Cornell College

Private, Four-years School Located in Mount Vernon, IA

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How much is the Cornell tuition? For the academic year 2023-2024, Cornell's tuition & fees is $50,634.
With indirect costs not billed by school, such as room & boards and personal living expenses, the total cost of attendance for one academic year is $66,212 when a student lives on-campus.

Cornell Tuition & Expenses

2022-2023 Rate
Tuition & Fees$50,634
Books & Supplies Costs$1,200
On-campus Room & Board$10,872
On-campus Expenses$3,506
Off-campus Room & Board$10,872
Off-campus Expenses$3,506
2023-2024 Estimates
Tuition & Fees$53,719

How Much Does it Cost to Go to Cornell for 4 Years?

For the class of 2027, who entering colleges in 2023, the 4 years tuition & fees is $218,203 at Cornell. The estimated tuition rate is based on the changes over last 5 years. With room & board, books, and other personal expenses, the estimated 4 years costs of attendance is $281,888. After receiving financial aid including grants, scholarships, and/or student loans, the 4 years COA is down to $128,977.
The following table computes the 4 years tuition and COA by class of year.
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2023-24)$52,154$67,125$30,576
Sophomore (2024-25)$53,720$69,308$31,662
Junior (2025-26)$55,333$71,563$32,787
Senior (2026-27)$56,995$73,893$33,953
4 Years Total$218,203$281,888$128,977
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2024-25)$53,720$69,308$31,662
Sophomore (2025-26)$55,333$71,563$32,787
Junior (2026-27)$56,995$73,893$33,953
Senior (2027-28)$58,706$76,301$35,161
4 Years Total$224,754$291,064$133,562
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2025-26)$55,333$71,563$32,787
Sophomore (2026-27)$56,995$73,893$33,953
Junior (2027-28)$58,706$76,301$35,161
Senior (2028-29)$60,469$78,788$36,413
4 Years Total$231,503$300,545$138,314
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2026-27)$56,995$73,893$33,953
Sophomore (2027-28)$58,706$76,301$35,161
Junior (2028-29)$60,469$78,788$36,413
Senior (2029-30)$62,284$81,359$37,712
4 Years Total$238,454$310,341$143,238
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2027-28)$58,706$76,301$35,161
Sophomore (2028-29)$60,469$78,788$36,413
Junior (2029-30)$62,284$81,359$37,712
Senior (2030-31)$64,154$84,015$39,057
4 Years Total$245,613$320,462$148,343

Average Tuition By School Type and Comparison

Compared to four-years schools nationwide, Cornell' tuition is much higher than the average tuition of $20,937. Compared to private, four-years colleges in Iowa, its tuition is much higher than the average tuition of $25,497.
In-StateOut-of-State
Cornell College$50,634
U.S. Four-years Colleges$18,675
Public Schools$7,198$12,965
Private Schools$20,937
Iowa Four-years Colleges$21,556
Public Schools$8,453$11,211
Private Schools$25,497

Compare Similar School's Tuition

The next table compares the tuition & fees between Cornell and similar schools. The similar colleges are selected by school type & level (private, four-years), ranking, and comparison frequency by our users. The comparison is based on 2022-2023 tuition rate.
LocationUndergraduateGraduate
Cornell CollegeMount Vernon, IA$50,634$2,800
Central CollegePella, IA$20,988-

Financial Aid and COA

At Cornell College, 1,035 students (99%) received grant or scholarship from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources. The average amount of grant/scholarship received is $35,483.
After receiving financial aid, the cost of attendance (COA) at Cornell is $30,729 for students living on-campus and $30,729 for students living off-campus.
For beginning students (i.e. first-time freshmen), 366 students received any type of financial aid including grants/scholarship and student loans. The average amount of grant/scholarship for the first-time students is $38,069 and the average amount of student loans is $8,230.
The financial aid data is based on 2021-2022 statistics from IPEDS.
COA (on-campus)$66,212
COA (off-campus)$66,212
Tuition & Fees$50,634
Indirect Costs (on-campus)$15,578
Indirect Costs (off-campus)$15,578
COA (on-campus) after Receiving Aid$30,729
COA (off-campus) after Receiving Aid$30,729
Average Financial Aid$35,483
Type of AidNumber Receiving AidPercent Receiving AidAverage Amount of Aid Received
Grant or Scholarship1,03599%$35,483
Pell Grants29728%$5,079
Federal Student Loan66063%$6,823
Type of AidNumber Receiving AidPercent Receiving AidAverage Amount of Aid Received
Any Financial Aid366100%-
Grants or Scholarships366100%$38,069
Federal Grants366100%$3,033
Pell Grants11632%$5,265
Other Federal Grants366100%$1,365
State/Local Grants6117%$6,788
Institutional Grants366100%$33,904
Student Loan Aid24767%$8,230
Federal Student Loans24467%$5,893
Other Student Loans10328%$5,775

Admission Stats and Requirements to Apply

Cornell's acceptance rate is 81.10%. A total of 2,836 applicants applied to and 2,300 students were accepted. Of the admitted students, 366 enrolled finally, and the yield (i.e. enrollment rate) is 15.91%.
To apply to Cornell, 1 items are required - Secondary school GPA and 1 items are recommended to submit - Completion of college-preparatory program. SAT and ACT scores are considered during the admissions process but are not required to be submitted.
TotalMenWomen
Applicants2,8361,474$1,362
Admitted2,3001,125$1,175
Enrolled366194$172
Acceptance Rate81.10%76.32%86.27%
Yield (Enrollment Rate)15.91%17.24%14.64%
Secondary school GPARequired
Secondary school rankConsidered But Not Required
Secondary school recordConsidered But Not Required
Completion of college-preparatory programRecommended
RecommendationsConsidered But Not Required
Formal demonstration of competenciesNeither Required Nor Recommended
Admission test scoresConsidered But Not Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)Considered But Not Required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)Neither Required Nor Recommended

SAT and ACT Scores

The SAT and ACT scores are considered but not required to apply to Cornell. The average SAT score of the enrolled first-time students is 1,280 and the average ACT score (ACT composite) is 27.
Its SAT score is slightly higher than the national average score of 1,168. The ACT score is similar to the national average score of 24.
Average25th75th
SAT Total1,2801,1551,405
National Average1,168
Iowa Average1,131
SAT EBRW660610710
SAT Math620545695
ACT Composite272430
National Average24
Iowa Average23
ACT Math262328
ACT English272330

Student Population

Cornell College has a total of 1,073 students including 1,058 undergraduate and 15 graduate students. By gender, there are 552 male students and 503 female students attending Cornell.
TotalMaleFemale
Total1,055 552503
Undergraduate1,046 549497
Graduate9 36

Directory & Academic Information

Directory Information
Address600 First St. SW, Mount Vernon, IA
Phone319-895-4000
WEBwww.cornellcollege.edu
Degree & Programs
DegreeUndergraduate, Graduate
Program Offered61 Programs
Graduate Program Offered1 Graduate Programs
Academic Stats
Acceptance Rate79.33%
Yield13.57%
Student Population1,073
Graduation Rate63%
Transfer-out Rate27%
Retention Rate80%
Students to Faculty Ratio Rate13 to 1
Faculty & Staffs
Number of Faculties83 (Full-time), 17 (Part-time)
Number of Staffs250 (Full-time), 34 (Part-time)
Average Faculty Salary$70,025
Average Staff Salary$55,541