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Are you intellectually curious?

Are you motivated to make your mark in the world?

Are you searching for an education that will prepare you not only for a successful career, but also for a life well lived?

Whether your interests are focused or varied, the College of Arts & Sciences supports intellectual inquisitiveness and initiative, with an array of majors, minors and special programs designed to help you define your own path to success.

Sitting at the intersection of the arts, the sciences, the humanities and technology at the center of an internationally renowned research university, the College continues Ezra Cornell's commitment to found a university where "any person can find instruction in any study."

Cornell is located in beautiful Ithaca, New York, named to more top 10 lists than we can cite here. We're one of the: best college towns, most exciting college towns, healthiest counties, best art spots outside of New York City, best swimming spots, most livable cities, cities where you want to walk to work. And the list goes on ...

I chose Cornell because it offers the chance to do so much - it has first-rate academics, athletics and extracurricular opportunities in a large and diverse campus. You truly can "have it all" at Cornell, and the people here are deeply invested in your success in any and all pursuits.  -David Melly '15

As a student in the College of Arts & Sciences, you will be part of an academic community constantly generating new ideas. You will learn from excellent teachers who will challenge you to expand your imagination, while you sharpen your critical and creative responses to everything you encounter. And you will join a group of impressive, independent and diverse students, all on their own paths to discovery.

We are looking for students who have outstanding records of academic achievement in high school and who are also strongly committed to the liberal arts and sciences. Cornell students are curious, creative and sincere. They are leaders and critical thinkers who thoroughly understand the benefits of a liberal education.