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Cornell University

Educational Resources

Libraries

Cornell University Library (CUL) is one of the 10 largest academic research libraries in the U.S. Comprised of 20 unique libraries, CUL holds close to 8 million printed volumes, subscribes to more than 60,000 journals, and provides access to more than 150,000 electronic publications and databases. The library?s website, www.library.cornell.edu, is a portal to the world of information beyond books, providing students and faculty alike with easy access to an ever-increasing array of both electronic and print resources. CUL?s innovative services provide easy access to outstanding collections that support academic programs in Asian and Africana studies; arts and humanities; engineering; computer science; agriculture; architecture; hotel administration; industrial and labor relations; law; physical, social, and biological sciences; business management; human and veterinary medicine, and more. Cornell?s superb rare book and manuscript holdings include comprehensive collections on medieval and Renaissance literature, the Reformation, 18th-century France and England, American history, Anglo-American literature, Icelandic history and culture, the history of science, women's studies and the politics of human sexuality. Cornell University Library is a leader in the integration of traditional library resources and services with dynamic new digital technologies. A staff of more than 135 professional librarians is available to assist students in navigating the emerging global information environment. Their commitment to excellent service has resulted in a #1 national ranking in overall service quality among peer research libraries for three years running. With ultramodern computing labs, wireless network access, cyber cafes, quiet areas for individual and group study, special events, and exhibitions, Cornell University Library is an active and inviting center for information discovery and the celebration of knowledge.

  • Member of library consortia.
  • 7,403,263 books, serial backfiles, and other material including government documents.
  • 80,633 current serial subscriptions.
  • 8,204,567 microforms.
  • 175,687 Audio/Visual items.
  • 241,108 e-books.

Museums & Art

Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Laboratory of Ornithology, Carl A. Kroch Library (Rare and Manuscript Collections), Africana Studies and Research Center, Cornell Plantations (Natural Areas and Living Plant Collections), McGraw Tower (Cornell Chimes), Laboratory for Elementary-Particle Physics, Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source, Veterinary Medical Center, New York Weill Cornell Medical Center, Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts, Duffield Hall (Nanotechnology), Rhodes Hall (Theory Center), Willard Straight Hall (Student Union)

Computing

Requirements

  • Students are required to take a computer course.
  • Students are not required to own or lease a computer.

Campus Resources

  • 3,000 computers for student use in locations such as computer center/labs, residence halls, library, student center
  • 350 Internet connections in libraries.
  • 800 Internet connections in classrooms.
  • 75 Internet connections in Laboratories.
  • 350 Internet connections elsewhere on campus.

Student accommodations

  • Email accounts are available to all students.
  • Internet access is available to all students.
  • Student web-pages are permitted.
  • Online class registration is available.
  • 95% of college-owned hosting units are available for internet access.

Wireless Internet Hotspots

  • Wifi is available in all the libraries, in some classrooms, in computer labs, in administrative/faculty offices and work areas, in some of the college-owned, operated, or affiliated housing
  • Campus wireless internet hotspots are not available.
  • Approximately 35,000 students can be on the network at once.

Services

Basic

nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, health service, health insurance

Remedial

reading, math, writing, study skills, other

Counseling

minority student, career, military, personal, veteran student, academic, older student, psychological, birth control, religious

Career

co-op education, on-campus job interviews, internships, resume assistance, career/job search classes, alumni network, interest inventory, interview training

Campus Safety

24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc)

Campus Life

Housing

Overview

  • The school offers housing for students.
  • 54% of students live in school housing.
  • The school will provide assistance for off-campus housing

Types of housing available

  • 52% of housing units are Singles.
  • 45% of housing units are Doubles.
  • 2% of housing units are Triples.
  • 0% of housing units are Apartments.
  • 1% of of housing units are some other type.
  • In total, there are 84 housing buildings.

Room Accessories

  • 100% of rooms are equipped with sprinkler systems.
  • 100% of rooms are equipped with fire alarms.
  • 95% are equipped with high-speed internet connections.

