Coe College

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1220 First Avenue NE

Cedar Rapids, IA 52402

Phone: (800) 332-8404
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
male /
Mar. 1
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#120 Overall Score: 50 out of 100. National Liberal Arts Colleges

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Coe College is a private institution that was founded in 1851. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,364, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 65 acres. Coe College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, 120. Its tuition and fees are $35,730 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

It is the mission of Coe College to provide students an education of superior quality that aims at preparing them for life following graduation. Our reason to exist as an institution is to ready students intellectually, professionally, and socially to lead productive and satisfying lives in the global society of the 21st century. As such, our success as a College will be measured according to the success of our graduates.

We believe that a liberal arts education is the best preparation for life. We believe that such an education allows students to discover what their real talents and interests are, and that it develops in them the skills, abilities, and habits of mind that will make possible a successful career in any field of endeavor, including ones that do not yet exist. Indeed, we believe that what defines a liberal arts education is its focus on cultivating in students certain fundamental abilities: the ability to think logically and analytically; the ability to communicate clearly, both in writing and speaking; the ability to use effectively computer technology; the ability to work productively as a member of a group seeking to achieve a common objective; the ability to make informed judgments, whether in the realm of ethical behavior or in that of aesthetic appreciation; the ability to foster and sustain an attitude of intellectual curiosity and creativity; and the ability to recognize and honor true excellence when found in any form or context. Furthermore, we believe that it is important for a liberal arts education to cultivate in students a desire to understand, a capacity for tolerance, and an ability to appreciate the ethnic and cultural diversity that make up humankind. It is the mission of the College to develop in students these abilities and attitudes, and in so doing to provide them an education that directs them toward a meaningful and successful life.

Coe College admits students without regard to sex, race, creed, color, handicap, sexual orientation, national, or ethnic origin. All students have equal access to the facilities, financial aid, and programs of the College.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1851
Religious affiliation Presbyterian
Academic calendar 4-4-1
Setting city
2012 Endowment $87,482,958


When applying to Coe College, it's important to note the application deadline is March 1, and the early action deadline is December 10. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due May 1. The application fee at Coe College is $30. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 66.7 percent and an early acceptance rate of 69.8 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 66.7%
Application deadline March 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by May 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Coe College is 11:1, and the school has 68.2 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Coe College include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Psychology; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; Visual and Performing Arts; and Social Sciences. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 80.3 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 11:1
4-year graduation rate 60%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 19%
Psychology 14%
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 10%
Visual and Performing Arts 10%
Social Sciences 8%

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Student Life

Coe College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,364, with a gender distribution of 47.1 percent male students and 52.9 percent female students. At this school, 84 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 16 percent of students live off campus. Coe College is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 1,367
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

Coe College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, and health service. Coe College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Coe College, 75 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Coe College.

Students who have cars on campus 75%
Health insurance offered No

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Paying for School

At Coe College, 80.3 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $22,297.

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Tuition and fees $35,730 (2013-14)
Room and board $7,860 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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