Cornell University is an Ivy League university located in Ithaca, New York. It is a private land-grant university, receiving annual funding from the State of New York for certain educational missions.
Founded in 1865 by Ezra Cornell and Andrew Dickson White, the university was intended to teach and make contributions in all fields of knowledge–from the classics to the sciences and from the theoretical to the applied. Cornell offers programs in liberal arts, engineering, agriculture, management, law, and medicine.
History of the Cornell University
Cornell University was founded on April 27, 1865 as the result of a New York State (NYS) Senate bill that named the university as the state’s land grant institution. Senator Ezra Cornell offered his farm in Ithaca, New York as a site and $500,000 of his personal fortune as an initial endowment. Fellow senator and experienced educator Andrew Dickson White agreed to be the first president. During the next three years, White oversaw the construction of the initial two buildings and traveled around the globe to attract students and faculty.
Starting in 1878, Cornell’s Ithaca campus offered a pre-medical school curcirculum, although most medical students enrolled in medical school directly after high school.
Cornell University expanded significantly, particularly since World War II, with its student population in Ithaca growing to its current count of about 20,000 students. The faculty also expanded, and by the century’s end, the university had more than 3,400 faculty members.
Since 2000, Cornell University has been expanding its international programs. In 2004, the university opened the Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar, the first American medical school outside of the United States.
Cornell University Colleges and Schools
- College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
- College of Architecture, Art, and Planning
- College of Arts and Sciences
- College of Engineering
- School of Hotel Administration
- College of Human Ecology
- School of Industrial and Labor Relations (ILR)
- Faculty of Computing and Information Science
- Cornell Law School
- Weill Cornell Medical College (New York City)
- Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences (New York City)
- College of Veterinary Medicine
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