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Colleges / Cornell College

Cornell College

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

About Cornell College

Cornell College, a selective liberal arts college in Mount Vernon, Iowa, attracts a colorful community of diverse, empathetic neighbors—students, faculty, staff, and alumni—who care about each other.

Cornell’s block plan is one reason it is included in “Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges.” Professors, and their students who come from 45 states and 13 countries, focus on one class per 18-day block before their next course starts. It’s the innovative—some might say ingenious—foundation of every Cornellian’s education. Flexible, experiential. Cornell has been living, learning, and teaching on the block plan, One Course At A Time, since 1978 when it left the traditional semester plan behind.

Everything from its curriculum to its facilities is built to maximize the benefits of the block plan. Cornell’s block offers flexible and experiential learning unlike—and superior to—semester plans. Research, internships, service opportunities, and block-long courses that take the students and professors off-campus and even out of the country are made possible due to the block’s flexibility. These experiential learning opportunities are referred to as Ingenuity in Action—a component at the center of Cornell’s core curriculum and to each student’s journey.

Cornell College is a private, religious college in Mount Vernon, Iowa. Cornell College was founded in 1853. The college currently enrolls around 1,055 students a year, including 1,046 undergraduate students.

2022 Acceptance Rate for Cornell College

Around 81% of applicants get into Cornell College each year. In 2022, 2,300 out of 2,836 total applicants were accepted.

Cornell College Admissions Facts At-A-Glance
Overall Acceptance Rate 81%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate Info Not Available
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA Offered but % not available
Average GPA 3.5
Test Optional May require tests
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 28.1%

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Cornell College Application Deadline

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Continuous processing

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Cornell College SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1130 - 1380


Math SAT Range

545 - 695


Reading SAT Range

610 - 710

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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.


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