

  • Feb-17-2012 Read More
  • Nad
  • 4
  • I had the chance to live in Dickson my freshman year and it was an extremely social dorm. It was not a new building, but the atmosphere really made up…

  • Oct-06-2013 Read More


Student Responses to Review Topic: Food And Dining
  • 5
  • Denzel
  • Jul-11-2014 I am a past student here

    Cornell Dining food is delicious, I've had food at other universities and none of them compare to the level of Cornell dining. I guess having a culinary school on campus helps. The food is the closest thing to a home-cooked meal you can get without going to an expensive restaurant or going home. The meal plans can be a little pricey compared to buying and cooking your own food, but as long as you use it (don't skip meals) it's worth every penny. The best thing that Cornell consistently does is their ice cream which they make on campus. Be careful though, it's called the Freshman 15 for a reason.

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  • 4
  • Erin from Locke, NY
  • Jul-11-2014 I am a current student here

    Cornell's food ranks really well compared to other college campuses. They try really hard to accommodate dietary restrictions and offer a variety of meal options. In addition to the all-you-care-to-eat dining halls, there are lots of cafes on campus where you can find other (sometimes better) food. Those are closer to classes and where most students choose to eat lunch. That's a good thing to keep in mind when considering which meal plan to choose. There is one dining hall on central campus where the classes are, but that can get pretty crowded.

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  • 5
  • Carey from Teaneck, NJ
  • May-03-2014 I am a current student here

    Cornell has some of the best dining options of any college in the country, with a wide variety of food options, including several all-you-can-eat dining halls. Healthy, natural and local options exist, and Cornell Orchards and Dairy products often show up on campus. Although late-night options are limited to two locations, there are generally few other complaints.

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  • 4
  • Kristin from Elgin, SC
  • Feb-21-2014 I am a current student here

    The best part about the food is the variety. There are several dining halls and caf�������©s all around campus.

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  • 4
  • Engineering Student
  • Dec-30-2013 I am a current student here

    Good, but even then, it gets old. While Cornell dining is well known to be among the best, it's still not quite restaurant caliber. As someone who grew up surrounded by great food from around the world at low prices, I've been somewhat spoiled. The biggest issue here is cost: given a standard meal plan, each all-you-can-eat meal comes out to about $14.

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  • 5
  • Rondeline from Riverside, CA
  • Dec-30-2013 I am a current student here

    The food is some of the best in the country! There are 30 dining places on campus, and I'd say the cream of the crop is actually on West Campus where many upperclassman stay. Freshman are welcome to venture off to West Campus with their meal plan, but also have the option of two full-service dining halls and a small convenience store and grill on North Campus.

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  • 4
  • Hannah
  • Dec-10-2013 I am a current student here

    Compared to most schools, the dining here is high end. THe food is good and there is variety.

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  • 5
  • Susan from Canehill, AR
  • Nov-12-2013 I am a current student here

    Cornell's food and dining is absolutely one of the best, especially on West Campus. Once you take in consideration that it's still campus food cooked in large quantities, you'll come to realize that your food is hundreds of times better than what your high school friends have at their schools. Plus, they accommodate food allergies and other dietary restrictions or choices very well.

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 0
  • Erin from Locke, NY
  • Jul-11-2014 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
  • Oct-29-2013 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
  • Oct-21-2013 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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  • 0
  • Nad
  • Oct-06-2013 I am a past student here

    I will be honest, Greek life is a very big part of campus. There are many different types of social frats and sororities as well as service and academic ones. However, it is not so dominant that you will feel isolated if you do not wish to join. I, myself, never wished to join a sorority and never felt out of place because of it. I was friends with plenty of girls and guys in Greek life, and even attended some formals and events.

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  • 0
  • Allie
  • Aug-05-2013 I am a current student here

    Any kind of person can join greek life. A third of the campus in involved in greek life!

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  • 0
  • Victoria from Plainsboro, NJ
  • Jun-17-2013 I am a current student here

    I am a member of Alpha Xi Delta and have found it to be a rewarding experience. The sisterhood bonds last for life and they will help you through anything. There is no apparent Greek vs. Non-greek stigma and everyone just finds the place where they are meant to be.

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  • 0
  • Yujin from Chestnut Hill, MA
  • May-24-2013 I am a current student here

    Cornell has an amazing Greek life for those of you who are interested. There are so many fraternities (can't remember how many but there definitely are more than 40) and 12 sororities. Sororities tend to accept more people than fraternities given that there are only 12 of them on campus. They are predominant in a student's social life.

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