According to The Princeton Review, Coe College is one of the nation's best institutions for undergraduate education. Coe is featured in the 2019 edition of its flagship college guide, "The Best 384 Colleges." A mere 15 percent of America's 2,500 four-year colleges are profiled in the book. The Best 384 Colleges rankings are based on surveys of 138,000 students at top colleges that include a wide representation by region, size, selectivity and character.
Students were asked to rate their college and provide meaningful information on dozens of topics, most notably including academics, campus life and the student body. Coe's profile notes that students are happy, the classroom and lab facilities are great, internships are widely available, the campus has a diverse population and the students love Cedar Rapids.
Every Coe student is guaranteed to participate in an internship, research, practicum or off-campus study experience during their four years on campus. Coe students stated this experience fosters "an environment where student growth through leadership and responsibility is possible," and "we are equipped to make things happen for ourselves while we are here and once we leave." Coe students appreciate the opportunity "to gain skills and knowledge that may not be available at a bigger college." These statements ring true as year after year nearly 100% of reporting graduates have been employed or in graduate school within one year of graduation.
The survey cited that Coe College "has a great aptitude for raising the bar when it comes to [the] personal development of its students." Ninety percent of students participate in over 100 clubs, organizations and athletic teams. The Office of Community & Civic Engagement provides students with opportunities to get off campus and volunteer within the community.
Half of Coe's students come from out of the state with an uptick in the international student population. The Office of Diversity and Inclusion ensures all students at Coe flourish and succeed. Specific areas of focus include racial/ethnic diversity, religious and spiritual life, LGBTQAI+ inclusion, internationalization and accessibility. "Coe has strong multicultural organizations, which host a variety of events such as the International Club Banquet and Cultural Appreciation Week," notes The Princeton Review.
Coe College is located in the heart of Cedar Rapids, the second largest city in Iowa with a population of 267,000 in the metro area. The city offers museums, shopping, sports, internships and more. Cedar Rapids is home to multiple Fortune 500 companies, has been named a "Best City for New Grads" and boasts the lowest unemployment rate of any city in the nation for college graduates.
"Through the college's inclusion in this Princeton Review publication, Coe has once again received recognition as a national leader in higher education," said David McInally, president of Coe College. "Along with highlighting the college's outstanding reputation for academic quality, the profile also provides insight into the combination of factors that make Coe's culture exceptionally friendly and supportive. With a student-centered environment within the campus community, Kohawks are transformed with life-changing experiences, gain confidence in themselves and their future potential, and are rewarded with success when they graduate from Coe."
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.