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The Ivy League comprises National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I universities, many dating back to pre-Revolutionary times. The term connotes, strictly speaking, sporting excellence. Given how the general public has come to associate scholastic excellence with prominent alumni from the Northeastern state institutions and athletic success, it stands to reason that universities regularly competing (and winning) in that premier league fire the imagination of the best and brightest high school graduates. Inevitably, therefore, excellence perpetuates itself.

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Mascot Founded1915
Mascot ColorRed
Mascot MeaningA ferocious Bruin meant to typify the pursuit of excellence in intercollegiate sports.

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The campus walls overran with creeping ivy are a throwback to British schools of higher learning. The UK’s Oxford and Cambridge, for example, date back to the Middle Ages. As a result, the very first of the Colonial-period universities in America have made it an annual tradition to plant ivy on campus walls so as to foster the appearance of a long tradition of learning.

Cornell University was established by land grant only in 1865, after the Civil War. Its location in mid-state Ithaca (NY) eschewed the traditional educational areas in the Northeast, the cities. After all, founder Ezra Cornell contributed his farmland and a first endowment of $500,000 as counterpart to the state legislature naming the future school New York’s land grant institution and entitling it to Federal subsidies.


Present Curriculum and Courses of Study

Initially, Cornell accepted only males, partly because of its focus on the applied sciences. These explain the continuing emphasis on agriculture, veterinary medicine, farm economics and management, atmospheric science, biological, civil, mechanical and chemical engineering, entomology, viticulture and oenology. Offshoots have included nutritional and food science, design and environmental analysis, electrical and computer engineering, geology, environment and sustainability science, environmental engineering, information science, systems, and technology, landscape architecture, materials science, operations research and engineering, and physics.

Opening up to female undergraduates and in conformity with state and Federal incentives meant expansion to the liberal arts (African, China and Asia-Pacific and American Studies, for example), anthropology, archaeology, astronomy, classical studies, literature, mass communications, computer science, sociology, gender and sexuality studies, fine arts, art history, music, performing and media arts, English and European languages, Near Eastern studies, public health, government, history, hotel administration, industrial and labor relations, linguistics, philosophy, mathematics and psychology.

Mascot and School Colors

The Big Red is the nickname for the Cornell school mascot, a ferocious Bruin meant to typify the pursuit of excellence in intercollegiate sports. Thus, red is the main uniform motif for traditional Ivy League events: lightweight rowing, ice hockey, golf, track and field, and the stadium sports: baseball, basketball, cross country, football, lacrosse, polo, soccer, sprint football, squash, swimming & diving, tennis, volleyball, wrestling and sixteen other varsity sports. By coincidence, the “Big Red One” is a throwback to the Army’s elite 1st Infantry Division, based in Fort Riley, KS.

Though Cornell is not a dominant force in NCAA athletics, the University constantly makes an effort for podium finishes in the elitist Henley rowing events.

Residences and College Life

Cornell dorms are calibrated to academic levels, meant to help undergraduates feel at home with their own kind. Undergraduate freshmen, for example, live with their classmates on North Campus, to help them cope with the new demands of college life. The Carol Takton Center serves as the hub for faculty and residence hall advisors.

Upper classmen may reside in themed residence halls at North Campus, or fraternity, sorority houses, and co-ops at West Campus. Those who prefer greater privacy can move downtown to apartments and rental homes in Collegetown or the greater Ithaca area.

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