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Cornell College
Mount Vernon, IA
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.
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Institution Type Private
Coeducational Yes
Undergraduate Students 976
   Women 486 (49.8%)
   Men 490 (50.2%)
Graduate Students Not reported
Entrance Difficulty Moderately difficult
Overall Admission Rate 71% of 1,965 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered Yes
Early Decision Offered Yes
Regular Admission Deadline February 1
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA 3.46
SAT Math 495-620 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading 475-655 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing
ACT Composite 23-29 range of middle 50%
Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Academic GPA X      
Standardized Tests     X  
Essay   X    
Extracurricular Activities   X    
Cost of Attendance $53,728
  Tuition and Fees $39,900
  Room and Board $8,900
Average Percent of Need Met 81%
Average Freshman Award $34,118
Average Indebtedness of
2016 Graduates
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Academic Calendar System Not reported
General Education/Core Curriculum Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates 89
Regular Class Size 2-9 students: 19% of classes
10-19 students: 52% of classes
20-29 students: 29% of classes
Mount Vernon Population 4,583
Nearest Metropolitan Area  
Freshman Housing Guarantee Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing 100% of freshmen, 92% of all students
Athletic Conferences NCAA Division III
Mascot Rams
Sororities 22% of women participate
Fraternities 16% of men participate
Ethnicity of Students from U.S. 1.0% American Indian/Alaskan Native
3.1% Asian
5.5% Black/African-American
12.2% Hispanic/Latino
2.9% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.0% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
70.5% White
4.8% Unknown
International Students 4.6% from 21 countries
First-Year Students Returning 77.9%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years 64.1%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months 94%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly 15.0%