Coe College

Cedar Rapids, IA

Coe College

Cedar Rapids, IA

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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. 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 84%. 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 #12 best private college in the nation for internships and #8 in the nation for best career services.

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 cities such as Washington, DC, and New York City and dozens of 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.



Ranked #7 Most Accessible Professors in the US | The Princeton Review


Ranked #8 Best Career Services in the US | The Princeton Review


Ranked #12 Best Private School for Internships in the US | The Princeton Review


Iowa’s #1 private college for low cost to attend and high income after graduation | The New York Times Build Your Own College Rankings


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: More than 1,400

Faculty: 90 full-time faculty members; 95% holding the highest degree in their field; 11:1 student-faculty ratio

Average class size: 16 students

Admitted student profile: 3.6 GPA; average ACT score of 25

Diversity: Students representing most states and over 20 foreign countries, with nearly 30% of students identifying as multicultural

Financial aid: 100% of students receiving financial assistance

Student outcomes:
• Nearly 100% of reporting graduates employed, in graduate school, or engaged in public service within nine months of graduation.
• 32 Fulbright Scholars in the last 9 years
• 100% of students guaranteed real-world experience before graduation through internships, research, and study away programs

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, Colorado
  • “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, Georgia
  • “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 & Criminal Justice and Political Science
      Surprise, Arizona
  • “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, Iowa