Cornell College

Mount Vernon, IA

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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
1,009
Undergraduate
Students
(49.2%) 496 Women
(50.8%) 513 Men
Not reported
Graduate
Students

Admission

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
550-665 range of middle 50%
SAT EBRW
550-675 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite
23-29 range of middle 50%
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Money Matters

Cost of Attendance
$56,924
Tuition and Fees
$42,299
Room and Board
$9,384
Average Percent of Need Met
84%
Average Freshman Award
$30,926
Average Indebtedness of 2016 Graduates
$34,130
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Academics

Academic Calendar System
Other
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
78
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.
1.4% American Indian/Alaskan Native
3.7% Asian
6.1% Black/African-American
9.2% Hispanic/Latino
1.9% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.0% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
73.7% White
4.2% Unknown
International Students
4.6% from 21 countries
First-Year Students Returning
81.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
65.3%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
94%
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 Recommended March 1
SAT Only    
ACT Only    
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT    
SAT Subject Tests Only  
SAT Essay Component Policy Not Reported
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
 
Early Decision Notification
December 15, March 15
Early Action Offered
Yes
Early Action Deadline
November 1
Early Action Notification
February 1

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
1 required for all freshmen
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
71% of 1,965 applicants were admitted
Women
74% of 949 applicants were admitted
Men
68% of 1,016 applicants were admitted
Students Enrolled
332 (24%) of 1,394 admitted students enrolled
Women
164 (23%) of 701 admitted students enrolled
Men
168 (24%) of 693 admitted students enrolled
Early Decision Admission Rate
45% of 31 applicants were admitted
Early Action Admission Rate
50% of 64 applicants were admitted
Students Offered Wait List
 
Students Accepting Wait List Position
 
Students Admitted From Wait List
 

Grade Point Average of Enrolled Freshmen (4.0 scale)

Average GPA
3.46
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
550-665 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
25%
Score of 600 - 700
29%
Score of 500 - 600
39%
Score of 400 - 500
7%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%
SAT EBRW
550-675 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
20%
Score of 600 - 700
43%
Score of 500 - 600
30%
Score of 400 - 500
7%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%

ACT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

ACT Composite
23-29 range of middle 50%
Score of 30 - 36
21%
Score of 24 - 29
47%
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: 25%
Top quarter: 50%
Top half: 83%
National Merit Scholar
0%
Valedictorian
Not reported
Class President
0%
Student Government Officer
Not reported

Tuition and Expenses


Cost of Attendance
$56,924
Tuition and Fees
$42,299
Room and Board
$9,384
Books and Supplies
$1,323
Other Expenses
$3,918
Payment Plans
Installment plan

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 2017 - 18 Financial Aid


Freshman

Financial Aid Applicants
263 (79.7%) of freshmen
Found to Have Financial Need
210 (79.8%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
210 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
58 (27.6%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
84%
Average Award
$30,926
Need-Based Gift
Received by 210 (100.0%) of aid recipients, average amount $27,868
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 148 (70.5%) of aid recipients, average amount $4,339
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 47 (22.4%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
86 (26.1%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $24,013

All Undergraduates

Financial Aid Applicants
799 (80.1%) of undergraduates
Found to Have Financial Need
708 (88.6%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
707 (99.9%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
149 (21.1%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
80%
Average Award
$30,999
Need-Based Gift
Received by 703 (99.4%) of aid recipients, average amount $26,977
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 563 (79.6%) of aid recipients, average amount $5,273
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 108 (15.3%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
276 (27.7%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $21,726

Borrowing

2016 Graduates Who Took Out Loans
70%
Average Indebtedness of 2016 Graduates
$34,130
Parents of Students Receiving Aid
11.0%
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, McElory Loans, Sherman Loans, United Methodist Student Loans, private loans

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships
Non-Need–Based Available
Academic scholarships, Creative arts/performance scholarships, Special characteristics (minority, religious affiliation, other scholarships)

Non-Need Awards

Academic Interest/Achievement Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
966
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Creative Arts/Performance Award Areas
Art/Fine Arts, Dance, Music, Performing Arts, Theater/Drama
Number of Awards
174
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
77
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 

Employment

Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available, other work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
$1,655
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
  • 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
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science
  • Latin American Studies
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
  • Mathematics, General
  • Medieval and Renaissance Studies
  • Modern Languages
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Music, General
  • 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
Social sciences, Biological/life sciences, Psychology
Combined Liberal Arts/Professional Degree Programs
Engineering, forestry, architecture with Washington University in St. Louis
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
Computer
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Foreign Language
Required
Math/Science
Required for all students

Faculty and Instruction


Full-Time Faculty
78
Part-Time Faculty
34
Full-Time Faculty with Ph.D./Terminal Degree
70%
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


Boston 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  
Cheerleading 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  
Cheerleading 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  
Cheerleading 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
1,009
Women
496 (49.2%)
Men
513 (50.8%)
Full-Time Undergraduates
1,003
Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
1.4% American Indian/Alaskan Native
3.7% Asian
6.1% Black/African-American
9.2% Hispanic/Latino
1.9% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.0% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
73.7% White
4.2% Unknown
International Students.
4.6% from 21 countries
Average Age
20
All Graduate Students
Not reported

Undergraduate Retention and Graduation


First-Year Students Returning
81.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
65.3%
Students Graduating Within 5 Years
68.2%
Students Graduating Within 6 Years
68.0%

After Graduation


Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
94%
Average Starting Salary
94%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
Disciplines Pursued
Not reported

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