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
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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