Mount Vernon, IA
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2 College Junior

Athletics: The only sport the general student populace really cares about is varsity football. But they're not - haven't been - that great - the team, that is. For years now.

Only people who care about football/sports to begin with and the whole "Friday night lights" kind of thing follow the team. Which is a decent chunk of the student population. Administration is also fond of the football team. They recently re-turfed and added new lights to the (small) football stadium on campus.

Athletic facilities are decent. The Small Sports Center is pretty old, but has an indoor track, basketball court and such other things that belong in a sports center. The renovation of the Commons included an exercise room, which many non-athlete students use. Much more accessible than the Sports Center due to its location.

3 College Senior

Athletics: I'm indifferent. These responses are biased and do not reflect the opinion of the Cornell student population.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Being a DIII school, athletics are definitely not the most important thing at Cornell. However, a very large population of the student body participates in a sport, some even two. A lot of student-athletes make a point to support other teams during their games and quite a few more attend games and show school spirit. Organized cheering and dressing up as a theme for games does not happen, but for the most part the school is supportive during games.

Facilities such as the indoor track are becoming a little outdated, but the weight room is fine for the time being and the main gym where all games are held has newly redone floors, new lights, and a new sound system. Not to mention, Ash Park's football field was newly redone with turf in summer of 2013 and looks great. Our baseball field is very nice and is probably the best one in the Midwest Conference, but our softball field is located a little ways off campus, not very far but still a challenge to find if you don't know where you're going.

2 College Junior

Athletics: Most non-athletes are pretty apathetic about sports here on campus. Some athletes, mainly football players, like to think they're a bigger deal than they are, but I've had professors make jokes about the teams. However, volleyball, women's, basketball, and softball are all great, and I'm pretty sure baseball had a fantastic season recently. Most athletes pretty much talk only to other athletes, but there are quite a few who are friendly.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: I am a member of the Cornell College Track & Field Team, and I find my involvement in a sport at Cornell to be very rewarding and satisfying. I do think that the facilities could be improved for many of the sports on campus, and the coaching could be done slightly differently. Athletics are a very big deal at Cornell, and I find the amount of student involvement and school spirit for sports is very satisfying.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 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
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 would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 29 responses

  • 10% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 55% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 34% 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.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 28 responses

  • 0% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 50% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 32% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 18% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 29 responses

  • 21% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 62% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 17% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 0% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.



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