- 4 Year
- MOUNT VERNON, IA
Overall Niche Grade
- Academicsgrade A minus
- Valuegrade B+
- Diversitygrade A
- Campusgrade B minus
- Athleticsgrade B minus
- Party Scenegrade B minus
- Professorsgrade A
- Locationgrade B
- Dormsgrade B+
- Campus Foodgrade A minus
- Student Lifegrade B
- Safetygrade B+
Cornell College is an above-average private, Christian college located in Mount Vernon, Iowa in the Cedar Rapids Area. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 1,017 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the Cornell College acceptance rate is 62%. Popular majors include Kinesiology and Exercise Science, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and History. Graduating 69% of students, Cornell College alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $32,600.
NCAA Division III (with football)
Cornell College Rankings
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$28,566 / year
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$29,720 / year
Students Receiving Financial Aid
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Student Faculty Ratio
Evening Degree Programs
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. 38 responses
37%of students agree that the workload is easy to manage. 38 responses
Most Popular Majors
- Kinesiology and Exercise Science19 Graduates
- Biochemistry and Molecular Biology18 Graduates
- History16 Graduates
- Computer Science15 Graduates
- High School Education15 Graduates
- Creative Writing14 Graduates
- Liberal Arts and Humanities14 Graduates
- Biology12 Graduates
- Environmental Science10 Graduates
- International Relations10 Graduates
Undergrads Over 25
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 24 responses
- Annoyingly liberal or wanna be hipsters4%
Freshmen Live On-Campus
41%of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join. 39 responses
59%of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life. 49 responses
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 17 responses
- One Course At A Time59%
Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$43,000 / year
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
67%of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation. 18 responses
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Cornell College Reviews
Rating 3.39 out of 5 726 reviews
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I have only been at Cornell for a couple of months now, but I love Cornell! The block plan allows for an intensive and in-depth education on each subject. The professors are amazing and are so willing to help students all of the time. The resources at Cornell are very helpful and easy to obtain. Cornell is a freeing place and allows people to be themselves with no judgement. Cornell is a judgement free zone and accepts everyone for who they are. Cornell has allowed me to meet some amazing people and friends, make important life-long connections, and set me up for a successful future. I'm making the most of my Cornell experience, and I'm very happy that I chose to attend Cornell over my other choices. I'm excited to continue my education at Cornell, and I can't wait to see what the next four years have in store for me!
With the current pandemic, Cornell College has definitely been struggling. It is difficult to make connections with other students, undoubtedly, increasing depression on campus. Although I would like the restrictions to relax, I do understand the priority of students' health. I would like if more resources were available for mental health. As there are fewer options of social interaction, mental health upkeep is more important than ever. Along with covid, the cafeteria has been struggling with food. If I am honest, the food is very bad. For how much students are paying to attend a private college, I would expect the school to care a bit more about what they are consuming. Overall, the experience is not what I would expect my freshman year to be, but it could be worse.
Online learning is rather difficult. Students do not participate as well in class, and motivation to do so is rather low as well. Professors are often not well versed in how to work the current technology, so there is a bit of a learning curve for them there. I do prefer in person classes as I am a biochemistry major. It is almost impossible to do labs online, but with limited resources professors are doing the best they can. Hybrid classes, individuals who want to take it online can while still being able to participate with the in person class, have been the most successful when it comes to the science department. This allows students to fulfill the lab portion of experiments.