Coe nationally ranked again as a Best School for Internships

For the sixth consecutive year, Coe College has been named a top private college in the country for internships. The recognition comes from The Princeton Review, which also named Coe as one of the Best Value Colleges for 2023.

Coe comes in at #12 on the Best Schools for Internships list in the private college category, and is the only Iowa college or university to be ranked. Nationally, Coe is one of just five private colleges or universities to be recognized in this category six years in a row. The Best Value Colleges list was released Tuesday.

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 academics, affordability and career preparation.

In its profile, The Princeton Review cites Coe students who praise the college’s breadth of resources, classroom environment, academic rigor and emphasis on experiences like internships before graduation. 

“Connecting students with meaningful experiences not only solidifies what they’re learning in the classroom, it provides a head start on building their resume and expanding their emotional intelligence in the workplace which will be attractive to employers,” said Coe President David Hayes ’93.

The Princeton Review releases an additional series of rankings each summer. In the most recent summer release, Coe’s career services were ranked #17 in the nation. C3: Creativity, Careers, Community assists students individually with career exploration, networking, interviewing, application critique and identifying volunteer opportunities. The department is uniquely situated within the college’s Advancement & Alumni Office, creating quick connections with alumni who have positions for Kohawks in their organizations. 

The Princeton Review also ranked Coe’s faculty as the #20 Most Accessible Professors in the Nation last summer.

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, but Coe students also engage with national companies and organizations like Google, Corning and FOX Sports. Nearly 100% of Coe graduates are either employed, in grad school or engaging in service within nine months of graduation.

“It’s always been a campus wide effort to deliver the best education and opportunities for our students, and these continuing accolades help reinforce that our student-first approach is impactful and noticeable,” Hayes said.

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