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The Brand Book

Cornell is a community of scholars, known for intellectual rigor and engaged in deep and broad research, teaching tomorrow’s thought leaders to think otherwise, care for others, and create and disseminate knowledge with a public purpose.

1: Outstanding, accessible faculty

Fully engaged in the process of discovery, Cornell’s faculty does pioneering research that influences numerous areas of knowledge. In an unusually collaborative culture, faculty members often work in multidisciplinary teams across departments, colleges and schools. Accessible and dedicated teachers, they provide insight and inspiration that change students’ lives.

2: Unmatched breadth and depth

Cornell has created a culture of broad and deep inquiry within its 14 colleges and schools—eleven in Ithaca (seven undergraduate and four graduate and professional), two in New York City, and one in Doha. In this rich academic environment, students can do in-depth study within their major field and have access to an extraordinary range of courses and experiences.

3: Intellectual rigor, theoretical and applied

A Cornell education is challenging and intense. Students push themselves as well as the boundaries of their fields of study. They get exposure to new technologies and ideas, within a dynamic mix of theoretical and applied studies, so they are able to envision—and apply—new solutions to complex problems.

4: Direct impact, local and global

Cornell’s faculty and students view the world’s major issues as their own challenges. Every day, through Cornell’s academic and service programs, they drive change by developing new sustainable energy, agriculture and materials research; advancing animal and human health and well-being; preventing disease; leading positive economic development; finding solutions for intractable social problems like poverty and hunger; and strengthening communities through education and outreach. Their work improves the lives of people within New York State and across the planet.

5: Commitment to inclusivity

Since its beginnings in 1865, Cornell’s vision of higher education has been uniquely practical and egalitarian. All forms of knowledge are explored. All people are welcome, regardless of their background or circumstance. In fact, Cornell was one of the first institutions to admit female students and people of color. This spirit of inclusivity continues to inform all that we do as we move into the future.

6: Special place

Cornell has all the facilities one would expect in an Ivy League university: historic and modern buildings, new and expertly renovated facilities for contemporary research, all developed with attention to academic collaboration and environmental responsibility. What’s unexpected is the feeling of the place. Part of it is the dramatic setting: high on a hill above Cayuga Lake, amid picturesque gorges and gardens. The other part is the traditions and history. For those who have been here, this all creates a special place in our lives for Cornell.

7: Vibrant community

At Cornell, we live and work close together, often within walking distance, in a small city marked by cultural and intellectual diversity. This environment promotes discourse and respects differences of opinion, creating a sense of interconnectedness. Attracting the best and the brightest, it is a highly valued, caring community where students, faculty and staff form bonds that last a lifetime.