Coe College

Cedar Rapids, IA

Coe College

Cedar Rapids, IA

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Undergrad Diversity

Coe makes it possible. You make it happen.

Whether you’re an athlete, environmentalist, poet, physicist, or all of the above, Coe College offers superb academic and social opportunities. Established in 1851, Coe has a distinctive history of excellence that allows academically motivated students to reach their highest potential.

At Coe, we push students to go deeper. Kohawks aren’t just presented academic material—they work to understand it. We don’t just encourage out-of-classroom experiences—we guarantee them. We don’t just welcome new students—we embrace who they are and what they need to succeed.

Career preparation and outcomes
For the past decade, nearly 100% of Coe graduates have been employed, in grad school, or engaging in public service within nine months of graduation. The national average is 83%.

What makes Coe students so successful? We’re a small private school located in a metropolitan setting. Our 11:1 student-faculty ratio and average class size of 16 students means you’ll receive personalized, one-on-one attention. Our location in Cedar Rapids (Iowa’s second-largest city) means you’ll have access to an extensive network of employment, internship, research, and networking opportunities. That’s why The Princeton Review ranks Coe as the #10 best private college in the nation for internships and the #20 best private college in the nation for alumni network.

Our C3: Creativity, Careers, Community center is dedicated to working one-on-one with students to help them identify and land internship placements that match their unique interests and goals.

Research opportunities have taken students to laboratories in the United Kingdom, Germany, China, and many other locations around the world. Students can participate in one of over 40 off-campus study programs in Washington, DC; New York City; and dozens of foreign countries.

With all the possibilities that Coe offers—including numerous academic scholarships and abundant financial assistance opportunities—all academically motivated students can make it happen at Coe.

ACCOLADES

 

#10 private college in the nation for internships | The Princeton Review

 

#20 private college in the nation for alumni network | The Princeton Review

 

32 Fulbright Scholars in the last 9 years

 

Top 100 National Liberal Arts College | College Consensus

 

One of the largest student-run writing centers in the country

Coe at a Glance

TYPE OF SCHOOL: Private, four-year, liberal arts 

SIZE OF CAMPUS: 70 acres

LOCATION: Cedar Rapids, Iowa (metro population: 267,000+) 

NUMBER OF STUDENTS: 1,400+

FACULTY: 90 full-time, with zero teaching assistants; 95% hold the highest degree in their field. 

AVERAGE CLASS SIZE: 16 students

STUDENT-FACULTY RATIO: 11:1

AVERAGE HIGH SCHOOL GPA: 3.6

AVERAGE ACT SCORE: 25

DIVERSITY: Coe students represent most of the United States and over 20 foreign countries. Nearly 30% of students are multicultural. 

FINANCIAL AID: 100% of Coe students receive financial assistance. 

• For more than a decade, nearly 100% of reporting Coe graduates have been employed, in graduate school or engaged in public service within nine months of graduation.

• Coe has 32 Fulbright Scholars in the last 9 years

• 100% of Coe students are guaranteed real-world experience before graduation by completing an internship, research, or off-campus study program.

Areas of Study

• Accounting 
• African American Studies 
• American Studies
• Art
• Art History
• Asian Studies
• Biochemistry
• Biology
• Business Administration 
• Chemistry 
• Communication Studies 
• Computer Science 
• Creative Writing
• Data Science 
• Economics
• Education
• English
• Environmental Science 
• Environmental Studies 
• Film Studies
• French
• French Studies
• General Science 
• History
• Interdisciplinary Studies 
• International Business 
• International Economics 
• International Studies 
• Kinesiology
• Literature
• Mathematics
• Molecular Biology 
• Music
• Neuroscience
• Nursing
• Organizational Science 
• Philosophy
• Physics
• Political Science 
• Pre-professional Programs 
- Pre-actuarial Science
- Pre-architecture
- Pre-athletic Training
- Pre-dentistry 
- Pre-engineering
- Pre-law
- Pre-medicine
- Pre-music Therapy
- Pre-pharmacy
- Pre-physical Therapy
- Pre-physician Assistant
- Pre-podiatry
- Pre-public Health
- Pre-veterinary 
• Psychology 
• Public Relations 
• Religion 
• Social and Criminal Justice
• Sociology 
• Spanish 
• Spanish Studies 
• Theatre Arts 
• Writing 

An Inside Look

What students are saying about us...

  • “I chose Coe because it felt like a community. The small campus provides the perfect academic setting to connect with professors as well as classmates.”

    • Ronnie Peltz, Political Science and Public Relations
      Denver, CO
  • “It’s great to have devoted professors who are dedicated to making you feel comfortable in class. People here seem really close like a family. I appreciate what Coe has done for me. I’m grateful to be here.”

    • Sophia John, Biochemistry
      Roswell, GA
  • “My family lives halfway across the country, so having such a strong support system at Coe was vital to my success. Coe staff and faculty presented me with opportunities and connected me to things I’m passionate about.”

    • Angelina Ramirez, Social and Criminal Justice and Political Science
      Surprise, AZ
  • “I chose Coe because of the opportunities for research. This summer I’ll be researching and presenting in both the United Kingdom and Greece.”

    • Martha Jesuit, Physics
      Clarence, IA