Cornell Class of 2009: A Brief Summary


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students, academics, and financial aid at the university. In particular, the admissions data listed here are meant to give you a broad understanding of the kind of highly qualified candidates we admit to Cornell. These numbers should not be interpreted, however, to mean that objective data are the most important criteria in our selection process. Other factors, such as secondary school curriculum and performance, special talents, extracurricular activities, essays, and interviews (where required) are critical to our decision making as well. Undergraduate Admissions Office 410 Thurston Avenue Ithaca, New York 14850-2488 607 255-5241 Web: E-mail:

University Totals for the 2004–2005 Admissions Cycle
Early Decision Regular Decision Total

Applicants Admits Enrolling

2,570 1,067 1,052

21,882 5,554 2,056 SAT Math: Enrolling Students

24,452 6,621 3,108

SAT Verbal: Enrolling Students

Above 650 Below 650

67% 33%

Above 650 Below 650

82% 18%

Class Rank: Enrolling Students*

Top 10% Not top 10%
* 51% of students were ranked.

82% 18%

Secondary School: Enrolling Students Public 68% Private/parochial 24% Other (charter, home-schooled, etc.) 8%

Female Male Total 1,561 (50.2%) 1,547 (49.8%) 3,108 5.5% 14.5% 4% 48.5% 6% 0.5% 21% From: New York 33% Mid-Atlantic 22% New England 11% West 9.5% International 7% Midwest 8% South/Southeast 5% Southwest/Mountain 4.5%

African American Asian Bi/Multiracial Caucasian Hispanic Native American Not reported

Full-time first-year students Number who applied for aid Number determined to have financial need Number awarded financial aid Number receiving need-based scholarship/grant aid Average need-based scholarship/grant award 3,108 2,079 1,568 1,568 1,325 $18,240

Courses offered: 4,000+ Undergraduate Majors/Interdisciplinary Programs: 100+

2005–2006 COSTS:
Cornell’s undergraduate colleges have different rates of tuition, depending on whether they are contract units of New York State or funded by private endowment. Your tuition depends on which of Cornell’s seven colleges you enroll in and whether you’re a resident of New York State. Other expenses (except for travel) are the same for all students. Endowed Colleges*
Tuition and fees Housing Dining Books and supplies Personal expenses

Cornell Undergraduate Courses
Breakdown (%) by Class Size 100+ students 8% 14% 44% 40-49 students 30-39 students 7% 8% 19% 2-19 students

50-99 students

$31,467 $6,080 $4,220 $680 $1,380

Contract Colleges**
New York State Resident*** Nonresident

20-29 students

Tuition and fees Housing Dining Books and supplies Personal expenses

$17,367 $6,080 $4,220 $680 $1,380

Tuition and fees Housing Dining Books and supplies Personal expenses

$30,367 $6,080 $4,220 $680 $1,380

First-year students returning after their first year: 96% First-year students who entered in fall 1998 and graduated within six years: 92% (includes five-year program in architecture and dual-degree candidates)

* Endowed colleges or schools at Cornell are privately funded and do not receive direct funding from New York State. Cornell’s endowed colleges or schools include: • College of Architecture, Art, and Planning • College of Arts and Sciences • College of Engineering • School of Hotel Administration ** Contract colleges or schools at Cornell University were created by an act of the New York State Legislature and receive direct funding from New York State. The mission of the contract units is linked directly to the economic and social well-being of New York State. Cornell’s contract units include: • College of Agriculture and Life Sciences • College of Human Ecology • School of Industrial and Labor Relations *** A resident is a person whose permanent domicile is in New York State. The domicile of a person under 21 is presumed to be that of his or her custodial parent(s), unless the student provides acceptable proof of emancipation.

Agriculture and Life Sciences Architecture, Art, and Planning Arts and Sciences Engineering Hotel Administration Human Ecology Industrial and Labor Relations 3,114 547 4,355 2,701 821 1,249 797

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