Cornell, founded in 1853, is a private, liberal arts college. Its 129-acre campus is located in the village of Mount Vernon, 15 miles east of Cedar Rapids. The 129-acre campus, containing several 19th- and early 20th-century buildings, is listed with the National Register of Historic Places.

Website: www.cornellcollege.edu/

Private
Co-ed
1,025
Undergraduate
Students
(48.0%) 492 Women
(52.0%) 533 Men
3
Graduate
Students

Admission

Entrance Difficulty
Moderately difficult
Overall Admission Rate
61% of 2,532 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
Yes
Early Decision Offered
Yes
Regular Admission Deadline
February 1

Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

Average GPA
3.45
SAT Math
540-650 range of middle 50%
SAT EBRW
540-670 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite
23-30 range of middle 50%
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Money Matters

Cost of Attendance
$57,840
Tuition and Fees
$43,976
Room and Board
$9,760
Average Percent of Need Met
84%
Average Freshman Award
$32,551
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
$31,142
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Academics

Academic Calendar System
Other
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required for most or all students
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
74
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 19% of classes
10-19 students: 52% of classes
20-29 students: 29% of classes
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Campus Life

Mount Vernon Population
4,583
Nearest Metropolitan Area
 
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing
88% of all students
Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division III
Mascot
Rams
Sororities
32% of women participate
Fraternities
21% of men participate
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Students

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
1.9% American Indian/Alaskan Native
3.8% Asian
6.7% Black/African-American
8.1% Hispanic/Latino
1.6% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
73.4% White
4.4% Unknown
International Students
7.0% from 19 countries
First-Year Students Returning
82.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
67.9%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
96%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
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Freshman Admission Requirements


Entrance Difficulty

Moderately Difficult: More than 75% of freshmen were in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT I or over 18 on the ACT; about 85% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation

High School Graduation
High school diploma required and GED is accepted
High School Program
College preparatory program is recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended
Subject Required Units Recommended Units
English   4
Mathematics   3
Science   3
Foreign Language   2
Social Studies   3
History    
Academic Electives   1

Examinations

Examinations
Exam Required Units Scores Due in Admissions Office
SAT or ACT Considered if submitted March 1
SAT Only Considered if submitted March 1
ACT Only Considered if submitted March 1
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT Not used if submitted March 1
SAT Subject Tests Only Not used if submitted
SAT Essay Component Policy Accepted with or without essay component
ACT Writing Test Policy Accepted with or without writing component
ACT Writing Test Policy SAT: Not used
ACT: Not used

Applying for Admission


Admissions Office

Address
600 First Street South West
City, State, Zip
Mount Vernon, IA 52314-1098
Phone
(319) 895-4215
Fax
(319) 895-4492
E-mail
admissions@cornellcollege.edu

Application Dates and Fees

Regular Admisson Deadline
February 1
Application Fee
No fee required
Application Fee Waiver
Available
Regular Admission Notification
March 20
Accept Offer of Admission
By May 1 or within 2 weeks if notified after May 1
Waiting List Used
No
Defer Admission
Student can defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission

Early Decision Offered
Yes
Early Decision Deadline
November 1
Early Decision Notification
Not reported
Early Action Offered
Yes
Early Action Deadline
November 1
Early Action Notification
Rolling

Application Form

Common Application
Accepted
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application
Available

Other Application Requirements

Interview
Not Required
Essay or Personal Statement
Required for all freshmen
Letters of Recommendation
 
Other
 
Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students


Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record X
Academic GPA X
Standardized Tests X
Class Rank X
Recommendations X
Essay X
Interview X
Level of Applicant's Interest X
Extracurricular Activities X
Volunteer Work X
Particular Talent/Ability X
Character/Personal Qualities X
First Generation to Attend College X
State Residency X
Geographic Residence X
Relation with Alumnus X
Religious Affiliation/Commitment X
Ethnicity X
Work Experience X

Profile of Fall Admission


Overall Admission Rate
61% of 2,532 applicants were admitted
Women
64% of 1,243 applicants were admitted
Men
58% of 1,289 applicants were admitted
Students Enrolled
332 (21%) of 1,545 admitted students enrolled
Women
146 (18%) of 797 admitted students enrolled
Men
183 (24%) of 748 admitted students enrolled
Early Decision Admission Rate
Not reported
Early Action Admission Rate
34% of 80 applicants were admitted
Students Offered Wait List
0
Students Accepting Wait List Position
 
