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Cornell College

Cornell College



Mount Vernon, Iowa

Closest International Airports

Des Moines International Airport, Chicago O’Hare International Airport, Chicago Midway International Airport, General Mitchell International Airport


US News Rank #100 in National Liberal Arts Colleges

Undergraduate Body


Annual Tuition Fees

USD 50634

Annual Living Cost

USD 15698

Popular Majors

Exercise Science, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Computer Science, Psychology, Kinesiology, Creative Writing

Admissions Officer

Ms. Marie Schofer

Next Genius Scholars on Campus


Cornell College, located in the serene town of Mount Vernon, strikes a perfect balance between a peaceful community and easy access to nearby cities. Just a short drive away from Cedar Rapids and Iowa City, students at Cornell College enjoy the advantages of both a tranquil setting and vibrant urban centers. With a diverse student body of over 1,000 individuals from around the world, Cornell College has established itself as a renowned liberal arts institution, highly regarded for its academic excellence and commitment to learning without boundaries.

Established in 1853, Cornell College adopted the innovative One Course at a Time Academic Calendar in 1978, recognizing the immense benefits it would provide to its students. This unique calendar structure promotes deep engagement and meaningful exploration. The academic year is divided into eight blocks, with each semester offering four intensive courses. Additionally, an optional ninth block is available during the summer for students seeking extra credits. Professors have unparalleled freedom in designing their classes, providing a diverse range of learning opportunities both on and off campus. While most classes take place in the beautiful campus surroundings, some courses venture beyond, utilizing art galleries or the local state park for a change of scenery.

With an average class size of 16 students, Cornell College nurtures intimate learning communities that foster meaningful interactions with faculty and peers. The comprehensive curriculum encompasses foundational courses, writing-intensive classes, and opportunities to develop essential skills such as quantitative reasoning and intercultural literacy. Students are encouraged to pursue their passions and engage in experiential learning through activities such as leadership development, civic engagement, internships, research, study abroad programs, and involvement in the fine arts.

Cornell College's commitment to global education is represented by its study abroad programs, where select courses travel to various destinations worldwide. From China to Madagascar, Italy to Europe, students have the opportunity to broaden their perspectives and gain invaluable cultural insights alongside their professors and classmates.

The Cornell campus community, affectionately known as the "RAMILY," exudes a sense of familial warmth and inclusivity. Representing 45 states and over a dozen countries, Cornell fosters an environment where strong community bonds are forged. Approximately 93% of students reside on campus. Varsity athletics, Greek life, and performing arts thrive at Cornell, offering students a wide range of opportunities for engagement. With over 80 clubs and organizations, students can explore their interests and partake in diverse experiences. Additionally, every student is assigned an academic adviser who provides guidance and support.

Cornell College also offers diverse housing options, including residence halls, theme houses, and apartments, providing a comfortable living environment. Additionally, the college's dining services offer delicious meals while accommodating various dietary preferences and requirements. Set atop a picturesque hill, Cornell College's campus truly lives up to its nickname, the "Hilltop." Cornell College is committed to student success, offering excellent facilities such as the Russell Science Center, McLennan College Hall and Finance Lab, and Norma small Athletic and Wellness Centre. 

Students at Cornell College have the opportunity to pursue a wide range of majors and disciplines. Popular fields of study among students include Psychology, Biology, English, Business and Economics, Sociology, and Political Science. A remarkable 99% of Cornell students complete their degree within four years. 96% of graduates are employed or pursuing further education within 6 months after their graduation with 88% having completed undergraduate research during their four years at Cornell. 

Application Requirements
Submit all components of your application before the deadline. Check the application requirements page (link below) to ensure you have completed all the components of your college application. 
Application Deadline: 
January 1, 2024

  • Submit Your College Application/Common App
  • Transcripts/Marksheets: Submit your 9th to 11th grade transcripts (marksheets) and your latest 12th grade marksheet
  • Letter of Recommendations

Teacher Recommendation, Secondary School Report, Personal Portfolio

  • English Proficiency Scores

Duolingo English Test, TOEFL or IELTS accepted. Check the international application requirements page on the College Website to see if you are eligible for English Proficiency Test Waiver

  • Test Score Policy


  • Financial Documents

  • Application Requirements Link

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