I love how there was a mutual feeling between all the engineering students that we are all in this together and we are going to help one another get through it and succeed.
Visit Cornell Engineering
Welcome to Cornell Engineering! Through this Virtual Visit, we hope you get a sense of the extraordinary voyage of a Cornell Engineer. You can learn all about our undergraduate program, view an information session, take a virtual tour of the Engineering Quad, and meet current students. Throughout this Virtual Visit, we have included links to other sections of the Cornell website for more in-depth information. Thank you for joining us; we are excited to show you around!
During the COVID-19 crisis, the best way to reach us is through email.
At Cornell Engineering you’ll learn the rules; and then you’ll learn how to break them. We are engineering a better world.
Who We Are
Cornell Engineering makes the implausible possible. This is what draws the brightest minds to Ithaca, New York. We value collaboration, innovation, and curiosity. It is a place of intellectual diversity and hands-on, up-close learning. Students and faculty alike are independently minded and deeply invested in the power of collaborative teamwork. Here you will find a supportive and caring network where no engineer walks it alone. Our community exemplifies kindness, empathy and passionate hard work. It is an engineering education for those with an entrepreneurial spirit, a multidisciplinary bent, and a passion for solving the world's greatest problems. At Cornell Engineering, we break the rules to do great things.
The College of Engineering was founded in 1870 and is the largest and highest ranked engineering program in the Ivy League.
Our program has incredible depth with 14 majors and 20 minors in addition to the breadth of academic opportunities across the University. Around 450 undergraduate engineering courses are taught annually.
Cornell Engineering sponsors 29 student-led project teams.
Females compose 50% of the College of Engineering's undergraduate population.
Minority students make up 20% of our undergraduate engineers.
International students compose 11% of our undergraduate engineers.
Cornell Engineering has 247 faculty on board. All faculty in our college teach and advise undergraduate students.
Our students gain access to an unparalleled career network and over 46,000 alumni connections.
We provide outstanding support services from faculty, peers, and our advising and student services offices.
Watch Our Information Session
The College of Engineering will soon release a virtual information session for you to view right here; please check back soon. While we put the finishing touches on our presentation, we invite you to view the Undergraduate Information Session to get a clear picture of the Cornell experience at large.
Tour the Engineering Quad
The Pew Engineering Quad is home to state-of-the-art labs, workshops, and facilities, including Duffield Hall, one of the country’s most sophisticated research and teaching facilities for nanoscience and nano-engineering. On sunny days, you will find students lounging in the grass or tossing a frisbee with friends. You can see more facilities on our virtual tour page.
We invite you to take a look around. You can see more facilities on our virtual tour page.
Cornell Engineering Faculty
Cornell Engineering is home to 247 faculty members who come from incredibly diverse academic and personal backgrounds. All faculty in our college teach and advise undergraduate students as well as engage in research. From their first year on campus, Cornell Engineers have the opportunity to work closely with faculty members on cutting-edge research. Because our students are among the best in the world and our faculty are renowned masters of their fields, Cornell Engineering is uniquely collaborative, dynamic, and intellectually fertile terrain.
Cornell Engineering Students
Cornell Engineers are innovative, collaborative, and kind. They are engaged with one another, the greater Cornell community, and the world at large. Our program is distinctive in its unparalleled opportunities that allow students to obtain hands-on experience from the beginning. Even as a first year, you can apply theory learned in the classroom to substantive research and hands-on engineering projects. Read quotes from some of our students about their passions, their stories, and why they chose to become Cornell Engineers.
Cost and Affordability
A Cornell education is a worthy investment, perhaps one of the most important investments you will make in your life. By making a commitment to meet demonstrated financial need through a variety of financial aid components including grants and scholarships, loans and student employment we help provide opportunity and access to students, regardless of economic circumstance. We encourage you to use the financial aid calculator to estimate your aid eligibility and explore all available aid options at Cornell.
Community and Student Life
The Cornell Engineering Community
As an undergraduate engineer, you will have access to an outstanding professional staff through our Student Services Offices. These offices, including the Engineering Advising Office, the Cornell Engineering Career Center, and our award-winning mentoring program Diversity Programs in Engineering, offer many different services to help you navigate your college experience. Student Services are a key reason for our remarkable 86% 4-year graduation rate.
Life as a Cornell Engineer is embedded within the supportive, diverse community of the College of Engineering. Students also have at their doorstep the tremendous opportunities and resources of the university at large, and the grandeur of the natural landscape, and rich cultural offerings of Ithaca.
The Cornell Community
Though Cornell is a large, diverse campus, you may be surprised by our caring and supportive community of 14,000 undergraduates and the faculty and staff who work together to enhance your growth and success. As a freshman, you will live on North Campus with about 3,000 fellow first year students. You will find everything you need in the immediate vicinity to enhance and support your life on campus. This includes the Carol Tatkon Center, active community centers, award-winning dining and cafes, a convenience store, and athletic facilities. Each residence hall on North Campus has its own vibe—take some time to take a virtual tour. As an upper-level student, you’ll have the opportunity to explore additional living experiences both on and off campus. With over 1,000 clubs, 37 Division I varsity teams, plus intramural sports and recreations services, there is something for everyone at Cornell. Check out Life at Cornell.
The Ithaca Community
Ithaca is home to spectacular gorges, waterfalls and lakes, thriving music and arts community, amazing food options and an invigorating climate year-round. The grandeur of the hills and gorges of our campus will take your breath away. As a regularly ranked top five Best College Town, Ithaca will keep you intellectually and socially refreshed through off-campus restaurants, music venues, galleries, and diverse theatre and museum offerings.
I am Cornell Engineering
Interests: Organic farming, classical guitar, Cornell Concrete Canoe
What I love about the program: Cornell Engineering is uniquely able to provide unprecedented opportunity to explore.
I break the rules by: Making concrete float! I am a mix sub-team lead and the paddling lead. I work with 2 other members to design the concrete mix for our canoe of over 20 constituent materials. As a paddling lead, I train new members how to paddle a canoe and the unique techniques for racing in a concrete boat.
Advice to my 17-year old self: Don’t make it about you or your career. Study engineering because you love to learn how the world works and become an engineer to change it.
~Evan (Denver, CO), materials science and engineering
I am a Cornell Engineer
I will break the rules to do what was once thought impossible. My advice to you? Pursue every opportunity that you see, no matter how small.
Atsu ( Manassas, VA ), chemical engineering
I am a Cornell Engineer
As more diverse individuals enter engineering fields, the way we make decisions about infrastructures and systems will change. I hope to inspire the next generation of black, female computer scientists.
~Destiny (East Orange, NJ), computer science