Robert S. Harrison College Scholar Program

The Robert S. Harrison 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 2022 First-Destination Post-Graduate Survey. 
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What can you do with a College Scholar degree? 

Graduate School:

In 2022, 44% of college scholar graduates embarked on graduate school journeys. They pursued various advanced degrees, with 44% focusing on their PhD, 19% working towards a JD, 7% dedicated to an MA, and more. Their graduate field interest ranges from law (19%) to classics (11%).

These ambitious individuals have chosen to continue their education at prestigious institutions like Harvard University, Princeton University, Stanford University, and the University of Oxford.


18% of college scholar graduates secured employment, and the majority entered sectors in education (20%), nonprofit organizations (20%), and consulting (17%). Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and Teach for America were the top 2022 employers.

Where 2022 College Scholar Graduates Work

Employer Job Titles
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Junior Fellow
Deloitte Consulting Business Technology Analyst
MasterCard Software Engineer
McKinsey & Company Business Analyst
New York Times News Assistant
Teach for America Corps Member
WarnerMedia News Associate