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COLLEGE PROFILE

Cornell College

Mount Vernon, IA

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 GraduationHigh school diploma required and GED is accepted
High School ProgramCollege preparatory program is recommended
High School Units Required or Recommended
SubjectRequired UnitsRecommended Units
English 4
Mathematics 3
Science 3
Foreign Language 2
Social Studies 3
History  
Academic Electives 1
Examinations
ExamScores Due in Admissions Office
SAT or ACTRequiredMarch 1
SAT Only  
ACT Only  
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT  
SAT Subject Tests Only 
ACT Writing Test PolicyAccepted with or without writing component
Use of SAT/ACT EssaySAT: Not used
ACT: Not used

APPLYING FOR ADMISSION

Admissions Office
Address600 First Street South West
City, State, ZipMount Vernon, IA  52314-1098
Phone(319) 895-4215
Fax(319) 895-4492
E-mailadmissions@cornellcollege.edu
Application Dates and Fees
Regular Admission DeadlineFebruary 1
Application Fee$30
Fee may be reduced or waived if student applies online. Check with Admissions Office.
Application Fee WaiverAvailable
Regular Admission NotificationMarch 20
Accept Offer of AdmissionBy May 1 or within 2 weeks if notified after May 1
Waiting List UsedYes
Defer AdmissionStudent can defer admission
Transfer AdmissionTransfer applications accepted
Early Admission
Early Decision OfferedYes
Early Decision DeadlineNovember 1, February 1
Early Decision NotificationDecember 15, March 15
Early Action OfferedYes
Early Action DeadlineDecember 1
Early Action NotificationFebruary 1
Application Form
Common ApplicationAccepted, supplemental forms required
Universal College ApplicationNot accepted
Electronic Application Available
Other Application Requirements
InterviewNot required
Essay or Personal
Statement
Required for all freshmen
Letters of
Recommendation
1 required for all freshmen
Other 
Financial NeedFinancial need is not a consideration in the admissions process

SELECTION OF STUDENTS

FactorVery ImportantImportantConsideredNot Considered
Rigor of Secondary School RecordX
Academic GPAX
Standardized TestsX
Class RankX
RecommendationsX
EssayX
InterviewX
Level of Applicant's InterestX
Extracurricular ActivitiesX
Volunteer WorkX
Particular
Talent/Ability
X
Character/Personal QualitiesX
First Generation to Attend CollegeX
State ResidencyX
Geographic ResidenceX
Relation with AlumnusX
Religious Affiliation/ CommitmentX
EthnicityX
Work ExperienceX

PROFILE OF FALL ADMISSION

Overall Admission Rate74% of 1,915 applicants were admitted
   Women75% of 961 applicants were admitted
   Men72% of 954 applicants were admitted
Students Enrolled284 (20%) of 1,410 admitted students enrolled
   Women137 (19%) of 725 admitted students enrolled
   Men147 (21%) of 685 admitted students enrolled
Early Decision Admission Rate53% of 34 applicants were admitted
Early Action Admission Rate37% of 1915 applicants were admitted
Students Offered Wait List 104
Students Accepting Wait List Position 63
Students Admitted From Wait List 37
Grade Point Average of Enrolled Freshmen (4.0 scale)
Average GPA3.54
3.75 and Above49%
3.50 - 3.7416%
3.25 - 3.499%
3.00 - 3.2411%
2.50 - 2.9910%
2.00 - 2.495%
SAT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen
SAT Math570 average
520-650 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
10%
Score of 600 - 700
38%
Score of 500 - 600
32%
Score of 400 - 500
18%
Score of 300 - 400
2%
Score of 200 - 300
0%
SAT Critical Reading600 average
520-670 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
20%
Score of 600 - 700
31%
Score of 500 - 600
33%
Score of 400 - 500
16%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%
SAT Writing570 average
490-640 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
8%
Score of 600 - 700
28%
Score of 500 - 600
39%
Score of 400 - 500
21%
Score of 300 - 400
4%
Score of 200 - 300
0%
ACT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen
ACT Composite27 average
23-30 range of middle 50%
Score of 30 - 36
25%
Score of 24 - 29
47%
Score of 18 - 23
27%
Score of 12 - 17
1%
Score of 6 - 11
0%
Score of 5 or Below
0%
Other Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
High School Class RankTop tenth: 39%
Top quarter: 69%
Top half: 90%
Bottom half: 10%
National Merit Scholar0%
Valedictorian5%
Class President0%
Student Government Officer13%
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CLASS OF 2020 Profile of Students on COLLEGEdata
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  GPA SAT ACT
UW W M CR W  
Average 3.72 4.25 726 706 715 31
Low 2.77 3.42 530 520 540 25
High 4.00 5.00 800 800 800 35
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