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.

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.

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.

Located in 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.

We hope you will take the time to get to know us and our diverse opportunities by exploring our website, flipping through the Human Ecology Viewbook or requesting that more information be mailed to you, and visiting the College of Human Ecology. See if Human Ecology is right for you.

Information about our graduate programs is available online and by contacting the specific departments.

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Get to know us

For your convenience, and to preserve resources, our undergraduate viewbook is available online. 


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The Student Experience

Student development, career development, off-campus study, undergraduate research, and more.




Request more information
While our College of Human Ecology viewbook and major fact sheets are available online, you can also request that this information be sent by mail.

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Contact the College of Human Ecology Undergraduate Admissions Office
Direct 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. | phone: 607-255-5471 | fax: 607-255-2293

College of Human Ecology Office of Admissions | Cornell University | 170 Martha Van Rensselaer Hall | Ithaca, NY 14853-4401

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.

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 of Human Ecology and at Cornell University. Please note that Ambassadors are available during the academic year only. 

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