Steeped in history yet in the lead; demanding but caring; remarkably diverse in its people, its interests, its opportunities for personal and intellectual growth; and rooted in a tradition of service, Cornell University is a community of people who are inspired by the promise of possibility.
And there are so many paths to fulfilling that promise at Cornell! We are known far and wide as a powerhouse in science and technology, with major commitments to the new life sciences and the physical sciences. At the same time, Cornell recognizes the centrality of and leads in the humanities, the arts, and the social sciences: disciplines that nurture our creative instincts, keep and convey our cultural heritage, and help us explore what it means to be human.
It's a pleasure and a privilege to be part of the Cornell family: to enjoy its world-class academic, research, student life, and other facilities and, most importantly, to work closely with its remarkable faculty, staff, and students and with alumni, parents, and friends. Whatever your reason for visiting, you are very welcome here.
David J. Skorton
- Reunion State of the University Address
- 147th Cornell University Commencement Address
- 2014 State of the University Address