Coe College is top ten in the nation — and the only college or university ranked in Iowa — for Most Accessible Professors (No. 7 nationally) and Best Career Services (No. 8 nationally). The rankings were announced Tuesday by The Princeton Review as part of the publication’s annual review of the best colleges and universities across the country. Once again, Coe is recommended as one of the “Best 389 Colleges and Universities” by The Princeton Review.
This is the second consecutive year the college has been ranked for accessible professors and career services, and made significant gains in each category, jumping 13 spots in the Most Accessible Professors category and nine spots in the Best Career Services category.
Coe outpaced state and private universities in these categories, including Ivy Leagues as well as larger institutions like the Iowa regent universities.
Coe is also the No. 12 best private college for internships in the nation and also the only college in Iowa recognized in the internship category, which was announced in the spring. This is the sixth consecutive year Coe has been ranked among the nation’s top 25 best schools for internships.
“We want our students to know they can expect the best in both academic instruction and career preparation. The core of our mission is to prepare each Kohawk for a meaningful life and fulfilling career, and these recognitions are an indication that our dedication to our students is leading to those desired outcomes,” said Coe College Provost & Dean of the Faculty Angela Ziskowski.
“These rankings are also proof that Coe has some of the finest faculty and staff in higher education. Their ability to provide purposeful guidance for our students is unparalleled,” Ziskowski added. “The link between these rankings is the individual attention each student receives in the classroom from their professors and outside the classroom from professional staff.”
Inclusion in the “Best 389 Colleges” guide puts Coe in the top 15% of the 2,637 four-year colleges and universities in America that were surveyed. Coe’s placement and subsequent rankings are based on ratings and data collected directly from students. Responses from students lauded Coe’s academics and resources, as well as its passionate and responsive faculty.
Nearly 100% of reporting graduates find employment, attend graduate school or engage in a service opportunity within nine months of graduation, consistently for more than a decade.
“Providing students with advanced career preparation and connections to alumni, businesses and other organizations is a critical part of fulfilling Coe's mission. The diversity of experience students get from C3: Creativity, Careers, Community allows them to apply what they learn to real situations, and Kohawks embrace this approach which is why they’re so well prepared and sought after post graduation. Our unique position in Cedar Rapids and extensive partnerships with area employers allows us to provide unparalleled career connections and opportunities for our students and helps attract and retain top-level talent to the area,” said Coe College Vice President of Advancement Chantel Olufsen.
Beyond the Best 389 Colleges and top rankings for accessible professors, career services and internships, The Princeton Review also continues to recognize Coe as a Best Midwestern and Best Value college.