Residence Life

Welcome to the Ramily

We craft a campus environment designed for living and learning with a diverse family of athletes, gamers, activists, originators, artists, musicians, volunteers, and leaders. You’ll expand your horizons and create bonds with those who share your interests and passions. Want to immerse yourself in an inclusive environment that promotes personal growth, well-being, and academic success? You’ve found a home at Cornell.

Students gather in the dining hall on the campus of Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa.

What is it like to live on campus?

Collegiate living is a transition we want to help you navigate. Live-in resident assistants, roommate communal agreements, and vibrant communities provide opportunities for students to live and learn outside the classroom.

Thanks to the block plan, you'll follow the same typical daily schedule as every other student on campus, making it easier to connect and form lasting relationships. 

What are the housing options at Cornell?

Exterior of Bowman-Carter Hall on the campus of Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa. There are nine residence halls and several apartment and housing options. Wherever you live, you’ll find an inclusive and supportive environment with unique opportunities to pursue your interests. Want to live with those who share your passions? Be part of our first-year themed living communities. Want to dig deep into a topic, hobby, or cause? Join one of our living and learning communities in your sophomore or junior year.

Students chat over a meal in the dining hall at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa.

Hilltop Café in Thomas Commons

A student is studying in his dorm room at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa.

A room in Wilch Apartments

Four students study on the campus amphitheatre at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa.

Study outside at the amphitheatre

Students walk to class on the campus of Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa.

The Ped mall leads to the Thomas Commons

Admitted students

Welcome to Cornell College! We are so excited to have you as part of our Ramily! And we can’t wait to meet you on campus. Below are important links to help you make your transition to Cornell as easy as possible.

Take a quick tour

Want to learn more about what all our residence halls have to offer? Join Gabrielle for a quick tour.

Current students

Need help with a specific issue? Whether you’re a current student or a member of our residence life staff, we are here to help.