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Academics

Tiny Coe College is truly a gem of the Midwest. This 1,400-student Cedar Rapids liberal arts college offers forty majors and a 100 percent employment (or graduate school) rate, with half of all students eventually going on to graduate studies. Every Coe student participates in an internship, student research, practicum, or study abroad during their four years, fostering "an environment where student growth through leadership and responsibility is possible." "We are equipped to make things happen for ourselves while we are here and once we leave," says one student. The Coe community is so close knit that "once one Kohawk goes and finds success somewhere, they make sure to bring others along with them."

Professors are "devoted to the understanding of course context and success of the students," and many of the classes are discussion-based, so "attendance is important." Students learn very quickly the dangers of falling behind, and academics can be "very difficult, but in a way that [is] enjoyable and strengthening." The school "has a great aptitude for raising the bar when it comes to [the] personal development of its students" and the Academic Support Center provides guidance and help with class material for those who need it. Teachers here "love sharing knowledge and finding opportunities for students to achieve their fullest potential," and it is not unheard of that a professor "sometimes has to trim the syllabi to fit into our 16-week semester." Another big strength is the opportunities for undergraduate research and travel with professors, which allows students "to gain skill and knowledge that may not be available at a bigger college."

Student Body

While many students come from small town Iowa, half of all students come from out of state, with a current growth in the international student population. This student body is "friendly, but opinionated." There is "a diversity of ideas, opinions, and leanings" and "people do not shy away from conversation no matter how difficult it may be." There "is little drama about getting the best grades or scholarships, just an appreciation of each other 's strengths." Everyone is "helpful and considerate and "most of the time people leave their stuff in the library and come back hours later." "If I am struggling with carrying something, don't know where I'm going, or need help with a class, people will go out of their way to help me regardless if I know them or not," says a student.

Campus Life

Wellness is a huge part of Coe's culture, and students "see wellness as thriving only if all components of our life are cultivated." Many here attend on-campus events including athletics and Student Activities Committee events featuring comedians, singers, bowling, laser tag, and free movie Fridays. Blindspot is a popular event hosted one Friday each month by a student organization, where students can showcase their talent outside the classroom. "It's basically one big talent show, without winners or losers," says one happy student. The Office of Community Engagement provides students with ample opportunities to get off campus and volunteer within the community, and everyone makes it to Cedar Rapids "at least once a week."

Greek life has a surprisingly big following here, but it's not in the traditional sense, as the focus at Coe's fraternities and sororities is "on personal and professional development so that we can be exceptional contributors to society once we leave Coe." The library in particular is very welcoming, with easily reservable study rooms, and it often hosts events such as the "Long Night Against Procrastination." Coe also has strong multicultural organizations, which host a variety of events such as the International Club Banquet and Cultural Appreciation Week.

Overview

Applicants
6,725
Acceptance Rate
50%
Average HS GPA
3.60

GPA Breakdown

44%
Over 3.75
19%
3.50 - 3.74
15%
3.25 - 3.49
13%
3.00 - 3.24
9%
2.50 - 2.99
1%
2.00 - 2.49

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
510 - 620
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
510 - 650
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
480 - 620

Concordant SAT Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
550 - 670
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
540 - 670

ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
22 - 28

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Action — December 10

Regular — March 1


Other Admission Factors

Academic

Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
11:1
Total Faculty
178
with Terminal Degree
117

90
Men
88
Women
11
Minority

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
62%
Graduate in 5 years
66%
Graduate in 6 years
67%

Majors

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • African-American/Black Studies
  • American/United States Studies/Civilization
  • Asian Studies/Civilization
  • French Studies
  • German Studies
  • Spanish and Iberian Studies
  • Women's Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Molecular Biology
  • Neuroscience

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce
  • Organizational Behavior Studies

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
  • Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication, other any instructional program in organizational communication, public relations, and advertising not listed above

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer Science

  • Education

  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • International and Comparative Education

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • Creative Writing
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • English Language and Literature/Letters, Other

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Athletic Training/Trainer
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse

  • History

  • History, General

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • General Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Classical, Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies and Archaeology
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies

  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies

  • Health and Physical Education, General

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Physical Sciences
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Social Sciences

  • Economics, General
  • International Economics
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Film/Cinema Studies
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Music Performance, General
  • Music Theory and Composition
  • Music, General
  • Piano and Organ
  • Voice and Opera


Degrees

Bachelor's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Fred Jackson
Running Back, Buffalo Bills

David M Jones
Pres. & CEO, CMJ Advisors, LLC; Exec. Professor, FL Gulf Coast; Author

Dr. T.J. Kiczenski
Research Associate, Glass Research Group, Corning Inc.; inventor

Ronald T.Y. Moon
Former Chief Justice, Hawaii Supreme Court

Dr. Shelby Steele
Research Fellow, Hoover Institution; author; columnist; filmmaker

Ruth Kinzey
President, The Kinzey Company; a reputation strategist, author & educator

Curt Menefee
American sportscaster, host of Fox NFL Sunday

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
62%
Graduate in 5 years
66%
Graduate in 6 years
67%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Dec 15

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$31,524

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$28,610

Average Need-Based Loan
$5,122

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
82%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$35,782

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$32,136

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$42,090
Required Fees
$340
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,000

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$2,600
Transportation for Commuters
$1,000

On-Campus Room and Board
$9,140
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,409
Foreign Countries Represented
12

Demographics

2.19%
Asian
6.58%
African-American
8.99%
Hispanic
72.71%
Caucasian
3.17%
Unknown
2.57%
International

57% female
43% male
53% are out of state
95% are full time
5% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
86%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
90%

Campus Environment
Small Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Frat Sorority
Other
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
60
Number of Honor Societies
8

Number of Social Sororities
3
Number of Religious Organizations
4

24% join a fraternity
26% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

29% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Kohawks)
12 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Football
Golf
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Wrestling
Women's Sports (Kohawks)
11 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Golf
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
LGBT Support Groups: Coe Alliance-student run organization

Minority Support Groups: BSEO-student run organization

Army ROTC Offered on-campus
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: University of Iowa

Sustainability

81/99
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
No

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
No

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
No

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
No

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
No

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
No

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
No

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
No

School Developed Bicycle Plan
No

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
No

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
21

Average Number of PC's per Lab
12

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
98%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Apple Hewlett Packard

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Maggie St. Clair
Campus Visit Coordinator

Address
Nassif House
1220 First Avenue NE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402

Phone
1-877-225-5263

Email
msstclair@coe.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Student Union/Coffee Shop
Dows Theatre
Library/Art Galleries
Fitness Center
Learning Commons

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Cedar Rapids Museum of Art
African American Cultural Center
Czech/Slovak Museum
Amana Colonies
Cedar Rapids Professional Sports Teams

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Weekdays 9:00am-3:00pm, Saturdays vary
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
During Group Campus Visit Programs

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit
campusvisits@coe.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
Sunday through Thursday nights are available

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Eastern Iowa Airport located in Cedar Rapids Interstate bus service Cedar Rapids public bus transportation Taxi cab service

Driving Instructions to Campus
From the east or west via I-80. Exit on to I-380 north and proceed to Cedar Rapids. Continue as directed below under From the north or south via I-380. From the north or south via I-380. Take Exit 20B(Coe College exit) and proceed to First Ave. Take First Ave east to College Drive(13th St. NE) and turn left to enter campus. From the north or south via Hwy. 151. Hwy. 151 becomes First Ave. in Cedar Rapids. Proceed to College Drive(13th St. NE) and turn left from the south or right from the north to enter the campus.

Local Accommodations
Hotels Bed and Breakfast


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