Students Admitted From Wait List
 

Grade Point Average of Enrolled Freshmen (4.0 scale)

Average GPA
3.45
3.75 and Above
33%
3.50 - 3.74
17%
3.25 - 3.49
15%
3.00 - 3.24
18%
2.50 - 2.99
12%
2.00 - 2.49
5%

SAT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

SAT Math
540-650 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
14%
Score of 600 - 700
33%
Score of 500 - 600
43%
Score of 400 - 500
8%
Score of 300 - 400
2%
Score of 200 - 300
0%
SAT EBRW
540-670 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
16%
Score of 600 - 700
41%
Score of 500 - 600
36%
Score of 400 - 500
7%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%

ACT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

ACT Composite
23-30 range of middle 50%
Score of 30 - 36
31%
Score of 24 - 29
38%
Score of 18 - 23
30%
Score of 12 - 17
2%
Score of 6 - 11
0%
Score of 5 or Below
0%

Other Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

High School Class Rank
Top tenth: 22%
Top quarter: 46%
Top half: 82%
National Merit Scholar
Not reported
Valedictorian
3%
Class President
Not reported
Student Government Officer
Not reported

Tuition and Expenses


Cost of Attendance
$57,840
Tuition and Fees
$43,976
Room and Board
$9,760
Books and Supplies
$1,200
Other Expenses
$2,904
Payment Plans
 

Applying for Financial Aid


Financial Aid Office

Email
Web Site
Financial Aid Web Site
Net Price Calculator URL
Net Price Calculator URL

Application Process

Application Deadline
Priority deadline March 1
Award Notification
On a rolling basis beginning March 1
Methodology for Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal Methodology
Forms Required Cost to File
FAFSA
Code is 001856
Free

Profile of 2018 - 19 Financial Aid


Freshman

Financial Aid Applicants
255 (79.7%) of freshmen
Found to Have Financial Need
223 (79.8%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
223 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
62 (27.6%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
84%
Average Award
$32,551
Need-Based Gift
Received by 223 (100.0%) of aid recipients, average amount $29,594
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 159 (70.5%) of aid recipients, average amount $4,227
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 51 (22.4%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
71 (26.1%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $24,840

All Undergraduates

Financial Aid Applicants
800 (80.1%) of undergraduates
Found to Have Financial Need
704 (88.0%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
704 (99.9%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
162 (21.1%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
81%
Average Award
$32,475
Need-Based Gift
Received by 702 (99.4%) of aid recipients, average amount $28,494
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 552 (79.6%) of aid recipients, average amount $5,182
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 110 (15.3%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
302 (27.7%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $22,582

Borrowing

2018 Graduates Who Took Out Loans
73%
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
$31,142
Parents of Students Receiving Aid
Not reported
Parents of Students Not Receiving Aid
Not reported

Financial Aid Programs


Loans

Federal Loans
Direct subsidized Stafford loans, direct unsubsidized Stafford loans, direct PLUS loans
State Loans
 
Other Loans
College/university loans, McElroy and Sherman Loans, United Methodist Loan, Private Loan Preferred Lenders.

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships
Non-Need–Based Available
None

Non-Need Awards

Academic Interest/Achievement Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Creative Arts/Performance Award Areas
Applied Art and Design, Dance, Music, Performing Arts, Theater/Drama
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Achievements/Activities Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Characteristics Award Areas
Children and Siblings of Alumni, Children of Faculty/Staff
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 

Employment

Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available, other work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
Not reported
Academic Calendar System
Other
Summer Session
Not offered
General Catalog/Bulletin
Online Catalog

Undergraduate Education


Undergraduate Majors

  • Anthropology
  • Archeology
  • Architecture
  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Chemistry, General
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Computer Science
  • Creative Writing
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Economics, General
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • Engineering Science
  • Engineering, General
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Environmental Studies
  • Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other
  • French Language and Literature
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • German Language and Literature
  • Health and Physical Education/Fitness, Other
  • History, General
  • Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science
  • Latin American Studies
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
  • Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods, Other
  • Mathematics, General
  • Medieval and Renaissance Studies
  • Modern Languages
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Music, General
  • Musical Theatre
  • Philosophy
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
  • Physics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Psychology, General
  • Religion/Religious Studies
  • Rhetoric and Composition
  • Russian Language and Literature
  • Russian Studies
  • Secondary Education and Teaching
  • Sociology
  • Spanish Language and Literature
  • Women's Studies
Most Popular Disciplines
Biological/life sciences, Education, Social sciences, Visual and performing arts
Combined Liberal Arts/Professional Degree Programs
Engineering, forestry, architecture with Washington University in St. Louis Law with the University of Iowa
Special Programs
Student-designed major, Double major, English as a second language, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad
Study Abroad
Offered
Online Degrees
No online degree programs

