Cornell University Campus Walking Tour - Copy

An Informational Walking Guide to Central Campus

Cornell University Campus Walking Tour - Copy

Ithaca, New York 14850, United States

Created By: PocketSights

Tour Information

Welcome to Cornell! Cornell University owes its beginnings to the revolutionary ideas of two New York State senators, Ezra Cornell and Andrew Dickson White, who envisioned a nonsectarian university that would provide a liberal and practical education to all qualified students, preparing them to contribute significantly to the nation and the world. Founded in 1865 as the state's land-grant institution, the university opened its doors in 1868.

Today, with 13,000 undergraduates and 6,400 graduate students, we are the largest and youngest university in the Ivy League. Our undergraduate population is divided among seven colleges: four privately endowed (Architecture, Art, and Planning; Arts and Sciences; Engineering; Hotel) and three public contract colleges (Agriculture and Life Sciences; Human Ecology; Industrial and Labor Relations). Residents of New York State receive a significant tuition discount in the contract colleges, which are partially funded by the state of New York. Cornell is a partner of the state university, but not a state-operated campus.

Life on Campus

Residential Programs

North Campus, a community of 15 residence halls and two community centers across the the gorge from the academic buildings, is the home of the first-year student life. Options include singles, doubles, triples, and quads. there are also eight themed program houses. Community centers are hubs of activity for students, offering programs and events, dining halls, fitness facilities, mail centers, and game rooms.

After their first year, Cornellians may chose to move off campus into apartments in Collegetown or downtown Ithaca, fraternity and sorority houses, or cooperative residences. Students who continue to live on campus can reside in any of the five West Campus hoses or one of the two Collegetown residence halls.

Student Activities

More than 800 student clubs, activities, and groups offer opportunities to meet others and engage in the campus and community. Also be sure to check out Big Red athletics (with 36 Division 1 sports teams), intramural sports with more then 30 leagues and tournaments, more than 100 physical education courses, five fitness centers, and the Cornell Outdoor Education program.

Public Service

The Public Service Center Coordinates volunteer service groups, work-study placements, community internships,project funding, and service-learning courses for students.

Greek Life

About one-third of students participate in the Greek system, joining one of the chapters of Intrafraternity Council (41 fraternities), Panhellenic Association (11 sororities), or Multicultural Greek Letter Council (16 organizations).


Cornell is ranked in the top 10 nationally for food quality on a university campus. Nearly half of our executive chefs are graduates of the Culinary Institute of America. More than 31 convenient dining location across campus offer wide variety of healthy choices.

Arts and Culture

Numerous events on campus throughout the year promote music, theater, dance, cinema, literature, and art. With performances by renowned visitors as well as faculty, students, and local talent, there is always something interesting to watch, listen to, or participate in.

Cornell University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action educator and employer.

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Let's take a walk!

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What You'll See on the Tour

Day Hall

Day Hall is where students can find the Bursar, and Financial Aid and Student Employment. You will also see founder Ezra Cornell's seal and medallion on the front of the building.   
Cornell Store

The Cornell Store is were students can find school supples and great Cornell gear.
Sage Chapel

Nonsectarian education was a principle Cornell was founded on and Sage Chapel is nondenominational and hosts many events. Donated funds by Henry Sage help create this beautiful building with stained glass windows and other great image in t... Read more
Ho Plaza

Ho Plaza extends between the main entrances to The Campus Store and Willard Straight Hall, and across the front of Willard Straight Hall to the south entrance of the building.
Gannett Health Center

Home to Gannett Health Services; primary-care medical services, physical therapy, psychological counseling, health education, full-service pharmacy, walk-in appointments, and 24-hour phone consultation service. For after-hours, urgent or em... Read more
Willard Straight Hall

Named after its benefactor, Willard Straight, Class of 1901, who donated money to the university under the stipulation that it not be used for any academic or administrative purpose, Willard Straight Hall was one of the first student unions... Read more
Clock Tower

The 173-foot-tall Jenny McGraw Clock Tower and it's chimes were featured in Cornell's opening ceremonies in 1868. Today there are 21 chimes, playing three concerts a day during the academic year. If you are up for the climb (161 steps) you ... Read more
Olin and Uris Libraries

These are the two largest of the 18 libraries on campus. With Nearly 8 million volumes and thousands of newspaper, journal, and magazine collections, Cornell University Library is one of the largest in the country. Along with extensive reso... Read more
Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art

Looking to the north west corner of the Arts Quad you will see a tall build like the one pictured and this is the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art. Designed by I.M. Pei, the six-tory museum displays much of Cornell's 30,000 works of art, in... Read more
Arts and Sciences

An intimate liberal arts education within a large university The largest college within Cornell, with 40 majors ranging from Biology to Government to Classics, the College of Arts and Science offers a rich curriculum with some of the most d... Read more
Architecture, Art, and Planning

If you look left (North) down the path you will see Architecture, Art, and Planning. Teaching and practicing architecture, fine art, and city and regional planning as creative and powerful forces with the potential to improve the world. The... Read more
Bailey Hall

The largest auditorium on campus with 1,324 seats, Bailey is the perfect venue for concerts, performances, and speakers. A wide variety of events through the years has featured Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Martin Luther King, Jr.; Spike Lee;... Read more
Human Ecology (HE)

Looking left and beyond CALS Quad is the College of Human Ecology. Responding to human needs through research, education, and outreach. Students in the College of Human Ecology study contemporary issues and apply practical solutions to chal... Read more
Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS)

Addressing emerging issues in the agricultural, environmental, life, and social sciences with the goal of improving lives and developing leaders for the future. The largest contract college at Cornell, the College of Agriculture and Life Sc... Read more

Take a break at Trillium in Kennedy Hall and discover why the Princeton Review constantly ranks Cornell Dining in the top 10 among universities. We offer variety and convenience of foods, with 31 dining location across campus, including 10 ... Read more
Bio Quad

You are now on the cornell for the Bio Quad. While a large amount of research occurs in the life science buildings surrounding the quad, research projects go on continuously in every discipline across campus. From working with historical ar... Read more
Industrial and Labor Relations (ILR)

Advancing the world of work At the ILR School, studies of management and public policy are consolidated and lead to a bachelor of science in Industrial and Labor Relations. Here you will study economics and public policy, organizational beh... Read more
Barton Hall

Orginally designed as a drill hall for the U.S. Army's Department of Military Science, Barton today services as an indoor track and home to the ROTC program and the Cornell Police headquarters. Cornell is the only Ivy League university to o... Read more
Teagle Hall

If you look across the street you will see Teagle Hall. Students may participate in a variety of sports, many with offices here. As part of the Ivy League conference, Cornell is an NCAA Division 1 university. From men and women's basketball... Read more
Hotel Administration (SHA)

Hospitality leadership through learning The first of its kind and the only Ivy League program in hospitality management, the School of Hotel Administration offers a curriculum about all aspects of running a business - strategizing, planning... Read more

Look to your left and down the hill you will see Duffield Hall and the Engineering Quad. Following a tradition of innovation by engaging in cutting-edge exploration and development Students in the Cornell Engineering partake in a fundamenta... Read more
Questions about Tour?

If you have any questions about attending Cornell University check out: or call 607.255.5241. Thank you for taking this Cornell University Campus Tour by PocketSights ...


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