Let curiosity be your guide.

Live, study and grow at the nexus of discovery and impact.

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A home for exploration and discovery

Our research activities and academic programs are remarkably broad, but they share one characteristic: all are curiosity-driven. Exploring the unknown is central to our mission to be the nexus of discovery and impact.

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Jason Koski/Cornell University Steve Strogatz brings math alive through engaged learning techniques in his class, Mathematical Explorations.

Majors to choose in A&S. Design your education.

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Chris Kitchen Bea Pence works in the Musser lab.

Courses offered in A&S of 4000 courses at Cornell.

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Laura Chichisan/College of Arts and Sciences The New Frontier Grant-funded project “The Biopolitics of Global Health After Covid” will consider health at the world-wide scale

students in A&S, each with an extraordinary journey to tell.

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Alumni engagement

A&S alumni in our network. Go Big Red!

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Welcome Class of 2027

Congratulations to the Class of 2027!

Welcome to the Big Red family. 

Get ready to expand your life and experience beyond the classroom, and to let your curiosity drive your ambitions. The College of Arts & Sciences embodies Ezra Cornell’s founding vision where "any person can find instruction in any study."

Class of 2027 admitted students

A&S Academic Diversity

Uncommon academic diversity abounds here

The innovative undergraduate curriculum at A&S has distribution requirements that range from global citizenship to physical sciences to ethics and the mind. Classes build upon each other and cross the boundaries of traditional academic fields. Extensive work occurs outside of your major and minors, and there are no required core courses. Work closely with inspiring faculty to develop the hallmark skills of a liberal arts and sciences education – the ability to read critically, write persuasively and think broadly.

Beyond Majors & Minors

Research and Scholarship

Research, scholarship and creative works to understand humanity and the cosmos

Curiosity is the driver for research in A&S. From the dendrochronology lab where archaeologists analyze tree-ring growth to understand climate change to the linguistics department where students created a new language for a Captain Marvel movie, our students and faculty take full advantage of all that our world-class research university encompasses.

With opportunities spanning the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities, research here takes place in laboratories, museums, field sites, libraries, hospitals, greenhouses, performance spaces and archives.

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Public Engagement

Engaging our community and our world

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