Cornell CIS

Future Students

Computing education unbound

A unique approach to computing education

We believe many of the world's most complex problems can be solved only through collaborative approaches. Computing and Information Science was created to meet this challenge. We are home to the three academic departments that power the information economy: computer science, information science and statistics. We are also home to Cornell's Program of Computer Graphics. Together, these departments and programs offer an inclusive view of the impact of computing on society.

Computer science fuses core subjects, such as networks, systems, theory, robotics and machine learning, with non-traditional approaches. Information science is concerned with the human aspects of computing, such as human-computer interaction and human-centered design. Statistics allows us to transform massive amounts of data into knowledge.

Any student, any college

CIS offers multiple, flexible paths to a degree that will prepare you for a leadership role in the data-driven information economy. We offer undergraduate majors in the colleges of Engineering, Arts and Sciences and Agriculture and Life Sciences, as well as professional Master's and PhD programs. In recognition of the increasingly important role of computing in society, students in every undergraduate college can minor in computer science or information science. In fact, more than half of all Cornell students graduating with bachelor's degrees take at least one CIS course.

Our graduates are highly sought after by a wide range of companies, from Silicon Valley tech giants, to Wall Street to innovative New York City startups. CIS is also a place where the entrepreneurial spirit is thriving. Recently recognized as one of the most entrepreneurial universities in the nation, our students have access to resources ranging from student business incubators and co-working spaces to project-based coursework where business ideas blossom into full-blown ventures under the mentorship of faculty and industry mentors.

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CIS students engage broadly through student-led clubs and organizations.

CIS is home to the three academic departments that power the information economy: Computer Science, Information Science and Statistics.