Veterans at Cornell

Cornell has a proud military history dating back to 1862 and the Morrill Land Grant Act requiring every land grant institution to include military training in its curriculum. As the land grant university of New York State, Cornell has offered instruction in military science from the university’s inception. We are proud of our students who have graduated from Cornell and gone on to serve in the military and we are proud of our veterans who have made the choice to attend Cornell after they have served our country. Today, Cornell is home to 57 veteran students and over 400 veterans that work or study at Cornell. 



Cornell is proud to be a partner of VetLink. In 2015, Service to School (S2S) launched VetLink which partners with some of the best colleges and universities in the U.S. As part of that special relationship, VetLink schools work closely with S2S to identify competitive applicants and have also agreed to accept an addendum to the admission application specifically for VetLink applicants. 

We encourage veterans to utilize the VetLink service.

Warrior-Scholar Project

Cornell is a proud host campus for the Warrior-Scholar Project. The Warrior-Scholar Project offers immersive one and two-week academic workshops or "boot camps." These workshops are offered free of charge to enlisted veterans at some of America’s top colleges and universities.

Apply to Cornell

Cornell offers two options for students when they apply. You can apply as a first-year student or as a transfer student. To be considered a first-year student you must have graduated high school but have earned fewer than 12 credits at a college of university. To be considered a transfer student, you must have graduated high school and have earned 12 or more credits at another college or university since then. Also, if you’ve enrolled as a full-time student at another institution, you’re also considered a transfer applicant.

For questions about admissions, please contact

Financial Aid for Veterans

The undergraduate degree-granting colleges of Cornell University participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program, the supplement to the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill education benefit. For more information about veterans education benefits, please visit the financial aid website.

For more information about financial aid, please contact Ginger Guidi or Becky Maxson.

Veteran Spotlight

Meet some of our undergraduate veterans.

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