The College of Human Ecology is pioneering the study of human life from scientific, social and aesthetic perspectives. Using a blend of academic disciplines and a global perspective, our students and faculty use their knowledge to identify, explore and develop solutions to the challenges facing people today. Students learn not only to serve people, but to understand and analyze the complex relationships and institutions that shape their lives.

Choosing Human Ecology

Human Ecology's academic programs are flexible, profoundly interdisciplinary and framed in a liberal arts based foundation. All programs provide students with a firm grounding in contemporary issues, as well as in the social, natural and physical sciences and design. Our students delve into biology and chemistry, economics, psychology and sociology, and apply their expertise in fields such as business, design, health/medicine, law, nutrition, public health, public policy and research.

Community connections

Our community is comprised of outwardly-focused and inwardly-motivated students who are actively and intellectually engaged in communities. They appreciate multiple perspectives and global experiences and are unafraid to take a novel approach to creating a better world through social and systemic change.

Breadth of study

Here, professors and students collaborate to understand a broad range of issues such as the financial impacts of tax legislation and social security reform, the design of safer and more sustainable work spaces, the social and physical repercussions of obesity in children and adults, educational policy, how our healthcare system can accommodate our aging population and more.

The best of large and small institution experiences

Located in beautiful Upstate New York, our mid-sized college is home to approximately 1,250 undergraduates, 200 graduate students and over 100 full-time faculty. Students enjoy the resources of an Ivy League research university and the advantages of a smaller school.


Due to concerns surrounding COVID-19 and policies put forward by the university, the College of Human Ecology Office of Undergraduate Admissions is closed to foot traffic and is not currently available by phone. Please direct all questions to

College of Human Ecology Office of Undergraduate Admissions | Cornell University | Academic Surge Facility A | 222 Tower Road | Ithaca, NY 14853-4401 | phone: 607-255-5471 | fax: 607-255-2293

Hours of Operation

Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. | Saturday and Sunday - closed
Our office is closed during Cornell University breaks and University observed national holidays.

Request a print copy of the Undergraduate Viewbook

While our College of Human Ecology undergraduate viewbook* is available online, you can also request that a copy be sent by mail. (Note: request for information will not be fulfilled until further notice.

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Explore MeetEzra, an online FAQ tool, for answers to your questions about the College of Human Ecology and undergraduate admissions.

Email a Human Ecology Undergraduate Ambassador

Have questions about undergraduate student life? Email our Human Ecology Ambassadors, a group of current Human Ecology students who can answer questions about life in the college and at Cornell University. Please note that ambassadors are only available during the academic year.

Please direct graduate program inquiries to a graduate program administrator.

Direct undergraduate financial aid questions to the Cornell University Office of Financial Aid and Student Employment.

Graduate program inquiries need to be directed to a graduate program administrator.

*Download the College of Human Ecology Viewbook version that is Americans with Disabilities Act compliant. PDF is 45MB in size.