Klarman Hall at night

Welcome to the Nexus of Cornell

Liberal Arts & Sciences for the 21st Century 

The greatest challenges that our world faces today require skills that belie singular modes of understanding. As this era is defined by rapid social, technological and economic changes, the liberal arts model of education and inquiry is perhaps more relevant today than ever before. The education conferred by the College of Arts & Sciences is a recipe for creating an intellect that is well formed and highly versatile. It is also the best long-term training for innovation, entrepreneurship and civic leadership.

At Cornell, we embrace both heritage and invention. Our openness to intersecting paths is a deep part of who we are. Interdisciplinary collaboration and scholarship is at our foundation. We are a strong academic community continuously generating new ideas. We challenge our students to expand their imaginations while sharpening their critical and creative responses to all they encounter. We are independent and diverse students and scholars on our own paths toward discovery and transformationOur college is the nexus of Cornell, offering humanity’s greatest opportunity for innovation, creativity and illumination of pathways to the future. 

By the Numbers

A&S at a Glance

1332
Graduate Students
4110
Undergraduate students
39
Choose from 39 different majors.
500k
A network of more than 500,000 alumni
49%
of undergraduates identify as minority and/or international students
545
Full-time Faculty Members

"During my years of teaching literature at Cornell and elsewhere, I demanded of my students the passion of science and the patience of poetry."

-Vladimir Nabokov, novelist, poet, lepidopterist, and Cornell Professor in the College of Arts & Sciences (1948-1959)

Life at The College

At Arts & Sciences, living is learning. Some of the most important lessons originate outside of the classroom. Cornell offers incredible diversity not only in its academics, but also in the campus activities, and extracurriculars that shape the student experience.

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"It is an exhilarating experience to read poetry and observe its correlation with modern science. Profound scientific thought is hardly a rarity among the poets."

-Carl Sagan, astronomer, astrophysicist, author, cosmologist, and Cornell professor in the College of Arts & Sciences (1968-1996)

  • Freedom Interrupted: Race, Gender, Nation and Policing

    This campus-wide, year-long collaboration among interdisciplinary programs across Cornell examines race and policing in America.

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  • The College Welcomes New Faculty

    These 18 new A&S faculty members will contribute to the nexus of big ideas, foundational methods, and colliding and intertwining disciplines found at the center of Cornell.

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  • Computational Social Science

    The explosion of social and behavioral data available in the 21st century has created huge opportunities to study human behavior and social interaction and has fueled the collaborative, interdisciplinary new field of computational social science.

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  • New Century for the Humanities

    Take part in the arts & humanities at Cornell today.

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