One of the founding principles of Cornell University was originally spoken by Ezra Cornell on October 7, 1868, at the official dedication of Cornell University.
This founding principle can be used as a complete statement:
I would found an institution where any person can find instruction in any study.
The concept of “... any person” meant that people from all walks of life, all income levels, races, religions and genders could attend Cornell University. Similarly, “... any study” underscored the freedom to pursue academic interests wherever they lead. For more than 150 years, talented scholars representing the full, diverse spectrum of humanity have come to Cornell for a world-class educational experience unlike any other.
Graduate education has been an important part of Cornell’s mission and history since the Graduate School’s founding in 1909. We offer professional and research master’s degrees and Ph.D. programs in nearly 100 fields. Our students come from over 100 countries around the world to form an energized, global, diverse, and highly engaged graduate student body. Together with our campus and community partners, we strive to provide our students with a welcoming and supportive environment that fosters academic and professional success.
Cornell University’s Ithaca campus is located on the traditional homelands of the Gayogo̱hó:nǫɁ (the Cayuga Nation). The Gayogo̱hó:nǫɁ are members of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, an alliance of six sovereign Nations with a historic and contemporary presence on this land. The Confederacy precedes the establishment of Cornell University, New York state, and the United States of America. We acknowledge the painful history of Gayogo̱hó:nǫɁ dispossession, and honor the ongoing connection of Gayogo̱hó:nǫɁ people, past and present, to these lands and waters. Please visit the American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program (AIISP) website to learn more.