Cornell College

Cornell College
600 First St SW
Mount Vernon, Iowa 52314
Year Founded: 1853
President: Jonathan Brand
Enrollment: 1,000
Cornell College

Cornell College, a selective liberal arts college in Mount Vernon, Iowa, is recognized as one of the “Colleges That Change Lives.” Cornell is characterized by the immersion of its One Course At A Time curriculum, which allows students to focus on a single academic subject for an 18-day block. Since professors only teach one block at a time, students have more access to professors, and professors can teach students off-campus in whatever venue best fits the material. There are no slow intros, far-off exams or papers, or gaps between class sessions, mirroring the pace of working environments where employees are expected to handle tight deadlines and high expectations. With a student body from 45 states and 20 foreign countries, and renowned visiting speakers, faculty, and entertainers, Cornell offers the world from its hilltop campus.

Distinctive Facts & Features
  • Cornell College’s One Course At A Time curriculum takes a distinctive approach to a liberal arts education by offering life-changing immersion in a single academic subject per academic block.
  • Since 2014 the Thomas Commons and four first-year residence halls have been completely renovated.
  • Cornell’s STEM space will soon double, including the opening of Russell Science Center in January 2019.
  • 95% of the Class of 2017 completed their degree in four years.
  • Cornell’s entire campus is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Student Profile
  • Male: 50% 
  • Female: 50% 
  • In-state Students: 18% 
  • Out-of-State Students: 80%          
  • States represented: 42          
  • Foreign countries represented: 17          
  • Domestic students of color: 21%
Most Popular Majors
  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Kinesiology
  • Economics and Business
  • Education
  • History
  • Psychology
  • Biology          
  • Computer Science
  • English and Creative Writing
  • Studio Art
  • Tuition: $41,874          
  • Room & Board: $9,384         
  • Fees: $425          
  • Total for 2018-2019: $51,683 
Financial Aid Data
  • Students that receive financial assistance: 99.4%
  • Financial aid budget for 2017-18: $23.2 million
Class Size
  • Faculty-student ratio: 1 to 11          
  • Average class size: 16 
  • All classes capped at 25 students
  • Full-time Faculty with Tenure-Track: 90 
  • Faculty with PhD/terminal Degree: 98%
Athletics and Intramural Activities
  • NCAA Division III
  • Intercollegiate teams: 19
  • Students participating in intercollegiate athletics: 36%
  • Intramural teams: 18
Co-curricular Activities
  • Cornell has nearly 100 clubs and group involvement opportunities, including student organizations, local Greek organizations; academic honor societies, and intramural teams
  • Cornell’s Mock Trial program, established in 2006, has qualified for the national championship tournament seven times, competing against large state schools and Ivy League universities

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