Cornell University

Cornell University was founded in 1865, and by the 1890s there were several African-American students. Cornell awards undergraduate and graduate degrees through its 14 academic schools and colleges. Popular majors at the university include Engineering, Agriculture, Business and Social Sciences. Cornell hosts various activities through its more than 750 student groups and organizations. Groups aimed toward African-American students include African Dance Repertoire, Black Women’s Support Network, Black Students United and historically black sororities and fraternities. Alpha Phi Alpha, the first national fraternity for African Americans, was founded in 1906 by Cornell students. From step shows to academic lecture series and community service projects, Cornell students will find something productive to do during their spare time. Cornell University takes pride in its excellence in equality. Cornell accepts all qualified students despite their social status, race, religion or gender.

Location: Ithaca, NY

Type of Institution: Four-year, private research university

Tuition and Fees (per semester)

     • In-State/Out-of-State: $21,706

Size: 21,000+ students

Percentage of African-American Students: 6%

Percentage of Men: 50%

Percentage of Women: 50%

Student-Teacher Ratio: 12:1

Degrees Offered: Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctorate

Colleges/Schools: Agriculture and Life Sciences; Architecture, Art and Planning; Arts and Science; Engineering; Hotel Administration; Human Ecology; Industrial and Labor Relations; Graduate School; Law School; Management; Medical College; Medical Sciences; Veterinary Sciences; Continuing Education


     • Greek: Alpha Phi Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, Iota Phi Theta, Kappa Alpha Psi 

     • Others: African Dance Repertoire, African Students Bible Study, Black Biomedical and Technical Association, Black Entertainment, Black Women’s Support Network, Black Students United, Black Graduate and Professional Student Association

Famous Black Grads/Faculty: Jessie Redmon Fauset

City Life: Bird-watching, wineries, lake tours, museums, vineyards, planet walk, summer concert series, Morrow Creek Farm, orchards, parks, farmers market