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Cornell University

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Introduction

When the name Cornell University comes up in conversation, people who’ve been there usually exclaim, “It’s so pretty there,” and after a visit, it is easy to agree. The campus sits on founder Ezra Cornell’s farm, overlooking Cayuga Lake, in the Finger Lakes region of New York State. It covers 745 acres with classic ivy-covered buildings and contemporary research labs.

Students are proud of the fact that the university has been open to all kinds of students from the beginning. By 1870, Cornell was the first major university in the eastern United States to admit women. And it led the way in welcoming students of varying ethnic backgrounds as well. The nation’s first African-American fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha, was founded here in 1906.

Whenever my schedule got way too crazy and it seemed like I wasn’t going to make it, I took the time to put everything in perspective. Sitting at the top of Libe Slope and taking in the breathtaking view of Ithaca and Cayuga Lake, or standing in the middle of the suspension bridge and jumping up and down to make the whole thing shake while watching water cascade over the falls, was the best cure for anything that was getting you down.

In fact, the university offers seven undergraduate colleges: the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences; the College of Architecture, Art and Planning; the College of Arts and Sciences (the traditional liberal arts college); the College of Engineering, the School of Hotel Administration; the College of Human Ecology; and the School of Industrial and Labor Relations. Students in all the colleges come from a wide range of backgrounds, and from all fifty states and more than 120 countries. It’s a high energy, eclectic mix that gives the schooll its distinctive flavor.

Libraries

The twenty on-campus libraries provide the best places for studying in whatever kind of atmosphere suits you best. The two most popular libraries are Mann and Uris. Mann is located on the Ag quad and is most frequented by students in Ag and Hum Ec. Uris Library is located on the corner of the Arts quad looking down the hill, affectionately known as Libe Slope. Uris can get pretty social at night, but within the library, the A.D. White Library, with its balconies and alcoves, provides a classic academic aura for studying. It’s nice and quiet studying among the books in the stacks. The best-known spots in Uris are the Fishbowl and the Cocktail Lounge where wine isn’t served, but wines may be studied.

Seven undergraduate colleges; 4,000 courses to choose from; more than eighty majors. After four years here, anyone is prepared to be a success in the real world. The opportunities provided to students are unique and unlike those available anywhere else. More than one alumni has called it “the best place on earth to be.”

Academics

Regardless of which undergraduate college you technically enrolled in, you can take classes from every school on campus, and there’s no need to search in order to find the popular ones. The legendary Psych 101, incessantly discussed in tours and information sessions, is held in the biggest classroom, Bailey Hall, with a mere 2,000 of your closest friends. Despite its size, Psych 101 is educational and interesting. Offered only in the fall, one class in the semester is a live demonstration of a psychic telling one student everything about his or her life.

When I took Psych 101, Professors Bem and Maas selected Mindy from the class for their demonstration. Four years later, I would still hear people say, “There’s that girl from Psych 101.” In a class of 2,000, who says you don’t get to know your classmates? Interested? It’s offered Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 10:10 A.M.

Other popular classes, though smaller in size, are Human Sexuality offered in Human Ecology, and Introduction to Wines in the Hotel School, which once a week offers an hour of tasting wines from around the world.

Class Size

This school is big, and you have to accept this fact to be happy there. Classes vary in size, but in freshman year, you will most likely have a couple of classes with at least 200 people. Depending on what you are studying though, it is possible that you may never have a class bigger than fifty people. Popular intro classes, such as Government 111 and Chemistry 207, can easily have 400 or more students in the class, but, as you move into upper-level classes, the numbers get much smaller. Language classes and first-year writing seminars usually aren’t much bigger than twenty students per section. Most large intro classes will also have a mandatory discussion section held during the week, led by a TA (teaching assistant) or the professor, with many fewer students, rarely over twenty-five per section. These sections provide students with a time to ask questions and get to know the teaching assistants. TAs can be very helpful and are usually very willing to meet with and help the students in their section. Being nice to your TA will come in very handy when you need help on papers or problem sets. Faculty are accessible and friendly too if you make the effort to get to know them. Don’t be shy!

