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College Scholar

The College Scholar Program represents the pinnacle of the liberal arts experience at Cornell. The program is focused on a small group of stellar students whose interests transcend disciplinary boundaries. These students have demonstrated exceptional promise and maturity to plan and carry out a well-designed individualized program of study and research. Students design their own interdisciplinary major, organized around a question or issue of interest, and pursue a course of study that cannot be found in an established major. College Scholars explore subjects with a broader integration of related disciplines than most students would attempt. They pursue their subjects using advanced, often graduate-level, techniques. As a capstone to their studies, all Scholars undertake an independent senior project, usually culminating in an honors thesis. It is a unique opportunity within the College of Arts & Sciences for engagement and learning, in the classroom and beyond.

Sample Courses

Post-Graduate Outcomes

All information below is based on the 2014-2018 First-Destination Post-Graduate Survey. 
"Other" includes time off, travel, volunteer experiences, and/or preparing for graduate school.
If you would like to more information, please email as_careers@cornell.edu

More than 4/5 of 2014-2018 graduates reported being employed and attending graduate school, at similar rates.

Where 2014-2018 College Scholar Graduates Work

Employer Job Titles
Athenahealth UX Design Associate
Boeing Systems Engineer
Chinatown Service Center Mandarin Interpreter/Health Advocate
Civic Ensemble Artist
Columbia University Medical Center Brain Imaging Research Team
Consumer Reports Policy Research Assistant
Cornell University Alumni Affairs Coordinator
Deloitte Consulting Analyst
Eaton Corporation Equity Research Associate
Elite Scholars of China Executive Assistant
Epic Systems Server Systems Engineer
IBM Data Scientist
Mei Mei Owner/Chef
Northeastern University Research Assistant
Teach for America Teacher (2)
United States Army MEDEVC Pilot
United States Attorney's Office Paralegal
United States Marine Corps Second Lieutenant
UC at San Francisco Staff Research Associate
Venture for America Fellow

Where 2014-2018 College Scholar graduates study

  • Cornell University
  • Harvard University
  • New York University
  • Princeton University
  • University of Cambridge
  • Yale University