The university beginning online classes for the remainder of the semester continues a long history of remote instruction. Liberty Hyde Bailey and Martha Van Rensselaer designed Cornell’s first correspondence courses in 1896 and 1900, respectively.
Many Cornell faculty members use their own experience as first-generation college students to mentor their current first-gen students. Cornell offers numerous resources to empower first-gen students to thrive at college.
Darryl Epps is among the hundreds of men incarcerated in New York who have transformed themselves through the Cornell Prison Education Program. CPEP reduces recidivism and saves taxpayers millions with college behind bars.
Black Entrepreneurs in Training, now in its second year, aims to increase entrepreneurship among students of color at Cornell, and generate a visible group of black alumni who’ve founded successful companies.