Cornell is located in Ithaca, a college town of about 30,000 in
the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York, a beautiful area of rolling hills,
deep valleys, scenic gorges, and clear lakes. The university’s 740-acre campus
is bounded on two sides by gorges and waterfalls. Open countryside, state
parks, and year-round opportunities for outdoor recreation, including excellent
sailing, swimming, skiing, hiking, and other activities, are only minutes away.
Ithaca is one hour by air and a
four-hour drive from New York City, and other major metropolitan areas are
easily accessible. Direct commercial flights connect Ithaca with New York,
Boston, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, and other cities.
The tradition of academic
excellence, the cultural vigor of a distinguished university, and the
magnificent setting create a stimulating environment for graduate study. The
curriculum differs from other programs in that it is interdisciplinary, small
group learning early in the program and focuses on the student as the primary
force in learning.