An unusual public-private hybrid, Cornell has a unique position in the Ivy League. New York State residents can enroll in the colleges of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Industrial and Labor Relations, or Human Ecology, and pay at least $15,000 a year less than the tuition charged by the private part of the university. (They are free to take courses in any of Cornell’s colleges.) Cornell is also the largest and least selective of the Ivies, accepting about 15% of applicants into its freshman classes of some 3,300 students.
Cornell’s private side includes a highly respected Arts & Sciences college as well as a Hotel Administration program that’s considered a leader in the field. Recent grads tend to find high-paying jobs, reporting earnings of about $57,000 a year, significantly more than the average reported by graduates of similar schools.
Cornell celebrates a variety of campus traditions, one of the most beloved of which is Slope Day, a celebration of the end of winter that includes a “strolling competition” and musical performances by the likes of Ludacris and Kendrick Lamar.