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Academics

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. 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.”

Student Body

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.”

Campus Life

Since Cornell is very campus-focused, 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 fall, winter, and spring breaks as well as “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 love-hate 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.”

Overview

Applicants
2,532
Acceptance Rate
61%
Average HS GPA
3.46

GPA Breakdown

34%
Over 3.75
23%
3.50 - 3.74
13%
3.25 - 3.49
10%
3.00 - 3.24
17%
2.50 - 2.99
3%
2.00 - 2.49

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SAT & ACT Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
540 - 670
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
540 - 650
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
23 - 30

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Action — November 1


Other Admission Factors

Academic

Academic GPA

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
12:1
Total Faculty
114
with Terminal Degree
100

64
Women
50
Men
14
Minority

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
68%
Graduate in 5 years
73%
Graduate in 6 years
74%

Majors

  • AREA, ETHNIC, CULTURAL, GENDER, AND GROUP STUDIES.

  • Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other.
  • Latin American Studies.
  • Women's Studies.

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biochemistry.
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Actuarial Science.
  • Finance, General.
  • Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General.
  • Management Science.
  • Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods, Other.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Computer Science.

  • EDUCATION.

  • Elementary Education and Teaching.
  • Music Teacher Education.
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching.
  • Secondary Education and Teaching.

  • ENGINEERING.

  • Engineering Science.
  • Engineering, General.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • English Language and Literature, General.

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS.

  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General.
  • French Language and Literature.
  • German Language and Literature.
  • Russian Language and Literature.
  • Spanish Language and Literature.

  • HISTORY.

  • History, General.

  • LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES, GENERAL STUDIES AND HUMANITIES.

  • General Studies.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Mathematics, General.

  • MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES.

  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other.

  • NATURAL RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION.

  • Environmental Studies.

  • PARKS, RECREATION, LEISURE, AND FITNESS STUDIES.

  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science.

  • PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES.

  • Philosophy.
  • Religion/Religious Studies.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

  • Chemistry, General.
  • Geology/Earth Science, General.
  • Physics, General.

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Psychology, General.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

  • Economics, General.
  • International Relations and Affairs.
  • Political Science and Government, General.
  • Sociology.

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General.
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General.
  • Music Performance, General.
  • Musical Theatre.


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

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Tahllee Baynard
2012 Scientist of the Year (by Black Engineer)

Edgar J. Helms
Founder of Goodwill Industries

Dr. David Hilmers
Astronaut, Shuttle Program, Physician

Harper Reed
CTO, CEO entrepreneur

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

Aleta Grillos Trauger
US Federal Judge

Susan Shillinglaw
Leading John Steinbeck scholar

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
68%
Graduate in 5 years
73%
Graduate in 6 years
74%

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

ROI & Outcomes

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$29,594

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$28,494

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,465

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
73%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$31,142

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$28,811

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$0
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$43,550
Required Fees
$426
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,200

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$1,248

On-Campus Room and Board
$9,760
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

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

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds

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

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,025
Foreign Countries Represented
19

Demographics

1.76%
American Indian or Alaskan Native
3.52%
Asian
6.26%
African-American
7.53%
Hispanic
68.20%
Caucasian
4.11%
Unknown
7.05%
International

47% female
53% male
76% are out of state
99% are full time
1% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

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

First-Year Students living on campus
97%

Campus Environment
Rural

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Other
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions


Director
Brooke Paulsen

College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Documentation Required for LD

Documentation identifying the diagnosis, when was the student diagnosed and who diagnosed. Need to include functional limitations and recommended accommodations.

Documentation Required for ADHD

Documentation identifying the diagnosis, when was the student diagnosed and who diagnosed. Need to include functional limitations and recommended accommodations.

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
Yes

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
2

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
63
Number of Honor Societies
16

Number of Social Sororities
7
Number of Religious Organizations
6

18% join a fraternity
30% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

12% participate in intramural sports
35% 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


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

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
No

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Danielle Grimm
Visit Experience Coordinator

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

Phone
(800)747-1112

Email
dgrimm@cornellcollege.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Thomas Commons - Orange Carpet - student center
Cole Library
Russell Science 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

Contact Email Address for Visit
dgrimm@cornellcollege.edu

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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