About Cornell

Cornell College has been changing lives and changing educational norms since 1853.

Located in Mount Vernon, Iowa, Cornell was the first college west of the Mississippi to grant women the same rights and privileges as men, and, in 1858, to award a degree to a woman.

In 1978 Cornell faculty adopted the One Course At A Time curriculum, transforming the way teaching and learning happen at Cornell. With the 1996 publication of Loren Pope’s Colleges That Change Lives, Cornell’s life-changing education was formally recognized. Cornell continues to be recognized with each new edition.

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Cornell Values

Our Mission and Core Values guide the way we teach and learn. We emphasize the following educational priorities and outcomes by embedding them in every course and in opportunities beyond the classroom.

Campus updates

Russell Science Center

Work begins on West Hall

The Cornell College community experienced something on Nov. 26, 2018, that hasn’t happened in more than 40 years on campus. The college opened its first new academic building. Classes have begun at Russell Science Center.

Work on West Hall is in progress.

Ash Park

Cornell dedicated Van Metre Field at Ash Park Sept. 8

Cornell College celebrated the dedication of Van Metre Field at Ash Park as fans gathered for the first home football game of the season on Sept. 8, 2018. The project included a street-facing field entrance with a plaza, a fully-renovated press box, new perimeter fencing, increased technology, upgraded seating, better accessibility for patrons with special needs, and a new video scoreboard. Crews worked on finishing a new mixed-use building with bathrooms and concessions, and a ram statue has been installed near the entrance to the Small Multi-Sport Center.