Pursue knowledge while pursuing your purpose

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is a pioneer of purpose-driven science and home to Cornell University’s second largest population of students, faculty and staff. We work across disciplines to tackle the challenges of our time through world-renowned research, education and outreach. The questions we probe and the answers we seek focus on three overlapping concerns: natural and human systems; food, energy and environmental resources; and social, physical and economic well-being.

Since our founding, we have evolved continuously to meet the changing needs of our world. Our top-ranked programs include over 20 majors in community and rural development, environment and natural resources, food and nutrition, communication, applied economics, agriculture, international programs and life sciences.

First-Year Students

Find your program and apply directly to CALS.

Transfer Applicants

We welcome students with diverse experiences.

Tuition & Aid

You’re encouraged to work closely with our Financial Aid Office.

Opportunity Spotlight

Apply what you learn through real-world experiences and internships.

Faculty Spotlight

Passionate teachers, researchers & world-renowned leaders in their fields.

Research Spotlight

Join research teams taking on some of today’s most pressing issues.

Student and CALS faculty member planting in a greenhouse
A woman pulls a box with preserved butterflies out of a white cabinet
graduate students doing research

Fact #1

Half of our majors have this element in common

Fact #2

Bring your passport

Fact #3

Stop and smell the white rugosa roses