Ithaca, NY 14850, Top 100 Universities in USA 2014 – Rank – 6, Cornell University In New York
Ithaca, NY 14850, United States
Cornell University (/kɔrˈnɛl/ kor-nel) is an American private Ivy League research university located in Ithaca, New York. Founded in 1865 by Ezra Cornell and Andrew Dickson White, the university was intended to teach and make contributions in all fields of knowledge — from the classics to the sciences, and from the theoretical to the applied. These ideals, unconventional for the time, are captured in Cornell’s motto, a popular 1865 Ezra Cornell quotation: “I would found an institution where any person can find instruction in any study.”
The university is broadly organized into seven undergraduate colleges and seven graduate divisions at its main Ithaca campus, with each college and division defining its own admission standards and academic programs in near autonomy. The university also administers two satellite medical campuses, one in New York City and one in Education City, Qatar. Cornell is one of two private land grant universities.[note 1] Of its seven undergraduate colleges, three are state-supported statutory or contract colleges, including its agricultural and veterinary colleges. As a land grant college, it operates a cooperative extension outreach program in every county of New York and receives annual funding from the State of New York for certain educational missions. The Cornell University Ithaca Campus comprises 745 acres, but in actuality, is much larger due to the Cornell Plantations (more than 4,300 acres) as well as the numerous university owned lands in New York.
Since its founding, Cornell has been a co-educational, non-sectarian institution where admission is offered irrespective of religion or race. Cornell counts more than 245,000 living alumni, 34 Marshall Scholars, 29 Rhodes Scholars and 41 Nobel laureates as affiliated with the university. The student body consists of nearly 14,000 undergraduate and 7,000 graduate students from all 50 American states and 122 countries.
In 2014, Cornell ranked 9th domestically and 11th internationally in the CWUR rankings. In 2012, Cornell ranked 14th in the QS World University Rankings and 16th in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. (in 2010 Times Higher Education World University Rankings and QS World University Rankings parted ways to produce separate rankings). The university ranked 10th in the 2013 Business Insider Best Colleges in America ranking, 16th in the 2013 U.S. News & World Report National Universities ranking, and 13th globally in an academic ranking of world universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 2011. Cornell was ranked 38th nationally and sixth among Ivy League universities in The Washington Monthly‘s 2010 ranking of universities’ contributions to research, community service, and social mobility. In 2006, The Princeton Review reported that Cornell ranked ninth as a “dream college” for high school students and their parents, however the school is not featured in the 2011 top ten list. Newsweek named Cornell the ‘Hottest Ivy’ in its 2007 listing of America’s 25 Hot Schools. Instead of using the traditional school ranking methods, Newsweek offers a snapshot of today’s most interesting colleges according to high school counselors, admissions officers, consultants, students, and parents, who noted Cornell for its emphasis on “problem-solving as well as scholarly debate” and “variety on campus” among other things. Cornell ranked 14th among 300 Best World Universities in 2011 compiled by Human Resources & Labor Review (HRLR) on Measurements of World’s Top 300 Universities Graduates’ Performance . Forbes ranked Cornell 19th in 2013.
In its annual edition of “America’s Best Architecture & Design Schools”, the journal DesignIntelligence has consistently ranked Cornell’s Bachelor of Architecture program as number one in the nation (2000–2002, 2005–2007, and 2009–2011). In the 2011 survey, the program ranked first and the Master of Architecture program ranked sixth. In 2011 and 2012, Design Intelligence ranked Cornell’s Master of Landscape Architecture program 4th in the nation with the undergraduate program placing 8th for the same two years. In 2011, US News and World Report ranked Cornell’s Sloan Program in Health Administration 14th in the nation.
Among business schools in the United States, the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management (Cornell’sAACSB-accredited undergraduate business school) was ranked 3rd by BusinessWeek and 10th by U.S. News & World Report  in 2012. The Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management was ranked 7th by BusinessWeek in 2012, 9th by Forbes in 2005, 14th by U.S. News in 2008, and 18th by The Wall Street Journal in 2005. Worldwide, the school was ranked 17th by The Economist in 2005 and 36th by the Financial Times in 2006. U.S. News ranked theWeill Cornell Medical School as the 15th best in the United States in its 2007 edition. The College of Veterinary Medicineis ranked first among national veterinary medical schools. The Cornell Law School was ranked as the 12th best graduate law program among national universities. In 2005, The National Law Journal reported that Cornell Law had the sixth highest placement rate at the top 50 law firms in the U.S. among law schools with recent graduates.
Among graduate engineering programs, Cornell was ranked 9th in the United States by U.S. News in 2008. In 2006, Cornell was ranked 1st in the United States and 4th in the world in producing the most graduates who went on to receive engineering or natural science Ph.D.’s at American universities. In its 2006, 2007, and 2008 ranking of undergraduate engineering programs at universities in the United States, U.S. News placed Cornell 1st in engineering physics. In 1954, Conrad Hilton called the Cornell School of Hotel Administration “the greatest hotel school in the world.” According to the latest ranking of National Research Council in 1995, Cornell ranks sixth nationally in the number of graduate programs in the top ten in their fields. Cornell had 19 ranked in the top 10 in terms of overall academic quality. Also National Research Council ranked the quality of faculties as 5th in Arts and Humanities, 6th in Mathematics and Physical Sciences, and 5th in Engineering.
Cornell’s international relations offerings are also ranked in Foreign Policy magazine’s Inside the Ivory Tower survey, which lists the world’s top twenty of such programs at the undergraduate, Master’s and Ph.D. levels. In 2012, the survey ranked Cornell 11th overall for doctoral programs and 12th overall in the undergraduate category.