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Cornell College Data & Information Overview

Find out more about how Cornell College ranks, how diverse it is, what majors it offers, and other essential facts below. If you're interested in learning more about a particular stat, just click on its tile to go to a new page that covers the topic more in-depth. Also, you can jump to any section of this page by clicking one of the links below.

How Well Is Cornell College Ranked?

Quality Badge

2021 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

Cornell College was awarded 28 badges in the 2021 rankings.

Overall Quality

Cornell College landed the #258 spot in College Factual's 2021 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 1,715 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation.

Cornell College is also ranked #6 out of 31 schools in Iowa.

See all of the rankings for Cornell College.

Is It Hard to Get Into Cornell College?

Acceptance Rate

Cornell College has an acceptance rate of 65%, which means the school is serious about who it admits. Take your time in putting together a strong application that highlights why you are a good fit for Cornell College.

Average Test Scores

About 18% of students accepted to Cornell College submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 550 and 675. Math scores were between 550 and 665.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Cornell College  ( 550 to 675 )

SAT Math Scores for Cornell College  ( 550 to 665 )
Cornell College received ACT scores from 83% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 23 and 29.

ACT Composite Scores for Cornell College  ( 23 to 29 )

Learn more about Cornell College admissions.

Cornell College Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

At Cornell College, the student to faculty ratio is an excellent 11 to 1. That's much better than the national average of 15 to 1. This indicates that many classes will probably be small, and students will have ample opportunites to work closely with their professors and classmates.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Cornell College is 100%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  100 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Cornell College

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 81% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like Cornell College enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  81 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate for someone pursuing a bachelor's degree is typically four years. This rate at Cornell College for first-time, full-time students is 65%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  65 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Cornell College.

Excellent Overall Diversity at Cornell College

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 1,020 undergraduates at Cornell College with 1,017 being full-time and 3 being part-time.

Cornell College Diversity Score

For each college and university, College Factual calculates an overall diversity score that takes four factors into account: gender, ethnicity, age, and home location of the student. Then, the schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest.

With an overall score of 95.84 out of 100, Cornell College is one of the most diverse schools in the nation.

Overall Diversity Score  95.84 out of 100
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How Much Does Cornell College Cost?

The overall average net price of Cornell College is $27,204. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Cornell College

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$22,796 $23,044 $23,203 $27,139 $31,427

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Cornell College, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Cornell College, approximately 61% of students took out student loans averaging $8,471 a year. That adds up to $33,884 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Cornell College is 3.9%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do Cornell College Graduates Make?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from Cornell College make around $43,000 per year during the early years of their employment. This is right on par with the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year. Also, graduates in your major field may make more.


See which majors at Cornell College make the most money.

Location of Cornell College

Cornell College is a private not-for-profit institution situated in Mount Vernon, Iowa. The charming, small-town atmosphere of Mount Vernon draws many to the area.

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Contact details for Cornell College are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 600 First St. Sw, Mount Vernon, IA 52314-1098
Phone: 319-895-4000

Cornell College Majors

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Health & Physical Education 24 NA
Teacher Education Grade Specific 19 NA
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 18 NA
History 16 NA
Computer Science 15 NA
Writing Studies 14 NA
General Biology 12 NA
International Relations & National Security 10 NA
Natural Resources Conservation 10 NA
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 10 NA

Learn more about the majors offered at Cornell College along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Learn more about online learning at Cornell College.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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