Cornell College

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Cornell College (locally referred as “Cornell”) is a coeducational, privately owned and operated college located in the city of Mount Vernon, in the state of Iowa that emphasizes undergraduate education in the liberal arts. Cornell was established in 1853 as the Iowa Conference Seminary and renamed Cornell College in 1857. It was named after William Wesley Cornell, an American business man and philanthropist from the state of New York.

General Information

Admission Office

600 First Street SW

Mount Vernon, IA 52314-1098

(319) 895-4215

(800) 747-1112

Fax: (319) 895-4451

[email protected]

Contact: Jonathan Stroud

Vice President for Enrollment/Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid
Main Address

600 First Street SW

Mount Vernon, IA 52314-1098

(319) 895-4000

Total undergrads: 1,105

Degree-seeking undergrads: 1,102


Suburban setting

Small town (2,500 – 9,999)

Residential campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $30

Online application fee: Free
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 45%

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 85%

College Majors

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies

Ethnic studies B
Latin American Studies B
Russian/Slavic Area Studies B
Women’s Studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art – General B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Music – General B
Music – General Performance B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biology B
Chem/Phys/Molecular Biology B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Science B


Art Teacher Education B
Biology Teacher Education B
Chemistry Teacher Education B
Education – General B
Elementary Education B
English Teacher Education B
French Teacher Education B
German Teacher Education B
History Teacher Education B
Junior High Education B
Mathematics Education B
Music Teacher Education B
Physical Education B
Physics Teacher Education B
Science Teacher Education B
Secondary Education B
Social Science Teacher Education B
Social Studies Teacher Education B
Spanish Language Teacher Education B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B

Foreign Language & Literature

Classics B
Foreign Language & Literature – General B
French B
German B
Russian B
Spanish B


History – General B

Liberal Arts & Sciences

General Studies B


Mathematics – General B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Medieval and early modern studies B

Natural Resources & Conservation

Environmental Studies B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

Health/Physical Fitness B

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy B
Religion/Religious Studies B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B
Geology B
Physics B


Psychology – General B

Social Sciences

Economics B
International Relations B
Political Science/Government B
Sociology B
Sociology and anthropology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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