Cornell College

683 reviews
  1. Mount Vernon, IA
  2. 4 Year
B+
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    B-
  5. Athletics
    C+
  6. Party Scene
    B+
  7. Professors
    B+
  8. Location
    B
  9. Dorms
    B-
  10. Campus Food
    A-
  11. Student Life
    B
  12. Safety
    A
Cornell College is ...
Private not-for-profit, Methodist
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
Midwest Conference
Address
600 First St. SW
Mount Vernon, IA 52314

Cornell College Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
74%
SAT Range
1040-1330
ACT Range
23-30
Application Fee
$30
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required

Cost

Net Price
$23,492/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $15,723/ year
  • $30-48k
    $15,640/ year
  • $49-75k
    $20,370/ year
  • $76-110k
    $23,299/ year
  • $110k+
    $27,918/ year

Academics

Professors
B+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
11:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
89%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.35 responses
68%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.37 responses
35%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.37 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,079Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
2%
Pell Grant
34%
Varsity Athletes
30%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 23 responses
Report
  • Quirky
    57%
  • Accepting
    17%
  • Intelligent
    13%
  • Annoyingly liberal or wanna be hipsters
    4%
  • Dull
    4%
  • Passionate
    4%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
39%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.38 responses
Poll
58%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.48 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 16 responses
Report
  • One Course At A Time
    63%
  • HOME
    19%
  • Diversity
    6%
  • Dynamic
    6%
  • Interdisciplinary
    6%

After Cornell College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$41,900/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
66%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
95%
National
83%
67%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.18 responses

Reviews

683 reviews
  • Excellent
    65
  • Very Good
    233
  • Average
    282
  • Poor
    64
  • Terrible
    39
I come from an area in Michigan that fits the stereotypical upper-middle class of predominantly white outlook. Everybody here wears designer outfits and drives nice cars and quite frankly are pretentious snobs. As soon as I arrived at Cornell for my visit during my senior year of high school, I immediately knew that I didn't have to pretend to be that kind of person anymore. I could be exactly who I wanted to be and everyone has been fantastic for me so far. Not to mention the One Course At A Time is amazing. Admittedly, difficult to adjust to but once I got the hang of it I never want to switch back to a traditional schedule. Being an athlete out there as well provides an even better and more in-depth experience. I get to see and interact with some parts of the school that those who aren't athletes aren't able to. I can't wait to go back!
  • College Sophomore
  • 4 months ago
Sexual Assault accusations are rampant around campus. Whether they're true or not, it's scary because if it is true this famous is very dangerous, This Insitutions does not do enough to fight against and prevent sexual assault. The Health Center is very accessible, however the staff seems to not be qualified to actively diagnose a serious problem. If you have the common cold they can easily tell and they will give you OTC medication. From personal experience, they do not look close enough and will most of the time out you off and over exaggerating. I was diagnosed with a serious condition, but when I visited the health center the nurse wrote it off like it was nothing and would not write a referral to a doctor. They're not experienced enough to adequately make me feel safe with my health concerns.
  • College Freshman
  • 10 months ago
By far the biggest problem with Cornell College is their administration. In multiple instances, it has chosen to profess their arbitrary, socialist views over a commitment to enhancing academic learning and success. While most New Student Orientations are used to lay out all of the rules of the college and the available academic resources, the entire time was spent in lectures where essentially different variations of fascists professed to us how we should come to some tenuous conclusion based on no evidence. At the time I am writing this, Yale was having a standoff between a residence hall master who considered intellectual freedom a higher value than the Totalitarian ideal necessary to create 'safe spaces' and the students who opposed him, the president sided with the students. This can only detract from the already dwindling focus on academia.

I have encountered problems with both the registrar and the bookstore. The registrar seems to consider themselves above the students rather than as business partners, since when I expressed disappointment when the registrar made a mistake and wanted to put the burden of proof on me for something that was too late to do, the registrar responded by saying that they did not expect to be treated that way.

The real stinger is that when I asked what the average rate of tuition increase per year was, I was told the historical value was 1.5%. In an email sent by the president to the students, the president said that the rate for next year increased by 3%, and is, "the third consecutive year of tuition increases of 3 percent or less," meaning I was told that tuition increases at the rate of inflation, while tuition rates historically increase above the rate of inflation.
  • College Freshman
  • Nov 14 2015