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p. 319-895-4000
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Cornell College

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An affiliate of the United Methodist Church, Cornell College is a private, liberal arts school first founded in 1853. It bears no real relation to the much larger and better known Cornell University, although the founders of each school were distantly related. The college is located in the pretty and pastoral town of Mount Vernon, Iowa.


Cornell is known for it’s one-course-at-a-time block plan. Students study one subject intensively for 3 1/2 weeks, take a four-day break, then switch to another subject. Most blocks include about 30 hours of lectures. There are 8 blocks in a school year. The block programs allows students to construct sequential learning opportunities that build upon each other in a unique way, as well as allow students to take advantage of extended field trips or travel abroad outside of the semester system.

In addition to a wide range of majors and minors in such standard subjects such as anthropology, art history, philosophy, psychology, and women’s studies, the college offers focused pre-professional programs in medicine, theology, veterinary medicine, forestry and environmental management, law, and several other topic areas.

Most classes have less than 20 students in them and some are much smaller, particularly the more advanced classes.The most popular majors are psychology, economics, and history.

Most Popular Fields of Study

Unique Programs

The Centers for Extraordinary Opportunities help to transition students from the undergraduate world to a career or graduate school entry. Each center supports internships, lecture series, student participation in conferences, and other opportunities that build a student’s resume and academic record. The Centers include:

  • Berry Center for Economics, Business, and Public Policy
  • Dimensions: The Center for the Science and Culture of Healthcare
  • Center for Law and Society (formerly Pre-Law Program)
  • Center for the Literary Arts


Admissions are competitive. Less than half of applicants are admitted.

Financial Aid

A wide variety of financial assistance is available. New students should submit their FAFSA by March 1. Forms of aid include grants, loans, and need- and merit-based scholarships.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 3801st for the average student loan amount.
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Nearly all students live on campus in the residence halls. First year students live on floors with themes to unite them. Older students have the option to live in a single, suite, or apartment.

Most social events center around the Thomas Commons, home to the dining hall, student services office, concerts, and a wide variety of other events.

The 157 acre campus is attractive and pastoral, with hills, trees, and ponds.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics


The athletics department fields 19 intercollegiate teams, known as the Rams. The Rams compete in NCAA Division III and are members of the Midwest Conference. The wrestling team has a particularly strong reputation. The football team has a historic rivalry with nearby Coe College that both dates back to 1891 and continues today.

School colors are purple and white.


Notable alumni include:

  • Don Fehrenbacher, Pulitzer Prize winner for history
  • David Hilmers, astronaut
  • Rob Ash, football coach at Montana State University
  • Chris Carney, Pennsylvania Congressman
  • Deb Mell, member of Illinois House of Representatives *Michael Graham, President of Xavier University

Information Summary

Ranks 6th in Iowa and 282nd overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 1 0.08
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 4 0.33
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 2 0.17
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 2 0.17

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 3 0.07
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape 1 0.02
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 15 0.33
Larceny 68 1.50
Vehicle theft 1 0.02

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Mount Vernon, IA 52314-1098
Surrounding communityFringe town (less than 10 mi. from an urban cluster)
Total Population5,147 (3,189 urban / 1,958 rural)
Households1,609 (2.64 people per house)
Median Household Income$53,053
Families1,194 (3.07 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Baccalaureate Colleges — Arts & Sciences
UndergraduateArts & sciences focus, no graduate coexistence
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, more selective, lower transfer-in
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate four-year
Size & SettingSmall four-year, highly residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringBachelor's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationUnited Methodist
Congressional District1901

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 288th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $36,205 $36,205 $36,205
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $225 $225 $225
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $1,131 $1,131 $1,131
FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $48,905 $48,905 $48,905
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $48,905 $48,905 $48,905
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $38,260 $38,260 $38,260

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $32,920 $34,705 $32,920 $34,705 $32,920 $34,705
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $810(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $7,730(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses $2,575 $2,890
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board N/A $7,730
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses N/A $2,890
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board N/A $1,610

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$30
Graduate Application FeeN/A
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 2,204 (995 male / 1,209 female)
Admitted 1,413 (638 male / 775 female)
Admission rate 64%
First-time Enrollment 261 (117 male / 144 female)
FT Enrollment 261 (117 male / 144 female)
PT Enrollment N/A (N/A male / N/A female)
Total Enrollment1,125

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demo
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference Midwest Conference
NCAA Basketball Conference Midwest Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Midwest Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Midwest Conference

ACT Test Admission

199th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 83%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 23 / 30
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 22 / 28
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 23 / 29

SAT Test Admission

175th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 32%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 520 / 670
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 510 / 650
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 1030 / 1320

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity1,107
Meals per Week20
Room Fee$3,800
Board Fee$4,700

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 13 17 19 12 2 179 26 275
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 1 5 6
Art/Art Studies, General 2 2 1 7 4 17
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 2 1 3 3 17 1 27
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 2 2 1 9 1 16
Chemistry, General 2 3 1 6
Classical, Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies and Archaeology
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General 2 1 3
Computer Science 2 4 1 7
Cultural Anthropology
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 5 1 6
Economics, General 5 1 1 2 11 1 22
Elementary Education and Teaching 13 14
English Language and Literature, General 3 3 9 16
Environmental Studies 7 2 9
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other
French Language and Literature
General Studies 4 4
Geology/Earth Science, General 1 5 6
German Language and Literature
History, General 2 1 9 12
International Business/Trade/Commerce
International Relations and Affairs 1 5 6
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 2 1 13 2 18
Latin American Studies
Latin Teacher Education
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Mathematics, General 2 6 8
Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 1 7 9
Music Performance, General
Music Teacher Education
Music, General
Philosophy 6 6
Physics, General 1 1 2
Political Science and Government, General 1 1 9 1 13
Psychology, General 1 3 3 3 15 4 29
Religion/Religious Studies 1 2 3
Russian Language and Literature
Secondary Education and Teaching
Sociology 2 1 3
Spanish Language and Literature 1 3 4
Women's Studies 1 2 3

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 2359th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $59,326 ($64,204 male / $60,878 female)
Number of FT Faculty 93 (42 male / 51 female)
Number of PT Faculty 155
FT Faculty Ratio 0.6 : 1
Total Benefits $1,602,894

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