Cornell College was founded by the Methodist minister, George Bryant Bowman, in 1853. It was then known as the Iowa Conference Seminary. In 1857, the institute was renamed the Cornell College. The sprawling campus of the college is spread across 129 acres of land in Mount Vernon, Iowa. Cornell College's recent enrollments have been more than 1,000 students, representing over 40 states and around 20 nations worldwide, every year.
Students of Cornell College can choose from over 40 academic majors. The academic calendar comprises nine 'blocks 'which enable students to take up one discipline during each of these blocks. This block plan calendar is called 'One-Course-At-A-Time'. The Forbes magazine's 2008 edition ranked Cornell College at the 21st position among the liberal arts institutes in the U.S.
The athletics department of Cornell College sponsors teams in baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, track and field, tennis, wrestling, softball, and volleyball. Nicknamed the Rams, the teams compete in the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and the NCAA. The wrestling team of the college has been the winner of a number of national championships.
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