Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, was founded after the Civil War as a great experiment: a nonsectarian, coeducational institution where “any person can find instruction in any study.” At the time, there were only a handful of colleges that accepted women and even fewer that were nonsectarian. The university charter specifically states that “persons of every religious denomination or of no religious denomination shall be equally eligible to all offices and appointments.”
Today, with colleges of hotel management and labor relations added to the more traditional majors in liberal arts, engineering, business, agriculture, and architecture, Cornell—both an Ivy League university and state land-grant college—truly offers a diverse program of study.
Highlights of Cornell University:
• Founding of the university
• Notable students
• Activities and athletics
• Schools and colleges
• Notable faculty
• The campus today
Written by Professor Emeritus Richard H. Penner, an author of four books on hotel architecture, Cornell University traces the history of the university from its founding to today and offers chapters on notable students—such as E.B. White, Ken Dryden, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg—athletics, and student life—such as Dragon Day and Slope Day. Penner, an alumnus of the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning, taught design and development to "hotelies" for over 40 years. He brings to this text an unusual appreciation and knowledge of the Cornell campus. Most of the images come from the Cornell University Archives.
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