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Colleges / Cornell College

Cornell College

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

Cornell College Admissions

Check in with Cornell College's admissions department for more information on applying.

Cornell College Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here is an overiew of some of Cornell College's admissions stats.

Cornell College 2022 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.5
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 17.06%
Admissions Test Policy Not optional and are considered
Applicants Who Submit SATs 28.1%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 58.17%
Waitlist No

Cornell College Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Cornell College.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I Info Not Available –– ––
Early Decision II –– –– ––
Early Action Yes November 1 ––

Considering Applying Early to Cornell College?

Cornell College may or may not offer early admission, however the school has not provided any application information. Check with Cornell College directly for more information about early applications.

🗓️ The Early Action deadline is November 1.

➡️ Discover a list of some top colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Cornell College Admissions

Transferring to Cornell College

For more information on transferring to Cornell College, contact the school directly.

For Students Waitlisted to Cornell College

Cornell College has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What Does Cornell College Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when determining who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are they consider most important in the admissions process. When assembling your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that prioritize the areas where you shine.

Admissions Factors at Cornell College

What does Cornell College consider during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Application Essay Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Class Rank Considered
Work Experience Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
First Generation Considered
Interview Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Considered
State Residency Considered
Volunteer Work Considered

Make sure to check with Cornell College for more information on admission factors.

Cornell College 2022-2023 Application Requirements

To apply to Cornell College, all applicants must submit the following items. Check with Cornell College's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Transcript(S) of College Record
Transcript of High School Record
Standardized Test Scores
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Cornell College?

Students admitted to Cornell College have an average unweighted GPA of 3.5.

Out of all students that were admitted, 46.45% submitted a class rank. At Cornell College 17.06% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 40% were in the top 25% and 75.88% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Cornell College, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 19.67%
3.75 and 3.99 20.77%
3.50 and 3.74 18.31%
3.25 and 3.49 16.21%
3.00 and 3.24 12.02%
2.50 and 2.9 13.11%
2.00 and 2.49 ––

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Cornell College directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Cornell College looks at standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

Cornell College does not have a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 28.1% of Cornell College's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 58.17% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Cornell College?

To be competitive with other Cornell College applicants, you should strive to earn between 1130 and 1380 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Cornell College 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1380 and 25% of scored lower than 1130, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Cornell College students scored 695 or higher and 75% of students scored 610 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Cornell College students scored 710 or higher, and 75% scored a 610 or higher.

What is a Good ACT Score for Cornell College?

To be most competitive at Cornell College, you should strive to earn between 24 and 30 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 30 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Cornell College's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 30, and three out of four students scored lower than 30 on the ACT.

A 24 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Cornell College students. Only one out of every four students scored below 24.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

More Information on Transferring to Cornell College

Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in Cornell College during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Spring Term

Cornell College Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Cornell College?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Cornell College.

Does Cornell College accept transfer credits?

✅ Cornell College accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.

Do I have to submit test scores to Cornell College?

✅ Cornell College is not test optional. You must submit test scores as part of the application.

What is Cornell College's acceptance rate?

✅ Cornell College has an acceptance rate of 81%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Cornell College?

🟨 Cornell College may or may not offer early decision. The school has not provided any information on early decision including ED acceptance rates.

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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 SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1130 - 1380


Math SAT Range

545 - 695


Reading SAT Range

610 - 710

Cornell College GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Cornell College, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.53. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

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

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