Cornell University: Narrative Description

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Ithaca, NY 14853-0001
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Description: Independent, university, coed. Awards bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees. Founded 1865. Setting: 745-acre small town campus with easy access to Syracuse. Endowment: $2.9 billion. Research spending 2002-03: $312.6 million. Educational spending 2002-03: $18,651 per student. Total enrollment: 19,620. Faculty: 1,796 (1,643 full-time, 153 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 9:1. 20,441 applied, 31% were admitted. 87% from top 10% of their high school class, 93% from top quarter, 100% from top half. 178 National Merit Scholars. Full-time: 13,655 students, 50% women, 50% men. Students come from 56 states and territories, 107 other countries, 62% from out-of-state, 0.5% Native American, 5% Hispanic, 5% black, 16% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 7% international, 1% 25 or older, 58% live on campus, 4% transferred in. Retention: 96% of 2003 full-time freshmen returned. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: engineering/engineering technologies; business/marketing; social sciences and history. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Ithaca College, Wells College. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army, Naval, Air Force.

Entrance Requirements: Options: electronic application, early admission, early decision, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, 1 recommendation, SAT I or ACT. Recommended: SAT II: Subject Tests. Required for some: interview, SAT II: Subject Tests. Entrance: most difficult. Application deadlines: 1/1, 11/10 for early decision. Notification: 4/3, 12/11 for early decision. Preference given to state residents for state-supported programs.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $65. Comprehensive fee: $38,334 includes full-time tuition ($28,630), mandatory fees ($124), and college room and board ($9580). College room only: $5675. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment: Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 754 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local fraternities; 27% of eligible men and 24% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Student Assembly, Residence Hall Association, Catholic Community, Hillel, Concert Commission. Major annual events: Undergraduate Research Forum, Dragon Day, Cornell Ice Hockey games. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access, escort service. 6,062 college housing spaces available; 5,824 were occupied in 2002-03. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Olin Library plus 17 others with 7.2 million books, 7.8 million microform titles, 64,760 serials, 427,798 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2002-03: $28.7 million. 2,500 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment: Population 30,000. Located at the southern tip of Cayuga Lake, the city encompasses scenic, deep gorges through which flow Six Mile, Fall and Cascadilla Creeks. Ithaca is in the heart of central New York's Finger Lakes region. Good transportation is provided by bus and airlines, as well as state highways. Ithaca has various fraternal, civic and veteran's organizations, and over 30 churches representative of most major denominations. Part-time employment is available for students. Recreational facilities within the vicinity include YMCA, theatres, 3 state parks, indoor ice rink, fishing, boating, swimming, hunting, horseback riding, bowling, a pistol range, archery, museums, golf courses, and 14 public parks.

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