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About the Milstein Program

Students in the Milstein Program will spend their academic years at our 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.

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How it Works

  • All students will choose a major within the College of Arts and Sciences. Students interested in majoring in computer science will need to double major and choose an additional major within the College.
  • Students in the Milstein Program spend their academic years at our 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.
  • Milstein Program students will spend two summers living at Cornell Tech in New York City. There, they will have access to leading thinkers and practitioners in technology, industry and design, and all that the city offers. Check out the Milstein Program at Cornell Tech website for more details.

Benefits for Students

  • Courses at the Cornell Ithaca campus designed especially for Milstein students
  • Mentoring from Milstein faculty directors and fellows in Ithaca and in NYC
  • Access to ground-breaking speakers and ideas through a campus speaker series
  • Special activities and events for Milstein students, including a student-run mentorship program
  • Engaged learning opportunities on campus and in NYC
  • Opportunities for research, internships and study abroad opportunities

Is the Milstein program for me?

As a students in the Milstein program, you understand that you’ll need a diverse set of skills to tackle today’s most challenging issues.   

You might love studying Chaucer, capital markets or Chinese, but you’re also fascinated with technology and data and can see the intersections between all of your interests.

You are curious about the world, willing to take risks in your academic exploration and show leadership and a breadth of activities.

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 of 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.

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