Coe reports record fall enrollment, record incoming class with strong academic profile

Extra: Rod Pritchard, Director of Marketing and Public Relations
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2010-09-13 10:31:57 - General

Coe College has set several all-time records for its 2010 fall enrollment, including a record number of first-year students, the largest-ever number of students in residence and a record number of applications. At the same time, the average academic profile of the incoming students remains high.

Coe has registered 1,288 full-time students for fall term, the largest enrollment in its history, surpassing the previous high of 1,245 set in 2005. In addition, the college has a record enrollment of 406 new students, including a record 358 first-year and 48 transfer students. In total, Coe has 1,336 full and part-time students registered for fall term.

The academic profile of the incoming class remained strong, with an average ACT score of 25.5 and grade point average of 3.6 Approximately one in four members of the first-year class ranked in the top 10 percent of his/her high school graduating class.

As a residential college, Coe also has a record number of students - 1,071 - in campus housing for the fall term. In addition, the college has 50 first-time domestic ethnic minority students, representing 12 percent of the entering class and demonstrating Coe's commitment to increasing diversity on its campus.

Coe received a record 2,560 applications for admission for the fall of 2010, the highest number in the college's history. The class of 2014 comprises 51 percent Iowa residents and 49 percent out-of-state students. This year's Coe class represents 19 states and 14 foreign countries.

"The large incoming class and strong overall enrollment are in line with the college's plan to grow modestly over the next few years," said Coe President James Phifer. "More importantly, our first-year students continue the longtime tradition of academic excellence at Coe as demonstrated by their impressive test scores, grade point averages and high school classroom performance."