About the Milstein Program
The Milstein Program in Technology and Humanity is for students who want to combine a superb liberal arts education in Cornell’s College of Arts & Sciences with the cutting-edge programs at Cornell Tech in New York City. Milstein students understand the necessity of a diverse set of skills to tackle today’s most challenging issues. They might love studying Chaucer or capital markets, but they’re also fascinated with technology. The interdisciplinary learning experience of the Milstein Program helps students become innovative leaders across a broad spectrum of fields—leaders who are both tech-savvy and steeped in humanistic values. Students in the Milstein Program will spend their academic years at the Ithaca campus, pursuing a broad and rigorous course of study in the liberal arts and sciences, and participating in all the opportunities and activities afforded to undergraduates at Cornell. Two summers will be spent living and learning at Cornell Tech in New York City, with access to leading thinkers and practitioners in technology, industry and design, and all that the city offers. Click here to learn more about the Milstein Program in Technology and Humanity.
Frequently asked questions
How can I find out what current Milstein students are doing?
There are plenty of places where you can see Milstein students and what they're doing on and off campus. You can visit any of our social media pages, check out our events, or take a look at our student projects!
How many Milstein program students will be selected each year?
25 from each class, for a total of 100 students in the program when it reaches full capacity.
What kind of students are you looking for?
Milstein students will come from a broad array of majors, but with a common interest in integrating their studies with technology and the digital world. We are looking for dedicated scholars who have excelled in a variety of subjects, have strong math skills, and who show leadership and a breadth of activities.
How will participants be selected?
Applications will be reviewed by admissions deans, as well as a committee of faculty.
What are the benefits of the program?
Students will choose from among the 40 majors offered in the College of Arts & Sciences but they will also receive access to a special computer science and technology curriculum while in Ithaca. Two summers will be spent at the Cornell Tech campus in New York City, learning from leaders in the technology, industry and design spaces.
Will I take special classes only for Milstein students?
Yes, Milstein students will take advantage of customized introductory and capstone courses, connecting them to emerging fields and new university projects.
Will there be other undergraduates studying at Cornell Tech?
For now, this is the only formal program that connects undergraduates at the Ithaca campus to the resources at Cornell Tech, which focuses on graduate study.
What if I'm not sure of my major?
Most students declare their major at the end of their sophomore year and the college encourages you to use your first two years to explore the possibilities. All first-years start as undecided/undeclared students.
Where will I live during the summers at Cornell Tech?
Milstein students will live together in The House at Cornell Tech, a dormitory on Roosevelt Island and the tallest and largest Passive House residential building in the world.
Can I do another job or internship while participating in the summer program?
The summer program at Cornell Tech is designed to be an immersive, full-time program. As such, you will not have time to take on an additional job or internship while the summer program is in session.
Do I have to participate in the summer program? Are there any alternatives to participation?
As a Milstein student you are required to participate in the summer program at Cornell Tech.
The Milstein Program will make its way not just into the humanities, but into thinking about science and technology in relation to other questions of values and ethics and images and design, all of which are fundamental questions about the relationship between the digital environment and our collective future.
— –Amy Villarejo Milstein Program Director