Extracurricular

  • 90% of students remain on campus over the weekends, on average.
  • Alcohol is permitted on campus.
  • Popular events on campus: The 21-bell Cornell Chimes, atop 173-foot Jennie McGraw Tower, are played daily by student chimesmasters. Nearly the entire campus turns out just before spring break to watch architecture students parade a student-built beast on Dragon Day. Every fall, the New Student Reading Project introduces all freshmen to a provocative work, such as Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Sophocles' Antigone, Franz Kafka's The Trial and Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart. Noted Asian, American and graphic-arts collections are augmented by many exhibitions at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, a distinctive showpiece designed by I. M. Pei. Student and faculty soloists and orchestral and choral groups play in a multiplicity of auditoriums, and there are recitals by every manner of visiting performer, from symphonies to rock stars. (Many say the Grateful Dead's 1977 performance in the university's Barton Hall was their best ever. ) Cornell Cinema, with screens in two campus locations, offers evocative motion picture programming in an academic setting. An annual series of theater and dance productions in large and small theaters at the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts feature students and visiting professionals on stage and backstage. Alumni Christopher Reeves and Jimmy Smits performed at Cornell. Visiting lecturers abound, and students enjoy special access to A. D. White Professors-at-Large (recently including John Cleese, Jane Goodall, and Oliver Sachs). Cornell's 36 varsity teams play in such distinctive venues as the Friedman Center, the nation's only freestanding college wrestling arena; Schoellkopf Field, with its crescent-shaped grandstand; and the legendary Lynah ice hockey rink, where 4, 000 fans cheer on the Big Red. Next door in the Bartels field house, the expansive Lindseth Climbing Wall is an indoor training device for the heralded Cornell Outdoor Education program. Cornell University Library has an extraordinary array of holdings and special collections in 17 Ithaca campus facilities and is a national leader in digital technology and electronic resources.
  • Student activities: choral groups, concert band, dance, drama/theater, jazz band, literary magazine, marching band, music ensembles, musical theater, pep band, radio station, student government, student newspaper, student film society, symphony orchestra, yearbook
  • In total, there are about 864 organizations on campus.
  • Honor societies: Alpha Epsilon Delta-National Pre-Med Society, Alpha Phi Omega-Service Work Honor Society, Arnold Air Society Silver Wings (ROTC), Beta Nu-Alumni Honor Society, Chi Upsilon-Engineering, Cornell National Scholars, Cornell Tradition SAC, Gamma Sigma Delta-Faculty Society, Golden Key-all students eligible, Ho Nun de Kah-Ag Students, Lambda Phi Eta-Communications, Mortar Board-All students, Mu Sigma Tau-Engineering Co-Op, National Residence Hall Honorary, National Society of Collegiate Scholars at Cornell, Omicron Nu-Human Ecology, Phi Beta Kappa-Arts & Sciences, Phi Kappa Phi-Architecture students, Phi Sigma Pi-Alumni Honor Society, Psi Chi-Psychology students, Quill and Dagger-all students eligible, Red Key-Athletic Honor Society, Scabbard & Blade-Military excellence in cadets, Sigma Alpha Lambda, Sphinx Head-all undergraduate students eligible, Tau Beta Pi-Engineering, Ye Hosts-Hotel School
  • Religious organizations: (Appears as submitted by school) Africana American Worship Service, Atheists and Agnostics Association, Bahai Club, Buddhist, Tibetan Buddhist, Zen, Campus Crusade for Christ, Campus on a Hill, CARP (weekly current event discussion group), Chi Alpha, Chinese Bible Study, Chinese Christian Fellowship, Christian Science, Church of Christ, Cornell Fellowship, Cornell Catholic Circle, Cornell Catholic Community-(AQUINAS), Cornell Christian Fellowship, Cornell Graduate Christian Fellowship, Eastern Orthodox, ECKANKAR, Episcopal Fellowship of Christian Singaporeans, First Ithaca Chinese Christian Church, Grace Christian Fellowship, Hillel, Hindu, Hong Kong Christian Fellowship, Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, Jewish? Reform, Orthodox and Conservative, Jewish Student Appeal, Latter-Day Saints Student Association, Lutheran Student Fellowship, Muslim, Navigators, Progressive Cornell Catholics, Protestant Cooperative Ministry, Religious Society of Friends, Student Earth Based Religions Alliance, Unitarian Universalist, United Pagan, Vineyard Christian Alliance, XLT Catholic Praise and Worship
