Coe becomes fastest-growing college in Iowa

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2017-09-12 07:58:43 - General

Cedar Rapids college welcomes largest incoming class in its history, with record full-time enrollment

Coe College_ Coe makes it possible. You make it happen.Building upon record-setting enrollments over the past few years, Coe College has welcomed 446 new full-time students this fall—the largest incoming class in its history. The academically talented and highly diverse class of 2021 has contributed to a record number of full-time students at the college, with 1,348 enrolled for fall term.

Since the fall of 2013, Coe has enrolled the five largest first-year classes and five largest full-time student bodies in its history, making the institution the fastest growing college in the state. This year's new student and total full-time enrollment breaks previous records set in 2014.

"Given the challenges in higher education, we are thrilled to welcome a record number of new students to Coe, with the largest overall full-time enrollment in college history," said Coe President David McInally. "With the advantages of our Cedar Rapids location, the recent completion of several major facility projects, a solid academic program, and the implementation of a new strategic plan underway, we believe students are recognizing the benefits of a Coe education."

The average academic profile of the incoming class is strong, advancing Coe's long-standing reputation for academic excellence. Members of the class of 2021 have an average ACT score of 25 and grade point average of 3.7. A remarkable 53 first-year students scored 30 or greater on the ACT test. As well, more than 60 percent of first-year class members ranked in the top 10 percent of their high school graduating classes.

Of special note, the college has first-time students of color representing nearly 35 percent of the entering class. This is the fourth consecutive year Coe has enrolled a class with a high level of diversity, which demonstrates Coe's commitment to fostering a diverse campus community. This year's Coe class includes students from 26 states and several countries. Out-of-state students comprise 65 percent of the class.

"As both a Coe graduate and employee, I've been associated with this institution for many years, and the momentum we are feeling is unlike anything I've seen. The academic profile and diversity of the incoming class coupled with our growing academic programs and facilities makes for an exceptional educational experience. Families can see that and want to be a part of what Coe offers," said Vice President for Admission and Marketing Julie Staker.

Over the past year, Coe has completed $24 million in new and renovated facilities, including the remodeling and expansion of Hickok Hall, one of the college's main academic buildings. The new Coe College Athletics and Recreation Complex (ARC) was open for the start of school, and students are excited to be using the new facilities. The college's athletic facilities now rank among the best in the region, creating an enhanced environment for recreation and wellness, as well as competitive athletics. In addition, new outdoor spaces were built on campus over the summer, creating casual areas for students for study and socialize.

Through the new Center for Creativity and Careers, Coe students have unprecedented opportunities to secure mentorships, internships and career opportunities. Coe students benefit from the advantages of the college's Cedar Rapids location, and the regional partnerships that offer Coe students unique opportunities for learning and career preparation. In addition, the college has added a Social and Criminal Justice major to increase the academic offerings for students.

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.