Cornell is a privately endowed research university and a partner of the State University of New York. As the federal land-grant institution in New York State, we have a responsibility—unique within the Ivy League—to make contributions in all fields of knowledge in a manner that prioritizes public engagement to help improve the quality of life in our state, the nation, and the world. We have taken to heart the revolutionary spirit that founded our university and encourage each other to pursue unpredicted lines of thinking in order to effect change on local and international scales. Cornell aspires to be the exemplary comprehensive research university for the 21st century. Faculty, staff and students thrive at Cornell because of its unparalleled combination of quality and breadth, its open, collaborative and innovative culture, its founding commitment to diversity and inclusion, its vibrant rural and urban campuses, and its land-grant legacy of public engagement.
A College Town with a Great Heart
Ithaca has been named as one of the top 100 places to live, and is rated as a top-10 recreation city, as a best green place to live, and as one of the “foodiest” towns in America. For the bustle of city life, head off-campus to the Ithaca Commons or Collegetown. Not busy enough? The City of Syracuse is under an hour away, and frequent buses to NYC allow for day trips.