Visiting Campus

Traveling any time of year can be unpredictable.

Be safe and check ahead. Click here for up-to-date road conditions and airline connections.


When choosing a place to stay, consider beautiful Mt. Vernon. Hotel and lodging information can be found here.

Improvements to Campus

A new phase of renovations is about to begin. To track the recent and upcoming changes on campus please click on the following links.

Thomas Commons Updates

TC flickr site

TC twitter page

Other Projects

Residence Halls

Football Field Turf

King Chapel Elevator

Student Connections


Ever wonder what your student has been up to?

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achievements of our students - past and present.

These are great ways to follow the paths students have chosen.


Commencement 2014


Graduation is fast approaching. For a list of scheduled events and information regarding Commencement weekend please click here.

If you have any questions contact Student Affairs at 319-895-4234 or

Thomas Commons Renovation

The Thomas Commons renovation project will bring sweeping changes to the College's student center, adding a majestic entrance and lobby, glass-enclosed dining and more. 

Click here to read more about this exciting project.

Cornell College dedicating renovated student center May 2

Cornell College is hosting a dedication ceremony May 2 to honor the donors who made possible the $12-million, 20-month renovation and expansion of the Thomas Commons, the college’s student center and activity hub. The dedication ceremony will take place there at 11:30 a.m. on the Orange Carpet. Read More

Stavreva is NEH summer scholar

Kirilka Stavreva, Professor of English and creative writing at Cornell College, has been selected as a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Scholar. Read More

Bertschy is All-American Mock Trial witness

Sophomore Sarah Bertschy was named Cornell College's first All-American witness at the American Mock Trial Association national championship tournament in Orlando, Fla. on April 13. Read More

Twelve elected to Phi Beta Kappa

Twelve Cornell College seniors were elected to Phi Beta Kappa, the country's oldest and most respected academic honor society. Read More

KCRG features student raising money for cancer research

Jacob Fields can't stop running, at least not until he's made his goal of raising $1,000 for cancer research by running 1,000 miles. The Cornell College senior was featured on KCRG-TV9 in Cedar Rapids for his dedication. Read More

Cornell College concert features piece that combines physics, philosophy and music

The Cornell Chamber Orchestra and Concert Choir will perform “QED: Engaging Richard Feynman” at 7 p.m. Sunday, April 27, in King Chapel. This is only the second time this ambitious piece has been performed. Read More

Doris Kearns Goodwin speaking Sept. 18

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin will share her insights into the leadership qualities of exceptional U.S. presidents at the 2014 Delta Phi Rho Lecture on Sept. 18, in King Chapel. Read More

Senior art exhibits open April 6

Senior thesis art exhibits will open on April 6 in the Peter Paul Luce Gallery at Cornell College. The show, which opens with a reception from 2-4 p.m. on April 6, will feature the works of Hannah Wilber, Katelynn Paul, Kathleen O'Connor, and Patrick Loughlin. Read More

Two seniors accepted to prestigious U.K. institutions

Léonie De Jonge and Jennifer Knox, two Cornell College seniors, have been accepted to graduate programs in international relations at Cambridge and Oxford universities, respectively. Read More

Ngirbabul is Rangel Scholar

Michelle Ngirbabul, a sophomore planning to to major in International Relations and Public Health, will take part in the Rangel Summer Enrichment Program at Howard University this summer. Read More

Cornell eReport Spring 2014

In this issue: Telling the Cornell Story; The March for Freedom; Residence Hall Revamp Read More

Biggs giving 2014 Small-Thomas lecture April 7

The Rev. Dr. Mouzon Biggs will speak on “Honoring the Faith of Another without Dishonoring Your Own” at 6:30 p.m. on April 7 in the Hall-Perrine Room of Thomas Commons. Read More

A look at Alternative Spring Break 2014

More than 100 students spent Cornell College's Spring Break serving others. They worked on urban farms, helped to rehabilitate animals, learned about activism, helped to mitigate poverty, and more. Read More

Mock Trial heading to Nationals again

For the fourth time in five years a Cornell College Mock Trial squad won a place in the national tournament during the Opening Round Championship Tournament March 14-16 in St. Louis. Read More

Coolidge wins NCAA Championship

Senior Alex Coolidge brought home Cornell College's first national title in 24 years with a dramatic 6-5 come-from-behind victory over No. 2 Shane Siefert of UW-Whitewater in the 197-pound final at the NCAA Division III Championships in the U.S. Cellular Center. Read More

Condon publishes new research in Science

Marty Condon, professor of biology at Cornell College, has studied flies in the tropics for years. In a paper published in Science this week, she reports evidence that there is more to a fly’s ecological niche than where it lives and what it eats—you have to look at what eats the fly, as well. Read More

Cornell College gets $250,000 grant for first-generation college students

Cornell College has received a $250,000 grant from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations to help ensure first-generation college students succeed. The money will be used to create a professional orientation and development program for first-generation college students. Read More

Spring Break Hours 2014

Cornell College is open during the week of spring break, but some offices will have abbreviated hours. Read More

Record number of students participating in Alternative Spring Break

A record number of Cornell College students, more than 120 in all, will spend a week performing community service during the college’s spring break as part of the Alternative Spring Break program. Read More

Cornell College renovating 4 residence halls

Cornell College has announced a $10 million, 15-month plan to completely renovate and modernize Dows, Tarr, Pauley and Rorem halls. Work will begin immediately following the end of the academic year on May 11 and continue through August 2015. Read More