Coe is fastest-growing college in Iowa

2018-01-04 11:50:15 - Feature

Coe's Victory Bell

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 3.65. 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.

"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 Kleis Staker '93.

This year's Coe class includes students from 28 states and several countries. Out-of-state students comprise 65 percent of the class.