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See how our current work and research is bringing new thinking and new solutions to some of today's biggest challenges.

You want to change the world. So do we.

We are a community with an uncommon sense of a common goal: to leave the world better than we found it. Ambitious? Sure. But Cornell CALS has been changing the world for over a century and will be doing so for a century more.

Founded in agriculture and focused on life, we are pioneers who have shaped contemporary science and eagerly embraced international opportunity, while always serving the people in the state of New York.

The Wall Street Journal/Times of Higher Education 2020 College Rankings ranked CALS #1 in agriculture, agriculture operations and related sciences.

Our Purpose

This is the charge that motivates us: CALS tackles the challenges of our times through purpose-driven science that advances understanding and improves life.

CALS at a glance

16

Departments

7 departments shared with other Cornell colleges and schools

2

Schools

The Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics & Management
The School of Integrative Plant Science

$242M

Total research expenditures

As of FY 2020

3,760

Undergraduate students

As of FY 2020

1,080

Graduate students

As of FY 2020

360

Faculty

As of FY 2020

We seek answers in order to find the next questions.

Our Mission

These are our objectives and how we accomplish them: As a premier institution of scientific learning, we connect the life, agricultural, environmental and social sciences to provide world-class education, spark unexpected discoveries and inspire pioneering solutions.

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Teaching passion-driven minds

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Purpose-driven science in action

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Sharing knowledge with the community

Latest news, discoveries, and breakthroughs

Explore the work we’re doing today and discover how it’s reshaping tomorrow.

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News

Building networks not enough to expand rural broadband
High operations and maintenance costs and low population density in some rural areas result in prohibitively high service fees – even for a subscriber-owned cooperative structured to prioritize member needs over profits, the analysis found...
  • Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management
  • Development
  • Applied Economics
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News

Students use active learning to solve COVID-19 problems
Instructors Jillian Goldfarb, assistant professor of biological and environmental engineering in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS), and Alex Maag, postdoctoral associate with Cornell’s Active Learning Initiative, assigned...
  • Biological and Environmental Engineering
  • Health + Nutrition
  • Disease

News

$750K awarded for intercampus research

The Office of Academic Integration has awarded $750,000 in seed grants to 10 studies ranging from refugee health and legal rights, to a vaccine treating fentanyl addiction and overdose, to pancreatic cancer and antibiotic tolerance.

  • Microbiology
  • Department of Communication
  • Microbiology