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In 1865, Ezra Cornell founded an institution "where any person can find instruction in any study." From the beginning, all students were welcome, regardless of race, gender, ideology, or socioeconomic status. Today, we invite you to join our talented and diverse students and accessible faculty who, together, form a living and learning community unmatched in its breadth of opportunities.

Cornell University's college, schools, and other academic units offer more than 4,000 courses, 70 undergraduate majors, 93 graduate fields of study, undergraduate and advanced degrees, and continuing education and outreach programs.

Academic Units

Colleges, Schools, and Faculties

Cornell has seven undergraduate colleges; a graduate school; professional-degree schools in business management, medicine, law, and veterinary medicine; and affiliated faculty units.



Cornell's nearly 100 academic departments offer an astounding variety of degree programs and other types of curricula.


Centers, Institutes, Laboratories, and Programs

Cornell's numerous designated national centers and programs and other interdisciplinary research and study units support and advance every aspect of the university, are directly accessible to members of the Cornell community and others, and help ensure that Cornell maintains a global presence and perspective. 

What are Students Learning?

A Cornell education prepares students for life's journey. Our distinctive approach combines a liberal arts education with the rigors of scientific inquiry. Students learn to be critical thinkers with a global outlook poised to respond to the challenges ahead.


You might think the Cornell campus is so big that it should have its own zip code. It is and it does. But one of the first things you'll notice when you arrive is that the many options, amenities, and recreational and learning opportunities offered here make the campus feel smaller.

Whether you're seeking study skills, participation in a favorite sport or activity, a delicious meal, outings to explore the region's spectacular natural beauty, help with family or personal issues, opportunities for social interaction, a safe and comfortable place to live, or information about your education and career options, you'll be in good hands during your years at Cornell. And you'll have fun, too.

Life at Cornell is relatively quiet, but never boring. Who has time to be bored?

Check out the real lives of Cornell students on our Life on the Hill blogs.


Cornell is committed to extending its legacy of recruiting a heterogeneous faculty, student body and staff; fostering a climate that doesn't just accommodate differences, but engages with them; and providing rich opportunities for learning from those differences. Toward New Destinations provides a broad institutional framework for diversity, asserting the centrality of diversity and inclusion to the university's values and excellence.

Dual Career

Recruiting first-rate faculty and staff is a top priority for Cornell and in support of that goal the Cornell Dual Career Program offers job search information and assistance to dual career spouses or partners.

You are eligible for services through the Cornell Dual Career Program if your spouse or partner either holds or is being considered for:

  • a Cornell University tenured or tenure track position; or
  • a Cornell University Band H or higher non-academic position with a term of at least two years


  • your spouse or partner and you are considering relocating or have relocated to the Ithaca area within the past two years.

The Dual Career Program is also available to provide assistance in targeted academic recruitment efforts or retention issues in response to a specific request by a provost, vice provost or dean, or, in the case of a nonacademic recruitment effort, a vice president, or the human resource director of the college/unit.

Although the Dual Career Program is not able to provide services to everyone, anyone interested in employment at Cornell University should contact Workforce Recruitment and Retention to learn more about our exciting opportunities or click here for information about conducting a job search in Ithaca.

For more information about the Cornell Dual Career Program, please see the Dual Career Program brochure (pdf), or contact:

Karen Raponi
Dual Career Program Consultant
Recruitment and Employment Center
Cornell University Division of Human Resources
337 Pine Tree Road, Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone: (607) 255-7597 Fax: (607) 254-8305

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