Cornell College

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School Overview

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

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.

Cornell College Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (319) 895-4000
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
Apply Online:
Address: 600 First St. SW, Mount Vernon, IA 52314-1098
Setting: Town: Fringe
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 1,020
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 71%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 12 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:
Distance Learning Students*: 1,020 (100% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Bachelor's

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $43,976
Out-of-state Tuition: $43,976
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 100%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $29,720

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Cornell College Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Cornell College.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 3
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 2
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 7
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 1
Education 4
Engineering 2
English Language and Literature/Letters 3
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 5
History 1
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 2
Mathematics and Statistics 1
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 1
Natural Resources and Conservation 1
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 2
Philosophy and Religious Studies 2
Physical Sciences 3
Psychology 4
Social Sciences 4
Visual and Performing Arts 6
Grand total 54

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Cornell College and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $43,976
Out-of-state $43,976
Books and supplies $1,200

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $0
Out-of-state $0

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 296 100%
Grant or scholarship aid 296 100% $29,720
Student loan aid 184 62% $8,508

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 1,016 99% $27,872
Federal student loans 636 62% $6,857

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Cornell College. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Cornell College students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 3,118 1,409 1,709
Percent admitted 100% 59% 64%
Percent admitted who enrolled 9% 11% 7%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Cornell College Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 1,020
Undergraduate enrollment 1,020
Graduate enrollment 0

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Cornell College Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Higher Learning Commission

Specialized institution accreditations:

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does 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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