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Cornell College Campus Life

Campus Size

Small Campus
Total Undergrads
Including 6 Part-time
Degree-Seeking Freshmen
Including 0 Part-time

Gender Breakdown:

49% Women
51% Men


NCAA Division III (with football)

Midwest Conference

  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Cross Country/Track

Total Varsity Sports


Men's sports coaches (Average salary: $49,733)
Women's sports coaches (Average salary: $45,991)
Athletics Details
Sport Varsity Men Varsity Women Club Intramural
Baseball 35 - - -
Basketball 14 13 - Yes
Football 53 - - -
Golf 11 6 - -
Lacrosse 16 10 Yes -
Soccer 13 14 - Yes
Softball - 17 - Yes
Tennis 8 6 - -
Track and Field, Indoor 15 23 - -
Track and Field, Outdoor 15 23 - -
Track and Field, X-Country 7 9 - -
Volleyball - 12 - Yes
Wrestling 24 - - Yes
Badminton - - Yes Yes
Bowling - - - Yes
Cheerleading/Dance Team - - Yes -
Court Sports - - - Yes
Cycling - - Yes -
Dance - - Yes -
Equestrian - - Yes -
Fencing - - Yes -
Field Hockey - - - Yes
Flag Football - - - Yes
Frisbee/Disc Sports - - Yes Yes
Ice Hockey - - Yes -
Mountaineering/Climbing - - Yes -
Skiing - - Yes -
Table Tennis - - Yes -


Student Total
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.8%
Asian/Pacific Islander 3.0%
Black/non-Hispanic 3.1%
Hispanic 4.5%
Non-resident alien 4.7%
Race/Ethnicity unknown 5.3%
Two or more races 2.5%
White/non-Hispanic 76.2%
Percent of students with disability 10%

Services & Housing

Services Offered
  • Remedial services for students with learning disabilities
  • Academic/Career counseling
  • Employment services for current students to find part-time positions
  • Job placement for graduates to find full-time employment
  • Library on campus
  • On-Campus Housing
  • Meal plan offered, meals per week can vary

Clubs & Organizations

Musical Groups
  • Choral Groups
  • Concert Band
  • Jazz Band
  • Music Ensemble
  • Symphony Orchestra
Performance Arts
  • Dance
  • Drama Theater
  • Musical Theater
  • Opera
Journalism & Publications
  • Literary Magazine
  • Student Newspaper
  • Yearbook
  • Radio Station
  • International Student Organization
  • Model United Nations
  • Student Government
  • Campus Ministries

Safety Statistics

Arrests On Campus
Illegal Weapons Possession 0
Drug Law Violation 15
Liquor Law Violation 2
Criminal Offenses On Campus
Personal Crime 3
Property Crime 0

Notable Alumni

  • Harper Reed '01
  • David Hilmers '72
Reviews Dorm Life
  • Brandon from Gilbert, IA
  • 3
  • Everyone is very friendly; however, nothing really exciting happens. The rooms are okay but the older dorms are built a lot like prisons.…

  • Jun-02-2012 Read More
  • Maria from Albuquerque, NM
  • 4
  • Freshman, I promise the dorms get better as you move up in the ranks! But regardless of the condition of the dorms there are always floor activities going on and…

  • Oct-04-2012 Read More
  • Kahn from Washington, DC
  • 4
  • The dormitories are rather nice, nothing different from a run of the mill dormitory you'd find at another school. It's the people within the dorms that make it great, and…

  • Oct-09-2012 Read More
  • Student from Washington, DC
  • 3
  • The dormitories are...interesting. Most of them are fairly old, in the traditional dorm setting. Some of the newer dorms are done in the more modern suite style, and have more…

  • Aug-12-2013 Read More
  • Brenda from Oakland, Ca.
  • 3
  • Some of the dorms are better than others, I know some of them are getting repaired so it'll be good. Overall dorms aren't too bad, if somethings lack, they make…

  • May-04-2012 Read More


Student Responses to Review Topic: Food And Dining
  • 3
  • Anonymous
  • Apr-01-2014 I am a current student here

    Food has gotten better with the new dining service.

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  • 3
  • Student from Washington, DC
  • Aug-12-2013 I am a current student here

    Food in the Thomas Commons, the only place for dining, is alright. By the end of 2013 calendar year, the Commons will have been fully renovated, offering more opportunities at good food. And the firm that does the cooking, Bon Appetit, is pretty good at what they do.

