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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 each semester for their research efforts in 2019-2020
  • 27% of Cornell undergraduates earned credit for participating in research during the course of their study at Cornell during the 2019-2020 academic year
  • The typical senior science major spends 15-20 hours each week in the lab while participating in a faculty-led research project
  • Humanities majors working on research read an average of 3-5 books each week of the semester