On a tree-dotted historic campus that we call the Hilltop, in the urban fringe Iowa town of Mount Vernon. Watch our aerial tour below or view our campus map [PDF] to get a feel for where everything is located. 

Fly in

U.S. map with Mount Vernon starred on it
Fly into the Eastern Iowa Airport (CID) outside of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Mount Vernon is only 19 miles away.

Drive in

Hilltop
2 hours from Des Moines, Iowa; 3 ½ hours from Chicago, Illinois; 4 hours from Omaha, Nebraska; 4 ½ hours from Minneapolis, Minnesota and St. Louis, Missouri.

Where to stay

For hotel lovers: book a room within minutes of campus at the Sleep Inn and Suites by Choice Hotels located at 310 Virgil Avenue,  Mount Vernon, IA 522314.  

Prefer a B&B? Book a room at one of Mount Vernon’s hotels or bed and breakfast inns. We literally have B&Bs within walking distance of campus, including our own historic Brackett House, which you can find on our campus map.

  • Get out in nature: Palisades-Kepler State Park, Cedar River trails, Historic Sutliff Bridge, Indian Creek Nature Center, Nature Park, Grant Wood Trail, Great American Rail-Trail.

  • Tour museums on campus and off campus: Luce Gallery, Anderson Geology, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, African American Museum of Iowa, Grant Wood Studio, The University of Iowa’s Natural History Museum, Brucemore, National Czech and Slovak Museum.

  • Attend festivals: Chalk the Walk, Chocolate Stroll, Heritage Days, Lincoln Highway Arts, Lincoln Highway Nitty Gritty, Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival, Magical Night, Lisbon Sauerkraut Days, Lisbon Halloween Town.

  • Take in a show on campus: Theatre, dance, and music performances in Kimmel Theatre, Plumb-Fleming Black Box Studio, and King Chapel. Or off campus: Bijou Theatre, Theatre Cedar Rapids, Orchestra Iowa.

  • Catch a game: Cornell Rams (of course!), Cedar Rapids Kernels, Cedar Rapids RoughRiders, Cedar Rapids River Kings.

Things to do while you're here

There's a little bit of something for everyone: fine arts; boutique and antique shopping; hiking, biking, and yes, skiing in the winter; sporting events and festivals.