Cornell College’s 2020-21 year in numbers

Students, staff, and faculty came together this past academic year in a powerful way. Through the flexibility of the block plan, the way we fully embraced our Caring Community, and the countless hours of work we pumped into keeping one another safe, we’ve accomplished so much.

“The sacrifices that everyone has had to make in the name of this college has been exceptional,” President Jonathan Brand said. “Something we’ll never forget, any of us.”

Here’s a look at some of the final numbers. 

  • More than 10,000 COVID-19 antigen tests performed on staff and students
  • Cumulative COVID-19 positive rate among students 1.3%
  • Cumulative COVID-19 positive rate among employees 1.4% 
  • 272 hybrid classes (students attending in-person or online)
  • 175 online classes
  • 43 in-person courses
  • Cumulative time spent on Zoom: 17,419,753 minutes (33.14 years of participation in Zoom sessions)
  • Students took classes from 8 different countries and at least 29 states 
  • 573 volunteer hours cleaning up after the derecho

“We’re a community that comes together and I think that has been really illustrated throughout the pandemic and the derecho,” said Associate Vice President for Student Affairs & Dean of Students Gwen Schimek-Tischler. 

The college is moving forward with plans to hold business and classes in person for the 2021-22 academic year.