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Cornell College Overview

Cornell College is a private not-for-profit institution located in Mount Vernon, Iowa. The charming, small-town atmosphere of Mount Vernon draws many to the area.

What Is Cornell College Known For?

268 Undergraduate Awards
$34,246 Avg Cost After Aid
65% Acceptance Rate
  • The student loan default rate at Cornell College is 4%, which is significantly lower than the national rate of 10.1%. That's great news for students who are worrying about paying off their student loans.
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the bachelor's degree is the highest award a student can attain at Cornell College.
  • In 2017-2018, 100% of the faculty were full-time.
  • Students who graduate from Cornell College with a bachelor's degree make about $43,000 a year. That's 5% more than those who graduate from other schools.
  • On average, it takes about 4.0 years for students from Cornell College to earn a bachelor's degree. This is excellent when compared to the average of 4.4 years.

Where Is Cornell College?

Location of Cornell College

Contact details for Cornell College are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 600 First St. Sw, Mount Vernon, IA 52314-1098
Phone: 319-895-4000

How Do I Get Into Cornell College?

You can apply to Cornell College online at:

Admission Requirements for Cornell College

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank considered but not required
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program neither required nor recommended
Recommendations considered but not required
SAT or ACT Scores considered but not required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Cornell College?

65% Acceptance Rate
55% Of Accepted Are Women
18% Submit SAT Scores
The acceptance rate at Cornell College is 65%, which is a sign that the school is fairly selective. While it may not be as hard to get into as other colleges, you should not take admission for granted.

Approximately 45% of accepted students are men and 55% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 59%, and the acceptance rate for women is 71%.

Average Test Scores

About 18% of students accepted to Cornell College submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 550 and 675. Math scores were between 550 and 665.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Cornell College  ( 550 to 675 )

SAT Math Scores for Cornell College  ( 550 to 665 )
Cornell College received ACT scores from 83% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 22 and 31. Math scores were between 22 and 29. Composite scores were between 23 and 29.

ACT English Scores for Cornell College  ( 22 to 31 )
ACT Math Scores for Cornell College  ( 22 to 29 )
ACT Composite Scores for Cornell College  ( 23 to 29 )

Can I Afford Cornell College?

$34,246 Net Price
61% Take Out Loans
3.9% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Cornell College is $34,246. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Cornell College, approximately 61% of students took out student loans averaging $8,471 a year. That adds up to $33,884 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Cornell College is 3.9%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Cornell College Undergraduate Student Diversity

1,017 Full-Time Undergraduates
47% Women
20% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 1,020 undergraduate students at Cornell College, with 1,017 being full-time and 3 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Cornell College

Gender Diversity

Of the 1,017 full-time undergraduates at Cornell College, 53% are male and 47% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Cornell College

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Cornell College students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Cornell College Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 30
Black or African American 62
Hispanic or Latino 76
White 718
International Students 75
Other Races/Ethnicities 56

Geographic Diversity

Iowa students aren't the only ones who study at Cornell College. At this time, 31 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 20 countries are represented at Cornell College. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, Vietnam, and Japan.

Cornell College Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s TOTAL
Health & Physical Education 24 24
Teacher Education Grade Specific 19 19
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 18 18
History 16 16
Computer Science 15 15
Writing Studies 14 14
General Biology 12 12
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 10 10
Natural Resources Conservation 10 10
International Relations & National Security 10 10
Political Science & Government 10 10
Fine & Studio Arts 10 10
Finance & Financial Management 9 9
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 9 9
General Psychology 9 9
Romance Languages 8 8
Philosophy 7 7
Sociology 7 7
Business/Managerial Economics 6 6
Mathematics 5 5
Liberal Arts General Studies 4 4
Geological & Earth Sciences 4 4
Teacher Education Subject Specific 3 3
Religious Studies 3 3
Physics 3 3
Child Development & Psychology 3 3
Music 3 3
Human Resource Management 2 2
Ethnic Studies 2 2
Classical Languages & Literature 2 2
Germanic Languages 2 2
Slavic, Baltic & Albanian Languages 2 2
Chemistry 2 2
Drama & Theater Arts 2 2
General Engineering 1 1
Area Studies 1 1
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 1 1
Business Administration & Management 0 0
Engineering Science 0 0
General English Literature 0 0
Literature 0 0
Anthropology 0 0
TOTAL 268 268


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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