School Counselors – FAQ

What is the average fall enrollment?
The average incoming freshman class (with transfer and international students) is 400 and the average total enrollment for the college is 1,420.

What are Coe's application requirements?
A complete application packet will include:

  1. Application: Application fee waived for on-line application or for application prior to our December 10 early action deadline.
  2. Essay
  3. Official High School Transcript
  4. Standardized Test Scores (sent from testing agency if not included on transcript)
  5. Letter of Recommendation

What are Coe's application deadlines?
Early Action (non-binding) application deadline – December 10
Regular Decision application deadline – March 1
Applications are processed and admission decisions are sent on a rolling basis. Applicants typically receive an admission decision within two weeks of their file becoming complete. All applicants have until May 1 to respond to the offer of admission.

How much is Coe's enrollment fee?
The enrollment fee is $300. It is non-refundable and is due no later than May 1.

Are there benefits to submitting the enrollment fee earlier than May 1?
Coe College is a residential campus. Housing assignments are based on a priority date that corresponds with a student's enrollment fee date. Submitting the enrollment fee earlier may give the student a higher housing priority and thus make it easier to grant specific building or roommate requests.

What should be included in my letter of recommendation?
We look to the letter of recommendation to help give a fuller picture of the applicant. We hope it will tell us more about their character, work habits and academic abilities. Less helpful are recommendation letters that simply restate information that can already be gleaned from reviewing the transcript or activities list. Please feel free to either use our recommendation form or submit a traditional letter.

How will the college evaluate or use two or more sets of SAT/ACT scores?
Coe will use the highest composite score, regardless of when it was earned. Coe does not combine scores to create a new composite.

What type of student is most likely to succeed at Coe?
Coe's robust academic community and active student organizations are a wonderful fit for students that have been involved and well prepared in high school. Last year's entering class had an average high school GPA of 3.7 and an average ACT composite of 26. If there are any questions, please don't hesitate to contact the admission counselor for your high school.

My student wants to drop a core class. Is that advisable?
While there isn't a set number of core courses that must be completed, the transcript evaluation that occurs during Coe's application process certainly looks for a strong college prep curriculum. This includes courses taken during the senior year! Factors such as overall strength of academic profile, intended major etc. will weigh into the advisability of dropping a course. We recommend that you or the student call their admission counselor to discuss it further.

What are Coe's yearly expenses?

The total cost of tuition, room, meals, and fees for 2018-2019 is $53,530; the average financial aid package awarded to incoming first-year students in the fall of 2017 was over $40,100.

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How much are books on average per year?
$600-$1,000 per year.

What type of financial aid is available to first year students?
All students who apply for admission will be automatically considered for academic scholarships. In addition, students may be invited to campus in the spring to compete for additional collegiate scholarship monies. All students are also encouraged to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid so that they can be considered for grants, work study and loans. Each year over 97% of Coe's students receive aid and the average award (including all sources) was over $32,000. Financial Aid priority filing date is March 1.

Are AP/IB courses accepted for advanced standing credit?

Credit for up to eight comparable Coe courses, as well as advanced standing, will be granted to students who receive scores of 4 or 5 on Advanced Placement Tests offered by the College Board. No college grade is assigned when credit is granted on the basis of Advanced Placement Tests.

Coe College grants placement and credit for the higher level examinations of the IB in which the student scores a five, six or seven. Eight course credits are accepted at most.

Are college courses taken while still in high school accepted as transfer credit?
Yes. A grade of "C" or greater must have been achieved and the course must closely resemble a regular catalog course here. 4 semester hours are equivalent to one course credit at Coe. Transferable courses will count for credit, but no GPA is transferred.

What supports are available to students with documented learning disabilities?
All students benefit from the services offered through our Academic Achievement Program. This office was established at Coe College to promote academic excellence, personal development and retention of college students who are traditionally under-represented in post-secondary education because of family educational background, income, or disability.

My student was admitted on "Transitions." What does that mean?
Students admitted to Coe College on transitions must take two required courses in the fall term: a reading/writing intensive first-year seminar course and a study skills course. If appropriate, the Reading Writing Workshop may be recommended for the spring term. The Transition Program courses will be taken in addition to 2-3 other full-credit courses. In addition, students must achieve a 2.00 GPA in their first full term.

My student was admitted "Provisionally." What does that mean?
Students admitted to Coe College provisionally must achieve a 2.00 GPA in their first full term to be removed from academic probation. If a student receives less than a 2.00 GPA in their first full term, the Academic Standing Committee may recommend that academic probation be continued with additional tutorial and study skills assistance from the Academic Achievement Program.