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Rank: 92

Cornell University

Ithaca, NYwww.cornell.edu
An unusual public-private hybrid, Cornell has a unique position in the Ivy League. New York State residents can enroll in its colleges of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Industrial and Labor Relations, or Human Ecology, and pay almost $20,000 a year less than the tuition charged by the private part of the university. (They are free to take courses in any of Cornell's colleges.) Cornell is also the largest and least selective of the Ivies, accepting about 15% of applicants into a university that totals about 14,000 students. Cornell's private side includes a highly respected College of Arts & Sciences as well as architecture and hotel administration programs that are considered leaders in their respective fields. Recent grads tend to find high-paying jobs, reporting earnings of about $65,600 a year, 15% higher than graduates of similar colleges, according to MONEY's calculations. Cornell celebrates a variety of campus traditions, one of the most beloved of which is Slope Day, a celebration of the end of winter that includes a "strolling competition" and musical performances by the likes of Ludacris and Kendrick Lamar. The university is also in one of the country's top college towns, Ithaca. Thanks, in part, to nearby Ithaca College, college-aged students make up a big portion of the local population. There are numerous bars and restaurants, a good music scene, and lots of opportunities for outdoor recreation.
costs
Est. Full Price 2018-2019
$72,000
% of students who get any grants
53%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$32,200
Average price for low-income students
$16,800
admissions
Acceptance rate
14%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1430/33
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
14,774
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
98%
% of need met
100%
% of students who get merit* grants
N/A
Average merit grant
N/A
student success
Graduation rate
94%
Average time to a degree
4.1 years
Average student debt
$12,000
Average salary within 3 years
$65,600
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
59%
key deadlines
Early decision application
Nov 1
Regular application
Jan 2

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

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