Degrees

There are seemingly, to quote late professor Carl Sagan, “billions and billions” of programs of study. There are more than eighty majors at the university, and you can graduate with a B.A., a B.S., a B. Arch, or a B.F.A., or any combination. Bachelor’s degrees are awarded to any field from animal science, and operations research, to ancient civilizations, textiles and apparel, and mechanical engineering. The largest enrollments (by major) are in biological sciences, applied economics, and engineering.

Believe it—you can major in anything and any combination of things you can find. Friends of mine had majors in classic civilizations, historic preservation, and linguistics and psychology.

Clearly, there are no boundaries to what you can study, even if it includes subjects that have never been put together as a formal major. That’s one of the benefits of going to a school with a great deal of academic flexibility.

Required Courses

As for what’s actually required of all students, the list is pretty short. Entering freshmen must take and pass the swim test, take two semesters of first-year writing seminars and two semesters of physical education. Now, there’s no need to worry about these three requirements in the least. Seminars offered across the curriculum by the award-winning Knight Institute for Writing in the Disciplines are as varied as majors. Writing seminars are offered on such topics as:

  • African-American Women Writers
  • The Personal Essay
  • From Fairy Tales to the Uncanny
  • Contemporary Moral Problems

There are just as many phys ed classes to choose from to fulfill that requirement including the (extremely popular) ballroom dancing, tae kwon do, rock climbing, intro to ice skating, badminton, squash, Swedish massage, yoga, scuba diving, running, skiing, golf, and riflery.

Study Away

Getting tired of being on campus but think transferring is a little too drastic? It’s easy to study somewhere off campus and still graduate on time. You can study abroad in more than fifty countries, such as Spain, Sweden, Australia, and France. Engineers can take part in a co-op program and spend a semester and a summer earning some serious money in real-world work experiences. The Cornell in Washington program gives students in any college the opportunity to live inside the beltway at Dupont Circle in their four-story building with three floors of apartments and one of classrooms and a computer lab, take classes with faculty and visiting professors, and have an internship in the nation’s capital. Urban Semester gives students a chance to spend a semester in New York City working and studying.

You can also spend a summer at Shoals Marine Lab on Appledore Island off the coast of Maine. Undergraduate students can earn a semester’s worth of credit studying topics related to marine biology and ocean ecology, and participate in research projects—sometimes on the station’s research vessel. Adventurous students also take part in archeological digs around the world and more locally in New York State.

Undergraduate Research

Cornell is one of the top research universities in the world, and hundreds of undergraduates participate in faculty research projects every year. It isn’t hard to find a project. It can be as easy as talking with a faculty member after class about getting involved in his or her research. There are also structured undergraduate research programs on campus, such as the Hughes Program in biology or the research teams (such as Robocup) in the engineering college. Some students even get their names on research papers and present their results at conferences. It’s a wonderful way to meet professors and other student researchers, and it looks great on your résumé!

Most Popular Fields of Study

Admissions

Every fall, thousands of applications pour into the Admissions Office. Over 30,000 students apply for admission to one of the seven colleges. The Undergraduate Admissions Office collects and keeps track of all the applications and, once they are complete, funnels the applications to admissions offices in each college for decisions. The Common Application and short in-house supplement are used in all the colleges (interviews and portfolios are required for some).

At this stage applicants must decide which of the colleges to apply to. For example, one can major in biology in both the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and in the College of Arts and Sciences. In the Ag school, bio focuses on the natural world. In Arts and Sciences, biology can be studied with anything from classic civilizations to anthropology to linguistics. (Don’t worry—internal transfer between schools is possible if you decide you don’t want to study biology and want to try meteorology or theater arts instead.)

Requirements for admission vary by school and program, but basically excelling in any college preparatory course load in high school is a step in the right direction. The SAT or ACT with writing is required. SAT Subject tests are specified by college and division. AP credits are accepted but will count differently depending on your major and score, so don’t think you’re home free just because you got a 5. Applicants who go to small high schools that don’t offer AP classes shouldn’t be concerned about being at a disadvantage. Some freshmen arrive with fifteen to twenty AP credits under their belt, and yes, they will probably be able to start out in higher level classes or maybe finish a semester early, but the majority of students have only a few, if any, AP credits and still graduate in good standing after four years.

