Coe reports historically large enrollment, large incoming class with strong academic profile

Extra: Rod Pritchard, Director of Marketing and Public Relations
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2009-09-10 09:02:00 - General

Coe College has registered 1,225 full-time students for fall term, the third largest enrollment in its history. The academic profile of the incoming class remained strong, with an average ACT score of 25.4 and grade point average of 3.6.

In total, 45 first-year Coe students scored 30 or greater on the ACT test. As well, 25 percent of first-year class members ranked in the top 10 percent of their high school graduating class. This year's Coe class represents 21 states and nine foreign countries.

Coe received a record 2,235 applications for admission for the fall of 2009, the highest number in the college's history. From this applicant pool, a total of 368 students enrolled at the college for the first time. A residential college, Coe has 1,038 students in campus housing this fall, the second most in school history.

Coe has 1,300 full and part-time students registered for fall term 2009. Part-time student enrollment decreased two students from one year ago, at 75 students.

"With impressive average test scores, grade point averages and classroom performance while in high school, our first-year students continue the tradition of academic excellence at Coe," said Coe President James Phifer. "The academic profile of each of the last five entering classes has established the college at a new plateau of selectivity. In addition, our overall full-time student numbers indicate historically strong and stable enrollment."