Cornell is the federal land-grant institution of New York State, a private endowed university, a member of the Ivy League/Ancient Eight, and a partner of the State University of New York. It has been described as the first truly American university because of its founders' revolutionarily egalitarian and practical vision of higher education, and is dedicated to its land-grant mission of outreach and public service.
The University was founded in 1865 by Ezra Cornell and Andrew Dickson White. In 1868 Morrill Hall was the first building constructed on the main Ithaca campus, which today includes 628 buildings on more than 2000 acres.
43 Nobel laureates affiliated with Cornell as faculty members or alumni. Cornellians are noted for their accomplishments in public, professional, and corporate life. Lee Teng-hui was president of Taiwan, Mario García Menocal was president of Cuba, Jamshid Amuzegar ('50) was prime minister of Iran, Hu Shih ('14) was a Chinese reformer and representative to the United Nations, Janet Reno ('60) was the first female United States Attorney General, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg('54) serves on the Supreme Court, Alumnus David Starr Jordan (1872) was the founding president of Stanford University, and M. Carey Thomas (1877) founded Bryn Mawr College. Additionally, alumnus Matt Urban ('41) holds the distinction as the most decorated serviceman in United States history.
Fourteen colleges and schools, each autonomous in its programs, its admissions, its faculty, and its support. Each working together as Cornell University to serve you, your needs and Cornell's specific missions.
Cornell University is home to contract colleges and schools that were created by an Act of the New York State Legislature and receive direct funding from New York State. They are at the core of our public partnership with the SUNY program. Their mission is linked directly to the economic and social well-being of New York State.
Seven undergraduate units and four graduate and professional units in Ithaca, two medical graduate and professional units in New York City, and one in Doha, Qatar. The Cornell Tech campus in New York City is the latest addition.
Twenty-three hundred acres at the heart of New York's Finger Lakes region. Ithaca (University Campus) has been named one of the top 100 places to live, a top 10 recreation city, a best green place to live, and one of the "foodiest" towns in America. For the bustle of city life, head off campus to the Ithaca Commons or Collegetown. Not busy enough? The City of Syracuse is under an hour away, and frequent buses to NYC allow for day trips.