Key Attributes, 2019-20

1. Immerse Yourself

With Cornell College’s One Course At A Time curriculum, you dive in, focus intensely, and learn authentically in every course you take. On the Block Plan you don’t just learn about a subject, you live it. You can become a biologist, a psychologist, or an artist for 18 days.  

  • Cornell College is one of the “Colleges that Change Lives,” a select group of schools recognized for academic quality and exceptional opportunities. Based on the Loren Pope book originally published in 1996 and now in its fourth edition.

  • In the U.S. News & World Report rankings released 9/19, Cornell was ranked 

    • 68 overall in national liberal arts colleges (233 total schools)

    • 1 in social mobility

    • 66 in Best Value Schools

    • 40 in Best Undergraduate Teaching Programs

2. Learn Without Boundaries

Liberated from the lecture format, One Course At A Time gives students the freedom to learn without boundaries. Your professors can take your entire class on field trips for a day or an entire block—in whatever venues best suit the subject. In-depth career exploration is possible through full-time internships, which provide valuable experience for life after college.

  • 59% of the Class of 2019 studied off-campus for a block or longer.

  • 74 Cornell off-campus courses were offered in the past 4 years.

  • 41% of the Class of 2019 completed an internship for credit.

  • 88% of the Class of 2019 completed credit-bearing undergraduate research.  

3. One Professor. One Course.

While you only take one course, professors only teach one course. This intensive focus lays the foundation for your entire Cornell education: Transformative intellectual partnerships that bring out the best in our ambitious students. You receive more continuity, more feedback, more practice, and more opportunity. With small classes, you get more facetime.

  • Faculty-student ratio is 1:12

  • Average class size is 14

  • 99% of faculty hold the highest academic degrees in their fields

4. Right Here, Right Now

Cornell is a residential campus that attracts ambitious students who actively define their community and bring vitality to campus. You will join a diverse, multi-talented, and engaged student body from across the nation and around the world. You’ll live in a common rhythm with other students due to the focused academic schedule that brings students closer together as a community on a socially, culturally, and politically engaged campus.

  • Cornell students come from 45 states, territories, and international military posts, and from 13 foreign countries.

  • Cornell has a diverse student body: 20% are U.S. students of color, 7% are international students.

  • Mount Vernon, an urban fringe community near Cedar Rapids and Iowa City, is a safe, college-centered community featuring two National Historic Districts and a classic Main Street a short walk from campus. It was named one of the 10 coolest small towns in America by Frommer’s.

5. Finish Strong

Cornell College is consistently classified as a “Best Buy” and is a smart investment. Research, study abroad, internships, and extensive academic opportunities will provide you the experience to enter the workforce or advanced study with confidence, thrive in fast-paced and rapidly changing environments, and lead a significant and productive life.

  • 96% of the graduating Class of 2019 completed their degree in four years.

  • 97% of the Class of 2018 who sought employment are employed.

  • 17% of the Class of 2018 are pursuing further education.