Cornell University

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Cornell University
Cornell University, Ho Plaza and Sage Hall.jpg
City: Ithaca, New York
Type: Private
Sports: baseball, basketball, bowling, cross country, equestrian, fencing, field hockey, football, golf, gymnastics, hockey, lacrosse, rifle, rowing, rugby, skiing, soccer, softball, squash, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, ultimate, volleyball, water polo, wrestling[1]
Colors: carnelian (shade of red), white
Mascot: Big Red
Degrees: Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral[2]
Endowment: $5.1 billion[3]

Cornell University is a university in Ithaca, New York, founded in 1865 by businessman Ezra Cornell. It is the youngest member of the Ivy League, the last of eight. Cornell accepts applications from homeschooled children.[4] Cornell was originally founded as a land grant institution with public funding, but has converted into essentially a private school (with some special relationships to the State of New York).

Of the Ivy League schools, Cornell is unusual in many ways. Educational historian Frederick Rudolph called Cornell the first "American university." That is, it was the first university on the pattern that many American universities—particularly the land-grant state universities—were to follow: coeducational, nonsectarian, and comprehensive. From the beginning, it was intended to compass far more than the classics and the liberal arts. This is shown by Cornell's motto, “I would found an institution where any person can find instruction in any study," and by the fact that it is the only Ivy League school whose motto is not in Latin.

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  2. College Search - Cornell University - At a Glance (English). College Board. Retrieved on May 28, 2010.
  3. 2011 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments. Retrieved on November 20, 2012.
  4. Christian Examiner, Sept. 2007, Vol 25, No 9, Pg. 12