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Cornell was founded in 1865 with the then-radical intention of teaching and making contributions in all fields of knowledge. Since its founding, Cornell has been a co-educational, non-sectarian institution where admission has not been restricted by religion or race.
These are liberal traditions that Cornell holds dear: a recent article in the Cornell Chronicle heralded the first all-female class admitted to its famous Farrier program in veterinary science.
Cornell was also the first university to offer degrees in journalism and the first to teach modern Far Eastern languages.
The main campus of Cornell is on East Hill in Ithaca, New York, overlooking the city and Cayuga Lake. It spreads over 2,300 acres and comprises laboratories, administrative buildings, and almost all the campus' academic buildings, athletic facilities, auditoriums, and museums.