About Coe

Coe College is a selective, private, nationally recognized four-year coeducational liberal arts institution providing superior educational experiences for students since 1851. Coe's residential campus is located in Cedar Rapids - Iowa's second largest city - and only hours from several major cities like Chicago, Minneapolis, Omaha, and St. Louis. The 1,400 students enrolled at Coe make up a diverse population, representing more than 33 states and over 15 foreign countries.

Coe prides itself on its ability to give students a personalized education. The average class size is 16, with a student/faculty ratio of 11:1. The personalized attention and diverse student body contribute to a learning experience that is of superior quality - one that prepares them, and prepares them well, for life after college.

With more than 40 majors that range from accounting to art to molecular biology, Coe truly offers something for everyone. Coe College awards the following degrees:

  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
  • Bachelor of Music (B.M.)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.)

Along with quality instruction from superb faculty, Coe offers an abundance of out-of-class opportunities to provide students with a well-rounded experience and solid preparation for the future. Within one year after graduation, 100% of Coe graduates are working or in graduate school. Within two to three years of graduation, more than 50% of Coe's graduates go on to do some form of post-graduate study. Typically, this involves law school, medical school or graduate study leading to a master's degree or Ph.D.

Coe is recognized as one of the most selective colleges in Iowa in terms of selectivity for admission, based on average ACT scores, percent of students in the top 10% of their graduating class, and percent of students in the top 50% of their graduating class. Coe is also one of only five private colleges in Iowa with a Phi Beta Kappa Chapter. Phi Beta Kappa is the most distinguished honor society and colleges selected for the honor are selected on the basis for academic excellence.

The attractive Coe campus, located near the center of Cedar Rapids, has doubled in size in recent years with the addition of new apartment-style residential facilities. The campus features a newly renovated dining hall with multiple food stations, an expanded Stewart Memorial Library and a modern fine arts center. Coe's oldest building - Stuart Hall - was rejuvenated to create nearly 36,000 square feet of new and renovated classroom space, laboratories and faculty offices. The renovation has produced a traditional interior look combined with the latest technology and amenities to create an inviting and highly functional academic environment to serve Coe students.  In addition, Peterson Hall of Science underwent an extensive $12.8 million renovation that was completed in 2013, creating new classrooms and laboratories for Coe's outstanding science programs.

Coe Recognized in National Publications

Coe is one of the finest liberal arts colleges in the U.S. as recognized by a variety of widely respected college ranking publications. Coe is included in the latest editions of The Princeton Review's "377 Best Colleges" and "Peterson's Guide to Selective Colleges." Barron's "300 Best Buys in College Education" ranks Coe as "Very Competitive."  Coe was recently named as one of "America's Best Kept College Secrets" in a new college guidebook.

Coe is also a member of the distinguished Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM). The ACM is comprised of 14 academically excellent, independent liberal arts colleges located in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Colorado. Member schools are among the oldest, most prestigious undergraduate institutions in the region, and each has a distinctive identity and set of traditions. At the same time, the ACM colleges share many characteristics, especially a fundamental commitment to the liberal arts as the best preparation for life, employment and contributing to society.

Higher Learning Commission Mark of AffiliationCoe College Accreditation

Coe is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools, the American Chemical Society, the National Association of Schools of Music, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education, and the Iowa Department of Education.