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 1540 to 1950, 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 - 3.64) 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 18% continued on to enroll. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall Cornell College Acceptance Rate - Fall 2013


The overall acceptance rate for Cornell College was reported as 64.1% in Fall 2013 with over 2,200 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

  • SAT Scores: 1540 - 1950
  • ACT Scores: 23 - 29
  • Average GPA: 3.28 - 3.64

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 much higher in the past few years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2009-2010: 43.6%
  • 2010-2011: 42.9%
  • 2011-2012: 45.5%
  • 2012-2013: 52.9%
  • 2013-2014: 64.1%
  • Projected Acceptance Rate 2021-2022: 53.9%

How Does Cornell College Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for Cornell College is fifteen percent higher than the national average of all colleges which is around 55.5%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Coe College61.7%
Mount Mercy University68.5%
Saint Ambrose University96.2%
Augustana College58.7%
University of Dubuque77.4%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • High School Class Rankings are Recommended
  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes are Required
  • Submit Recommendation Letters are Required
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2013)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to Cornell College (Fall 2013)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading520 - 670
Math510 - 650
Writing510 - 630
Total Score1540 - 1950
ACT®Score Range
English23 - 30
Math22 - 28
Composite Score23 - 29
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