Cornell College

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Cornell College, a liberal arts school, provides students a well rounded foundation in education by having a curriculum with a diverse range of subjects. This college is located in Mount Vernon, IA, a predominately rural area. Cornell College has an enrollment of over a thousand students.

Many of the students accepted into this school earned an SAT score within the range of 1100 to 1345, or got accepted with an ACT score in the range of 23 to 29. We were able to estimate the Cornell College average GPA (3.28 - 3.57) of admitted students by applying sampled GPA data on over 150 schools. Roughly 60% of all applicant were accepted at Cornell College, and from those that were granted acceptance roughly 14% continued on to enroll. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall Cornell College Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for Cornell College was reported as 61.8% in Fall 2020 with over 3,120 applications submitted to Cornell College. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • ACT Scores: 23 - 29
  • Average GPA: 3.28 - 3.57

How Hard Is It to Get into Cornell College?

Applicant Selectivity: High

Cornell College has a very competitive selection process for applicants, where most students accepted have a higher than average high school GPA and scored in the top percentiles on standardized tests like the SAT or ACT exam.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2021 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2021-2022 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for Cornell College has been getting lower when compared to averages from previous years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 70.9%
  • 2017-2018: 65.0%
  • 2018-2019: 61.0%
  • 2019-2020: 61.8%
  • Projected Acceptance Rate 2021-2022: 58.9%

How Does Cornell College Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for Cornell College is nine percent higher than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Coe College63.3%
Mount Mercy University66.0%
Saint Ambrose University76.8%
Augustana College56.6%
University of Dubuque72.7%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to Cornell College (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading540 - 675
Math560 - 670
Total Score1100 - 1345
ACT®Score Range
English22 - 30
Math22 - 27
Composite Score23 - 29
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