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Cornell University

An unusual public-private hybrid, Cornell has a unique position in the Ivy League. New York State residents can enroll in its colleges of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Industrial and Labor Relations, or Human Ecology, and pay about $15,000 a year less than the tuition charged by the rest of the university. Cornell is also the largest and typically the least selective of the Ivies, accepting about 10% of applicants into its 15,000-person undergraduate population. Cornell's private side includes a highly respected College of Arts & Sciences as well as architecture and hotel administration programs that are considered leaders in their respective fields. Recent grads tend to find high-paying jobs, reporting earnings of about $68,200 a year to PayScale, about 8% higher than graduates of similar colleges, according to MONEY's calculations. 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 Steve Aoki and Kendrick Lamar. The university is located in one of the country's top college towns, Ithaca, and thanks partly to nearby Ithaca College, college-aged students comprise a large portion of the local population. There are numerous bars and restaurants, a good music scene, and many opportunities for outdoor recreation.
costs
Est. Full Price 2019-2020
$73,400
% of students who get any grants
53%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$33,600
Average price for low-income students
$14,030
admissions
Acceptance rate
13%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1470/33
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
14,815
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
96%
% of need met
100%
% of students who get merit* grants
N/A
Average merit grant
N/A
student success
Graduation rate
93%
Average time to a degree
4.1 years
Average student debt
$12,740
Average salary within 3 years
$68,200
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
59%
key deadlines
Early decision application
Nov 1
Regular application
Jan 2

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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