Vault's Rating 4.5 out of 5


  • Large campus in scenic area of Ithaca
  • Low student-teacher ratio and relatively small class size


  • Most selective and fairly expensive
  • Far from major cities

The Bottom Line

  • Cornell University is a well-respected private institution, located in the scenic Finger Lakes region of New York, with a mission to provide excellent education to students of all backgrounds and foster an environment of collegiality and responsible stewardship.

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