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Founded in 1853, Cornell College. is a Private college. Located in Iowa, which is a city setting in Iowa, the campus itself is Town. The campus is home to 978 full time undergraduate students, and 0 full time graduate students.
The Cornell College Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 10:1. There are 92 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Cornell College include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.
Admissions at are considered Selective, with ,18% of all applicants being admitted.
In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 15 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.
91% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 66% were in the top quarter, and 38% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.
We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Cornell College.
42 Students rated on-campus housing 3.8 stars. 10 % gave the school a 5.0.
33 Students rated off-campus housing 2.8 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.
43 Students rated campus food 2.5 stars. 12 % gave the school a 5.0.
43 Students rated campus facilities 3.9 stars. 16 % gave the school a 5.0.
43 Students rated class size 4.8 stars. 88 % gave the school a 5.0.
42 Students rated school activities 4.1 stars. 43 % gave the school a 5.0.
43 Students rated local services 3.7 stars. 35 % gave the school a 5.0.
43 Students rated academics 4.1 stars. 37 % gave the school a 5.0.
17 Students rated Cornell College
I think Cornell stands out more than other colleges. It was the first college I visited and it was so interesting that I ended my college search there. I got to meet with one of the teachers, who assured me that with the class size that they make sure that everyone understands class material. All they had to do was draw me in with the One Class at a Time Program and I was set, but it also helped that the campus reminded me a lot of my home and I can't wait for Cornell to be my home for the next 4 years.
Cornell College is a school that is very hard to come by in the United States. As one of only two schools in the entire country that practice the One Course at a Time Schedule, it provides a unique experience to all the students that attend. The small class size, engaging courses, and active professors all work to make learning intense and enjoyable. The beautiful campus in the small town of Mt. Vernon, IA offers an environment you just love to walk around in, and the facilities on campus only add to that feeling. With buildings like the Thomas Commons, the Cole Library, and the new Russel Science Center, living on campus is a very pleasant experience. I love Cornell, and Cornell loves its students.
Great environment, awesome professors, amazing sport coaches and 2nd best students food court in the nation!
Cornell College is a fantastic little school in rural Iowa. The block plan is a really great way to learn, because it keeps class sizes very small. You really get to know your professors and your classmates. If you're looking for a bigger, more connected school, this isn't the one for you, but it's great for anyone seeking a close-knit campus in a beautiful setting.
The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Cornell College is 70%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.
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Classmates are friendly, open students who like to work hard and play harder.
We live in a bubble, disconnected from world events and other people. This makes it hard to get jobs after college and social interactions are a little odd especially when we are all stuck together for winter. The things we learn here seem applicable a lot of the time only in the bubble as well as the things we choose to do while here. Many of the issues we discuss while on campus seem very unimportant in real life and when outside of the bubble.
A small, friendly, highly academics-focused school located on a beautiful, historic campus.
One Course At A Time
A person who procrastinates. A person who isn't interested in studying subjects in great depth. A person who is close-minded. A lazy person.
Overall, I really do like Cornell. But I have 3 minor beefs with the school:
1. The administration has some policies that seem more appropriate for a boarding school than a college. The write-ups for alcohol are stringent, and there is no amnesty policy. There is a zero tolerance drug policy (including marijuana). But more disappointingly, these policies are advertised as being community building, when really they just encourage even more dangerous student behavior.
2. Cornell really bills itself as a school with an international student body and focus, with myriad opportunities around the globe. The opportunities exist. But the student population is not nearly as intellectually curious or diverse as advertised. Most of the people I know are not particularly interested in taking a block in a foreign country; they'd rather just take a vacation from school.
3. The food. It's really repetitive and there is a serious lack of vegan/vegetarian friendly options. Props to whoever designed the cafeteria, though, for giving students ways to customize whatever's for dinner. There's a sandwich/quesedilla press, always vegetarian and meat chilis, and there are usually the ingrediants to make a pretty decent salad or bagel pizza. But it would be nice if we didn't always have to resort to making our own food.
Someone who is very focused on their education and wants a laid back college experience.