  • International organizations: (Appears as submitted by school) Aegean Society, Aficionados del espa? o, African American Students Association, Africana Studies Association, AIESEC, Amigos de Espa? a, Argentine Students at Cornell, Armenians Students, Asha Cornell, Asian American Theater, Asian Health Alliance at Cornell, Association of Students of Color, Australians and New Zealanders at Cornell, Bangla Club, Black Students United, Black Theatre Productions, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Bulgarian Club at Cornell, Canadians at Cornell Club, Chilean Association, Chinese Students and Scholars, Chinese Yo-Yo, Coalition of African Students and Scholars, Colombian Association at Cornell, Committee on US Latin American Relations, Comparative Cultures and Literature Forum, Cornell Bhangra, Cornell Filipino Association, Cornell Hungarian Students, Cornell India Association, Cornell Indonesian Association, Cornell Italian American Organization, Cornell Jewish Russian Club, Cornell Mexican Student Association, Cornell Myanmar (Burma) Research Group, Cornell Romanian Society, Cornell Taiwanese Student Association, Cornell Thai Association, Ethiopian Students Association, European Club, Ghanians@Cornell, Greece Hellenic Students Association, Hong Kong Student Association, Hospitality Students International, International Graduate School Association of ILR, International Planning Students Organization, International Student Programming Board, Iranian Students Association, Irish Graduate Students Association, Israeli Student Association, Japan US Association, Japanese Graduate Students and Scholars Association, Jewish Arab Muslim Dialogue, JGSM European Club, JGSM International Business Association, Korean Students Association, La Asociacion Latina, Lebanese Club at Cornell, Luso Brazilian Student Association, Malaysian Association at Cornell, Minority Veterinary Association, Muslim Education and Cultural Association, NAACP, National Society of Black Engineers, Native American Students, Nepal Association, Nigerian Students Association, Out-in-the-World, Pakistani Students Association, Rass Club, Scandanavian Club, Shimta, Sitara, Society for Indian, Society of Minority Hoteliers, Society of Polish Students at Cornell, Sri Lankan Student Association, Stammtisch Cornell, Swiss Club of Cornell, Tarana, The Cornell Arab Association, The Cornell Carribbean Students Association, Turkish Student Association, Ukranian Club, Venezuelan Association
  • Other organizations: (Appears as submitted by school) Choral groups, concert and jazz bands, marching and pep bands, musical ensembles, orchestra, international music and dance groups, musical theater, dance and drama groups, debating, film society, public speaking, volunteer community service groups, departmental groups, special interest groups, chapters of national and international organizations, career groups, investment groups, educational groups
  • Student papers: (Appears as submitted by school) Cornell Daily Sun (daily), Cornell Review (occasional), Cornellian (yearbook); Cornell Lunatic (each semester)

Travel

  • Nearest airport(s) (distance in miles): Syracuse (60), Ithaca (2)
  • Nearest train(s) (distance in miles): Syracuse (60)
  • Nearest bus-station(s) (distance in miles): Ithaca (2)
  • Public transportation serves the campus.
  • All students are permitted to have cars on campus.

Employment

  • School employment is available.
  • 51% of undergrads are employed with average earnings of 1,800
  • Freshman are not discouraged from working.

Greek Life

  • There are 49 fraternities
  • 43 fraternity houses
  • 28% of students are fraternity members
  • There are 22 sororities
  • 12 sorority houses
  • 22% of students are sorority members.

ROTC

  • Army ROTC: Offered on campus
  • Navy ROTC: Offered on campus
  • Airforce ROTC: Offered on campus
  • Additional Policies

    class attendance policies set by individual instructors, hazing prohibited, smoking prohibited, other

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