Admission To Cornell

Find Your Path as a Student at Cornell

Learning at Cornell is an experience that will both inspire and challenge, and that’s exactly what founder Ezra Cornell was hoping for when he profoundly stated: “I would found an institution where any person can find instruction in any study.” With seven undergraduate colleges and schools, over 20 libraries, nearly 80 majors, and more than 4,000 courses, Cornell embodies Ezra’s dream. That dream lives on within Cornell students who have graduated and then serve in the military, along with veterans who have made the choice to attend Cornell after serving in the armed forces. Today, Cornell is home to 57 veteran students and over 400 veterans who work or study at Cornell.

Applying to Cornell

Cornell offers a terrific array of undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs. Please utilize the links below for more information on applying for admission to Cornell:

Undergraduate Admissions: For details about applying as an undergraduate to Cornell, please visit the Undergraduate Admissions website and the Veterans at Cornell page.

To hear members of the Cornell Undergraduate Veterans Association (CUVA) discuss their experiences at Cornell, please watch this short video.

Graduate and Professional School Admissions: For details about applying as a graduate or professional studies candidate to Cornell, please visit the following websites:

Financial Aid for Veterans

Veterans benefits are available for full or part-time Cornell students who are active duty or reserve military personnel, veterans, or in some cases, the child or spouse of a veteran.

Undergraduate and Graduate Resources: Cornell’s undergraduate and graduate degree-granting colleges participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program (supplement to the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill).  Under this program, Cornell and the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs work together to provide financial assistance to veterans. Visit Cornell’s Financial Aid website for complete details and applications or to learn about additional sources of state and federal support.

Questions?  Contact Ginger Guidi (gpe1@cornell.edu) or Becky Maxson (bz25@cornell.edu).

Professional School Financial Aid Resources: 

  • Johnson Veterans Benefits & Financial Aid
    Various Johnson funds ensure that many veterans who come to Cornell to obtain an MBA at Johnson receive substantial support including GI Bill Assistance (Post 9/11 and Yellow Ribbon), Peter and Stephanie Nolan Veterans Scholarship, Roy H. Park Leadership Fellows Program, and the Johnson Veterans Scholarship. Contact Lisa Pastrick (lac8@cornell.edu) for more information.
  • Cornell Law School
    For additional information about applying for financial aid in the Cornell Law School, contact law.financialaid@cornell.edu or call 607-255-5141.
  • College of Veterinary Medicine
    In addition to the GI Bill Assistance (Post 9/11 and Yellow Ribbon), the College of Veterinary Medicine has institutional financial support available, on a need basis, for veterans that enroll in our program.  Contact Kristin Pennock (kp79@cornell.edu) for more information.

VA Certification: For information and questions on certification, please contact the University Registrar at vaedben@cornell.edu or call 607-255-4232.

To learn more about additional benefits, education and training opportunities, see:

ROTC: Educating Military Leaders for Over 150 Years

The United States Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) is one of the most all-encompassing scholarship programs in the country. Students train to become an officer in the U.S. Armed Services while studying at a renowned Ivy League institution. ROTC graduates leave Cornell armed with a variety of skills, allowing them to become effective leaders and innovators. Visit Cornell’s Undergraduate Admissions website for ROTC information and application process. To learn more about ROTC branches at Cornell, follow the links below.

ARMY: Barton Hall / (607) 255-4000 / armyrotc@cornell.edu
NAVY/MARINES: Barton Hall / (607) 255-4202 / navyrotc@cornell.edu
AIR FORCE: Barton Hall / (607) 255-4004 / afrotc@cornell.edu

Other Resources for Veterans

  • Warrior-Scholar Project
    Cornell is a proud host campus for the Warrior-Scholar Project (WSP). This program offers immersive, academic workshops or “boot camps,” free of charge to enlisted veterans. WSP empowers enlisted military veterans by providing them with a skill bridge that enables a successful transition from the battlefield to the classroom. For more information call (207) 796-8777, or visit: http://warrior-scholar.org
  • Farm Ops: Northeast Beginning Farmers Project
    Through Farm Ops, Cornell’s Northeast Beginning Farmer Program has teamed with established veterans groups to enhance the resources and training available for military veterans interested in farming and joining the agricultural community. For more information call (607) 255-9227, or contact: smallfarmsprogram@cornell.edu
  • Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities
    Cornell’s School of Hotel Administration welcomes military personnel into their Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV) training and education program. EBV is specifically geared to twenty-first century veterans with service-related disabilities. This program is provided at no cost to veterans who are developing entrepreneurial businesses. For further information, please contact:
    EBV Program Manager, Kristen Ciferri: (607) 255-0179 / klc43@cornell.edu
    EBV National Office: (315) 443-8791 / ebvinfo@syr.edu

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