Cornell College Students are...

  • Focused
  • Intense
  • Immersive
  • Flexible
  • Dedicated
  • Innovative
  • Diverse

About Cornell College

Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa, is characterized by the immersion of its One Course At A Time calendar and Ingenuity curriculum, which allows students to focus on a single class for an 18-day block. Since professors only teach one block at a time, students have more access to professors, and professors can teach students off-campus whenever it makes sense. There are no slow intros, far-off exams or papers, or gaps between class sessions, mirroring the pace of working environments where employees are expected to handle tight deadlines and high expectations. With a student body from 47 states and 19 foreign countries, and renowned visiting speakers, faculty, and entertainers, Cornell offers the world from its hilltop campus.

Total Student Population Approximately 1,028

Diversity at Cornell College

  • 25% Students of color
  • 5% International students at undergraduate level

Top Majors at Cornell College

Verto's unique program of having students expand their world view by taking a gap year is exactly the type of program that matches with Cornell's unique way of looking at teaching with the One Course at a Time block plan.

Drew Shradel, Director of Admission

Programs & Organizations

  • 19 Men and Women’s Teams
  • Cornell’s most awarded organization