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Colleges Established by New York State

A partnership that works for New York State.

Cornell's role as New York State's land grant institution, and the public responsibilities that come with that status, are reflected in activities throughout the university. However, four of the schools at Cornell are directly tied to the university's land grant mission, and receive operating and construction funds from New York State:


College of Veterinary Medicine, established in 1894, with diagnostic testing labs, treatment facilities, and research programs for large and small animals;


College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, established in 1904, with departments devoted to plant science, natural resources, food science, animal husbandry, and education;

human ecology

College of Human Ecology, established in 1924, with experts in workplace design, human development, nutritional sciences, policy analysis and management, and textiles;


School of Industrial and Labor Relations, established in 1944, whose faculty specialize in collective bargaining, labor law, and organizational behavior;

Cornell also fulfills its responsibility for research in the agricultural and related sciences through the Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station in Ithaca and the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva.

Cornell's land grant activities touch on nearly every aspect of life in the Empire State.

Agriculture and Food Systems:

Cornell researchers develop disease and pest-resistant crops that can thrive in New York's climate. They provide support for livestock farming, and work with farmers to identify new markets and products.

Healthy Individuals and Communities:

Faculty and extension staff work with community leaders to develop human services and youth programs that improve the quality of life for individuals and families; provide monitoring and testing services in areas such as water quality and animal disease; and address workplace health and safety issues.

Environmental Protection:

Researchers are finding ways of producing food energy, and other necessities while preserving biodiversity, renewability, and resource productivity for the future.

Economic Development and Security:

Experts from across the university work with regional agencies to foster economic development. They monitor fish and game populations and diseases, benefiting the hunting and fishing industries. Experts offer certification and support to professional organizations, and provide research and expert opinions to those charged with formulating public policy.