Coe reports largest entering class and record full-time enrollment

Extra: Rod Pritchard, Director of Marketing and Public Relations
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2014-09-09 15:37:37 - General

Coe College has a record number of new students and the largest number of full-time students enrolled in its history this fall. In addition, the college has a record number of students living on campus. Meanwhile, the average academic profile of the Coe class of 2018 remains historically strong.

The college has enrolled 423 new students, breaking the previous record of 418 set last year. Coe has registered 1,340 full-time students for fall term, the highest enrollment in its history. This is above the previous high of 1,338 last year and 1,312 full-time students in 2011. In all, Coe has 1,438 full and part-time students registered for fall term.

While this year's incoming class is large, the profile of the new students advances Coe’s reputation for academic excellence. The class of 2018 has an average ACT score of 25.7 and grade point average of 3.65. An impressive 63 first-year students scored 30 or greater on the ACT test. As well, one-third of first-year class members ranked in the top 10 percent of their high school graduating class.

The college has 119 first-time students of color, representing more than 28 percent of the entering class and demonstrating Coe’s increasing campus diversity. As a residential college, Coe also has a record number of students - 1,205 - in campus housing for the fall term, up from last year’s record of 1,186.

This year’s Coe class includes students from 23 states and several foreign countries. Out-of-state students comprise more than 62 percent of the class.

"This is a remarkable start to the school year at Coe, as we welcome the largest class ever to enroll at the college," said Coe President David McInally. "Students in the class of 2018 have impressive average test scores, grade point averages and high school classroom performance, all of which build upon Coe’s reputation for academic excellence. In addition, the record number of students contributes to the college's overall plan for enrollment growth."

Coe College offers superb academics and exciting co-curricular activities in a thriving urban setting that promotes student growth and success. Established in 1851, Coe has a national reputation for academic excellence enhanced by a student-centered, highly supportive campus environment. Coe's vibrant Cedar Rapids location provides an abundance of internships for students and career opportunities for graduates.