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

The Russell Science Center is nearly complete

The interior finishes of the building have been completed and all mechanical and electrical systems are running. Additional functional testing on all the building systems continue, as will some additional painting. Soon, the cleaning crew will clean the entire building from top to bottom and faculty will begin to prepare for the first classes in the new building starting November 26.

Fun fact: The organic chem lab has 13 fume hoods and is capable of expelling 11,830 cubic feet of air per minute.

Ash Park

Cornell to dedicate Van Metre Field at Ash Park Sept. 8

Cornell College will celebrate the dedication of Van Metre Field at Ash Park as fans gather for the first home football game of the season on Sept. 8, 2018. The project includes 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 are also working 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.