Student ambassadors jumping for joy
Welcome Class of 2026

Admitted Students

When our admissions committee read through over 30,000 applications this year, yours stood out. Put simply, we recognized something special in you. We believe you will contribute much to our community, and that Cornell has much to offer you in return.

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."

Welcome to our Big Red Family, and congratulations!

 Dean Ray Jayawardhana

Your liberal arts education at Cornell will give you all the perspective, confidence and skills you need to make a difference in the world. You and your peers in the Class of 2026 will make scientific breakthroughs, create inspiring works of art and literature, find cures and new therapies for chronic disease, contribute to governance and policymaking at the highest levels, and develop new technologies that will transform our future. I am heartened to imagine all that you will discover in the coming four years that will influence your path, wherever that may lead.

Our faculty and advisors are here to support you, empower you and root for your success. Here, you will develop lifelong friendships and contribute to a vibrant community that will feed your intellect and open doors to endless possibilities.

Ray Jayawardhana, The Harold Tanner Dean of Arts & Sciences

Why Arts and Sciences

Why A&S at Cornell?

Next Steps

Taking the next step...

Join us @CornellCAS

Follow us on Instagram to learn more about what it is like to be a student in Arts & Sciences and to see the beautiful campus in Ithaca, New York we call home. 

Connect with A&S

Connect with A&S

Meet the A&S Ambassadors

The A&S Ambassadors provide the student angle on life at Cornell, help prospective students make the important decision of where to attend college, and then support them as they transition into life as an A&S student.

Ambassadors are available during events and by email at cornell.as.ambassadors@gmail.com to share their Cornell experiences with you no matter where you live in the world, so that you may get a glimpse into the life of a Cornell student even if you don’t have the opportunity to visit campus.

Get to know the A&S Ambassadors

Learn More and Connect

Finding your place

Digital swag

Celebrate virtually with our A&S Class of 2026 celebratory swag. Download Zoom and desktop backgrounds, and posts for Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter here.

Get ready to embark on an extraordinary journey

Students in the College of Arts & Sciences follow their own pathways to discovery during their time at Cornell. Meet a few of our most recent graduates to find out about the classes, activities, friends and professors who made their experiences here transformational. Explore the extraordinary journeys of many more recent graduates here.

A&S Ampresand

Why the ampersand?

You might think that you need to make a choice: small liberal arts college or large research university? But the College of Arts & Sciences at Cornell offers you the best of both worlds: a superb and flexible liberal arts education and the extensive resources and opportunities of an internationally renowned research institution. The scope of these unprecedented opportunities is captured by the ampersand (&) that joins the liberal arts and the sciences in our name, and symbolizes our College of Arts & Sciences.

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