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  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Value
    B+
  3. Diversity
    A
  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 a highly rated private, Christian college located in Mount Vernon, Iowa in the Cedar Rapids Area. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 1,019 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the Cornell College acceptance rate is 61%. Popular majors include Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Kinesiology and Exercise Science, and Psychology. Graduating 76% of students, Cornell College alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $32,600.
600 First St. SW
Mount Vernon, IA 52314
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
Midwest Conference

Cornell College Rankings

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Cornell Admissions

Acceptance Rate
61%
Application Deadline
February 1
SAT Range
1080-1320
ACT Range
23-30
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$27,962/ 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
$27,840/ 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
12:1
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
1,019Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
9
Undergrads Over 25
1%
Pell Grant
22%
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
98%
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
76%
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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Cornell College was a wonderful place to earn an undergraduate degree. My professors, advisors, and coaches were all extremely supportive and encouraging, and I felt that I established strong and lasting relationships with them. I made friendships for life at Cornell and created so many significant memories. The environment was conducive to learning but also filled with a variety of academic and non-academic opportunities, ranging from sports to Greek life to literary groups.
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Wow! The professors really know how to teach online! Prof. Semieshirt sure knows his ways around zoom, haha!
I have arrive to Cornell at a school trip and for what I have saw so far, it is a very comfortable college tour experience. I was Surprised on how welcoming people had been, the scenery was beautiful, the unexpected library and snacks that the college had inspired me to want to know more about Cornell. The study sessions are very interesting, the majors one on one talk was very informative and the current college students have introduced their experience which I found was the beginning of Cornell being my top College chocie