Coe reports historically high enrollment, record number of students in residence

Extra: Rod Pritchard, Director of Marketing and Public Relations
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2015-09-14 09:27:35 - General

Coe College has welcomed a historically large first-year class with a record number of students living on campus this fall. In addition, the average academic profile of the class of 2019 is strong, continuing Coe's long tradition of academic excellence.

The college has enrolled 410 new students, the third-largest class in Coe history. Coe has registered 1,331 full-time students for fall term, which is just slightly below last year's record full-time enrollment of 1,340 students and the 1,339 full-time students enrolled in 2013. In all, Coe has 1,416 full and part-time students registered for fall term, the third-largest overall enrollment in its history.

While this year's incoming class is large, the profile of the new students advances Coe's reputation for academic excellence. The class of 2019 has an average ACT score of 25 and grade point average of 3.62. An impressive 50 first-year students scored 30 or greater on the ACT test. As well, more than 27 percent of first-year class members ranked in the top 10 percent of their high school graduating class.

Of special note, the college has first-time students of color representing more than 28 percent of the entering class. This is a historically high level of student diversity and demonstrates Coe's commitment to a diverse campus community. As a residential college, Coe also has a record number of 1,210 in campus housing for the fall term, up from last year’s record of 1,205.

This year's Coe class includes students from 23 states and several countries. Out-of-state students comprise more than 58 percent of the class.

"We are pleased to welcome another historically large class to Coe College," said Coe President David McInally. "With impressive average test scores, grade point averages and high school classroom performance, our first-year students build upon Coe's reputation for academic excellence. In addition, we are pleased to have such a diverse group of students join and enrich our campus community."

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.