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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
  • Allison from Deerfield, IL
  • 5
  • I live in one of the older dorms and still love it. How much you will enjoy your dorm depends far more on who you're living with than the building…

  • Jan-14-2015 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
  • Carli from Rochester Hills, MI
  • 4
  • Dorm life is very social and supportive at Cornell. I have experienced hall mates become almost like family members as people in pods, in the same hall, or on the…

  • Dec-30-2014 Read More


Student Responses to Review Topic: Food And Dining
  • 5
  • Jo
  • Dec-01-2015 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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  • 4
  • Hunter from Springfield, MO
  • Mar-27-2015 I am researching this school and have not visited the campus

    The food is decent, but campus food will always be considered unhealthy in my book.

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  • 5
  • Allison from Deerfield, IL
  • Jan-14-2015 I am a current student here

    Cornell's food is great. There's a lot of good vegetarian options and everything is clearly labeled with major allergens and if it's vegetarian/vegan. There's only been a couple side dishes I've ever run into that weren't very good, but generally I've been extremely impressed.

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  • 3
  • Carli from Rochester Hills, MI
  • Dec-30-2014 I am a current student here

    Cornell is known to have some of the best dining options. They always have a diverse spread of food in the dining halls. Unfortunately, I and those like me with food allergies seem to struggle with finding different things to eat. There is always the option to file with student disabilities, but I did not deem my allergies severe enough to do so. Unfortunately I now find myself eating the same things every day. If you have an allergy, I highly suggest talking to the chefs or filing with student disabilities! There is information that you can find online about how to do this.

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  • 5
  • Christina from Oakland Gardens, NY
  • Dec-27-2014 I am a current student here

    Freshman 15 is a very serious issue at Cornell. The all-you-can-eat meal plan is the death of all students. The food is quite good considering dining hall food. There is usually a large selection of food. The dinner options tend to be better than lunch. There are always cafes open for coffee and snack runs. There are also some late night snack places open until 2 am.

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  • 5
  • Melinda from Ithaca, NY
  • Dec-14-2014 I am a current student here

    The food here is actually great. But only if you prefer mostly American food. The dining halls always try to create foods from other cultures, and they do a decent job at it, but don't expect it to be great or come close to restaurant quality. The best thing about Cornell Dining is the options. You will literally be able to find food for any diet-- gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian, Kosher, and the next new fad.

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  • 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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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 0
  • Jo
  • Dec-01-2015 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
  • Dec-30-2014 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
  • Dec-27-2014 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
  • Dec-14-2014 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
  • 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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