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

A network of more than 500,000 alumni
Choose from 40 different majors.
of undergraduates identify as minority and/or international students
Undergraduate students
Graduate Students
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)

  • What Do We Know About Love?

    The latest thinking from across the disciplines about the relationship between humans and love.

    Listen to the podcast

  • The college welcomes new faculty

    Twenty new faculty members join the College of Arts & Sciences this year, enriching the college with interdisciplinary strengths.

    Learn more about the new faculty

  • Shaping the Future

    Students in the new Milstein Program in Technology & Humanity will combine Cornell’s renowned liberal arts and sciences classes in Ithaca with the 21st century tech curriculum at Cornell Tech in NYC.

    Learn more about the Milstein Program

  • Education Innovation

    Exciting things are happening in classrooms throughout the College of Arts & Sciences as new, research-based approaches to teaching spread through the disciplines.

    Innovations in the classroom