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  • 1
  • A current student
  • Jun-11-2013 I am a current student here

    Food in general here is just not that good. This college has had a history of bad food, and all of the companies have blamed it on the facilities that they are in. The truth is, in Iowa, everything just has less flavor. The quality of food is just not that good here, and the school reflects that.

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  • 3
  • Yolanda from Portland, OR
  • Apr-16-2013 I am a current student here

    The food has greatly improved since the time I visited last year. My main problem is that at times Bon Apetit seems to try too hard, I think it would be better if they stuck to more basics and gave the option of variety to the students.

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  • 4
  • Leticia from Daly City, CA
  • Mar-25-2013 I am a current student here

    Bon Apetit is our service provider. They are very responsive to dietary wants and needs. We have a full service salad and sandwich bar as well as a grill station and comfort food station. We have pizza, soups, and pastas that are all made to eat. The dining hall is all-you-care-to-eat and has very reasonable hours for a student's schedule.

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  • 3
  • John from Clinton, IA
  • Mar-05-2013 I am a current student here

    Food is healthy and there is a lot to choose from. The food is not very tasty and some students would like to have some more unhealthy foods sometimes.

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  • 5
  • Kennedy
  • Feb-26-2013 I am a current student here

    We have a new food service this year called Bon Appetit. They are very focused on sustainable practices. For example, all of the eggs served are cage free. I'm a vegetarian and they also have lots of options. We have a comment board and our chef even comments back. Overall, I've been very pleased with the dining experience.

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  • 4
  • Bookmonkey
  • Dec-09-2012 I am a current student here

    The food is good, sometimes a little exotic when most college students just crave hamburgers or pizza. Sometimes run out of glasses or metal silverware though, which is a small annoyance.

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 0
  • Anonymous
  • Apr-01-2014 I am a current student here

    We are a small school but greek life is a way to meet more people and belong to a group of tightly knit friends.

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  • 0
  • A current student
  • Jun-11-2013 I am a current student here

    Greek life is kind of a joke to me. All of the Greek groups here are specific to Cornell, meaning if you've never been to Cornell, then you'll never hear about it. I've managed to steer clear of the Greeks here because they think they run the school, and I don't want to get caught up in that mentality, considering that no one else knows about them.

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  • 0
  • Yolanda from Portland, OR
  • Apr-16-2013 I am a current student here

    I have a number of friends involved with Greek life here at Cornell. Our system here is somewhat different than other schools since none of our Greek groups are affiliated with the national system. This means it's considerably less expensive, and because we're such a small school the group sizes range from about seven people up to nearly 60. (And even if you don't pledge, pre-pledge season is a great time to meet new people)

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  • 0
  • Leticia from Daly City, CA
  • Mar-25-2013 I am a current student here

    We do not have nationally affiliated sororities or fraternities so each of the groups is unique to Cornell College, which creates an extremely close community within each of the groups.

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  • 0
  • John from Clinton, IA
  • Mar-05-2013 I am a current student here

    Greek life here is awesome. 30% of the students on campus are involved in greek life. Each greek group are their own thing. They can range from community service oriented to party oriented and everything else in between.

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  • 0
  • Preston from Aurora, CO
  • Mar-05-2013 I am a current student here

    There are fraternities and sororities on campus. There are unofficial (not nationally recognized) fraternities for some of the athletes on campus.

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  • 0
  • Kennedy
  • Feb-26-2013 I am a current student here

    We have sororities and fraternities but they aren't nationally affiliated. Really, Greek life is nothing like it is portrayed in the movies. They provide a great support system and are lots of fun. However, while many students are involved in it, you won't feel left out if you decide not to.

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  • 0
  • Kahn from Washington, DC
  • Oct-09-2012 I am a current student here

    The Fraternities and Sororities at Cornell College are not national organizations. Instead they are local, centered only at Cornell College, with rich histories that stretch back farther than any fraternities or sororities this side of the Mississippi.

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  • 0
  • Nata from Aurora, IL
  • Jul-03-2012 I am a current student here

    The majority of the groups are pretty small and every group has something different that they offer. Greek groups also make up approximately 25% of the student population.

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  • 0
  • Andrew from Heber City, UT
  • Jun-25-2012 I am a current student here

    There are 15 social groups on campus, and none are nationally affiliated. There is no fraternity or sorority housing, and about 25% of campus is involved in social groups. There are a few social groups that choose not to drink as a group. I think the scene here is ideal because it is an option to join a social group if you want, but it is not something you need to do to fit in. Since we have a small student body all students, regardless of whether they are in a social group or not, interact with each other.

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