Cornell University is a private university located in Ithaca, New York at the southern end of Cayuga Lake. The University is made up of 14 colleges with 14,000 undergraduates and 6,000 graudate students.
Part of the Ivy League family, Cornell is ranked as one of the top 15 universities in America. The school is home to world-renowned schools of Law (ranked 13th by U.S. News and World Reports in 2009), Veterinary Medicine (ranked #1 by U.S. News and World Reports in 2009), Architecture (ranked #1, 7 out of the past 10 years) and Engineering.
Cornell was funded 1865 by two New York State senators, Andrew Dickson White of Syracuse and Ezra Cornell of Ithaca; the goal of the school was to foster a new, radical approach to American education and to maintain a focus on philanthropic and charitable means.