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College Freshman

Transportation: I have my own car and two working feet, so I've never need to try to find some other sort of transportation to get around town.

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3 College Sophomore

Transportation: There are not many transportation options available at the school. Most people rely on others to share rides with them to and from the Cedar Rapids airport or elsewhere, and it is difficult to get off-campus without a car.

1 College Sophomore

Transportation: there is no provided transportation on campus mostly because the campus is so small

2 College Senior

Transportation: We live in a small town in Iowa, so the campus has no need for a shuttle. Taxis and public transit are usually out of Cedar Rapids, but honestly it's more convenient to just have a car or find someone who does.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: You need a care to go to the city.


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Cornell’s campus is easily walkable, with a trip from one end to the other taking less than 10 minutes. This makes campus shuttles completely unnecessary; it would actually take longer to wait for a shuttle and ride to the other side of campus. Public transportation is also non-existent in Mount Vernon. As a town of about 3,000 residents, it’s simply superfluous. Transportation around town is primarily accomplished by walking, riding a bike, or driving. Most students come to campus with a vehicle, and those who don’t have a friend who does.

Shuttles are available to the Eastern Iowa Airport, located just 20 minutes away in Cedar Rapids. It serves four airlines, and you can get to most major cities and find connecting flights from there. Cheaper air fare can be found out of the Quad City International Airport in Moline, Illinois, about an hour southeast of Cornell.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Walk
  • Bike
  • Car
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
Your best (and cheapest) bet is to have a friend drive you. There are shuttles available from the airport, with easy online registration, but it will cost you about $20 each way.

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Eastern Iowa Airport

2121 Arthur Collins Pkwy SW

(319) 362-3131

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?

Greyhound Lines

170 E. Court St., Iowa City

(319) 337-2127

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 32 responses

  • 6% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.
  • 6% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 0% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 3% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 84% Nonexistent.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 32 responses

  • 72% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.
  • 6% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 19% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 3% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 0% You can't have a car here.

Rate the convenience of long-distance transportation to travel between home and school    Based on 19 responses

Very convenient
  • Airport
  • Passenger bus
  • Passenger train
  • Ride sharing

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 20 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 19 responses

Very convenient
  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 33 responses

  • 55% Very easy.
  • 36% Fairly easy.
  • 6% Fairly difficult.
  • 3% Very difficult.


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