Students Say

Cornell College, a small liberal arts school in Iowa, employs a unique one-courseat-a-time program, allowing students to focus on just one course (or “block”) each month, providing an “intense, thorough, and complete immersion.” Though students agree that this “series of experiences” “doesn’t give you any time to think about anything but the class you’re in right then,” it allows for personalized curricula design, and areas like the humanities “work perfectly with the block plan.” Students also “always know when to find people,” which makes it easy to get together. Some classes may not be the most challenging, but “upper-level courses are very engaging and fulfilling.”

Overview

Applicants
2,498
Acceptance Rate
59%
Average HS GPA
3.54

GPA Breakdown

49%
Over 3.75
16%
3.50 - 3.74
9%
3.25 - 3.49
11%
3.00 - 3.24
10%
2.50 - 2.99
5%
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
520 - 670
SAT Math
510 - 650
ACT Composite
23 - 29

Deadlines

Early Decision
November 1

Early Decision II
February 1

Regular
February 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Non-Academic

Character / Personal Qualities

Overall

Students Say

Cornell College, a small liberal arts school in Iowa, employs a unique one-courseat-a-time program, allowing students to focus on just one course (or “block”) each month, providing an “intense, thorough, and complete immersion.” Though students agree that this “series of experiences” “doesn’t give you any time to think about anything but the class you’re in right then,” it allows for personalized curricula design, and areas like the humanities “work perfectly with the block plan.” Students also “always know when to find people,” which makes it easy to get together. Some classes may not be the most challenging, but “upper-level courses are very engaging and fulfilling.” “You could have hours and hours of homework one block and practically none the next,” says a student. The block plan makes it very easy to gain off-campus field experience or do international study, and it’s “easier to try off-campus opportunities.” Administration is generally “excellent at taking a personal interest in each student,” though some note, “There is not much transparency at the administrative level,” which can be “out of touch” at times. The registrar is “the most dreaded office on campus,” with residence life a close second. On the classroom side, professors “know how to motivate and encourage their students,” and though “you may get a bad apple maybe once a year,” they’re “not only knowledgeable but dedicated.” “The personal attention you can receive from any given professor, if you seek them out, is especially rewarding,” says a student. All in all, students love the block structure and the sense of community it creates, as “no matter what it is you may want to do, you can find someone to do it with you.” One student claims he “cannot imagine learning any other way.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
11:1
Total Faculty
118
with Terminal Degree

60
Women
58
Men
10
Minority

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
94%
Graduate in 5 years
98%
Graduate in 6 years
100%


Degrees

Bachelor's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Dr. Campbell McConnell
Economist, Educator and Author

Edgar J. Helms
Founder of Goodwill Industries

Dr. David Hilmers
Astronaut, Shuttle Program, Physician

Harper Reed
Engineer, Entrepreneur

Dr. James Ingle
Dir. Mayo Clinic Breast Cancer Program and Research

Aleta Grillos Trauger
US Federal Judge

Susan Shillinglaw
Leading John Steinbeck scholar

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
88
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$24,662

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$23,447

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,805

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$25,004

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
79%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$22,801

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$0
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$37,275
Required Fees
$225
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,114

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$1,410

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Other
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships
TEACH Grants

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall

Students Say

There’s “a great diversity of interests” in people who attend Cornell, and the “super busy” students have a hard time defining a more common characteristic than the fact that almost all are driven and involved. Some division into typical groups does occur—“the cafeteria design and Greek life are very conducive to this problem”—but “even group to group there is always mingling because you never know who will be in your next class.” Since the classes are so small and “you see the same people four hours a day for three and a half weeks,” people are generally accepting, and “you have to be really, really strange here to stick out.” As one freshman says, “The only intolerance I’ve seen is toward the consistently indolent.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,077
Out of State
82%

International
Foreign Countries Represented
15

Demographics

53% female
47% male
82% are out of state
100% are full time
0% are part time

Overview

Students Say

Since Cornell is very campus-focused (you “rarely see students venture past the edge of campus”), the school makes sure there’s a large variety of campus organizations and “many events going on almost every weekend.” Though there’s definitely a “small-town quiet,” Cedar Rapids and Iowa City are both only a twenty-minute drive away, and “ice climbing, rock-climbing, paddling, and hiking” are popular outdoor pastimes. It’s also “fairly easy to start up a new club or group.” In addition, the school provides winter and spring breaks as well as five “block breaks,” which last four and a half days and give students the opportunity to travel, go skiing or camping, and so on. The cold weather can cause problems here, in both a locked-in feel and the possibility for accidents, and students are encouraged to “bring snow boots!” Many here tend to have a lovehate relationship with sports; while athletics are a huge boon, “the athletes and the non-athletes are seldom friends.” Much like the curriculum, lunchtimes are pretty unique, and students all eat in a common cafeteria, naturally falling into a somewhat “high school” habit of eating at the same tables every day. Most people stay on campus for entertainment and socializing, “creating a cohesive community.” Parties do take place on weekends, and “drinking is popular on campus but never forced,” but in general, “people are more interested in just having a good conversation with their peers.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
92%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

Quality of life rating
73
First-Year Students living on campus
100%

Campus Environment
Rural
Fire safety rating
72

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Other
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
78
Number of Honor Societies
16

Number of Social Sororities
8
Number of Religious Organizations
10

16% join a fraternity
22% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

17% participate in intramural sports
32% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Rams)
10 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Football
Lacrosse
Soccer
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Wrestling
Women's Sports (Rams)
9 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball


Sustainability

Green Rating
70

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
11

Average Number of PC's per Lab
17

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
95%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Karen Swenson
Visit Coordinator

Address
Admissions Office
600 First St. SW
Mount Vernon, IA 52314

Phone
(800)747-1112

Email
kswenson@cornellcollege.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Thomas Commons - Orange Carpet - student center
Cole Library
Small Multi-Sports Center
Kimmel Theatre - state of the art theatre
McWethy Hall
Most prodominant features on campus are our beautiful King Chapel. A newly renovated Armstrong Hall of Fine Arts. A new pedestrian mall [with outdoor ampitheatre]that connects the entire campus.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Cedar Rapids
Iowa City
Palisades State Park
Uptown Mount Vernon
Amana Colonies
Beautiful Mount Vernon has a wide variety of shops including many antique shops and eating establishments.

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday & Saturday AM Sept.-May
8am-4:30pm and by appoinment
(800)747-1112

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: Varies

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
multiple preview days throughout the year

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
Must be at least high school senior. Available Sunday through Thursdays only.

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
The Eastern Iowa Airport is 17 miles (a 20-minute drive) from campus. If you need transportation to campus, a shuttle for a reasonable fee is provided by the airport. The Greyhound and Jefferson Bus lines do connect in Cedar Rapids. Nearest Amtrack Station is 70 miles south in Mount Pleasant.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From I-80 at Iowa City, take exit 246 North onto Iowa Highway 1 for 20 miles; the college is at the intersection of Highway 1 and U.S. 30. From I-380 at Cedar Rapids, go east on U.S. 30 for 20 miles; the college is at the intersection of U.S. 30 and Iowa Highway 1.

Local Accommodations
The College Guesthouse, Brackett House, circa 1877 is an antique-filled stately home that provides modern comfort and convenience at a moderate price (418 Second St. W.; 319-895-4425). There are also other Bed and Breakfast and hotel accomadations in Mount Vernon. Accomodations nearby: city of Cedar Rapids is only 20 minutes from the school while Iowa City is only 25.
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Key Stats

2,498
Applicants
1,077
Size
59%
Acceptance Rate
1180
SAT Scores

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