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Cornell College

Type of school: Private institution
Year founded: 1853
Affiliation: United Methodist
Academic calendar: Other
Undergraduate student body: 1,121
Environment: Rural
Endowment: $69,166,653
Admissions Address

600 First Street
Mount Vernon, IA 52314



Admissions E-mail



Selectivity: More Selective
Average high school GPA: 3.5
Send application by: March 1
Admissions Contact Information
Admissions director: Todd White
Admissions office telephone: (800) 747-1112
Fall 2008 Admissions Deadlines Regular decision
Send application by: March 1
Decision sent by: April 1
Accept offer by: May 1
Early decision
Send application by: November 1
Decision sent by: January 15
Early action
Send application by: December 1
Decision sent by: May 1
Application fee: $30
Is the fee refundable? No
Can fee be waived for students with financial need? Yes
Does school have a waiting list? Yes
Can admission be deferred? Yes
Accepted application formats:
Applications on floppy disks: Yes
Applications via E-mail: Yes
Tuition deposit: $300 (Refundable by May 1)
Room deposit: None
Admissions Requirements
High school completion requirement: High school diploma is required and GED is accepted
General college-preparatory program: Recommended
Distribution of high school units required and/or recommended*
  Units Required Units Recommended
English N/A 4
Mathematics N/A 3
Science N/A 3
Lab N/A 0
Foreign language N/A 2
Social studies N/A 3
History N/A 0
Academic electives N/A 0
Total academic units N/A 15

*One unit equals one year of study or its equivalent.
Campus visit: Recommended
Admissions interview: Recommended
Off-campus interview: May be arranged
Does the college use SAT or ACT scores in admissions decisions for first-time, first-year applicants? Yes
SAT/ACT requirements: Either SAT or ACT required.
SAT/ACT scores must be received by: March 1
Tests accepted for Fall 2008 entering class: ACT with writing, ACT without writing
SAT Subject Test scores must be received by: March 1
Open admission policy? No
What is the relative importance of specific academic factors in admission decisions?
Rigor of secondary school record: Very important
Class rank: Important
Academic GPA: Very important
Standardized test scores: Important
Application essay: Very important
Recommendation: Very important
What is the relative importance of specific nonacademic factors in admission decisions?
Interview: Considered
Extracurricular activities: Important
Talent/ability: Important
Character/personal qualities: Important
First generation: Important
Alumni/ae relation: Considered
Geographical residence: Considered
State residency: Considered
Religious affiliation/commitment: Not considered
Racial/ethnic status: Considered
Volunteer work: Important
Work experience: Important
Level of applicant's interest: Important
2006-2007 Admissions Statistics
Selectivity: More Selective
Overall acceptance rate: 62%
Early-decision acceptance rate: 79%
Early-action acceptance rate: 74%
Acceptance rate (excluding early-action and early-decision students): 47%
Total applicants: 1,717
Total acceptances: 1,072
Total freshman enrollment: 247
Proportion of freshman enrolled from early action and early decision: 70%
Male applicants: 875
Male acceptances: 473
Male freshman enrollment: 116
Female applicants: 842
Female acceptances: 599
Female freshman enrollment: 131
Out-of-state freshmen: 69%
Qualified applicants offered a place on waiting list: 99
Applicants accepting a place on waiting list: 99
Students enrolled from waiting list: 30

 2006-2007 Freshman Class Profile
Top 10 percent of high school class: 31%
Top 25 percent of high school class: 58%
Top 50 percent of high school class: 85%
First-year students submitting high school class standing: 81%
Average high school GPA: 3.5
First-year students submitting GPA: 97%
First-year students submitting SAT scores: 35%
SAT scores (25/75 percentile):
Critical Reading: 560 – 670
Math: 540 – 670
Combined: 1100 – 1340

 Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  SAT Critical Reading SAT Math
700-800 13.0% 14.0%
600-699 51.0% 38.0%
500-599 27.0% 35.0%
400-499 8.0% 13.0%
300-399 0.0% 0.0%
200-299 1.0% 0.0%

First-year students submitting ACT scores: 86%
ACT scores (25/75 percentile):
English: 23 – 30
Math: 22 – 28
Composite: 24 – 29

 Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  ACT Composite ACT English ACT Math
30-36 17.0% 26.0% 15.0%
24-29 61.0% 49.0% 52.0%
18-23 22.0% 24.0% 31.0%
12-17 0.0% 1.0% 2.0%
6-11 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Below 6 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%


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