Important Factors

One of the best things about admissions is that they look beyond the numbers. Special talents and leadership records are just as important as your SAT scores. Three percent of incoming students with an exemplary leadership record in high school are selected as Meinig Family National Scholars. Students who held jobs during their high school academic year may be selected as Tradition Fellows, an undergraduate loan replacement fellowship. In order to continue to be a Fellow, students must work, keep a certain GPA, and be involved in public service activities. Upperclassmen can apply to be Tradition Fellows in the spring of each year. The Hunter R. Rowlings III Presidential Research Scholars program is designed to recognize, reward, and encourage students who have demonstrated academic excellence and true intellectual curiosity. These scholars are assigned a faculty mentor in freshman year and are given special opportunities (some paid) to participate in research as undergraduates.

Interviews

Regardless of whether the college you’re applying to requires an interview or not, the Alumni Admissions Ambassador Network offers the opportunity for applicants to meet with alumni in their local area for a casual exchange of information. The most important thing to remember is that if you get accepted, the people who read the application believe you can make it and be a success.

Financial Aid

Cornell’s need-based admissions policy makes it affordable to attend. About sixty-five percent of undergrads receive some form of financial aid.

My financial aid package was excellent. I was a National Scholar and came out owing only $5,000. But my parents made sacrifices and so did I. My mother went to work while I was in school to help pay for my college. (She hadn’t worked before.) Yes, I was in debt. My take on it is this: Education’s supposed to be hard; not impossible, but not a free ride.”

The financial aid system is need-based. The university doesn’t give merit or athletic scholarships.

The most important thing to remember is that paying for college isn’t meant to be easy. It can put a strain on your resources. But you will receive a top-quality education, and as alums will tell you, the name alone will take you far in life. Need-based aid also gives the university the kind of diverse community it needs to be a great institution. The mix of income levels and socioeconomic backgrounds at the university makes it a truly interesting and stimulating place.

Work-Study

When parents think about paying for college, work-study is always on the top of their lists. Work-study is a great thing. Your employer only has to pay half of your wage; the other half is paid by the government. Therefore, employers LOVE work-study students, and there are usually enough jobs to go around. Granted, it may not be your dream job, but in most jobs, there is plenty of room for advancement, and your salary usually advances, too. If the job is in research or something related to your major, it gives you additional experience that makes you even more marketable once you leave.

When I first started hunting for a job, it was the worst. Every place I inquired at was full and none of the available jobs fit in with my class schedule. It seemed hopeless. I called my mother in tears and told her I didn’t want to be on work-study anymore. Then I found a job at the Undergraduate Admissions Office as an administrative assistant. The job had great (and flexible hours), and an understanding staff. I stayed there for the rest of my four years, became a student personnel assistant—which meant I hired and coordinated all the students for the building—and still had a job after taking a semester off to go to Washington. The job gave me excellent experience that I put to good use after I left.

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Students

Housing

All freshmen have a similar first-year housing experience, living together in residence halls located on North Campus. Some returning students elect to live in residence halls on West Campus, but about half of students live off campus in sorority or fraternity houses, in Collegetown, and in the surrounding areas. There are a variety of off-campus options to choose from, from high-tech (and expensive) apartment buildings to three-story Victorian houses with six apartments that include oddities like oval windows, sinks in hallways, and sitdown showers.

Parties

The university offers a lot of music, theater, dance, and films, but if you’re looking for other social activities, trust me, you’ll find plenty. As each weekend approaches, one is faced with an immense variety of choices. Since one-third of the campus is Greek (fraternities and sororities), there are always a collection of fraternity open parties, crush parties, after hours, and formals to attend. Fraternities are housed both off and on campus in just about every direction, so there is bound to be one nearby. Many other options exist outside of the Greek realm and cater to many different interests. Student Services supports more than 600 student organizations and clubs—and if you can’t find one you want to join, you can create your own! In addition, the very extensive intramural sports programs will help you let off steam in competitions involving everything from giant slalom skiing to inner tube water polo.

