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.
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.
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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
|Athenahealth||UX Design Associate|
|Chinatown Service Center||Mandarin Interpreter/Health Advocate|
|Columbia University Medical Center||Brain Imaging Research Team|
|Consumer Reports||Policy Research Assistant|
|Cornell University||Alumni Affairs Coordinator|
|Eaton Corporation||Equity Research Associate|
|Elite Scholars of China||Executive Assistant|
|Epic Systems||Server Systems Engineer|
|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