Curriculum and Graduation Requirements


General Education/Core Curriculum
Required for most or all students
Computer
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Foreign Language
Required
Math/Science
Required for all students

Faculty and Instruction


Full-Time Faculty
74
Part-Time Faculty
40
Full-Time Faculty with Ph.D./Terminal Degree
63%
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 19% of classes
10-19 students: 52% of classes
20-29 students: 29% of classes
Discussion Section/Lab Class Size
Not reported

Advanced Placement


International Baccalaureate
Accepted
Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations
Accepted for placement and credit
Sophomore Standing
Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources


Library Available on Campus
Yes
Holdings
233,405
Computer Ownership
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available on Campus
259
Internet/E-mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services


Remedial Instruction
Not Offered
Tutoring
Available
Services for Learning Disabled Students
Available
Services for Physically Disabled Students
Hearing impaired services, speech disorders services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Graduate/Professional School Education


Master's Degrees Offered

Not reported

Master's Programs of Study

  • Not reported

Doctoral Degrees Offered

Not reported

Doctoral Programs of Study

  • Not reported

Location and Setting


Mount Vernon Population
4,583
Nearest Metropolitan Area
 
Campus Size
129 acres

Weather

Temperature
7.7 average low in January, 78.4 average high in September
Rain
108 rainy days per year

Getting Around

Campus Map
Map
Nearest Bus Station
18 mile(s) from campus in Cedar Rapids
Nearest Train Station
70 mile(s) from campus in Mt. Pleasant

Housing


College Housing
College offers housing to students
Types of Housing
Women only housing, coed housing
Students in College Housing
88% of all students
Housing Requirements
Students required to live on campus through senior year
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students Living Off Campus/Commuting
8%
Off-Campus Housing Assistance
 

Security


24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices
Available
24-Hour Security Patrols
Available
Late-Night Transport/Escort Services
Available
Electronically Operated Housing Entrances
Available
Other
 

Personal Support Services


Health Service
Offered
Personal Counseling
Offered
Child Care
Not offered

Sports and Recreation


Intercollegiate Athletics

Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division III
Mascot
Rams
School Colors
Purple and white

Intercollegiate Sports Offered

Sports Women Men
Offered Scholarships Offered Scholarships
Baseball     x  
Basketball x   x  
Cross-Country Running x   x  
Football     x  
Lacrosse x   x  
Soccer x   x  
Softball x      
Tennis x   x  
Track And Field x   x  
Volleyball x      
Wrestling     x  
Women's Sports Offered Scholarships
Baseball    
Basketball x  
Cross-Country Running x  
Football    
Lacrosse x  
Soccer x  
Softball x  
Tennis x  
Track And Field x  
Volleyball x  
Wrestling    
Mens's Sports Offered Scholarships
Baseball x  
Basketball x  
Cross-Country Running x  
Football x  
Lacrosse x  
Soccer x  
Softball    
Tennis x  
Track And Field x  
Volleyball    
Wrestling x  
Women's Club Sports
ultimate Frisbee
Men's Club Sports
ultimate Frisbee, volleyball

Recreational Sports

Intramural Sports
badminton, basketball, bowling, cheerleading, football, golf, ice hockey, racquetball, soccer, softball, table tennis, tennis, track and field, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball, weight lifting, wrestling

Student Activities


Activities and Organizations
choral groups, drama theatre, radio station, student newspaper, student-initiated living-learning community, chess and games, environmental club, performing arts and activities council, alliance
Sororities
32% of women participate
Fraternities
21% of men participate
ROTC
 

Student Body


Coeducational
Yes
All Undergraduates
1,025
Women
492 (48.0%)
Men
533 (52.0%)
Full-Time Undergraduates
1,017
Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
1.9% American Indian/Alaskan Native
3.8% Asian
6.7% Black/African-American
8.1% Hispanic/Latino
1.6% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
73.4% White
4.4% Unknown
International Students.
7.0% from 19 countries
Average Age
20
All Graduate Students
3

Undergraduate Retention and Graduation


First-Year Students Returning
82.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
67.9%
Students Graduating Within 5 Years
72.8%
Students Graduating Within 6 Years
68.0%

After Graduation


Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
96%
Average Starting Salary
96%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
Disciplines Pursued
Not reported

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