B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    B
  5. Athletics
    C+
  6. Party Scene
    B
  7. Professors
    B+
  8. Location
    B
  9. Dorms
    B
  10. Campus Food
    A-
  11. Student Life
    B
  12. Safety
    A-
Cornell College is ...
Private not-for-profit, Methodist
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
Midwest Conference
Address
600 First St. SW
Mount Vernon, IA 52314
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Cornell College Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
71%
Application Deadline
February 1
SAT Range
970-1275
ACT Range
23-29
Application Fee
$30
SAT/ACT
Neither required nor recommended
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes
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Cost

Net Price
$27,915/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $21,501/ year
  • $30-48k
    $22,453/ year
  • $49-75k
    $24,362/ year
  • $76-110k
    $26,834/ year
  • $110k+
    $30,554/ year

Academics

Professors
B+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
11:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
89%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.35 responses
68%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.37 responses
35%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.37 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,033Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
0%
Pell Grant
26%
Varsity Athletes
33%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 23 responses
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  • Quirky
    57%
  • Accepting
    17%
  • Intelligent
    13%
  • Annoyingly liberal or wanna be hipsters
    4%
  • Dull
    4%
  • Passionate
    4%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
99%
Poll
39%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.38 responses
Poll
58%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.48 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 16 responses
Report
  • One Course At A Time
    63%
  • HOME
    19%
  • Diversity
    6%
  • Dynamic
    6%
  • Interdisciplinary
    6%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$41,900/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
68%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
95%
National
83%
67%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.18 responses
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I come from an area in Michigan that fits the stereotypical upper-middle class of predominantly white outlook. Everybody here wears designer outfits and drives nice cars and quite frankly are pretentious snobs. As soon as I arrived at Cornell for my visit during my senior year of high school, I immediately knew that I didn't have to pretend to be that kind of person anymore. I could be exactly who I wanted to be and everyone has been fantastic for me so far. Not to mention the One Course At A Time is amazing. Admittedly, difficult to adjust to but once I got the hang of it I never want to switch back to a traditional schedule. Being an athlete out there as well provides an even better and more in-depth experience. I get to see and interact with some parts of the school that those who aren't athletes aren't able to. I can't wait to go back!
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From my very first block at Cornell, every class pushed my mind and expanded my reality by forcing me to step outside of my own vision of the world. I have spent three years discovering not just how beliefs arise within individuals and cultures, but why they are created and how that relates to the society at large. By encouraging students to look beyond their own world, Cornell provides us with a safe place to experience the unknown, welcome that knowledge into our lives and then share it with those around us. Cornell has always understood my unconventional background and encouraged my drive to help others. My professors never doubted my desire to apply my studies to outside fields, and supported my goal of working abroad with HIV/AIDS projects.
Sexual Assault accusations are rampant around campus. Whether they're true or not, it's scary because if it is true this famous is very dangerous, This Insitutions does not do enough to fight against and prevent sexual assault. The Health Center is very accessible, however the staff seems to not be qualified to actively diagnose a serious problem. If you have the common cold they can easily tell and they will give you OTC medication. From personal experience, they do not look close enough and will most of the time out you off and over exaggerating. I was diagnosed with a serious condition, but when I visited the health center the nurse wrote it off like it was nothing and would not write a referral to a doctor. They're not experienced enough to adequately make me feel safe with my health concerns.