25 Facts About Cornell University

1. Cornell University has twice been named a "Great College to Work For" by The Chronicle of Higher Education, due to receiving high ratings in compensation and benefits, connection to institution and pride, faculty-administration relations, job satisfaction, and post-retirement benefits.

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2. Cornell University wrote the novel Contact, the basis for a 1997 film of the same name, and he won a Pulitzer Prize for his novel The Dragons of Eden: Speculations on the Evolution of Human Intelligence.

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3. Cornell University narrated and co-wrote the PBS series Cosmos, the Emmy Award—and Peabody Award-winning show that became the most watched series in public-television history.

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4. In May 2013, Cornell University indicated that it planned to set up nets, which will extend out 15 feet, on five of the university's bridge.

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5. For most of its history, Cornell University provided residential medical care for sick students, including at the historic Sage Infirmary.

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6. Cornell University offers a variety of professional and peer counseling services to students.

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7. Cornell University has 36 varsity intercollegiate teams that have the nickname of the Big Red.

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8. Cornell University United Religious Work is a collaboration among many diverse religious traditions, helping to provide spiritual resources throughout a student's time at college.

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9. Cornell University was on the top-ten list of US universities receiving the most patents in 2003, and was one of the nation's top five institutions in forming start-up companies.

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10. Cornell University Press, established in 1869 but inactive from 1884 to 1930, was the first university publishing enterprise in the United States.

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11. In 2015, Cornell University was ranked 3rd in New York State by average professor salaries.

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12. Cornell University was ranked 27th nationally in The Washington Monthly's 2016 ranking of universities' contributions to research, community service, and social mobility.

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13. Cornell University ranked 14th in the 2018 edition of the QS World University Rankings and 19th in the 2017 edition of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

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14. In 2015, Cornell University ranked 8th domestically and 10th internationally in the CWUR rankings.

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15. Cornell University is member of the United Nations Academic Impact aligning institutions of higher education to the United Nations and promoting international cooperation.

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16. Cornell University offers a course on International consulting in association with Indian Institute of Management Bangalore.

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17. In December 2010, Cornell University announced a policy of matching any grant component of financial aid offers from other Ivy League schools, MIT, Duke University or Stanford, if an accepted applicant is trying to decide between Cornell and those other schools.

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18. In 2013, Cornell University's "Cornell University Now" fundraising campaign raised over $475 million.

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19. Cornell University is decentralized, with its colleges and schools exercising wide autonomy.

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20. Cornell University consists of nine privately endowed and four publicly supported "statutory colleges": the New York State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, College of Human Ecology, School of Industrial and Labor Relations, and College of Veterinary Medicine.

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21. Cornell University is a non-profit organization governed by a 64-member Board of Trustees consisting of both privately and publicly appointed trustees.

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22. In 2007, Cornell University established a Center for a Sustainable Future.

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23. Cornell University was founded on April 27, 1865; the New York State Senate authorized the university as the state's land grant institution.

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24. Cornell University is one of three private land grant universities in the United States and the only one in New York.

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25. Cornell University is a private and statutory Ivy League research university in Ithaca, New York.

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