The solution to the Poincaré Conjecture, one of the most famous problems in mathematics, was first posted on Cornell's arXiv.org.
Cornell endowed the nation's first professorships in American history, musicology, and American literature.
Cornell established the first four-year schools of hotel administration and industrial and labor relations.
Cornell awarded the world's first degree in journalism, the nation's first degree in veterinary medicine, and the first doctorates in electrical and industrial engineering.
Cornell was the first U.S. university to offer a major in American studies.
The first university to teach modern Far Eastern languages, Cornell's IMPAC program now provides intensive study of Mandarin Chinese.
By Ezra Cornell and Andrew Dickson White.
Morrill Hall was the first building constructed on the main Ithaca campus, which today includes 702 buildings on 2300 acres.
Public and private
Cornell is the federal land-grant institution of New York State, a private endowed university, a member of the Ivy League/Ancient Eight, and a partner of the State University of New York. It has been described as the first truly American university because of its founders' revolutionarily egalitarian and practical vision of higher education, and is dedicated to its land-grant mission of outreach and public service.
Colleges and schools
Seven undergraduate units and four graduate and professional units in Ithaca, two medical graduate and professional units in New York City, and one in Doha, Qatar. The Cornell Tech campus in New York City is the latest addition.
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