C
#5 Best Private Colleges in Iowa

Cornell College Admission Requirements

Mount Vernon, Iowa

 0 Reviews

Chances of getting into Cornell College

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
61.8%
Admission Difficulty for Cornell College
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsVery High
Applicant CompetitionLow
Will you get in?

Find out which students are getting accepted at Cornell College, which are not, and how your GPA, SAT, or ACT scores compare.

Calculate My Chances

Sponsored by Cappex

How hard is it to get into Cornell College and can I get accepted? The school has a 62% acceptance rate ranking it #9 in Iowa for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 1,926 out of 3,118 applicants were admitted making Cornell College a moderately competitive school to get into with a strong chance of acceptance if you meet the requirements.  Academically, it has very high requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 36 percent. Cornell College typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students. Only 14% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top quarter of their high school class.

Cornell College SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1100-1345
Applicants Submitting SAT
43%
SAT Scores for Cornell College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 540
SAT Math 25th 560
SAT Composite 25th 1100
SAT Scores for Cornell College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 675
SAT Math 75th 670
SAT Composite 75th 1345
Average SAT Score 1220

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Cornell College?

Cornell College typically requires applicants to be in the top 41 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1100 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 980. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1220 out of 1600. The school ranks #4 in Iowa for highest average SAT composite score. 43 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Cornell College admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1345 and Above Good >74%
1222 to 1345 Avg + 62%-74%
1100 to 1222 Avg - 49%-62%
978 to 1100 Reach 36%-49%
Less than 978 Low <36%
Calculate My Chances 

Cornell College ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
23-29 
Applicants Submitting ACT
67%
ACT Scores for Cornell College
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 22
ACT Math 25th 22
ACT Composite 25th 23
ACT Scores for Cornell College
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 30
ACT Math 75th 27
ACT Composite 75th 29
Average ACT Score 26

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into Cornell College?

Admission data indicates that Cornell College regularly accepts students with ACT's of 23 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 32 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 20 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 26 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 29 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #3 in Iowa for highest average ACT composite score. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 67 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Cornell College.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Cornell College admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
29 and Above Good >74%
26 to 29 Avg + 62%-74%
23 to 26 Avg - 49%-62%
20 to 23 Reach 36%-49%
Less than 20 Low <36%
Calculate My Chances 

Cornell College GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.53
Typical High School Grades
B+

What GPA do you need to get into Cornell College?

Applicants require very good grades in high school to get into Cornell College. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Cornell College was 3.53 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #8 in Iowa for highest average GPA. If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as Cornell College accepts 62% of students who apply.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted Cornell College students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness
3.75+ 37% Good
3.50 to 3.75 21% Avg +
3.25 to 3.50 21% Avg -
3.00 to 3.25 8% Reach
2.75 to 3.00 11% Reach
2.50 to 2.75 2% Reach
2.25 to 2.50 N/A% Low
2.00 to 2.25 N/A% Low

GPA Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

Similar Requirements

High School Class Rank

66% of Cornell College freshman were in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Cornell College students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 38%
Top 25% of class 66%
Top 50% of class 91%
Bottom 50% of class 9%
Bottom 25% of class 2%
Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

Applying

Admission Statistics

Cornell College admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 1,709 1,409 3,118
Accepted 1,095 831 1,926
Acceptance Rate 64% 59% 62%
Enrolled 118 152 270
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 11% 18% 14%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Cornell College and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Cornell College Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Cornell College
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=153162 IPEDS survey data for Cornell College.

FAQs

Does Cornell College prefer SAT or ACT?

43% of students submit their SAT scores to Cornell College. 67% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Cornell College?

62% of those who apply are granted admission to Cornell College. Admission competition is low and the college has very high admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Cornell College?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1100 and 1345. 43% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Cornell College?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 23 and 29. 67% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.