Cornell College

Cornell College

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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Cornell College
600 First St. SW
Mount Vernon , IA 52314-1098
General Phone: (319) 895-4000

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Cornell Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts92Latin American studies, women's studies, minority and gender studies, Russian language, German language, French language, Spanish language, Classical languages, English, ...
Science41biology, biochem/biophysics/molecular biology, chemistry, geology, physics
Therapy and Counseling24psychology
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy19health and fitness
Education and Teaching17elementary school teaching, secondary teaching, music teaching, Latin teaching
Art Studies13art studies
Religion and Philosophy8philosophy, religion
Computer Science and Engineering8computer science
Drama and Performing Arts7drama
Conservation and Resource Management5environmental studies
Music3music, music performance
Business and Management1international business

Number of programs and degrees for Cornell in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree24240

Cornell Student Body

In 2007-2008, Cornell had a total enrollment of 1,083 students (1,221 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 52%
Women 48%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
Unknown 33%
(Foreign Students) 67%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 0%
18-19 46%
20-21 43%
22-24 9%
25-29 1%
30-34 0%
35-39 0%
40-49 0%
50-64 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

(International Students)2%
South Dakota1%

Cornell Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 84 %

Cornell Room and Board (2007)

Cornell offers campus housing for 1,187 of its 1,221 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Mount Vernon, Iowa for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Iowa Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 20 meals per week.

Cornell Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal550660
SAT Math570660
ACT Verbal2230
ACT Math2328
ACT Composite2429

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencerecommended
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT39%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT77%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required

Cornell Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 27,850
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 27,850
Room and board $ 7,220
Room charge $ 3,370
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,850
Books and supplies $ 750
Other expenses $ 1,440

Financial Aid:
Cornell participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 185600)

Cornell Faculty

Cornell has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year26$81,66414$76,426
Associate professoracademic year9$59,38011$59,002
Assistant professoracademic year8$53,16613$50,010
No academic rankacademic year4$39,7147$37,466
All faculty totalacademic year47$68,97645$58,475

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Cornell Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Basketball Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Baseball Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Track Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference

Cornell Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
International Business/Trade/Commerce

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Studies

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Elementary Education and Teaching
Latin Teacher Education
Music Teacher Education
Secondary Education and Teaching

Liberal Arts
Anthropology, Other
Classical/Ancient Mediterranean/Near Eastern Studies & Archaeology
Classics/Classical Languages, Lit & Linguistics, General
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, and Gender Studies, Other
French Language and Literature
General Studies
German Language and Literature
History, General
International Relations and Affairs
Latin American Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Russian Language and Literature
Spanish Language and Literature
Women's Studies

Mathematics, General

Music Performance, General
Music, General

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, Other

Religion And Philosophy
Religion/Religious Studies

Biochemistry/Biophysics and Molecular Biology
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Geology/Earth Science, General
Physics, General

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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