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2016 Undergraduate Tuition
3.75% growth from 2015
After Financial Aid
2014 Student Loan
Default Rate
2016 Acceptance Rate
44,965 Applicants
2016 Enrolled Students
99% full-time
2016 Graduation Rate
2,978 Graduates


The median tuition at Cornell University is $50,712, which is $18,502 more than the national median tuition of $32,210.

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $30,014.

In 2016, 53% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 30% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

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Cornell University received 44,965 undergraduate applications in 2016, which represents a 7.32% annual growth. Out of those 44,965 applicants, 6,337 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 14.1% acceptance rate.

There were 22,319 students enrolled at Cornell University in 2016, and 69% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Cornell University has an overall enrollment yield of 52.3%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

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Cornell University has a total enrollment of 22,319 students. The full-time enrollment at Cornell University is 22,227 students and the part-time enrollment is 92. This means that 99% of students enrolled at Cornell University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Cornell University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 37.3% White, 14.9% Asian, 10% Hispanic or Latino, 4.96% Black or African American, 3.6% Two or More Races, 0.36% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.08% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Cornell University in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Male (13.1%), followed by White Female (12.5%) and Asian Female (6.69%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Male (6.39%), followed by White Female (4.93%) and Asian Male (1.72%).

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In 2016, 406 fewer women than men graduated from Cornell University. The majority of students graduating from Cornell University are White. These 2,778 graduates mean that there were 2.68 times more White graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, Asian, with 1,036 graduates.

The most common Bachelor's Degree awarded at Cornell University is General Biological Sciences with 335 graduates, followed by Labor & Industrial Relations with 283 graduates and Hotel Administration & Management with 271 graduates.

The most specialized major across all degree types at Cornell University, meaning they have significantly more graduates than the national average across all institutions, is Agriculture, with 569 graduates, followed by Architecture and Related Services with 228 graduates and Engineering with 1,489 graduates.


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Cornell University has an endowment valued at nearly $4.76B, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $186M (3.93%), compared to the 1.09% average return ($2.96M on $270M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2015, Cornell University had a total expenditure of $2.12B. Of that $2.12B, they spent $899M on salaries and $342M on benefits.

Cornell University employs 739 Professors, 399 Associate professors, and 290 Assistant professors. Most academics at Cornell University are Male Professors (566), Male Associate professors (250), and Male Assistant professors (175).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Cornell University are: Office and Administrative Support, with 1,450 employees, Service, with 1,164 employees, and Computer, Engineering, and Science with 903 employees.



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