Cornell College


Highest Degree Offered: Bachelors

College Type: Private

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Academic Calendar: Semester

State: Iowa


Cornell College (not to be confused with Cornell University) is a selective liberal arts college in the small and charming town of Mount Vernon, Iowa. The college has been coeducation since its founding in 1853, and its strong academics have earned it memebership in Phi Beta Kappa. Its attractive campus is on the National Register of Historic Places. One of Cornell College's distinctive features is its one-course-at-a-time curriculum. All students study a single course in intensive three-and-a-half week semesters. This model allows students and faculty to give each course 100% of their attention. In athletics, the Cornell College Rams compete in the NCAA Division III Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (IIAC).

Most Popular Majors

Art, Biology, Biochemistry, Economics, English, Health and Physical Education, History, Political Science, Psychology

Student/Faculty Numbers

Total Students: 1112
Total Grad Students:
Undergraduate Students: 1112
Faculty: 83

Total Student/Faculty Ratio: 13:1
Undergraduate Student/Faculty Ratio: 13:1

Percent Male: 46%
Percent Female: 54%

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Graduation and Retention Information

Four-Year Graduation Rate: 65%

Six-Year Graduation Rate: 71%

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Graduation and Retention Data From: Spring 2010

Contact Information

600 First St.
Mount Vernon Iowa 52314


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Main Phone: 319-895-4000

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Admissions Contact:
Sharon Grice
Senior Associate Director of Admission, Admission

Transfer Services Contact:

International Admissions Contact:
Marie Schofer
Assistant Director of Admission, Admission

Athletics Contact:
John Cochrane
Athletic Director, Athletics

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Standardized Testing

ACT 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
Composite 24 29
English 22 30
Math 22 28
SAT 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
Critical Reading 540 680
Math 530 680
Writing 530 640

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Transfer Statistics

Transfers Applied: 175

Transfers Accepted: 90

Transfer Percentage Accepted: 51%

Freshmen Percentage Accepted: 45%

Difference Between Transfer and Freshmen Acceptance Rates: 6%

Admissions Data From: Fall 2010


Books: 810

Other Expenses: 2575

Room and Board: 7730

Tuition and Fees: 32920

Total Cost: 44035

Note on Costs:

Costs Data From: 2011-12

Financial Aid

General Financial Aid Information:
We offer transfer scholarships which range from $5,000 - $20,000. Phi Theta Kappa students typically begin at the $7,500 level. We also offer competitive need based financial assistance packages.

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Average Amount of Aid – Grants:

Average Amount of Aid – Loans: 5883

Percent of New Students Receiving Aid: 95%

Percent of New Students Receiving Grants: 95%

Percent of New Students Receiving Loans: 70%

Financial Aid Data From: Fall 2010

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