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Cornell College has a proud history of educating young people and changing their lives. Our alumni came to the Hilltop from communities of all sizes in every part of the United States and many parts of the world. At Cornell, they found valued friends as well as faculty and staff who inspired them, challenged them, and prepared them for lives of learning and purpose.    

Cornell students continue to benefit profoundly from this student-centered learning community. As a national liberal arts college with a distinctively powerful One Course At A Time curriculum, our reputation has risen. We have been recognized as a “best buy,” a “highly efficient” college, and one of the Colleges That Change Lives. And yet, Cornell, with an enrollment of 1,000 students, is one of the smallest of the U.S. News top 100 national liberal arts colleges and is the second smallest of the 14 Associated Colleges of the Midwest. 

To continue this important momentum and take the next vital steps in making Cornell’s campus and programs attractive to greater numbers of prospective students, we launched a comprehensive capital campaign, Greater>Than, on July 1, 2015. The focus of the Greater>Than campaign is raising funds to renovate and expand several of our critical campus facilities and to significantly increase Cornell’s endowment in key program areas--to continue to make the Cornell experience Greater>Than it has ever been. 

Cornell is a distinctive and widely admired institution, providing students with a uniquely impactful array of educational opportunities. Our students achieve spectacular results. Our graduates excel around the world. We are moving forward with vigor, and have an opportunity to accelerate our progress to ensure a vibrant future for Cornell. The success of the Greater>Than campaign will require that those who value Cornell participate with their generous financial support. 

Campaign Milestones:

  • Since the Greater>Than campaign launched on July 1, 2015, we have raised over $110 million to date from generous alumni, donors, and friends of the college! 

  • The public launch of the Athletic & Wellness Facilities Project, a $19.5 million campaign to renovate the Richard and Norma Small Athletics & Wellness Center. 

  • Successful completion of a 5-month $3.6 million renovation of McLennan College Hall that upgraded nearly every part of the historic building, enhancing accessibility inside and out, introducing air-conditioning, and providing new technology for all classrooms, particularly for business and education.

  • Completed the $35 million fundraising, construction, and dedication of the Russell Science Center, the first academic building designed from the ground up for One Course At A Time. The project also included the renovation of West Science Hall.

  • Over 60 endowed funds, a minimum of $50,000 each, have been established since the launch of the Greater>Than campaign, accounting for over $21 million of gifts and pledges to Cornell’s endowment. 

  • Van Metre Field at Ash Park was renovated and re-dedicated in Fall 2018 and included new stadium seating on the home side, new concessions and restroom facilities, new ornamental fencing around the stadium, and a new video scoreboard.

  • Major renovations were made to Pauley, Rorem, Dows, and Tarr Residence Halls totaling more than $9.5 million in commitments.

  • In 2019, we constructed a new grass soccer competition field for our women’s and men’s soccer teams and provided upgraded amenities for spectators.