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International Profile

Coe makes it possible. You make it happen.

Whether you’re a business analyst, environmentalist, poet, or physicist . . . or all of the above, Coe College offers superb academic and cultural opportunities. Our residential campus community and location in a thriving urban setting enables student growth and success. Established in 1851, Coe has a distinctive history of excellence that allows academically motivated students to reach their highest potential. 

Globally recognized
U.S.News & World Report and The Princeton Review recognize Coe as a top U.S. institution of higher education. With national and international connections and over 60 areas of study, our graduates attend grad school at institutions like Harvard and Stanford and work at places like Google, Nike, the Chicago Board of Trade, and the Smithsonian Institution. A Coe education is complemented by personalized experiences and relationships, including the support of faculty advisors, individualized graduate school and career preparation, and much more.

Experience that applies to the real world
One hundred percent of graduates are guaranteed hands-on experience before graduation in the form of an internship, research, or off-campus study domestically or abroad. Each student’s experience is carefully selected through collaboration with his or her faculty advisor. For some students this means interning at Mayo Clinic or Corning, Inc.; for others it means doing National Science Foundation–funded research on campus with a faculty member. Coe is one of a few small schools in the country to serve as a host site for the National Science Foundation’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates program. These experiences, along with our location and individual attention, are just a few of the reasons why our graduates find success after graduation. For many years nearly 100% of reporting grads have been employed or in graduate school within one year of graduation.

The Coe community
The right living environment is essential to providing a superior educational experience. Coe College is a dedicated residential campus with nearly 100% of its students living in an on-campus residence hall or apartment.  Because everyone lives here, everything happens here! With more than 70% of time in college spent outside of the classroom, participation in clubs and athletics and attending cultural events is a very important part of the overall college experience.




Coe College is located on the edge of downtown Cedar Rapids, Iowa. With a metro-area population of 175,000, our location offers amenities of larger cities in a safer environment. Nationally known for excellence in education, the state of Iowa is the perfect place to make your second home while experiencing American culture.


TYPE OF COLLEGE: Private, four-year liberal arts and sciences focusing on undergraduate education

SIZE OF CAMPUS: 70 acres

NUMBER OF STUDENTS: 1,400+ undergraduate students

97 full-time faculty with zero teaching assistants; 95% hold the highest degree in their field.

of study to choose from, 40% of students graduate with more
than one major pursuing the following degrees: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music, and Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Coe has exceptionally strong majors in business administration, economics, psychology, biology, chemistry, physics, English, and creative writing.

Students represent most states and over 20 foreign countries.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT SERVICES: New student orientation, academic advising and support, immigration assistance, and airport pick-ups are among the many services provided to students by the Office of International Students. In addition, Coe offers an intensive English as a Second Language (ESL) program and English Language Academic Bridge Program (ELAB).

Tuition and Fees$39,080
Room and Board$8,510
Books, Personal Expenses, and Insurance$3,684

FINANCIAL AID: Coe provides one full-tuition scholarship specifically for international students each year. In addition, international students are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships ranging up to $26,000 per year. A select number of small need-based and work-study awards are also available.

TEST SCORE REQUIREMENTS: All applicants must submit results of the ACT or SAT Reasoning Test. Students whose native language is not English must provide a proficiency exam: TOEFL (68 iBT or 520 PBT) or IELTS (6.5 score band with no subscore below 6.0).

• Early Decision: November 15
• Early Action: December 10
• Regular Decision: March 1