I trust we have laid the foundation of an university — ‘an institution where any person can find instruction in any study.’

Ezra Cornell, October 7, 1868

Read about just a few of the areas that would benefit from your support:

At the heart of Cornell and Human Ecology is our unique commitment to “any person … any study” and needs-blind admissions, which allows us to focus on the merits of students rather than their ability to pay for college. Roughly half of the College’s undergraduate students receive financial aid, and the average aid package is approximately $35,000 a year. With the total financial aid bill costing the College more than $18 million a year, Annual Fund dollars have been critical in helping meet the needs of our talented and deserving students.

Almost 80 percent of Human Ecology students are conducting research alongside our esteemed faculty members, more than at any other undergraduate college at Cornell. Hands-on research is a cornerstone of the Human Ecology education. Each spring semester, the College offers stipends using gifts from the Annual Fund to support up to 15 students who are staying on campus during the summer months to continue their research. These stipends give them the flexibility to focus on their work rather than worry about making ends meet.

Human Ecology has hired over 20 new faculty members in the last two years, representing the largest cohort of new faculty hired in one year. These top scholars bring new ideas to the college, which in turn brings added costs to ensure they have the equipment and lab space necessary to conduct their research. With over $4M in startup costs, the Annual Fund plays an important part in funding this key determinant to the College's future success. 

Developed by our bright students, the HumEcathon is a hackathon-style challenge that brings together students from across all nine majors to work together and think about how to apply their different perspectives to address a pressing societal problem. Using money from the Annual Fund, students have executed two HumEcathons that focused on climate change and the opioid crisis. 

The Cornell MRI Facility, based in Martha Van Rensselaer Hall, helps researchers across campus obtain highly detailed images for a broad range of scientific studies involving humans, small animals, plants and biomedical materials. It greatly enhances Cornell’s resources for analyzing and visualizing research data, leading to new areas of investigation. In neuroscience, for instance, the technology helps to bridge the behavioral and biological sciences, making it possible to observe the human brain in action as people make decisions or respond to stimuli. Faculty members are provided grants from the Annual Fund to explore these various scientific investigations that will ultimately benefit those in our community.

Making a gift to Human Ecology has never been easier. There are a number of ways you can direct your support to the College today.

How to Make Your Gift:

make your gift online

Make your gift online to direct your support today!

Make a gift via the phone

Call us at 1-800-279-3099, and we can help you make your gift over the phone using a credit or debit card.

Make a gift via the mail

Make your gift using a check made payable to Cornell University and include Human Ecology in your memo line and mail to the following address: Cornell University I P.O. Box 37334 I Boone, IA 50037

Make a gift of stock

Complete this online form to give to Human Ecology using appreciated securities, including publicly traded and privately held stock and mutual funds.

For questions about how you can make the most of your philanthropy at Human Ecology, please contact Chris Jacobsen, Assistant Dean of Alumni Affairs and Development, at 607-255-1850 or cdj58@cornell.edu.