Harvard vs. Cornell University

Two Rivalry Colleges in Ivy League

Harvard vs. Cornell University

Harvardvs.Cornell University

Both Harvard and Cornell University are private. Harvard is located in Cambridge, MA and Cornell University is located in Ithaca, NY.
  • Cornell University has more expensive tuition of $63,200 than Harvard ($57,261).
  • Harvard has tighter acceptance rate of 5.16% than Cornell University (12.67%).
  • Harvard has higher SAT scores of 1,550 than Cornell University (1,530).
  • Harvard is larger with 30,631 students than Cornell University (25,898 students).

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#2 in National Universities
#2 in Massachusetts
Rankings#16 in National Universities
#2 in New York
Private, 4-yearsSchool TypePrivate, 4-years
Cambridge, MALocationIthaca, NY
1 Year Certificate
Post-Bachelor Certificate
Post-Master Certificate
Doctorate (Research)
Doctorate (Professional Practice)
Offered DegreesBachelor's
Post-Bachelor Certificate
Doctorate (Research)
Doctorate (Professional Practice)
Research University (very high research activity)Carnegie ClassificationResearch University (very high research activity)
Tuition & Fees
$49,954Financial Aid$52,178
$85 undergraduate
$105 graduate
Application Fee$80 undergraduate
$105 graduate
5.16%Acceptance Rate12.67%
1,550 SAT, 35 ACTTest Scores1,530 SAT, 34 ACT
Student Population
30,631Total Students25,898
10,495Online Enrollment160
Graduation Rate & Outcomes
97%Graduation Rate94%
Transfer-out Rate
96%Retention Rate97%
$139,100Average Earning after Graduation$101,200
Special Learning Opportunities and Student Services
Online Degree/Certificate Program Offered for Both Undergraduate and GraduateDistance Learning (Online Classes)Online Degree/Certificate Program Offered for Graduate
Study Abroad
Weekend/Evening College
Teacher Certifiate
Special OpportunitiesROTC
Study Abroad
✔ (Dormitory Capacity: 13,748)
$12,056 average annual costs
On-Campus Living✔ (Dormitory Capacity: 8,954)
$10,426 average annual costs
Not offered or not ReportedMeal Plan✔ (14 meals per week)
$6,612 average annual costs
Faculties and Staffs
7 to 1Students to Faculty Ratio9 to 1
2,120 Full-time
335 Part-time
Number of Faculties1,858 Full-time
155 Part-time
16,942 Full-time
2,236 Part-time
Number of Staffs10,405 Full-time
657 Part-time
$193,382 for Faculties
$91,111 Part-time
Average Salary$143,555 for Faculties
$74,527 Part-time
All data used in our site is from IPEDS (The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System), U.S. Department of Education, academic year 2021-2022