Cornell College is located on a beautiful campus with classes which allow students to focus on their subject.
The feeling of being trapped within only 18 days, expected to continue even when we're not feeling well; striving for a good grade when the A we start out with today can become a perpetual F tomorrow, no rest, no sleep, just work and more work, then block break comes, and we'll think it was all worth the work.
The size of the school is perfect (1200), though socially it can feel small if you restrict yourself to hanging out only with those in your main social group. People tend to spend their most of their time on campus hanging out in the dorms, but you'll always see people in commons and the library. The town is tiny, basically just a main street, but it has some really cool shops and restaurants. It's 20 minutes to the nearest walmart and to anything open after 10 pm, so a car is really awesome to have. Cornell is the kind of school where a lot of people go to games, and there's a sizable audience at most performing arts events.
Cornell's academics are incredibly unique: we take classes on the block plan. That means that we basically take 1 course each month, with a 4 day weekend in between. Since we take one course at a time (and have a built in vacation block if we want it), our academic calendar is incredibly customizable. You can take a chemistry class on campus block 5, spend block six in the bahamas studying slavery, and intern in chicago the next. Most people don't, but the options are there.
While the individual class experience is incredibly varied, the vast majority of courses are capped at 25 students and most professors really care about your success. Students are very collaborative. There isn't really any sense of competition here. Overall, I haven't met very many true intellectuals, but the people here are for the most part very smart.
The most popular departments seem to be science-related. There are a lot of kinesiology majors, and the special office for advising pre-med students means that there are a lot of future doctors, dentists, and pharmacists on campus. The other standout departments are definitely theater and music. Theater is nationally ranked by princeton review, and the music department has a very supportive program that is very large for a school of Cornell's size.
There really are no stereotypes for the whole student body. There are some jocks, some nerds we refer to as "Narnians" but really everyone is just normal. It's easy to make friends and everyone gets to know everybody on a campus this size.
Greek organizations dominate the social life for a large portion of the student body. Because there are so many (14), there are parties almost every weekend, although they are not the ragers that you see in movies. The school does sponsor some dry activities on the weekends, but most of the time you have make your own fun, dry or sober. Because Cornell is on the block plan, parties tend not to happen on weeknights (you really can't miss class), and it's not unheard of to have a paper due on Friday nights. Everyone's usually in bed by midnight during the week, and 2 or 3 am on weekends.
Since practically everyone lives in the dorms, there's definitely a community. You'll see lots of doors open on a typical night. There are a lot of couples on campus, but there's definitely a lot of hooking up, too.
If you want to do something off-campus, you can drive into Cedar Rapids (20 minutes) to see a movie or go out to eat. In Mount Vernon there are some cute restaurants and shops. There is a bowling alley, a grocery store, and a tiny movie theater. Campus is hilly, and there are definitely places to sled, and there's even an official sledding hill in town that's closed to traffic in the winter.
The best thing about this school is the block schedule. It is something different from most other schools, and in my opinion is a much easier way of having classes. Though the classes are quite fast paced.
I wish that I had known which dorm held which type of people - the jocks, the geeks, the community service people, etc.
I'd say these are relatively accurate stereotypes. There are a lot of athletes and greek organization members here, and they really do rule the school (yes, it's kind of like high school). The so-called Narnians are definitely an eclectic bunch; they LARP and play humans vs. zombies. But there are also a fair amount of people who are not big on the greek scene but who are considered to be pretty normal. Most importantly, though, there isn't a whole lot of tension between the groups. It really only surfaces in the cafeteria (where each main group: the middle-earthians, narnians, and jocks) has its own seating area.
There are 2 stereotypical groups within the school itself (not enough people outside the bubble know it enough to harbor stereotypes!). The first stereotype is that the school is ruled by your typical football-playing frat boy and ugg-wearing sorority girl. Then there are the 'Narnians.' These are, according to the jocks, the weird kids.
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All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA.
Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.
100% of students
attending Cornell College receive some sort of financial aid.
26% were awarded federal grants.
While 68% received federal loans.
Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.
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