Campus Activities

Just glance at the Daily Sun on Friday and you’ll find a plethora of activities going on all over campus. On any given weekend, you can attend a concert, a varsity sporting event, intramural games, an ethnic festival, or listen to a speaker. Because of its size, there are always lots of people at whatever event you attend, and you’ll definitely meet someone with interests similar to yours:

  • Diwali, a celebration of the Indian New Year—“the festival of lights”—takes place every fall. It’s put on by the Society for India and the on-campus Indian Association and features traditional Indian food and a performance of skits, traditional and modern dance, and instrumental music.
  • In the spring, the Festival of Black Gospel brings famous gospel singers to campus and unites regional gospel choirs, like Pamoja Ni, in song and spirit.
  • One weekend in every year, Lynah Rink is packed solid to watch the hockey team play their biggest rival, Harvard. Smuggled in under jackets and in shirts, fish of every size and color as well as some frozen fish sticks and lobsters become airborne when Harvard players skate onto the ice.
  • Some years, Bailey Hall is packed with over 1,800 a cappella fans for Fall Tonic, the all-male Hangovers annual concert. Visiting a cappella groups who perform during Fall Tonic are undoubtedly amazed at the number of people at the concert and often mention that there are more people in the audience than students at their own school. We are dedicated fans and strongly support the groups or teams we enjoy!

Volunteering

The Public Service Center mobilizes over 3,000 student volunteers each year in both one-time and ongoing projects. That’s over 170,000 hours each year of service to the community. During Into the Streets, a national day of service, there are close to 500 volunteers who work with thirty local agencies. On that one Saturday alone, students do over 2,500 hours of service in the greater Ithaca area.

Movies

In the evening and weekends, the cinema organization offers at least four different films, playing either in the theater at the Straight (Willard Straight Hall, the student union) or in Uris Auditorium. Both are on central campus and are a short walk from any dorm or apartment. The movies can be classics that you never thought you would see on the big screen, movies that have just left theaters across the country, and foreign films. Every so often, the student film classes show their own interesting (and often experimental) work.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics

Athletics

The athletic department fields varsity teams in basketball, crosscountry, indoor and outdoor track, soccer, squash, tennis, polo, lacrosse, field hockey, rowing, gymnastics, and hockey. Known as the Big Red, the sports teams are of championship quality.

Alumni

In addition to the main Career Services Office, each of the undergraduate colleges also has a career services center where students can go for career planning and information, job search strategies, and advising. Alumni around the world network with current students to help them find jobs and offer externships to sophomores, juniors, and seniors who want to experience the real world of work. Placement rates into medical, veterinary, and law schools are considerably higher than the national average for other colleges and universities.

Public Service Continues After Graduation

Cornell’s record of public service holds true after graduation as well as during the undergraduate years. The university traditionally ranks in the top ten schools nationally in the number of alumni who are accepted into Peace Corps training. Many more work with AmeriCorps and VISTA in their postgraduate years.

Prominent alumni include:

  • Adolph Coors, ’07, Beer Baron
  • E.B. White, ’21, Author
  • Allen Funt, ’34, TVPersonality
  • Harry Heimlich, ’41, Developed the Heimlich Maneuver
  • Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., ’44, Author
  • James McLarmore, ’47, Burger King Founder
  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg, ’54, Supreme Court Justice
  • Toni Morrison, ’55, Author, Nobel Prize Winner
  • Janet Reno, ’60, Former U.S. Attorney General
  • Lee Teng-Hui, ’68, Former President of Taiwan
  • Christopher Reeve, ’74, actor
  • Pablo Morales, ’94, Olympic Medalist

Information Summary

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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in New York and 265th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 15 0.07
Robbery 1 0.00
Arson 2 0.01
Burglary 24 0.11
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 2 0.01
Arrest 40 0.19

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Research Universities (very high research activity)
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, high graduate coexistence
GraduateComprehensive doctoral with medical/veterinary
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, more selective, lower transfer-in
EnrollmentMajority undergraduate
Size & SettingLarge four-year, highly residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District3623

