Cornell College, a selective liberal arts college in Mount Vernon, Iowa, is recognized as one of the “Colleges That Change Lives.” Cornell is characterized
by the immersion of its One Course At A Time curriculum, which allows students to focus on a single academic subject for an 18-day block. Since
professors only teach one block at a time, students have more access to professors, and professors can teach students off-campus in whatever venue
best fits the material. There are no slow intros, far-off exams or papers, or gaps between class sessions, mirroring the pace of working environments
where employees are expected to handle tight deadlines and high expectations. With a student body from 47 states and 13 foreign countries, and
renowned visiting speakers, faculty, and entertainers, Cornell offers the world from its hilltop campus.
Distinctive Facts & Features
Cornell College’s One Course At A Time curriculum takes a distinctive approach to a liberal arts education by offering life-changing immersion in a
single academic subject per academic block.
Cornell’s STEM space doubled with the opening of Russell Science Center in 2018. West Science Hall was completely renovated in 2018.
99% of the Class of 2019 completed their degree in four years.
94% of the Class in 2018 are employed or pursuing further education.
Cornell’s entire campus is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Undeclared gender: 2%
In-state Students: 24%
Out-of-State Students: 76%
States represented: 45
Foreign countries represented: 13
Domestic students of color: 20%
Most Popular Majors
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
English and Creative Writing
Secondary Education Certification
Room & Board: $9,760
Total for 2018-2019: $53,856
Financial Aid Data
99.5% of students receive financial assistance.
Cornell’s financial aid budget for 2019-20 is $27.2 million.
Faculty-student ratio: 1:12
Average class size: 14
All classes capped at 25 students
74 full-time faculty
99% of faculty hold a doctorate or terminal degree
Athletics and Intramural Activities
NCAA Division III
Intercollegiate teams: 19
37% of students participate in intercollegiate athletics
Cornell has nearly 100 clubs and group involvement opportunities, including student organizations, local Greek organizations; academic honor societies,
and intramural teams.
Cornell’s Mock Trial program, established in 2006, has qualified for the national championship tournament eight times, competing against large state
schools and Ivy League universities.