Cornell College

600 First St. Sw, Mount vernon, IA 52314-1098
Tel: (319)895-4000
Private not-for-profit | 1,174 students
Cornell is an independent, coeducational, residential liberal arts college, established in 1853, nurtured by the United Methodist Church, and dedicated to fostering intellectual, moral, and personal growth.

School Overview:

Cornell College
CountyLinn County, IA
Title IV EligibleParticipat
Carnegie ClassificationBaccalaureate Colleges--Liberal Arts
Institution LevelFour or more years
Institution ControlPrivate not-for-profit
Instructional Staff Total
(research/public service staff included)
102 staff115 staff
Student Body
Total Enrollment1,174 students1,633 students
# Full-Time Students
1,165 students1,434 students
# Part-Time Students
9 students137 students
% American Indian/Alaskan
% Asian
% Hawaiian
% Hispanic
% Black
% White
% Two or more races
Finances and Admission
In-State Tuition Fees
Out-State Tuition Fees
Percent Admitted53%64%
SAT Reading (25-75%)530-690450-570
SAT Math (25-75%)540-690460-573
SAT Writing (25-75%)520-660440-570
ACT English (25-75%)24-3119-25
ACT Math (25-75%)23-2818-25
ACT Composite (25-75%)24-3020-25

School Notes:

  • Cornell College is one of the nation’s finest and most distinctive liberal arts colleges. Providing focus and flexibility through its one-course-at-a-time block plan, Cornell offers one extraordinary opportunity after another, in the classroom, on campus, and in the world. Upon graduation, Cornell students are prepared for meaningful lives, productive careers, leadership and service.
  • The college campus is ideal, wooded hilltop setting is one of only two campuses in the country listed entirely on the National Register of Historic Places. There are 42 buildings on 129 acres. Cole Library is also the Mount Vernon public library, making it one of only two such libraries in the country.
  • Cornell College is a undergraduate liberal arts college with one-course-at-a-time calendar. More than 40 academic majors and pre-professional programs and an individualized major students design to meet specific goals and interests. Top majors includes Psychology, Education, Economics and Business, English, Art, History, Physical Education, Individualized majors, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Politics.
  • Pre-Professional programs are offered in Medicine, Law, Dentistry, Medical Technology, Nursing/Allied Health Services, Social Work/Human Services, Education, Architecture, Engineering and Forestry and Environmental Management.
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