Colleges and Schools
Cornell University is a private research university that provides an exceptional education for undergraduates and graduate and professional students. Cornell's colleges and schools — including four “contract colleges” (operated by Cornell under contract with New York state) — encompass more than 100 fields of study, many of which provide opportunities for learning and engagement that span the state, the nation and the world. With locations in Ithaca, New York, New York City and Doha, Qatar, Cornell creates a unique atmosphere for research, teaching and public engagement.
The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is a pioneer of purpose-driven science and home to Cornell University’s second largest population of students, faculty and staff. We work across disciplines to tackle the challenges of our time through world-renowned research, education and outreach. The questions we probe and the answers we seek focus on three overlapping concerns: natural and human systems; food, energy and environmental resources; and social, physical and economic well-being.
AAP houses the departments of Architecture, Art, Planning, and the multicollege departments of Design Tech and the Paul Rubacha Department of Real Estate across three campuses where we bring critical inquiry, research, design, and imagination to bear on the greatest challenges of our time to build a more just, sustainable, resilient, thriving, and inspired world.
Whether your interests are focused or varied, the College of Arts and Sciences supports intellectual inquisitiveness and initiative, with an array of majors, minors and special programs designed to help you define your own path to success.
One of Cornell’s newest and fastest growing units, the Cornell Ann S. Bowers College of Computing and Information Science houses the departments of Computer Science, Information Science and Statistics. Our mission is to integrate computing, information and data science into every aspect of Cornell’s undergraduate education, research, scholarly programs and activities. Our award-winning faculty will put you at the forefront of 21st century science and technology and how best to meet society’s needs.
We are a surprising, eclectic and visionary group with a broad range of experiences and interests that compel us to tackle pressing problems from many angles. Cornell Engineering students think their way over, under, around and through problems, with a tenacious and entrepreneurial spirit, to make the world a better place.
The College of Human Ecology’s mission is to improve lives by exploring and shaping human connections to natural, social and built environments. High-quality education, research and public engagement are the cornerstones of the college and its departments, which include: human centered design, nutritional sciences, and psychology. We prioritize innovative collaboration and are fueled by a powerful, interdisciplinary and applied (translational) approach. The College of Human Ecology is one of four contract colleges.
The ILR School is the leading college of the applied social sciences focusing on work, employment and labor. Its teaching, research and outreach advance the world of work by preparing leaders, informing national and international policy and practices, and improving lives globally. A land-grant college founded in 1945 as the New York State School of Industrial and Labor Relations, ILR offers undergraduate and graduate education, as well as career-long learning for professionals. Study areas include human resource management, labor-management relations, labor economics, organizational behavior, international and comparative labor, labor relations, labor law and history, conflict resolution, management development, executive education, diversity and inclusion, employment and disability and social statistics. ILR is one of four contract colleges.
The Cornell Jeb E. Brooks School of Public Policy harnesses the university’s wide-ranging expertise in public policy teaching, research and engagement into a shared academic home, further elevating Cornell’s excellence and prominence in the social sciences. The school’s core areas of study are data science and technology policy; environmental and sustainability policy; health policy; human security; inequality and social policy; the politics and economics of development; and race, racism and public policy.
The Cornell SC Johnson College of Business is comprised of the university's three accredited business schools that bring together the excellence and breadth of Cornell's leading undergraduate, graduate and professional business programs.
Cornell's newest graduate campus combines deep technical knowledge with hands-on experience and an entrepreneurial culture. The campus offers a one-year Cornell Master of Engineering degree in computer science, a one-year Johnson Master of Business Administration degree, and a one-year Master of Laws degree. In addition, Cornell Tech offers two Master of Science dual degrees in media technologies and health technologies through the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute, an unprecedented international partnership between Cornell and the Technion.
Cornell Law School is a small, top-tier law school that combines inspired teaching with cutting-edge scholarship in a close-knit and collegial intellectual community. Through robust experience and practical learning, we develop broad-minded and technically sophisticated future lawyers and leaders.
We are dedicated to advancing the understanding of animal and human health at the interface of discovery and application. We foster open collaboration across disciplines and institutional boundaries in order to deliver the greatest possible benefits to all of society. The College of Veterinary Medicine is one of four contract colleges.
With nearly 100 fields of study, Cornell’s unique system of cross-disciplinary and integrative graduate study is independent of traditional departments, colleges or campuses. Our students translate discovery into meaningful and measurable advances in knowledge, new technologies and deep scholarship as they prepare for careers as leaders in academia, industry, government and non-profit organizations.
Weill Cornell Medicine is dedicated to educating exceptional doctors and scientists, making groundbreaking biomedical discoveries, and providing exemplary and individualized clinical care. A top-ranked medical college, the school offers both an MD and a combined MD-PhD program. A close partnership with New York-Presbyterian Hospital and affiliations with Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Rockefeller University, Hospital for Special Surgery and Houston Methodist Hospital make Weill Cornell Medicine an integral part of a world-renowned center of academic medicine and biomedical research.
Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar was established by Cornell University as another location of Weill Cornell Medicine in partnership with Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development in 2001. Cornell is the first American university to offer an MD degree overseas. WCM-Qatar features a robust biomedical research enterprise and offers both a full Cornell MD degree and a two-year pre-medical program.
As part of Weill Cornell Medicine and in partnership with the Sloan-Kettering Institute, the Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences offers seven research-oriented PhD graduate programs and five Master’s programs designed to train those interested in biomedical sciences and the scientific method of conducting investigative research.
The School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions offers valuable learning opportunities for students of all ages and interests, from three-year-old children to high school and college students, executives, retirees, area residents; and Cornell faculty, staff, alumni and friends. Classes take place on campus, online and around the world in a variety of formats and lengths to serve your needs. Options include summer and winter sessions, part-time study, pre-college programs, professional development, study abroad and travel programs led by Cornell faculty.