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Cornell College, a highly selective liberal arts college in Mount Vernon, Iowa, is recognized as one of 40 colleges featured in “Colleges That Change Lives.” Characterized by the life-changing academic immersion of its One Course At A Time curriculum, this distinctive approach allows students to focus on a single academic subject per 3.5-week block.

The One Course curriculum mirrors the pace of working environments where employees are expected to handle tight deadlines and high expectations on every project, every day. Since there is never more than one course to focus on, faculty can take classes on field trips for a day or an entire block.

The academic calendar also immerses students in full-time internships or research, and the college provides hands-on experiences, resources, and professional development in healthcare, law, literary arts, economics, business and public policy.

Cornell’s residential campus attracts a student body from 47 states and 17 foreign countries. Together, they experience a vast array of off-campus opportunities designed to take them into the world to fulfill their academic and personal goals. 93% of Cornell graduates complete their degrees in four years, and 55% go on to complete an advanced degree.