Welcome prospective parents and families

Students at Cornell College receive a life-changing education that introduces them to new and exciting ideas through classroom discussions, off-campus study, internships, and independent research. They learn holistically, so that they are both prepared for success and equipped to follow their passions.

It’s also important to us that our graduates are not overwhelmed with student debt. So, we offer thorough financial assistance and planning options to help families meet the cost of attendance through savings and student work study, as well as grants and scholarships. Through careful planning from our Financial Assistance Office, Cornell alumni actually have a lower average debt than graduates from public universities.

  • $27,227: Average debt of Cornell College graduates
  • $29,700: Average debt of Iowa public university graduates
  • $29,400: Average debt of national public university graduates

[Source: http://projectonstudentdebt.org for academic year 2011-12, calculated each fall for the school year two years prior]

Students invest in their education at Cornell College, and we invest in their futures. We look forward to speaking with you more about Cornell College’s life-changing education.

My Very Best,

Colleen Murphy,
Vice President of Enrollment and Dean of Admission


Parent perspective

"The girl we tearfully left that first fall is now an accomplished young woman. She is confident, well-read, committed to her campus community, committed to giving back, and committed to the hard work it takes to succeed. Her faculty have challenged her and mentored her in a way that I believe is truly unique to Cornell.

She’s done intense studies of Dante in Florence. She’s acted, directed, and handled the public relations and advertising for campus productions. She has expanded her horizons in classes outside her major as well, developing a base of knowledge that truly reflects the value of a liberal arts education. She has the tools she needs to follow her dreams and a support system to help her after she graduates."

Stacia Lynch
Charleston, Illinois

Office of Admission

Cornell College
Mount Vernon, Iowa 52314

Phone: (800) 747-1112
Fax: (319) 895-4451


Office of Financial Assistance

Cornell College
Mount Vernon, Iowa 52314

(877) 579-4049