Cornell’s mission is to discover, preserve, and disseminate knowledge; to educate the next generation of global citizens, and to promote a culture of broad inquiry throughout and beyond the Cornell community. Cornell also aims, through public service, to enhance the lives and livelihoods of our students, the people of New York and others around the world.
Cornell University’s colleges, schools, and other academic units offer more than 4,000 courses, contributing to nearly 80 undergraduate majors, 120 minors and 100 graduate fields of study, undergraduate and advanced degrees, dual degree, continuing education and outreach programs. Each of the sixteen colleges and schools defines its own academic programs; admits its own students; provides a faculty; and offers advising and support to its students. Within this context of great diversity, a Cornell education comprises formal and informal learning experiences in the classroom, on campus, and beyond. Through the multiple dimensions of students’ lives, Cornell provides an academic community that aims to help them achieve learning goals that include disciplinary knowledge, analytical and critical thought, scientific and quantitative reasoning, oral and written expression, engagement in the process of discovery or creation, self management, demonstrating responsibility to a larger community, and awareness of different cultural practices, values, beliefs and worldviews.
Learn more about the university’s specific learning goals for all students at Cornell by visiting learninggoals.cornell.edu.