Cornell College

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600 First St. SW
Mount Vernon, IA 52314

According to the school, Cornell College is a nationally acclaimed four-year private liberal arts college recognized for its personalized and intellectually engaging undergraduate education. Our distinctiveness begins in the classroom with our One Course At A Time (OCAAT) academic calendar and extends onto the campus where there is a strong sense of community, mentoring relationships between faculty and students and endless opportunities to lead and volunteer.\r\n\r\nCornell College, the original Cornell, was founded in 1853, and the historic 129 acre campus is home of an attractively diverse student body of 1,200 who come from 48 states and 20 countries and include 19% domestic students of color and 5% international students. Cornell’s student-faculty ratio of 12:1, an average class size of 16, and class cap of 25, enables its exceptional faculty to provide students with highly personalized experience. The distinctive academic calendar provides students with a rare level of creativity and depth in each course where students and their professor spend 3 1/2 weeks focusing their time and effort. Instead of balancing 4-6 courses, Cornell students delve deeply into the material exploring a range of perspectives and taking advantage of the flexibility which provides time for extended discussions, lab experience virtually every day in the sciences, and field work whenever possible.\r\n\r\nCornell students are also able to take advantage of one extraordinary opportunity after another in the classroom, on campus, and around the world. In addition to the engagement in the classroom, Cornell students find OCAAT also provides them with the flexibility to be fully engaged outside of class through more than 100 clubs and organizations, varsity athletics, and an array of performing arts organizations. The flexibility also provides students with a breadth of study abroad opportunities (students typically study in more than 20 countries each year), internships (which may be done virtually anywhere), research on and off campus within students major fields of interests, and through independent study. Explore Cornell and see for yourself how we’re creating one extraordinary opportunity after another for bright motivated students.\r\n\r\n

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