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Cornell College - ACT Scores, Costs and Admissions Data


Cornell College Campus

Cornell College Campus

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Cornell College King Chapel

Cornell College King Chapel

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Cornell College Class in the Bahamas

Cornell College Class in the Bahamas

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Cornell College Description:

Cornell College (not to be confused with Cornell University) is a selective liberal arts college in the small and charming town of Mount Vernon, Iowa. The college has been coeducation since its founding in 1853, and its strong academics have earned it memebership in Phi Beta Kappa. Its attractive campus is on the National Register of Historic Places. One of Cornell College's distinctive features is its one-course-at-a-time curriculum. All students study a single course in intensive three-and-a-half week semesters. This model allows students and faculty to give each course 100% of their attention. In athletics, the Cornell College Rams compete in the NCAA Division III Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (IIAC).

Admissions Data (2013):

Enrollment (2012):

  • Total Enrollment: 1,180 (all undergraduate)
  • Gender Breakdown: 45% Male / 55% Female
  • 99% Full-time

Costs (2013 - 14):

  • Tuition and Fees: $36,430
  • Books: $810 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $8,500
  • Other Expenses: $3,165
  • Total Cost: $48,905

Cornell Financial Aid (2011 - 12):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 96%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 96%
    • Loans: 71%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $23,549
    • Loans: $6,425

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Most Popular Majors:

Art, Biology, Biochemistry, Economics, English, Health and Physical Education, History, Political Science, Psychology

Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 84%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 66%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 71%

Cornell College Mission Statement:

Cornell is an independent, coeducational, residential liberal arts college, established in 1853, nurtured by the United Methodist Church, and dedicated to fostering intellectual, moral, and personal growth.

The College is committed to sustaining a community devoted to liberal learning and democratic values. To this end, it seeks to provide a caring environment for living and learning, characterized by close relationships, physical and emotional well-being, appreciation of diversity, affirmation of equal opportunity and academic freedom, and respect for the dignity and worth of each individual.

Cornell College endeavors to provide opportunities for pursuing liberal education that allow Cornell students to:

  • explore widely the range of human experience and investigate carefully the work of a chosen discipline;
  • analyze problems and synthesize solutions;
  • integrate theory and practice; and
  • read critically, reason effectively, engage creatively, feel deeply, evaluate fairly, respond imaginatively, communicate clearly, and act responsibly.

Cornell College endorses liberal education as an end in itself and as a means of empowering students for leadership through productive careers and humane service in the global community.

mission statement from http://cornellcollege.edu/catalogue/2007-2008/node9.html

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