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    SUNY Cornell

    The New York State Statutory Colleges of Agriculture and Life Science, Human Ecology, Industrial and Labor Relations, and Veterinary Medicine are located on the New York State land-based private campus of Cornell University. The students of these contract schools truly enjoy the best of both worlds, because not only do they get to enjoy all the facilities, programs and courses offered by Cornell University, they also benefit from the low price tags attached to these colleges.

    According to Cornell’s website, the colleges are ‘state-assisted,’ and the students attending either one of the four colleges will be charged a lower price compared to the other colleges of Cornell. Students who attend the statutory colleges can still take advantage of all the other programs and courses offered by Cornell but at a much lower price. This lower tuition rate, however, is nowhere near the affordable SUNY tuition, and will still cost students X dollars.

    The New York State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) is one of the four colleges located at Cornell. It is also one of the top agriculture schools of the world, with over 3000 undergraduate students. The only agriculture school in the Ivy system completed its over $250 million budget, with about $95 million from tuition, and the rest provided by the state. CALS was first admitted in the New York State as a statutory college in 1904 when botanist Hyde Bailey and other farmers convinced the state to admit the college.

    The other New York State contract college at Cornell is the College of Human Ecology, which allows its students to explore the fields of biology, health profession, economics, and psychology.

    The school, like CALS, started out as a private, independent college and was later enacted as a state-supported college. The institution received its $73 million budget with $9 million from the state and $33 million from tuition.

    The College of Human Ecology, first established in 1925, is a very competitive school, with only 35% acceptance rate and with about 90% of the entering class ranking in the top ten percent.

    The remaining two New York state colleges at Cornell consist of the school of Industrial and Labor Relations (ILR) and the College of Veterinary Medicine.

    ILR, an institution established in 1945, is the first college to explore its roots in the industrial and labor relations. Today, ILR offers courses in the areas of education, animal science, communication, horticulture, natural resources, management, and entomology.

    The college of Veterinary Medicine, on the other hand, was the first contract college of the New York State. The college is one of the best in its fields and offers diverse programs in the field of veterinary studies, as well as animal and human research.

    Besides the money set aside by the SUNY system for the higher education program, Cornell also receives money from the state as part of the government budget proposal released in early 2006. In 2005, Cornell received $135 million from the New York State and in had $460 million set aside for its research and extension program in 2006.

    New York State contract colleges at Cornell University educate their students in many various fields and lets them open gates to not only some of the best jobs available, but also towards higher education and graduate degrees like M.B.A., Ph.D., D.V.M. and M.S.

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