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B+
Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Value
    B+
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Campus
    B-
  5. Athletics
    B-
  6. Party Scene
    B-
  7. Professors
    A-
  8. Location
    B-
  9. Dorms
    B
  10. Campus Food
    A-
  11. Student Life
    B
  12. Safety
    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 1,002 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the Cornell College acceptance rate is 65%. Popular majors include Economics, Psychology, and Kinesiology and Exercise Science. Graduating 71% of students, Cornell College alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $32,600.
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
Midwest Conference
Address
600 First St. SW
Mount Vernon, IA 52314

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
65%
Application Deadline
February 1
SAT Range
1100-1340
ACT Range
23-29
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

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Cost

Net Price
$27,009/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$26,957/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
100%

Academics

Professors
A-
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.38 responses
37%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.38 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,002Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
7
Undergrads Over 25
1%
Pell Grant
29%
Varsity Athletes
37%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 24 responses
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  • Quirky
    54%
  • Accepting
    17%
  • Intelligent
    13%
  • Passionate
    8%
  • Annoyingly liberal or wanna be hipsters
    4%
  • Dull
    4%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
99%
Poll
41%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.39 responses
Poll
59%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.49 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 17 responses
Report
  • One Course At A Time
    59%
  • HOME
    24%
  • Diversity
    6%
  • Dynamic
    6%
  • Interdisciplinary
    6%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$43,000/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
71%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
92%
National
83%
67%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.18 responses
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I like the small atmosphere and the education system known as the One Course at a time. I believe this is one of the best education curriculum's I have been in, and it's a shame more schools are not using a similar type of education system. Also the college has a very friendly enviornment it really helps that it is such a small community as well. The professors are helpful, the programs are amazing and it's a liberal arts education that really tries to help you for the future.
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Cornell college is full of diversity. You get to meet people from all aspects of life. The college does the Block plan which is one class at a time for 18 days. It helps to be able to focus on one class and excel in it. You get very close to your professors also. Cornell offers lots to do for college life outside of class. You have sororities, fraternities, Athletics and clubs/organizations. Cornell is a close family orientated college. I made a great decision in choosing Cornell.
Cornell College is my second home. Thanks to the friendly teachers, staff and peers, I find myself much more confident and sociable. The campus scene is beautiful all year round. I am the only Vietnamese kid on campus, so sometimes I can feel small and lonely, but no, in Cornell College, I have sources to reach whenever I need. If you are bored after a long day of classes, the best thing to do is to sit on the grass and relax. Cornell College campus scene is beautiful all year round, spring, summer, fall, winter, I never get sick of it.
The food is diverse, much much better than it used to be around 4-5 years ago. Now everyone can enjoy new variety of food everyday, including Asian, Latin, European food.
My friends on campus are friendly with LGBT, black and international, so the atmosphere makes everybody feel comfortable. I am very glad that Cornell chose me. My special 4 years <3