Coe named a Best School for Internships for the fifth consecutive year; alumni network recognized for a second consecutive year

The Princeton Review 2022 RankingsCoe College remains the only college or university — public or private — in Iowa to make both the Best Schools for Internships and Best Alumni Network lists by The Princeton Review. Across all private colleges and universities in the country, Coe is the #10 Best School for Internships and has the #20 Best Alumni Network. The 2022 rankings were released Tuesday as part of The Princeton Review’s Best Value Colleges.

This is the fifth year in a row that Coe has been nationally ranked for internship opportunities, and Coe is one of only five private colleges nationwide to be ranked for internships in each of the last five years.

Only 209 colleges in total were recognized by The Princeton Review for meeting its best value criteria, placing Coe in the top 7% of four-year undergraduate colleges and universities in the country.

This annual review names the public and private colleges that have earned the highest return on investment rating—a score the company tallies using more than 40 data points including academic offerings, cost/financial aid, career placement services, graduation rates, and student debt as well as alumni salary levels and job satisfaction.

In its profile, The Princeton Review cites Coe students who laud the college’s academics, emphasis on experience, faculty support and community.

“These recognitions are a result of a campus wide effort,” said Coe President David Hayes ’93. “They reflect an arduous effort by faculty, staff and alumni to connect our students with people, organizations and resources on campus and throughout the Corridor. That’s truly one of the defining points of Coe — an education that invites real world experience into the learning environment.”

Much of Coe’s achievements in connecting students to internships and alumni can be attributed to the vision and development of the C3: Creativity, Careers and Community center. The on-campus resource assists students with career exploration, networking, interviewing, application critique and identifying volunteer opportunities.

Coe guarantees each student access to an internship, research or off-campus study before graduation. The Cedar Rapids metro area provides hundreds of internship possibilities, including with Fortune 500 companies, but Coe students also engage with national companies and organizations like Google, Corning, FOX Sports, the Chicago Board of Trade and the United States Senate. The valuable hands-on experience and networking opportunities are just two reasons why nearly 100% of Coe graduates are either employed, in grad school or engaging in service within nine months of graduation.

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