Colleges and Schools


You’ll apply to only one of our undergraduate colleges or schools when you submit your Cornell application, so take some time to explore them all and decide which is best for you.

Cornell’s College of Arts & Sciences is the university’s largest undergraduate college. Exploration and an uncommon diversity are the hallmarks of this college’s liberal arts approach. Design your education in over 60 areas of study, and with an Arts & Sciences education, be prepared to engage with the world.

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University is a pioneer of purpose-driven science. CALS has the broad and deep expertise needed to affect real change in the world. Choose from over 20 majors and 30 minors, and dive into your studies right away. CALS students apply to a specific CALS major and are chosen based on their academic and demonstrated personal fit for that particular course of study. 

The College of Architecture, Art, and Planning teaches and practices architecture, fine arts, and city and regional planning as creative and powerful forces with the potential to improve the world. There are additional requirements for admission to AAP, so make sure to check their website for more information.

Cornell engineers are motivated, collaborative, compassionate, and intelligent. Students are emboldened to break the rules of conventional thought—to think independently and explore new ways to improve the quality of life on our planet. The College of Engineering offers incredible depth, with 14 majors and 20 minors you can explore before declaring your major as a sophomore.

The College of Human Ecology at Cornell University examines human life from scientific, social, and design perspectives. Organized around the themes that profoundly affect individuals, communities, and the institutions that shape our lives, Human Ecology’s academic programs are interdisciplinary and flexible. Our students and faculty use their knowledge to connect the complex variables of life to identify, explore, and respond to contemporary and emerging human challenges.

The ILR School at Cornell University explores the most pressing issues that affect society, organizations, the economy, and international affairs. Industrial and Labor Relations students develop a solid background in the liberal arts and social sciences with required courses in management, economics, psychology, history, law, government, and statistics. They are problem solvers, community volunteers, and organization leaders. One major, endless possibilities.

The Cornell SC Johnson College of Business houses two AACSB-accredited business schools that aid students in pursuing their passions in business. The School of Hotel Administration provides the most relevant, groundbreaking hospitality business education in the world by combining a traditional business foundation with industry expertise. At the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, students take on real global challenges through an immersive, collaborative learning experience. Through both of these schools, students receive the hands-on experience, knowledge, and skills to be successful in impactful businesses.

Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management

School of Hotel Administration