Cornell College – Mount Vernon, Iowa

Cornell College is a private, four-year liberal arts college located in Mount Vernon, Iowa. At Cornell, students focus intensely on one course for a few weeks before moving onto a new subject. This structure enables students to truly experiment with all the subjects and Cornell is one of only two national liberal arts college which offers it. Cornell College offers an active campus life and a welcoming community to students from all over the US and dozens of other countries.

Founded in 1853, Cornell College is located in Mount Vernon, Iowa, offering an idyllic setting for students in stately 19th century brick buildings. Mount Vernon is a small, college-centered community featuring National Historic Districts, a vibrant uptown business community, and access to entertainment, culture, and shopping.


Pic: Cornell Campus

Cornell College prides itself on its vibrant campus life, with more than 100 clubs and activities for students to partake in, showcase their talents and explore their interests. More than 80% of students come from outside of Iowa, with about a quarter of all students coming from overseas. Cornell College is recognised as one of 40 “Colleges That Change Lives” thanks to its One Course At A Time (OCAAT) curriculum. This approach mimics the pace of working environments where employees handle tight deadlines and high expectations on every project. The calendar also immerses students in full-time internships or research and the college provides hands-on experience, resources and professional development in healthcare, law, literary arts, economics, business and business policy.

This innovative approach attracts a diverse group of students from all over the world, who can go from creating a theatrical production one month to conducting high-level scientific research the next. Some students have spent a month in Spain exploring the origins of Spanish civilization whilst others have worked as interns on a presidential campaign.


Pic: Music at Cornell

Liberal Arts courses offered at Cornell include more than 40 majors – but students also take a core group of courses which relate to all fields (Humanities, Fine Arts, Sciences, Social Sciences, English, etc.). This enables all students to gain strong foundation knowledge and an understanding of the interrelationship between all subjects. The most popular programs at Cornell are biology, economics and business, English, psychology, history and politics.

Cornell is a residential college which fosters campus community beyond the classroom and provides a program in leadership and service. More than two thirds of students are involved in voluntary service and set out to make a difference in the community during their time at college.

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