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees


Ranks 32nd for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $45,130 $45,130 $45,130
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $228 $228 $228
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $1,210 $1,210 $1,210
FT Graduate Tuition $29,500 $29,500 $29,500
FT Graduate Required Fees $81 $81 $81
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $1,210 $1,210 $1,210
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $61,618 $61,618 $61,618
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $61,616 $61,616 $61,616
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $47,938 $47,938 $47,938

Student Tuition Costs for Professional Fields

  In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Veterinary Medicine Degree — Tuition $45,575 $45,575
Veterinary Medicine Degree — Required Fees $81 $81
Law Degree — Tuition $57,270 $57,270
Law Degree — Required Fees $81 $81

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $41,541 $43,413 $41,541 $43,413 $41,541 $43,413
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $800 $820
On-Campus – Room & Board $13,154 $13,678
On-Campus – Other Expenses $1,630 $1,680
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $13,154 $13,678
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $1,630 $1,680
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $1,630 $1,680

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$75
Graduate Application Fee$95
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 39,999 (21,577 male / 18,422 female)
Admitted 6,222 (3,024 male / 3,198 female)
Admission rate 16%
First-time Enrollment 3,223 (1,581 male / 1,642 female)
FT Enrollment 3,223 (1,581 male / 1,642 female)
PT Enrollment N/A (N/A male / N/A female)
Total Enrollment21,593

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Recommendations
Formal competency demo
Admission test scores
TOEFL
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference Ivy Group
NCAA Basketball Conference Ivy Group
NCAA Baseball Conference Ivy Group
NCAA Track & Field Conference Ivy Group

ACT Test Admission

8th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 39%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 0 / 0
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 0 / 0
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 30 / 34

SAT Test Admission

24th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 82%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 640 / 740
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 680 / 780
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 1320 / 1520

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity7,430
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$8,112
Board Fee$5,566

