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Colleges / Cornell College

Cornell College

Mount Vernon, IA 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate81%
Acceptance Rate81%

About Cornell College

Cornell College Overview

Cornell College is a private, religious school in Mount Vernon, Iowa. Cornell College was founded in 1853 and the school now enrolls around 1,055 students a year, including 1,046 undergraduate students. Cornell College offers housing for students. The majority of students live on campus, and first year-students are required to live in campus housing.

Student Activities at Cornell College

Love music or performing?

Are you interested in journalism and communications? Cornell College students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Planning to play sports? Cornell College has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at Cornell College on the Student Life page.

2022 Cornell College Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Other
Overall Acceptance Rate 81%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate Info Not Available
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA Offered but % not available
Average GPA 3.5
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 28.1%
Tuition $48,514
Percent of Need Met 83.9%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $42,356

Is Cornell College a Good School?


Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Admissions criteria, acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how selective an institution is.

Let's take a closer look at these factors to get a clearer sense of what Cornell College offers and if the college could be a good choice for you.

2022 Acceptance Rate for Cornell College

Cornell College admitted 81% of all applicants in 2022. Out of 2,836 applications received in 2022, 2,300 students were offered admission.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Cornell College

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. It gauges how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at Cornell College, around 78% come back the next year. 64% of Cornell College undergrads graduate within six years. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outcomes for Cornell College Grads

Job placement rates after graduation and average starting salaries can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school.

Check with Cornell College directly, for information on any information on starting salaries for recent grads.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Cornell College

Tuition is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

Cornell College meets 83.9% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $42,356 a year.

Graduates in the class of 2022 had an average of $37,608 in student loans per borrower. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some aid is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA as soon as you can. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at Cornell College.

Based on this information, does Cornell College seem like a good fit? Remember, the best school for one person may be a terrible fit for another! So ask yourself: Is Cornell College a good school for you?

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Where is Cornell College Located?

Cornell College is located in Mount Vernon, Iowa.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Cornell College and Mount Vernon are like without leaving home.

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Cornell College Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Not available

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Cornell College is Continuous processing.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Cornell College is a member of the Coalition for College.

More than an application, the Coalition provides free tools and resources to help students through the college admissions process, beginning as early as 9th grade.

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Cornell College ACT Scores

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ACT Range

24 - 30

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

30 and Above

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24 to 30

Avg

24 and Less

Low

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Cornell College SAT Scores

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Composite SAT Range

1130 - 1380

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Math SAT Range

545 - 695

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Reading SAT Range

610 - 710

Cornell College Tuition & Fees

Tuition & Fees

$59,482

In State

$59,482

Out-of-State
Cost Breakdown
In State
Out-of-State
State Tuition
$47,100
$47,100
Fees
$626
$626
Housing
$10,556
$10,556
Books
$1,200
$1,200

Student Life

Wondering what life at Cornell College is like? There are approximately 1,055 students enrolled at Cornell College, including 1,046 undergraduate students and 9 graduate students. 99% percent of students attend school full-time.

99%

Full Time

1%

Part Time

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

1,055

Campus Setting

Acceptance Rate

81%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$47,726

Out-of-State

$47,726

Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

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