Cornell College

Mount Vernon, IA, USA
4.01 Average Rating

Cornell College is a liberal arts institution situated in Mount Vernon, Iowa, that was founded in 1853. Deemed “more selective,” Cornell is one of only 40 schools profiled by Loren Pope's book "Colleges That Change Lives" and also ranks as a top tier of national liberal arts colleges by US News & World Report. Utilizing a block schedule, Cornell students take only 1 course at a time, completing 8 per semester. Most students live on the Mount Vernon campus, which is one of only two colleges to be listed, in its entirety, on the National Register of Historic Places. The campus also features Iowa's largest ginkgo tree, an annual Culture Show, and Cornell T. Moose, a stuffed moose's head that's lived in Law Hall since 1925. 


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Institution Type
  • Not for Profit
  • United Methodist
  • Coed
Level of Institution 4 Year
Campus Setting Town
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Acceptance Rate
Average ACT Composite: 26
Average SAT Composite: 1177

What Students Are Saying

4.01 Average Rating
Cornell is a small community with excellent academic opportunities. They offer fairly good financial aid and are willing to accommodate to suit a student's needs. If you are looking for an exciting social scene however, Cornell is not the school for you.
Brandon from Gilbert, IA
Cornell is great! Everyone here is very friendly, upperclassmen are happy to help you. Plus all the staff are eager to assist you in anyway they can.
Maria from Albuquerque, NM

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