Cornell University

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Cornell University
motto "I would found an institution where any person can find instruction in any study"
("I wanted to found an institution where anyone can study any subject")
founding 1865
Sponsorship Private
place Ithaca , New York , USA
president Martha E. Pollack
Students 21,904 (2015)
Employee 11,199 (2004)
Annual budget US $ 4.33 billion (2018)
Foundation assets US $ 6.8 billion (2017)
University sports Ivy League
Networks AAU , ELLS
The law library
The west campus
The Balch Halls

The Cornell University (in short: Cornell ) is a US-based private university with main campus in Ithaca , New York . It is one of the eight universities of the Ivy League and is one of the most renowned universities in the world.

History and present

Cornell University was founded in 1865 by Ezra Cornell , a businessman and pioneer in the telecommunications industry, and Andrew Dickson White , a noted scholar and politician. The motto of the college, formulated by Ezra Cornell in 1865, is “I would found an institution where any person can find instruction in any study” (“I wanted to found an institution where anyone can study any subject”); it can be found in abbreviated form in the university's coat of arms.

Today more than 20,000 people study at the three main locations in Ithaca, New York City (human medicine and Cornell Tech) and Doha ( Qatar ). Cornell is a numerically large member of the Ivy League and to date has 47 Nobel Prize winners among its students and faculty. The university is regularly among the top 15 in the world in various rankings. The QS Ranking lists them in 14th place worldwide in 2018. The admission rate for graduates in 2022 is 10.3%. Cornell University is a member of the Association of American Universities , an association of leading research-intensive North American universities that has existed since 1900, and has guest status in the Euroleague for Life Sciences .

In December 2011, plans for a large graduate school from Technion and Cornell University in New York were published: A new New York City Tec campus is to be built on Roosevelt Island with investments of 2 billion US dollars on the previous site of the Goldwater Memorial Hospital . Private donations made a significant contribution to the financing. For example, Charles Feeney contributed $ 350 million and the Bloomberg Foundation contributed $ 100 million. In addition to an emphasis on engineering courses, degrees from Business School (MBA) and Law School (LL.M.) are offered in New York City. Regular teaching at Cornell Tech began in the fall semester of 2017.


Undergraduate Colleges and Schools

  • Architecture, art and planning
  • Hotel management
  • Human Ecology
  • Industrial and labor relations
  • Engineering
  • Arts and sciences
  • Agriculture and Life Sciences

Graduate Colleges and Schools

  • Medicine (Weill Medical College of Cornell University located in New York City )
  • Medicine (on campus in Qatar )
  • Medical Sciences (Weill Graduate School of Medical Sciences)
  • Law (Ithaca Main Campus (JD and LL.M.); Cornell Tech in New York City (LL.M.))
  • Veterinary medicine
  • Economics (Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management)
  • Graduate school
  • School of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Other facilities

  • The Cornell Lab of Ornithology , founded in 1915, is an internationally distinguished non-profit organization for ornithological research and bird protection with many webcams for bird watching across North America and 78,000 registered supporters. Connected to the laboratory's Macaulay Library ( Macaulay Library ).
  • The Cornell Electron Positron Storage Ring (CESR) on campus is an electron positron collider with the Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source ( CHESS ) as the energy source and the MacCHESS ( Macromolecular Diffraction Facility at CHESS ) radiation diffraction device .
  • The Samuel Curtis Johnson School publishes the journal Administrative Science Quarterly out what to Ilídio Barreto (2010) to the eight leading international management journals is one ( "Basket of Eight" of management journals).
  • In the film Dirty Dancing , the son of the hotel-resort owner, with whom the family spends the summer, studied at the Cornell Hotel School . It ranks first in the corresponding global ranking; the five-star Statler Hotel , which is run by the hotel students, is located on campus .
  • In 2015, the Carl Sagan Institute - Pale Blue Dot and Beyond was founded at Cornell , and the Austrian astronomer and astrophysicist Lisa Kaltenegger is its director.


Cornell's sports teams are the Big Red . Cornell University is a member of the Ivy League .



Cornell University is the setting for the novel Fool on the Hill by Matt Ruff . In addition, the film The Direct Hit was filmed on the Cornell University campus, among other places. The Cornell Plantations , a botanical garden owned by Cornell University and located in the area of ​​the Town of Ithaca .

Cornell University has the most fraternities in the country .

The asteroid (8250) Cornell was named after the university in 1999.

Web links

Commons : Cornell University  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. In the Shanghai Ranking 2018, the Cornell University occupies the 12th place worldwide and in the QS World University Rankings 2019 number 14 in the world .
  5. "Introducing: Carl Sagan Institute: Pale Blue Dot and Beyond" (30 June 2018)

Coordinates: 42 ° 26 ′ 56 "  N , 76 ° 28 ′ 43"  W.