COVID-19 Survey

Undergraduate student data:

96% of Cornell undergraduates believe it is their responsibility to practice physical distancing
96% of Cornell undergraduates believe it's their responsibility to practice physical distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19. View all data for Cornell undergraduates (CU NetID required).

Graduate student data:

97% of Cornell graduate students routinely practice physical distancing

97% of Cornell graduate students routinely practice physical distancing to reduce the spread of COVID-19. View all data for Cornell graduate students (CU NetID required).

Professional student data:

89% of professional students are not at all likely to attend a party in the next two weeks

89% of professional students are not at all likely to attend a party in the next two weeks. View all data for Cornell professional students (CU Net ID required).
 

About the survey

Between April 2–3, 2020, the Skorton Center for Health Initiatives at Cornell Health conducted a brief online survey of Cornell undergraduate, graduate, and professional students to assess attitudes, perceptions, and behaviors related to COVID-19 risk reduction. The purpose of the survey was to inform university officials about the experience of students related to the COVID-19 pandemic and guide the development of educational messages and materials.

About the sample

The survey was voluntary and responses were anonymous. Links to the survey were disseminated through multiple email lists, yielding a convenience sample of 9,379 respondents. The proportion of respondents by student status (i.e., undergraduate, graduate, or professional) is as follows:

Sample size by student status

Student status

Percent of total

Number of responses

Undergraduate students 61% n= 5,700
Graduate students 33% n= 3,100
Professional students 6% n= 579
ALL STUDENTS 100% n= 9,379

 

 

 

 

 

 


Undergraduate responses by class year

Year at Cornell

Percent of Undergraduate Responses

First-year 23%
Sophomore 26%
Junior 26%
Senior 24%
Other 1%
TOTAL 100%

Key findings

The good news: Cornell students are committed to stopping the spread of COVID-19.

Quantitative responses

Results suggest that in general, a high percentage of students recognize the importance of engaging in behaviors that can reduce the spread of COVID-19. The corresponding educational messages below seek to reinforce positive attitudes, correct misperceptions about norms, and increase the prevalence and consistency of protective behaviors (e.g., physical distancing, hand-washing) and risk factors (e.g., travel, willingness to hold or attend a party).

Data for sub-populations

Most data are available for several sub-populations (e.g., undergraduates, graduate students, and professional students). However, given that only a small percentage of Cornell students are currently residing in Ithaca during the COVID-19 pandemic, some data were only collected for this small community. For example: 

 
92% of Cornell undergraduates in Ithaca did not have any friends or family visit in the past 2 weeks 95% of Cornell graduate students in Ithaca have not traveled anywhere in the past 2 weeks

 

Data for all students

Four data points are available for all Cornell students. Specifically:

96% of all Cornell students believe it is their responsibility to practice physical distancing 93% of all Cornell students routinely practice physical distancing

 

  • 96% of all Cornell students believe it is their responsibility to practice physical distancing to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
  • 93% of all Cornell students routinely practice physical distancing to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

  • 90% of all Cornell student are not at all likely to attend a party in the next two weeks based on what they know about COVID-19.

  • 97% of all Cornell students believe it's very or extremely important to wash their hands to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

View all data for ALL Cornell students (CU NetID required).

Link to full data tables​​​​ for the above information. ​​​