Coe recommended in Princeton Review's "Colleges That Pay You Back: 2018 Edition"

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Cedar Rapids college named as a Top 25 Best School for Internships

Coe College is one of the nation's best colleges for students seeking a superb education with great career preparation at an affordable price, according to The Princeton Review. The education services company features Coe in the 2018 edition of its just-published book, "Colleges That Pay You Back: The 200 Schools That Give You the Best Bang for Your Tuition Buck."

In addition, Coe was selected for inclusion in the publication's list of Top 25 Best Schools for Internships based on student ratings of accessibility of internship placement, ranking 23rd.  Among other prominent colleges and universities included on this list were Pennsylvania State University, Clemson University, the University of Notre Dame, Wake Forest University, the University of Richmond, the College of William and Mary, Harvey Mudd College and the College of Wooster. Coe was the only Iowa college or university recognized in the book for excellence in creating internship opportunities for students.

As noted in "Colleges That Pay You Back," the Coe College alumni network branches into every aspect of arts and industry, and the alumni community is "so well-knit that once one Kohawk goes and finds success somewhere, they make sure to bring others along with them." The profile credits Coe's Center for Creativity and Careers and the Alumni Mentoring Program, which sets up one-on-one mentorships between alumni and current students, as providing excellent opportunities to prepare Kohawks for future success.

Coe President David McInally affirmed that the college takes pride in being selected for the "Colleges That Pay You Back" book.

"We are pleased that Coe has received further recognition as a national leader through the college's inclusion in this Princeton Review publication," said McInally. "It is particularly gratifying to see that Coe received special recognition for facilitating outstanding internship opportunities for students through the Center for Creativity and Careers, which enhances the value of a Coe education."

In the Coe profile, The Princeton Review editors quoted students who noted that small classes often result in "opportunities for undergraduate research and travel with your professors." With Coe's focus on residence life and a holistic approach to learning, the students reported they are typically "passionate for more than what they get out of the classroom" and "truly emanate a joy for learning, living, and giving." The profile also quoted students as saying that Coe has "an amazingly diverse and loving student body" with an environment where "everyone looks out for one another and holds each other accountable."

According to "Colleges That Pay You Back," "Coe College graduates are consistently sought after. Within one year of graduation 100 percent are either working or in graduate school (around half will attend a post-graduate school within a few years)." In terms of careers, the profile notes that "Often times, the work that Kohawks do in the community is so excellent that 'companies and organizations begin to seek more Coe students.'"

The "Career Information" section of the profile lists an outstanding ROI rating score of 87 for Coe. It also cites figures reporting Coe's graduates with a bachelor's degree and no further education have a median starting salary of $46,000 and median mid-career salary of $82,000.

The Princeton Review chose the schools based on data it collected in 2016-17 from its surveys of administrators at more than 650 colleges. The company also factored in data from its surveys of students attending the institutions and surveys of school alumni that conducted through April 2017.

In all, The Princeton Review crunched more than 40 data points to tally ROI (return on investment) ratings of the colleges that determined its selection of the 200 colleges for the book. Topics covered everything from academics, cost and financial aid to graduation rates, student debt, alumni salaries and job satisfaction.

"We salute Coe College and all of our 'Colleges That Pay You Back' schools. They stand out for their outstanding academics and their affordability via generous financial aid to students with need and/or comparatively low sticker prices," said Robert Franek, The Princeton Review's editor-in-chief and lead author of the book. "Students at these colleges also have access to extraordinary career services programs from their freshmen year on, plus a lifetime of valuable alumni support."

The Princeton Review has posted its school profiles for "Colleges That Pay You Back: The 200 Schools That Give You the Best Bang for Your Tuition Buck" at The company is known for its school recommendations in many of its projects. Among them, Coe was also featured in The Princeton Review's "The Best 382 Colleges" 2018 edition.

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.