Students social distancing on campus

Updated August 14, 2020

Preparing for fall semester 2020 and beyond

Cornell College has identified a phased plan to re-convene on campus which allows us to resume on-campus operations in preparation for the Fall 2020 semester in light of COVID-19.  Additionally, campus was impacted by the Midwest Derecho on August 10 and we are delaying our fall semester start by two weeksIf you were planning to travel to campus or drop off items for your residence hall please email first, phone service isn't working on campus so this email is the being monitored to answer your questions.

We are currently in Phase 3, which allows for campus offices to be opened, and modified campus visits for families of 4 or less. See the phased plan details. Each phase is dictated by guidance from health officials in the state of Iowa and Linn County and the level of implementation of campus safety measures. 

We realize you might have questions about how this works. We've prepared resources to answer those questions.

Important Dates:

  • Fall Semester will now begin September 7, 2020 for all students regardless of whether we are residing on campus or off campus.
  • New Student Orientation will now begin September 2, 2020 for first-year students and August 21, 2020 for transferring students.
  • Fall applications continue to be accepted: if you have not made your college decision or you would like to transfer to Cornell we are still accepting applications for Fall 2020 through August 29.
  • Spring applications are now being accepted: if you want to delay or change your college decision and begin at Cornell with Block 5 on January 11, we are accepting applications for Spring 2021 through December 1, 2020.
  • Returning student move-in now begins September 3, 2020

Class of 2020 celebrations

Communications with the college community


If you have questions for the college related to our COVID-19 response, please email and we will follow up with you during regular business hours.