Cornell University

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There is also a Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa

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General

Established: 1865
Location: Ithaca, New York
Private

Background & History

"I would found an institution where any person can find instruction in any study." --Ezra Cornell

Cornell University was founded in 1865 by two men who had met in the New York State Senate, Ezra Cornell and Andrew Dickson White. Its stated goal was to provide education in a wide variety of fields regardless of the students' social or economic background. (In 1870, Cornell was the first major eastern university to admit women, only two years after the first classes began. The first institution of higher education to admit women on a co-educational basis at all was Oberlin College in the 1830s.)

Cornell made national news in April 1969. A large group of black students, frustrated with what they perceived to be institutional racism at the school -- and in particular with a cross-burning incident and the fallout from an earlier protest -- took over Willard Straight Hall, the student union. Although the original occupation of "the Straight" was non-violent, after a group of white students tried to retake the building the protestors smuggled in guns. When the protestors left the Straight the next day, many carried their guns with them, and protest leader Eric Evans was photographed wearing a bandolier of shotgun shells. Several conservative professors resigned afterwards, including later influential neocon Allan Bloom.

Notable Alumni

Grant Activity

From 1985-2003, grants totaling $2,521,475[1][2] from the John M. Olin Foundation have financed the following activities at Cornell:

Other Grant Activity

From 1986-2002, additional grants totaling $1,120,377 have been received from the following organizations:

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