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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 Enrolments 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.

Profile of Cornell College

Cornell is located in a town not far from a more urbanized area, in Mount Vernon, IA. The school is officially a United Methodist school. Cornell is a private, not-for-profit institution. Degree levels at the school top out at the Bachelor's degree.

Course Topics

One of the good things about Cornell is its wide range of programs leading to degrees. Students at the school often study science, mathematics, art studies, drama and performing arts, and liberal arts.

Cornell Selectivity

The admissions department at Cornell does not accept all those who apply. In 2007, 55% of applicants were rejected at the school. Most students' verbal SAT scores were in the range of 540 to 680 in 2007. A quarter of students admitted in 2007 scored 650 or higher on the math SAT.


Students at the school benefit from the low student/teacher ratio. The school's tenure system is geared toward rewarding and keeping the most valuable professors. By paying its faculty better than most schools, the school tries to attract and retain a high quality teaching staff.

Student Enrolment

Cornell offers classes to 1, 083 students (1, 073 full-time equivalent).

Student Life

The school has a residential or campus feel. Many students live in housing on or near campus. The school does offer meal plans to students. Students sports include formal participation in Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference competitions.

Cornell Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Liberal Arts110economics, English, sociology, political science, interdisciplinary studies, history, French language, international relations, . . .
Science53biochem/biophysics/molecular biology, biology, chemistry, physics, geology
Therapy and Counselling25psychology
Religion and Philosophy21philosophy, religion
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy19health and fitness
Art Studies18art studies
Education and Teaching18elementary school teaching, secondary teaching, music teaching, Latin teaching
Drama and Performing Arts10drama
Computer Science and Engineering6computer science
Conservation and Resource Management5environmental studies
Music4music, music performance
Business and Management1international business

Contact: Cornell

Cornell College

600 First St. SW

Mount Vernon, IA 52314-1098

General Phone: (319) 895-4000


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