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Cornell College Data & Information Overview

15 awards Ranking Badges
Great Price Value for Your Money
81% Acceptance Rate
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How Well Is Cornell College Ranked?

#644 Best Colleges in Nation
Sports Kinesiology and Physical Education/Fitness General Highest Ranked Major
#2,054 Best for the Money in Nation

2024 Rankings

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Cornell College was awarded 15 badges in the 2024 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is sports kinesiology and physical education/fitness general.

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Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2024 analysis, Cornell College is ranked #644 out of 2,238 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Cornell College?

81% Acceptance Rate
51% Of Accepted Are Women
28% Submit SAT Scores

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Cornell College is 81%. That's higher than the rate at many schools, but still low enough to be considered somewhat selective. If you want to get in, you'll need good grades and to be able to show that Cornell College is a good fit for you.

Average Test Scores

About 28% 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 610 and 710. Math scores were between 545 and 695.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Cornell College  ( 610 to 710 )

SAT Math Scores for Cornell College  ( 545 to 695 )
Cornell College received ACT scores from 58% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 24 and 30.

ACT Composite Scores for Cornell College  ( 24 to 30 )

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Cornell College Faculty

12 to 1 Student to Faculty
100% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used to measure the number of teaching resources that a college or university offers its students. The national average for this metric is 15 to 1, but at Cornell College it is much better at 12 to 1. That's good news for students who want to interact more on a personal level with their teachers.

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

78% Freshmen Retention
68% On-Time Graduation Rate

Freshmen Retention Rate

Cornell College has a freshmen retention rate of 78%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  78 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 68%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  68 out of 100

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Cornell College Undergraduate Student Diversity

993 Full-Time Undergraduates
19.1% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
48.3% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 999 undergraduates at Cornell College with 993 being full-time and 6 being part-time.

How Much Does Cornell College Cost?

$23,694 Net Price
59% Take Out Loans
$31,656 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of Cornell College is $23,694. 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 +
$16,806 $17,628 $21,797 $24,390 $27,002

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 59% of students took out student loans averaging $7,914 a year. That adds up to $31,656 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Cornell College is 3.3%. 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?

$49,543 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from Cornell College with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $49,543 in their early years. That's great news for Cornell College students since it is 17% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.


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Location of Cornell College

Iowa State
993 Full-Time Undergraduates
Town Campus Setting
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

41 Majors With Completions
319 Undergraduate Degrees
Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Health & Physical Education 26 $34,478
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 22 $36,103
Computer Science 19 NA
Romance Languages 19 NA
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 17 NA
Writing Studies 15 NA
General Psychology 15 $25,040
Teacher Education Grade Specific 14 $32,721
Fine & Studio Arts 14 NA
History 13 NA

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

Online Learning at Cornell College

10% Take At Least One Class Online

Online learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2020-2021, 107 students took at least one online class at Cornell College. This is a decrease from the 1,002 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2020-2021 107 0
2019-2020 1,002 143
2018-2019 0 0
2017-2018 0 0
2016-2017 0 0

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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.


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