Coe science students

Successful Alumni

Coe graduates have an excellent record of admission to leading graduate and professional schools.

In recent years Coe grads have been accepted at medical schools such as Stanford University, the University of Iowa, Baylor University, Duke University, the University of Chicago and Northwestern University.

David Gehring

David Gehring is a native of Rochelle, Illinois and graduated from Coe in 1989. He is married to Susan (Koenig) Gehring, class of 1989, whom he met at Coe Freshman Orientation and dated for nine years before getting married. While at Coe, David majored in chemistry, general science and English, with a minor in biology. He went on to earn his D.D.S. from the University of Iowa College of Dentistry in 1993 and his master's degree and Certificate in Orthodontics in 1995, also at Iowa. He then established Gehring Orthodontics in Cedar Rapids.

"I enrolled at Coe with a vague idea that I wanted to pursue dentistry as a career. However, since I was still unsure I decided to explore areas beyond the standard 'pre-dental' curriculum. Discovering the liberal arts at Coe became one of the most enjoyable parts of my college experience. Ultimately dentistry became my calling, and Coe's pre-dental program provided superior preparation for the rigors of dental school. But more importantly, the broad liberal arts background I received at Coe strengthened my skills in critical thinking, concise writing, effective communication and time management. These important skills continue to enhance my life and professional career on a daily basis. Moreover, the friendships and personal relationships that I developed at Coe continue to enrich my life, and I value my continued involvement with the college."

David Gehring '89

Dr. Cody Kriegel received his dental degree from the University of Iowa College of Dentistry and Dental Clinics in 2015. While at the University of Iowa, Dr. Kriegel participated in programs treating veterans at the VA Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa, as well as mission work treating orphaned children in Cambodia. He continues to participate in dental missions, serving and providing dental healthcare to less fortunate communities.  

Dr. Kriegel has been practicing dentistry in the communities of Cedar Rapids and Iowa City since graduating from the University of Iowa. ​Prior to completing his dental education, Dr. Kriegel received a bachelor degree from Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where he majored in biology and played football for the Kohawks. He was born and raised in eastern Iowa, and is excited to give back to the community that he loves.