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

 
Total 1,376 268 397 824 8 2,268 568 5,867
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering 3 1 3 1 5 2 15
African-American/Black Studies 4 6
Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations
Agricultural Animal Breeding
Agricultural Business and Management, General
Agricultural Economics 24 11 23 21 1 95 20 206
Agricultural Engineering 16 2 9 24 49 2 105
Agricultural Teacher Education 7 7
Agricultural and Horticultural Plant Breeding 3 3
Agriculture, General 5 6 6 2 36 8 68
Agronomy and Crop Science 2 2
American/U.S. Law/Legal Studies/Jurisprudence 76 2 4 5 87
American/United States Studies/Civilization 4 2 1 5 1 13
Animal Genetics 1 1
Animal Physiology
Animal Sciences, General 3 8 6 71 7 98
Anthropology 2 4 1 13 2 23
Applied Mathematics, General 1 1 2
Archeology 1 5 6
Architectural History and Criticism, General 1 2 3
Architecture 41 3 7 14 34 4 106
Architecture and Related Services, Other
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 1 1 9 1 13
Asian Studies/Civilization 8 3 2 9 3 3 32
Astronomy 2 4 6
Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General 2 1 4 7
Biochemistry 1 1
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering 27 9 11 18 26 5 100
Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other 4 13 12 33 58 10 135
Biology Teacher Education 5 5
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 22 22 24 75 125 27 302
Biometry/Biometrics 1 5 12 1 21
Biophysics 1 1
Botany/Plant Biology
Business Administration and Management, General 176 8 5 57 71 199 517
Chemical Engineering 44 2 9 39 44 8 150
Chemistry Teacher Education 1 1
Chemistry, General 11 2 6 15 1 40 1 78
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning 12 3 10 6 28 4 65
Civil Engineering, General 30 2 8 11 48 4 107
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General 2 6 8
Communication, General 3 5 11 3 44 9 80
Community Organization and Advocacy 1 2 3
Comparative Literature 1 2 1 5 10
Computer Science 88 1 12 44 58 14 226
Computer and Information Sciences, General 1 2 5 7 15
Creative Writing 1 1 2 2 2 8
Dance, General
Development Economics and International Development 5 5
Developmental and Child Psychology 1 2 1 4
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 2 1 4 7
East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General 1 1
East Asian Studies
Ecology
Economics, General 57 8 9 36 1 74 16 209
Education, General 1 1 8 1 11
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 109 4 9 28 35 9 198
Engineering Mechanics
Engineering Physics/Applied Physics 12 3 8 22 4 53
Engineering, General 2 4 2 6 4 1 20
Engineering/Industrial Management 20 1 4 3 4 32
English Language and Literature, General 2 7 9 6 1 40 8 78
Entomology 2 1 6 9
Environmental Design/Architecture 1 2 3 5 17 1 30
Environmental Toxicology
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering 4 1 4 14 2 26
Evolutionary Biology
Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education
Fashion/Apparel Design 1 1
Fiber, Textile and Weaving Arts 4 3 2 5 10 1 25
Film/Cinema/Video Studies 1 2 1 7 1 12
Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other
Fine/Studio Arts, General 8 5 8 14 6 41
Food Science 18 2 1 2 26 2 53
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General
French Language and Literature 1 1 5 7
Gay/Lesbian Studies 1 1 2
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other 1 1 14 1 18
Geology/Earth Science, General 1 2 3 6
German Language and Literature 1 1
German Studies 3 1 4
Health/Health Care Administration/Management 2 1 3 16 1 23
Historic Preservation and Conservation 5 5
History and Philosophy of Science and Technology
History, General 6 3 4 4 35 5 61
Horticultural Science 1 1
Hotel/Motel Administration/Management 73 12 23 39 140 23 316
Housing and Human Environments, General 2 1 4 7
Human Development and Family Studies, General 7 5 14 48 11 88
Information Technology 6 3 1 4 21 5 44
Institutional Food Workers
International Agriculture 1 1 11 6 19
Italian Language and Literature
Labor and Industrial Relations 45 26 20 37 148 26 309
Landscape Architecture 6 1 2 3 29 4 45
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 9 10
Linguistics 5 1 4 9 1 20
Materials Engineering 15 2 3 16 21 1 59
Mathematics Teacher Education
Mathematics, General 17 12 16 3 48
Mechanical Engineering 46 7 20 23 93 19 210
Medical Microbiology and Bacteriology
Medieval and Renaissance Studies 2 1 3
Molecular Biology
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 1 8 5 12 11 2 42
Music Theory and Composition
Music, General 1 1 6 8
Musicology and Ethnomusicology 1 2
Natural Resource Economics
Natural Resources/Conservation, General 7 2 5 10 41 5 72
Near and Middle Eastern Studies 1 1 4 2 8
Neurobiology and Behavior 1 1
Neuroscience
Nutrition Sciences 4 2 6 15 32 4 64
Operations Research 77 3 6 36 44 9 176
Ornamental Horticulture 2 1 9 12
Philosophy 5 1 2 3 1 14 27
Physics Teacher Education
Physics, General 17 3 6 26 54
Plant Pathology/Phytopathology 3 3
Plant Sciences, General 2 1 2 1 14 4 25
Political Science and Government, General 8 7 12 15 50 8 102
Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies
Psychology, General 6 10 17 10 32 4 82
Public Administration 69 9 5 4 28 118
Public Policy Analysis, General 7 2 1 11 26 2 51
Real Estate 10 2 2 4 4 3 25
Religion/Religious Studies 2 2
Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General 3 2 5 10
Russian Language and Literature
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Science, Technology and Society 1 3 4
Social Sciences, Other 4 1 5
Sociology 5 15 9 4 1 23 12 71
Spanish Language and Literature 1 2 3
Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Statistics, General 44 6 6 2 58
Systems Engineering 18 1 5 9 30 5 68
Veterinary Sciences/Veterinary Clinical Sciences, General 2 2
Viticulture and Enology 1 1 5 2 9
Zoology/Animal Biology

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 38th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $131,300 ($139,142 male / $106,434 female)
Number of FT Faculty 1,720 (1,154 male / 566 female)
Number of PT Faculty 1,939
FT Faculty Ratio 0.9 : 1
Total Benefits $70,535,340
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