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.

Mission

Cornell College offers an innovative and rigorous learning community where faculty and staff collaborate with students to develop the intellectual curiosity, creativity, and moral courage necessary for a lifetime of learning and engaged citizenship.

Core values

  • A liberal education that celebrates discovery and embraces the integration and application of knowledge
  • Intellectual, moral, and personal growth
  • Civic and social responsibility
  • The dignity and worth of each individual in a diverse community

One Course At A Time

With the distinctive One Course At A Time curriculum, Cornell students immerse themselves in just one academic discipline per three-and-a-half-week block. This focus makes it possible for professors to go beyond the traditional lecture format through extended discussions and labs, all day simulations, and off-campus learning for an afternoon or an entire block without competing with other classes. Over the past four years, Cornell faculty taught 70 off-campus courses. And students can easily take a block to gain experience through internships.

National recognition

  • Cornell is one of only 40 schools profiled in Loren Pope’s book “Colleges That Change Lives.”
  • U.S. News and World Report ranks Cornell in the top tier of national liberal arts colleges.
  • Cornell was ranked 64th in U.S. News' list of Best Value Schools
  • 16 Cornellians have been awarded Fulbright scholarships in the past 12 years. In addition, two Cornell faculty received Fulbright Awards for scholarship travel in 2016 and 2017.
  • Cornell’s campus is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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Programs of study

The college offers more than 40 academic majors and pre-professional programs, and an unlimited number of individualized majors. In addition, the Cornell Summer Research Institute provides a summer living-learning community fostering research in the arts, humanities, social sciences, and sciences.

Location

The college is located in Mount Vernon, Iowa, a town whose urban fringe atmosphere brings the best of the city into a small-town venue with art festivals, popular local restaurants and cafés, and quirky boutiques. Mount Vernon’s mix of historic buildings and creative flair earned it accolades as one of “America's Coolest Small Towns” by Arthur Frommer’s Budget Travel magazine.

Faculty

Cornell professors are accomplished researchers, scholars, and above all, mentors. Ninety-eight percent of the college's tenure-track faculty hold the highest degree in their fields. The faculty-student ratio is 1:11, and many students work closely with faculty members on research or other projects.

Campus life

Life at Cornell is active and diverse. Students participate in numerous clubs, organizations, and special-interest groups. 19 percent of students participate in the fine arts. 36 percent of students participate in intercollegiate athletics.

Programs taught in:
  • English

This school also offers:

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You don’t study biology at Cornell College; you actually get to be a biologist. You will be asked to explore authentic research questions for which no one knows the answers. In one introductory course, students examined the impact of global warming on coral populations, performed DNA sequencing, and wrote proposals for research projects that would expand the world's scientific knowledge about coral biology.

You'll develop a range of technical and practical skills both in the field and in the laboratory while working with biology faculty. You might focus on molecular genetics, neurobiology, ecology, or conservation. More importantly, you will do all of this in a supportive learning environment where you can explore the breadth of the biological sciences and discover what kind of biologist you want to be.... [-]

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The technology of computing has developed with unprecedented speed and offers the prospect of continued rapid advance. Few technologies have so quickly become so pervasive. Few have so profoundly changed science, business and industry, and government. Some understanding of the potential and limitations of computing is essential to anyone who wishes to understand modern society.

Design, experiment, and analysis: these skills make the computer scientist part engineer, part scientist, and part mathematician. The student of computer science learns how to effectively communicate with teammates and clients to define problems and their solutions. Students learn how to divide a complex problem into pieces of manageable size, to organize and relate the pieces of information that describe the problem, and to order the steps of the solution. The study of computer science serves to increase a student’s awareness of the necessity of constructing a hierarchy of abstractions as a means of building and understanding complex machines, the designer’s need to give balanced consideration to competing goals, e.g., minimizing cost while maximizing computational speed, and the relationship between software and hardware.... [-]

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International relations is an interdisciplinary major that combines courses from history and politics with the study of a modern foreign language. It is designed to prepare students either for further study of international relations or for future employment in government or business. Some alumni go on to graduate studies in law, international relations, history, and politics. Since the inception of the program in 1983, several graduates have been appointed as officers in the U.S. Foreign Service.

Recent international relations graduates have continued their studies at prestigious graduate schools such as Johns Hopkins, Cambridge, and Oxford. Six international relations majors since 2009 have also received the competitive Fulbright awards for research or teaching English as a second language. ... [-]

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Study human behavior

What's atypical on a traditional semester schedule is typical at Cornell College (thanks to One Course At A Time). Day tripping to an amusement park, observing and recording the interactions between couples before and after they embark on a thrilling ride, and testing theories about brain chemistry and romance are all a part of your social psychology course at Cornell. What's not to love?

A degree in psychology prepares you for diverse career options from research and behavioral health care to social services and public policy. As a student of psychology, you’ll take on courses and projects that foster proficiency with research design and research methods. You’ll gain an understanding of human behavior, thinking, and emotion.... [-]

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Earning your bachelor of science in engineering can lead to a diverse set of possible career paths in engineering. Program Overview

If you want to earn your bachelor of science in engineering (B.S.E.) degree, you’ll need to major in engineering and complete the degree requirements for an engineering major.

The engineering major provides a strong foundation in engineering principles and emphasizes hands-on learning experiences. As an engineering major, you will:

Design solutions to engineering challenges beginning with your first engineering course: Intro to Engineering Design. Gain knowledge of 3D design, model assembly, and engineering drawings. Learn by doing—Cornell’s One Course At A Time fosters experiential learning in the courses, enabling you to work on engineering projects in and outside of the classroom. Regularly practice writing, teamwork, and presentation skills. Study the social, historical, economic, and environmental context in which engineering solutions are developed as part of your liberal arts curriculum. ... [-]
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When you think of majoring in a business field, you may be envisioning future leadership in a key industry or kick-starting your own enterprise as an entrepreneur. You may see yourself influencing business decisions by searching for trends through big data or setting new standards through insightful personnel management. You might aim to improve the way local or national government works by investigating and enacting public policy. Perhaps you will expand your reach by engaging in international relations or by joining a think tank.

Cornell prepares you for these careers through two approaches to studying business and the economy. The first approach goes wide. In both the broad economics and business major (ECB) and in the business management track (BMM), students uncover the logic of markets and see their applications across a wide range of business settings. ECB students discover how markets work. When do markets fail? What are the triggers that jolt the global economy and the balance sheets of individual businesses? BMM students explore the management of people, information, and financial assets.... [-]

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