Experience Vibrant Community at CIPA

You will quickly discover that CIPA is all about diversity. Our students come from around the globe and represent widely varied fields of interests and endeavors. This eclectic mix of cultures, experiences and perspectives translates into a rich environment for collaborative learning.

The words “friendship” and “genuine” come up again and again. Students, faculty, and staff routinely help one another, and the bonds we form are lasting.

The size of our student body fluctuates from year to year, with an average enrollment of approximately 200, including both first and second-year students. About 60% of our students are international, representing as many as 30 to 35 different countries at any given time.

Opportunities for forging lifelong friendships abound: Picnics, International Parties, impromptu debates in the CIPA Lounge, food and drinks at the Big Red Barn following Thursday colloquiums, professional development conferences in Washington, DC and New York City, late-night group-project meetings....to name just a few.

Let CIPA students take you on a walking tour of the campus and the environs:

CIPA students

Read CIPA students’ blogs

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Ithaca is Gorges

See and experience the extraordinary beauty and excitement of Ithaca.

Get Involved in a CIPA Organization

Why not forge relationships and build your policy skills at the same time? Over the years, CIPA students have developed a number of student-led groups and initiatives. You are welcome to participate in any or all of these.

Rick Geddes

CIPA Core Faculty member Rick Geddes, Professor and Director of the Cornell Program in Infrastructure Policy, shares what he likes about CIPA students.