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Cornell College is a nationally acclaimed private liberal arts college in scenic Mount Vernon, Iowa. Founded in 1853, the college operates on a distinctive block plan calendar, known asOne Course At A Time, that allows students to devote themselves to just one academic discipline during each of nine blocks.

National Recognition
For the second year in a row, Cornell College was named one of the 24 "Best Buy Schools”  among private colleges in the 2011 edition of the Fiske Guide to Colleges.  The U.S. News and World Report ranked Cornell 9th on its 2009 “Schools to Watch” list, and in 2010 they ranked Cornell 85th among national liberal arts colleges and 26th on “Great Schools, Great Prices.” In 2009 Forbes ranked Cornell College 105th among all colleges and universities and first in Iowa for the second year in a row. 

Cornell was recently featured in The New York Times as one of 20 "stealth powerhouse" colleges and as one of 40 Colleges that Change Lives by Loren Pope. Cornell is one of only 270 colleges in the United States to host an active chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest scholastic honorary society.More about our rankings...

The college is located on a wooded, 129-acre hilltop in Mount Vernon, Iowa, a charming town in the heart of Iowa's thriving Cultural Corridor. Cornell's was the first college campus to be listed entirely on the National Register of Historic Places. The campus is less than 20 minutes from Cedar Rapids and Iowa City, and four hours from Chicago. 

Academic Structure
Under the unique One Course At A Time system, Cornell students immerse themselves in just one academic discipline per three-and-a-half-week course term. Each term, students choose from about 60 course offerings, ranging from on-campus classes to off-site internships and international study trips

Programs of Study

The college offers more than 40 academic majors and pre-professional programs. Students also may design their own major.

Cornell professors are accomplished researchers, scholars, and above all, mentors. Ninety-seven percent of the college'stenure-track faculty hold the highest degree in their field. The student-faculty ratio is 11:1, and many students work closely with faculty members on research or other projects.