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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

FY 2020

3,590

Undergraduate students

As of Fall 2020

1,020

Graduate students

As of Fall 2020

350

Faculty

As of Spring 2021

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

Jinhua Zhao named new dean of Dyson School
Zhao, who spent eight years as director of Michigan State’s Environmental Science and Policy Program, will begin his appointment at Cornell on July 1. “Jinhua is a top-notch scholar, has an excellent track record as an administrator, and...
  • Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management
  • Agriculture
  • Applied Economics
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News

For the Cornell Atkinson Center for Sustainability (Cornell Atkinson) faculty fellows Catherine Kling and Amanda Rodewald, the announcement isn’t just something to celebrate; it’s a call to action. Last year, Kling and Rodewald each co-authored...
  • Atkinson Center
  • Lab of Ornithology
  • Natural Resources and the Environment
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News

For his passion, knowledge and ingenuity in his field, Judd, a fourth-year doctoral student in the graduate field of molecular biology and genetics, has been selected for the 2021 Harry and Samuel Mann Outstanding Graduate Student Award. The...
  • Molecular Biology and Genetics
  • Biology
  • Evolution