Mount Vernon, IA
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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: the nice thing about athletics here is that the events are very easily accessible and most teams have a decent amount of success. athletics aren't huge here, mostly because some of the teams have an unwarranted elitist attitude. this does overshadow the fact that we can still enjoy quality athletics without having to pay a cent. that's pretty special

4 College Senior

Athletics: I'm not an athlete, but athletics is a culture on campus and the teams do very well for a small, DIII school.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Not a lot of bleachers

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Wish the field house and gym were better/ available

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: the teams themselves are generally not super successful, although this is slowly beginning to change each year. where the program really shines is the emphasis on being a student athlete. it is very easy to be involved in clubs and keep your academics in check while also being a part of a team


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  • 923rd
    Best Intramural Sports
  • 1233rd
    Most Active Varsity Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Erin McNeill
Foristell, MO
Sociology/Anthropology, English
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Cornell athletics and student apathy are often discussed hand in hand. The stands at most sporting events are usually filled only with other student athletes and a handful of parents or community members. That being said, Cornell is competitive in many sports, including basketball and wrestling. A member of the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, a league of the NCAA Division III, Cornell maintains the oldest athletic rivalry west of the Mississippi with Coe College in Cedar Rapids.

Cornell provides opportunities for athletes of a wide variety of skill levels and abilities to participate in the sports they love. While many Cornell athletes excelled in their high school programs, they chose Cornell for academics and continue to participate in sports simply for the love of the game. OCAAT has its benefits in the sports arena, as well—with all classes done by 3 p.m. each day, practice and class rarely conflict.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conferences
Football: Midwest Conference
Basketball: Midwest Conference
School Colors
Purple and white
School Nickname
Men Playing Varsity Sports
218 - 40%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
108 - 17%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Wrestling
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Badminton
  • Capoeira
  • Cheerleading
  • Cycling
  • Dance team
  • Equestrian
  • Fencing
  • Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Mountaineering
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag football
  • Floor hockey
  • Racquetball
  • Soccer (indoor)
  • Softball
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Wallyball
  • Wrestling
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Ash Park Stadium and Field
  • Meredith Wrestling Complex
  • Mount Vernon Softball Complex
  • Small Multi-Sport Center
Most Popular Sports
Basketball, Soccer, Football
Most Overlooked Teams
Tennis, Baseball, Lacrosse, Track and Field
School Spirit
There is a general feel of apathy when it comes to athletics at Cornell. Attendance at most sporting events is sparse, and the crowd is usually comprised of other athletes. The only game that students really get excited about is the annual basketball game against rival Coe College-mostly because they get to throw toilet paper on the court when the Rams score their first basket.
Getting Tickets
No tickets necessary! All sporting events are free for students-just present your student ID.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Mount Vernon is a very walking-friendly community, with sidewalks on most streets. Popular walk destinations for students include the train bridge or the shops and coffeehouse uptown.

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 25 responses

  • 24% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 64% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 12% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 0% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 24 responses

  • 0% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 50% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 29% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 21% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 25 responses

  • 8% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 56% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 36% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 0% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.



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