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Cornell University Ranking 2020

Supriya Sarkar Supriya Sarkar
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Since 1865, Cornell University has been continuously outweighing other liberal arts colleges and emerged as one of the best institutes of its kind. Moreover, the university is also a part of the prestigious group of Ivy League Universities that comprise the top-notch US universities. This feat has been accomplished through its relentless efforts to provide world-class education through its unique and comprehensive curriculum.

Cornell University has featured in the ranking list of top-ranking agencies in the world, such as Times Higher Education, US News, QS Rankings and many more. 

Let’s learn what makes the university better than the rest!

Cornell University Ranking in the World

As per the latest world rankings conferred by the Times Higher Education (THE) in 2020, Cornell University secured #19 rank. From the past 3 years, i.e., 2017, 2018, and 2019, Cornell has been continuously placed at #19 with an overall score of 85.1.

THE ranks the universities based upon an overall score that is primarily calculated considering the factors like teaching, research, citations, international outlook, and industry income.

Cornell University THE Ranking 2020 Breakdown

In contrast to THE rankings, Cornell performed well in the QS World University Rankings and was positioned at a higher rank of #14 for a third consecutive year with an overall score of89.3 based on the various ranking parameters.

The ranking parameters used in the QS rankings are academic and employer reputation, faculty-student ratio, no. of citations, international faculty and percentage of international students.

Let’s look at Cornell’s ranking breakdown for the latest year of 2020.

Cornell University QS World Ranking 2020

Whether it’s QS or THE, the world ranking of Cornell seems to have been exactly the same in the last 3 consecutive years indicating its constant performance over the years. Let’s have a look at Cornell’s ranking trend over a decade:

THE Rankings Vs. QS World University Rankings (2012-2020)

Cornell University Ranking in the Country

Cornell University has performed exceptionally well in the National Rankings too. As per U.S. News and World Report, Cornell stands as the 17th best national university in the US for the year 2020. 

Every year, US News tallies nearly 400 institutions based upon a wide array of indicators such as rate of graduation, class size, student-faculty ratio, the class profile of admitted students and opinions of experts on the universities.

This year, Cornell added one more feather in its cap by securing #68 rank and making its mark in the top 75 liberal arts colleges in the US out of 223 colleges in total, climbing 13 places higher than the rank of #81 in 2018.

Coming to THE’s US ranking list of 2020, Cornell University climbed two places higher than last year to secure #9 rank, standing right after the prestigious Stanford University (#7) and outperformed top institutions like Duke University (#10) and Northwestern University (#11). 

While in the QS World University Rankings by location, Cornell stood at #14 rank among all the US institutions.

Cornell also featured among one of the top 50 liberal arts colleges, by grabbing the #33 spot, in Washington Monthly’s annual rankings (2020).

Cornell University Subject-wise Ranking

A plethora of subjects offered by Cornell University have featured top-50 subjects in the list of various ranking agencies. Let’s have a look at the best programs offered by the university.

THE Subject-wise Ranking

Arts & Humanities#26
Clinical, Preclinical & Health#17
Engineering & Technology#26
Life Sciences#17
Physical Sciences#15
Social Sciences#19

QS Subject-wise Ranking

Veterinary Science#3
Agriculture & Forestry#5
Biological Science#12
Hospitality & Leisure Management#12
Statistics & Operational Research#18
English Language & Literature#19
Computer Science & Information System#19
Life Sciences & Medicine#22
Physics & Astronomy#22
Natural Sciences#24
Arts & Humanities#28
Engineering- Chemical#30
Engineering & Technology#32
Engineering- Mechanical#36
Law & Legal Studies#41
Engineering- Electric & Electronic#44
Business & Management Studies#51-100
Engineering- Civil & Structural#51-100

US News Subject-wise Ranking

Business Programs#10
Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs#9
Biological / Agricultural Engineering#3
Civil Engineering#11
Computer Engineering#9
Electrical / Electronic / Communications Engineering#11
Environmental / Environmental Health Engineering#8
Industrial / Manufacturing Engineering#6
Materials Engineering#8
Mechanical Engineering#10

Furthermore, ‘Design Intelligence’ ranked the architecture institutes in the US and published the list in the Architectural Record. According to it, Cornell was placed at:

  • #1 spot among the ‘Top 10 Most Admired Architecture Undergraduate Programs’
  • #5 spot among the ‘Top 10 Most Admired Architecture Graduate Programs’

Cornell University Non-Academic Rankings

Apart from the academics, Cornell seems to have made its mark in other spheres too! Let’s have a look at the non-academic rankings conferred by different ranking agencies.

US News

  • #17 in National Universities (tie)
  • #3 in Best Colleges for Veterans
  • #61 in Best Undergraduate Teaching (tie)
  • #23 in Best Value Schools
  • #19 in Most Innovative Schools (tie)
  • #224 in Top Performers on Social Mobility
  • #64 in First-Year Experiences (tie)
  • #27 in Service Learning (tie)
  • #18 in Co-ops/Internships
  • #4 in Writing in the Disciplines
  • #45 in Study Abroad (tie)
  • #23 in Undergraduate Research/Creative Projects (tie)

THE: 22 nd World Reputation Rankings 2019


  • #19 of 1,385 Best College Food in America 
  • # 19 of 585 Best Colleges that Accept the Common App in America
  • #20 of 1,664 Hardest Colleges to Get Into in America
  • #24 of 1,592 Best Value Colleges in America
  • #118 of 838 Best Greek Life Colleges in America
  • #162 of 1,417 Best College Campuses in America
  • #166 of 1,578 Top Party Schools in America
  • #376 of 1,407 Best College Athletics in America
  • #488 of 1,692 Most Liberal Colleges in America
  • #945 of 1,379 Safest College Campuses in America

Considering the exceptional rankings attained by Cornell University in all the spheres, getting accepted here is like a dream come true. It can be very well inferred from these rankings that Cornell is committed towards supporting overall development to its students by providing facilities in the best possible ways.

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