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College of Arts and Sciences
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What does ‘any person, any study’ really mean?

Learn more about Cornell’s largest college

Information Session

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The College of Arts & Sciences is at the center of Cornell, providing our students with a superb liberal arts and sciences education, as well as access to all of the resources of a large research institution. No matter what you want to study, you’ll find faculty, staff and other students to encourage you on your journey.

Welcome to the center of Cornell

An introduction to the College of Arts & Sciences

As the largest college at Cornell, Arts & Sciences offers you access to an uncommonly diverse range of academic and research opportunities. In addition to our 2,000+ courses, you’ll have access to more than 2,000 additional courses in Cornell’s six other professional and applied colleges and schools.

Learn how A&S will prepare you for a life well lived.

An innovative and engaged curriculum

Classes that stretch your mind, support for your journey

Faculty in the College create innovative classes that encourage you to explore your interests broadly across the College and throughout Cornell. With up to two years before you declare a major, your educational path will be defined by structured flexibility and guided by your own academic interests.

Read more about our innovative curriculum.

Advice, mentorship and council

Support for your academic and personal journey

As a student in the College of Arts & Sciences, you will join our community of scholars, known for our intellectual rigor and engaged in deep and broad research. You will also have the chance to take advantage of many unique academic opportunities available only to our students.

As you make your way through Cornell, you will be supported by a faculty advisor, advising dean and student ambassador. Whether your interests are focused or varied, A&S advisors will help you select an inspiring and balanced schedule, and a rewarding college career path.

Read more about the student journey.

Time to apply

The application process, and what we look for

Admissions advisors are looking for academic excellence, intellectual curiosity, your commitment to a liberal arts education and your demonstrated record of having a positive impact on your community.

Contact the admissions office for more information.


Start your journey

We encourage you to join our mailing list to receive timely information about your specific interests, and visit University Admissions to learn more about applying to Arts & Sciences. You can also view the complete Information Session on YouTube.


A&S is a community of learners, each on our own path to discovery and transformation.

The College of Arts & Sciences truly embodies Ezra Cornell’s founding vision: “Any person can find instruction in any study.”

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Extraordinary Journeys: The Class of 2020

Students in the College of Arts & Sciences are motivated, inspired and sincere. Explore the extraordinary journeys of this year’s graduates and see how their paths have prepared them not only for a successful and meaningful career, but also for a life well lived.

See the extraordinary journeys

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Student Views

Want to know more about life on campus? Our student ambassadors blog about everything from food to friends to finals week here.

Meet the A&S Ambassadors

Please join our mailing list to receive timely information about your specific interests, and start your Extraordinary Journey today.