Set on a wooded hilltop overlooking scenic Mount Vernon, Iowa, Cornell College is a private, four-year liberal arts college offering students an extraordinary array of opportunities— in the classroom, on campus, and around the world. At Cornell, you'll focus intensely on one course for three and a half weeks, then move on to a new subject. Known as One Course At A Time (OCAAT), our academic structure enables you to spend a month creating a theatrical production, conducting high-level scientific research, or immersing yourself in a new language—giving each your full attention and best effort. It’s an innovative approach that attracts a diverse group of students from across the country and around the world, and it’s practically unique: Cornell is one of only two national liberal arts colleges on the block plan. Opportunities are not restricted by the borders of a traditional classroom. You might spend a month in Spain exploring the origins of Spanish civilization, or work as a full-time intern on a presidential campaign. With just one course at a time, off-campus study is both manageable and meaningful. As a student, you’ll enjoy our active campus life and welcome community. More than 100 clubs and activities invite you to hone your leadership skills, showcase your talents, and explore your interests. In our residence halls, you’ll meet new friends who share a love of learning and campus involvement. We’d love to tell you more about this spirited community. Contact us with questions, or let us help you plan a visit. We look forward to hearing from you!
You’re inspired by learning about all the many ways and places it occurs. You do your best when you are immersed in a subject, engaged and absorbed. You love a challenge, and you thrive on adventure. So why settle for a conventional approach to learning when it comes to your college education? Cornell College takes a unique approach to the learning process. Sure, our majors and interdisciplinary programs are similar to those of other nationally respected colleges, and our faculty is highly qualified in all the traditional ways (97 percent hold the highest degree in their fields, for example). But that’s where the traditional ends and the innovative begins. At Cornell, we think students learn best when they can immerse themselves in their subject, whether it’s building a 3-D fractal, exploring the contexts and formal elements of Shakespearian tragedy, or debating current Supreme Court cases. That’s why Cornell students take a single course at a time, an academic calendar referred to as the block plan. The learning adventure continues outside the classroom with international travel, summer research opportunities, intense internship experiences through the Cornell Fellows Program, and a lot more. Other special academic opportunities include fully-staffed centers focused on health care, business and applied economics, and pre-law. And should you need some assistance along the way, we offer a full range of academic support services, including our innovative Center for Teaching and Learning within Cole Library.
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