Cornell College offers an innovative and rigorous learning community where faculty and staff collaborate with students to develop the intellectual curiosity, creativity, and moral courage necessary for a lifetime of learning and engaged citizenship.

Diversity and Inclusion Statement

Cornell College values diversity and strives to create a welcoming community in which all individuals are respected and included. We support respectful and meaningful inquiry across actual or perceived differences. These differences include ability, age, appearance, athletics and student organization involvement, ethnicity, family/marital status, gender, gender expression, immigration status, language, military/veteran status, nationality, political ideology, race, religion/spirituality, sex, sexuality, socio-economic status, and other personal identities and experiences.

We live in an increasingly interconnected world. The ability to include, communicate, cooperate, and collaborate with diverse individuals is important. To that end, we engage in dialogue around issues of difference, identity, and ideology in the classroom, residence halls, and throughout campus. We embrace diversity, and as a result our viewpoints are enriched and our community strengthened.

The entire campus community is called upon to play a role in Cornell College’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. Cornell will continue to evolve into a more inclusive and equitable campus that is committed to civic and social responsibility through the collaboration of the President, Diversity Committee, students, faculty, and staff.

Educational priorities & outcomes

The Mission and Core Values guide learning at Cornell College. The College recognizes that meaningful education occurs in multiple formats and venues, and encompasses a wide variety of disciplines and learning objectives. As an intentional learning community, the college has chosen to emphasize the following Educational Priorities and Outcomes for all students.

In order to achieve these Outcomes, the Educational Priorities are embedded in curricular, co-curricular, independent, and collaborative contexts across the campus. Faculty and staff provide opportunities for learning in a supportive environment where students ultimately take responsibility for their own education. 


Students will integrate and apply knowledge from a focused area of study as well as a broad general education which includes disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives in the arts, humanities, sciences, and social sciences.


Students will respond to  the complexities of contemporary and enduring problems using information literacy tools, research skills, creative thinking, and analysis.


Students will evaluate evidence; interpret data; and use logical, mathematical, and statistical problem-solving tools.


Students will speak and write clearly, listen and read actively, and engage with others in productive dialogue.

Intercultural literacy

Students will connect with diverse ideas and with people whose experiences differ from their own and that may be separated from them by time, space, or culture.

Ethical behavior

Students will recognize personal, academic, and professional standards and act with integrity.


Students will collaborate with others and contribute in their communities and the larger world.


Students will discover and prepare for the range of opportunities and challenges that await them beyond their college experience.


Students will respect the ways physical, emotional, spiritual, and intellectual well-being may contribute to a balanced life.

Core values

  • A liberal education that celebrates discovery and embraces the integration and application of knowledge
  • Intellectual, moral, and personal growth
  • Civic and social responsibility
  • The dignity and worth of each individual in a diverse community