Frequently Asked Questions for Prospective Graduate Students

What are the admissions requirements?
The admission requirements vary by program, but all applicants must have at least a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in an area related to the graduate field to which they are applying. In general, applicants are judged on both academic credentials (GPAs, GRE scores), the statement of purpose, and letters of recommendation. Applicants will be required to supply the following items:

  • Current transcripts for all colleges attended
  • GRE Aptitude tests are required- GRE Advanced Subject Tests are recommended, but not required
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • Foreign student score of at least 600 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

Currently, applications are only being accepted to the Cellular and Molecular Toxicology concentration administered by the Biological and Biomedical Science (BBS) program. Please visit the BBS website for admission inquiries.

How do I apply?
It’s easy. Simply visit the Cornell University Graduate School web page and fill out the interactive application form: apply here.

Can you tell me something about the students in your program?
Visit the Cornell Association of Comparative and Environmental Toxicology Students blog site here.

Will my health insurance be paid for by the graduate program?
The graduate program pays the complete cost of individual student health insurance. Supplemental family health insurance is also available for the students to purchase.

What is Cornell University like?
Cornell University is an Ivy League institution with rich academic offerings in the sciences, arts, humanities, and social sciences. Cornell’s campus may well be the most beautiful campus in the country. Ezra Cornell certainly thought the spot was special when he gave his hilltop farm to the university he founded in 1865. Sitting atop a hill overlooking the city of Ithaca, the surrounding communities, and the southern tip of Cayuga lake, the campus has a landscape rich in natural beauty, including the two gorges with numerous waterfalls running through the campus. Specific information about Cornell’s departments, programs, faculty, students, and academic life can be found at the following site: You can take a “virtual tour” of the Cornell University campus at the following site:

What is Ithaca like?
Ithaca is a surprisingly lively and sometimes rambunctious little city with more bookstores, shops and restaurants than you’d expect, given its size. It’s a college town with a cosmopolitan atmosphere, an intellectually and culturally stimulating home to people from many countries of the world and a place of political and humanitarian activism. Ithaca is located about 50 miles south of the snowbelt that affects nearby Syracuse and not-so-nearby Buffalo, but snow is still plentiful enough for cross-country and downhill skiing-or sitting by the woodstove with a mug of cocoa.

With spring-and the renewal of the open-air Ithaca Farmer’s Market-many take to jogging and biking along country roads and hiking (and picnicking) in the three state parks and nearby national forest. Summer brings swimming, paddling, sailing and windsurfing. In fall, when the academic calendar rears its head, some seek respite along the shores of Cayuga and Seneca Lakes, where local vintners welcome visitors to enjoy the scent of gently ripening grapes and the taste of fine wines.

And if all this is not enough to hold your attention, New York City is only an hour away by plane or five hours by car, a trip of some 220 miles. Other major metropolitan areas are similarly accessible: Boston is 240 miles away, Toronto, 200 miles and Washington, D.C., 300 miles. The following link will connect you to a number of sites that will give you a feel for the city and surrounding areas. Visiting Ithaca How does Ithaca compare to other cities in cost of living and other aspects of community life? Ithaca is a charming, community-oriented little city located in the Finger Lakes Region of rural upstate New York. As such, the residents of Ithaca and the surrounding areas enjoy a relatively low cost of living and a low incidence of major crime. But, don’t take our word for it. The following links will allow you to compare cities across the U.S.A. with Ithaca in a variety of categories, including cost of living and incidence of crime.


Crime rate Comparisons

Sperling’s Best Places Homepage

Sperling’s City Comparison