The University of Cornell is famous for its undergraduate and graduate programs, which is why it ranks among the top colleges and universities. In the Ranking of World Universities calculated by Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Cornell University ranked twelfth globally. It is fourth according to the Washington Monthly and fourth best Ivy League School according to the Times Higher World University Rankings.
Today the student body of the University of Cornell is comprised of the representatives of all fifty United States and 120 countries of the world. The university consists of seven undergraduate and seven graduate academic units, the School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions and the Cornell University Library. As a private institution the University of Cornell receives most of its funding through alumni contributions, research grants and tuition.
Each college and school of the University of Cornell has the right to define its academic programs and confer its degrees. There are seven schools and colleges within the university offering undergraduate programs: College of Architecture, Art and Planning, College of Engineering, College of Arts and Sciences, School of Hotel Administration, New York State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, New York State College of Human Ecology and New York State School of Industrial and Labor Relations.
Among the units offering graduate and professional programs are Cornell Law School, S.C. Johnson Graduate School of Management, New York State College of Veterinary Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College at New York City, Weill Cornell Medical College at Qatar, Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences and Cornell Institute for Public Affairs.
The main campus of the University of Cornell is situated on the eastern hills of Ithaca, New York, overlooking Cayuga Lake. It is home to nearly 260 major buildings, including a science lab complex and athletic complex. The New York City campus comprises Weill Cornell Medical College and the Weill Cornell School of Medical Sciences.
The faculty of the university consists of 1,500 full-time and part-time members. As of 2004, it included 23 National Science Foundation grant holders, 13 Alexander von Humboldt Award winners, 4 Nobel laureates, 4 National Medal of Science winners, 4 Macarthur Award winners, 3 Pulitzer Prize winners, 2 Legion of Honor recipients, a Fields Medal winner and a Crawford Prize winner.
As of 2003, the University of Cornell had nearly 220,000 living alumni, who sponsor a wide variety of activities, organizations and programs and coordinate a number of classes, regional clubs and special associations within the university. Among the celebrated former professors of the university are Norman Malcolm, Carl Sagan, Hans Bethe, Vladimir Nabokov, Allan Bloom and Richard Feynman.
Today more than ever, the University of Cornell belongs today to the group of one of the most selective institutions of higher learning in the United States, together with Boston University, the University of New York, the University of Pennsylvania, Columbia University and the University of California at Berkeley.