Excited group of Coe students in front of the Victory Bell

Parents & Visitors

Welcome Parents and Visitors!

David Hayes

On behalf of the entire Coe community, I would like to welcome you to Coe College. Your child is entering an exciting and pivotal time in their life, and as a parent, you want to ensure they are attending a college that will give them the support, care and top-tier education they deserve. Being the parent of a current Coe student myself, I very much share that sentiment with you. And I’m proud to say that at Coe, you will find everything you are looking for and more.

Coe’s reputation for excellence in teaching and learning is known far and wide, and the college ranks among the top schools in the nation. We believe that what matters most in college is the quality of teaching, advising and student support. Our focus is on providing a transformative education that results from close individual relationships with students and faculty. Coe professors facilitate the unique academic journey of each student, equipping them with the education and resources necessary for career success and personal fulfillment.

The faculty and staff at Coe make it possible for students to find their purpose and achieve their highest aspirations. Every student is guaranteed the chance to participate in an internship, research project or off-campus study experience before they graduate, and with our unique location and strong community relationships, their opportunities are endless. Our campus sits in the heart of downtown Cedar Rapids and is part of the MedQuarter Regional Medical District, giving students access to large national companies, local businesses and nonprofit organizations right at their doorstep. Coe’s C3: Creativity, Careers, Community center offers innovative programming and services that have earned the college a spot on The Princeton Review’s Best Schools for Internships list four years in a row and Best Alumni Network list.

We understand that attending Coe is an investment, one that often requires families to make substantial sacrifices. The value of this investment will emerge over time, as countless Coe graduates will attest — myself included. I have had the distinct privilege of being a Coe student, alumnus, professor, staff member and now president, and I can assure you that the benefits of the Coe experience are beyond measure. Four years on campus are only the beginning — once your child rings the Victory Bell at Commencement, they will become part of an extensive alumni network and will be part of the Coe family for life, as will you.

We are immensely pleased to have you join us. If you have questions or concerns at any point along the way, please call me or any member of the Coe team. I look forward to meeting you in person and wish you and your family the very best.

David T. Hayes ’93