Student Research by the Numbers

Cornell’s mission is to discover, preserve, and disseminate knowledge; produce creative work; and promote a culture of broad inquiry throughout and beyond the Cornell community.

Find our how we’re doing by the numbers:


  • >4000 Cornell students earned credit for their research efforts in 2016-2017
  • 23% of undergraduates earned credit for participating in research during the course of their study at Cornell during the 2011-2012 academic year
  • The typical senior science major spends 15-20 hours each week in the lab while participating in a faculty-led research project
  • In 2017, 97 students graduated with distinction in research from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • Humanities majors working on research read an average of 3-5 books each week of the semester