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Cornell University is a private Ivy League and statutory land-grant research university based in Ithaca, New York. Founded in 1865 by Ezra Cornell and Andrew Dickson White, Cornell was founded with the intention to teach and make contributions in all fields of knowledge—from the classics to the sciences, and from the theoretical to the applied.[8] Cornell is ranked among the most prestigious universities in the world.[9] These ideals, unconventional for the time, are captured in Cornell's founding principle, a popular 1868 quotation from founder Ezra Cornell: "I would found an institution where any person can find instruction in any study."[10]

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Cornell University
Latin: Universitas Cornelliana
Motto"I would found an institution where any person can find instruction in any study" – Ezra Cornell
TypePrivate statutory[1] land-grant research university
EstablishedApril 27, 1865; 157 years ago (1865-04-27)
AccreditationMSCHE
Academic affiliations
Endowment$9.8 billion (2022)[2]
Budget$5 billion (2022)[3]
PresidentMartha E. Pollack
ProvostMichael Kotlikoff
Academic staff
1,639 – Ithaca, New York
1,235 – NYC, New York
34 – Doha, Qatar
Students25,593 (Fall 2021)[4]
Undergraduates15,507 (Fall 2021)[4]
Postgraduates10,086 (Fall 2021)[4]
Location, ,
United States

42°27′13″N 76°28′26″W
CampusSmall City[5], 4,800 acres (19 km2)
Other campuses
Newspaper
ColorsCarnelian red and white[6]
   
NicknameBig Red
Sporting affiliations
NCAA Division I FCSIvy League
MascotTouchdown the Bear (unofficial)[7]
Websitewww.cornell.edu
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The university is organized into seven undergraduate colleges and seven graduate divisions at its main Ithaca campus,[11] with each college and division defining its specific admission standards and academic programs in near autonomy. The university also administers three satellite campuses, two in New York City and one in Education City, Qatar.[11]

Cornell is one of the few private land grant universities in the United States.[lower-alpha 1] Of its seven undergraduate colleges, three are state-supported statutory or contract colleges through the State University of New York (SUNY) system, including its agricultural and human ecology colleges as well as its industrial labor relations school. Of Cornell's graduate schools, only the veterinary college is state-supported. As a land grant college, Cornell operates a cooperative extension outreach program in every county of New York and receives annual funding from the State of New York for certain educational missions.[12] The main campus of Cornell University in Ithaca, New York spans 745 acres (more than 4,300 acres when the Cornell Botanic Gardens and the numerous university-owned lands in New York City are considered).[13]

As of September 2021, 61 Nobel laureates, four Turing Award winners and one Fields Medalist have been affiliated with Cornell. Cornell counts more than 250,000 living alumni, and its former and present faculty and alumni include 34 Marshall Scholars,[14] 33 Rhodes Scholars, 29 Truman Scholars, 7 Gates Scholars, 63 Olympic Medalists, 10 current Fortune 500 CEOs, and 35 billionaire alumni.[15][16][17][18][19] Since its founding, Cornell has been a co-educational, non-sectarian institution where admission has not been restricted by religion or race. The diverse student body consists of more than 15,000 undergraduate and 10,000 graduate students from all 50 American states and 119 countries.[4]