Vault 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.


Cornell is one of the eight Ivy Leagues and is most selective, with an 18 percent admission rate. Applicants need to submit the Common Application and Cornell Supplement, school and midyear reports and transcript, two teacher evaluations, standardized test scores, and application fee.

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