The College of Human Ecology is pioneering the study of human life from scientific, social and design 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 COVID-19 and related policies put forward by Cornell University, the College of Human Ecology Office of Undergraduate Admissions is closed to foot traffic. Please direct all questions to or call 607-255-5471.

Our hours of operation are 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. We are closed on Saturdays and Sundays as well as during Cornell University breaks and University observed national holidays.

Virtual Visits

In addition to our recorded information sessions and Ask Cornell: College of Human Ecology, the CHE Office of Undergraduate Admissions has planned a series of CHE Live (online) events for prospective undergraduate students. Join us for information and Q&A sessions with Admissions Staff and current undergraduate students. We have also compiled a variety of resources to help you get to know us.

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. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Explore Cornell University's FAQ website for answers to your FAQs about the College of Human Ecology and undergraduate admissions.

Financial Aid

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

Graduate admissions information

Direct graduate program inquiries to a graduate program administrator.

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