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Cornell is a private, Ivy League university and the land-grant university for New York state. Cornell's mission is to discover, preserve, and disseminate knowledge, educate the next generation of global citizens, and promote a broad inquiry culture throughout and beyond the Cornell community. Through public service, Cornell also aims to enhance the lives and livelihoods of students, the people of New York, and others around the world.
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 its vibrant rural and urban campuses, and its land-grant legacy of public engagement.
We have taken to heart the revolutionary spirit that founded our university and encouraged each other to pursue unpredicted lines of thinking to effect change on local and international scales. 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, the world.
From the laboratory bench to the hospital bedside and from cultural evolution to sustainability concepts, our researchers and scholars are translating discovery into the meaningful, measurable impact that is changing the world for the better. The world's challenges and the big picture of what is possible rarely fit neatly into a single academic discipline. This is why we have made collaboration and communication a way of life at Cornell. We foster a community of renowned scholars that spans disciplines, locations, and industries to convert promising ideas and innovations into results that truly matter. Talented researchers and top scholars know that teaching and learning are intrinsic to one another. That's why they come to Cornell. They know they can push the boundaries of discovery by engaging with students who, in turn, engage with and challenge them.
Learning is a way of life. Moreover, life at Cornell is meant to pique your curiosity and stimulate your intellect at every turn. Whether that means conversations with faculty members over dinner at your residence hall or a trip to New York City for underground jazz, the opportunities are yours for the choosing. Cornell has a way of being as small as you want it to be and as big as you make it. One of the first things you'll notice when you arrive is that the many groups, activities, and opportunities offered mean there's probably already a community waiting for you to come to hang out. Home to three institutes of higher learning, Ithaca knows what it means to be a vibrant, diverse, and inclusive college town. There's always something going on: festivals, volunteer programs, nightlife. Moreover, it sits right in the heart of the Finger Lakes Region—a beautiful reason to get out and about.
You will interact closely with world-class faculty and a diverse student body, each a collaborator in learning, research, and service. They're here to help you push yourself and your ideas further than you could ever push them on your own. You will actively explore the material before designing a formal line of inquiry, following it, working with various teams, and getting your hands dirty. This may be the Ivy League, but we exist in and learn from the world around us.
No Cornell education is complete without a meaningful international experience. Global learning is high-impact and immersive learning. Daily interactions abroad allow you to build skills in communication and collaboration. You build global networks that open opportunities across the world long after graduation.
Cornell University Library stands at the center of intellectual life on campus. Expert librarians are available in person—and online 24/7—to help navigate our world-class collections and assist with papers, exam prep, and long-term projects. We are a home away from home, with warm, inviting spaces for solo study and high-tech, flexible spaces for group work. Students and faculty agree: The Library is an indispensable partner in the study, teaching, and research.
A deep-rooted commitment to outreach, extension, and engagement infuses our state, domestic, and global mission of developing knowledge that benefits humanity. Cornell was founded on the principle that our labs, classrooms, and extension programs focus on societal challenges. A robust exchange of ideas with communities and citizens allows us to learn from and develop and implement solutions to fundamental public concerns. Cornell's Expanding Horizons program sends veterinary student researchers to developing countries. At Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities, Cornell offers experiential training for service members focused on the hospitality industry. Meeting with farmers and community leaders in the Mekong Delta, students saw the effects of extreme weather on the nation's economy and culture firsthand. Working with small- and large-scale producers, students learn the full cycle of cider in a first-of-its-kind course.

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