Coe reports enrollment records, historically strong academic profile

Extra: Rod Pritchard, Director of Marketing and Public Relations
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2012-09-11 17:04:37 - General

Coe College has a record number of first-year students and the second-largest number of full-time students enrolled in its history this fall. In addition, the college has the largest-ever number of students in residence and posted a record number of applications. Meanwhile, the average academic profile of the incoming students remains historically strong, and campus diversity is increasing.

The college has an enrollment of 392 new students, including a record 364 first-year and 28 transfer students. This surpasses the 361 first-year students who enrolled at Coe last year, and the 357 first-year students who came to the college in 2010.

Coe has registered 1,304 full-time students for fall term, the second-highest enrollment in its history. This approaches last year's record of 1,312 full-time students, and is above a previous high of 1,288 full-time students in the fall of 2010. In all, Coe has 1,404 full and part-time students registered for fall term.

While this year's incoming class is historically large, the profile of the new students continues the Coe tradition of academic quality. The class of 2016 has an average ACT score of 25.5 and grade point average of 3.7. All totaled, 40 first-year students scored 30 or greater on the ACT test. As well, 26 percent of first-year class members ranked in the top 10 percent of their high school graduating class.

As a residential college, Coe also has a record number of students - 1,146 - in campus housing for the fall term, up from last year's record of 1,107. In addition, the college has 71 first-time ethnic minority students, representing more than 19 percent of the entering class and demonstrating Coe's commitment to increasing diversity on its campus.

Coe received a record 2,645 applications for admission for the fall of 2012, the highest number in the college's history. The class of 2016 comprises 52.5 percent Iowa residents and 47.5 percent out-of-state students. This year's Coe class includes students from 25 states and five foreign countries.

"With impressive average test scores, grade point averages and high school classroom performance, our first-year students continue the tradition of academic excellence at Coe," said Coe President James Phifer. "In addition, the record number of first-year students and the large incoming class are consistent with the college's multi-year plan for modest growth. Our overall full-time student numbers indicate historically strong enrollment."