Cornell University has been called "the first American university" — a distinguished private university with a broad public mission. It was founded in Ithaca, N.Y., in 1865 with a revolutionary aim: to educate students, without regard to race, gender, religion, or wealth, in a community where all forms of knowledge would be explored.
"I would found an institution where any person can find instruction in any study," declared Ezra Cornell. Asked in 1874 about the ramifications of admitting students of color, co-founder Andrew Dickson White declared, "if even one offered himself and passed the examinations, we should receive him even if all our five hundred students were to ask for dismissal on that account."
Today the influence and presence of Cornell University's remarkably farsighted founders extends to every corner of the campus and the world. Cornell remains inclusive and dynamic, bold and innovative, open and engaged, committed to diversity and inclusiveness in employment as well as education through:
* Expansive benefit and workplace accommodations
* Same-sex partner benefits
* Innovative work/life balance policies
* Programs that promote a safe and inclusive environment
* Wide-ranging professional development opportunities
We celebrate differences, encourage dialogue, and inspire discovery. Come see for yourself.
Any Person . . . Any Study . . . Any Career . . .
You Belong at Cornell University!