Cornell College

673 reviews
  1. Mount Vernon, IA
  2. 4 Year
B
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Value
    B
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    B-
  5. Athletics
    C+
  6. Party Scene
    B+
  7. Professors
    B
  8. Location
    B-
  9. Dorms
    C+
  10. Campus Food
    B
  11. Student Life
    B
  12. Safety
    C
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 ranks over 1,000 colleges based on more than 50 statistics and nearly 12 million opinions from college students.

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
92%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.26 responses
78%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.27 responses
33%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.27 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 14 responses
Report
  • Quirky
    64%
  • Intelligent
    21%
  • Accepting
    14%

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.31 responses
Poll
57%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.40 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 9 responses
Report
  • One Course At A Time
    56%
  • HOME
    22%
  • Diversity
    11%
  • Interdisciplinary
    11%

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%
63%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.8 responses

Reviews

673 reviews
  • Excellent
    62
  • Very Good
    228
  • Average
    281
  • Poor
    63
  • 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
  • 2 months ago
When I went to visit, I was in complete awe.
  • College Freshman
  • 4 months ago
The overall experience as a freshman was amazing. You either hate the block plan, and transfer, or you love it. For me this plan works very well, because I like to concentrate on one subject at a time, and if you don't like the subject, you know that after 15 days of class you won't have to think about it anymore. Another plus of the block plan is that it could allow you to explore many majors and minors, as well as will make double/triple majoring with a minor possible. The social life here is a little compact though - Cornell bubble. Everyone knows each other and there is not much option.
  • College Freshman
  • 4 months ago