Located in Cedar Rapids, the second largest city in the state of Iowa, Coe College is a private four-year liberal arts institution affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). It was established in 1851. Coe College is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools, and is also one of the Associated Colleges of the Midwest. Currently, Coe College has an enrollment of around 1,400 students with thirty states and 20 foreign nations represented.
Coe College is considered one of the best institutions of higher learning in the country. Coe College is included in U.S. News and World Report's list of "America's Best Colleges", ranking it 98th among national liberal arts colleges in 2009. The college is also ranked in The Princeton Review's 361 Best Colleges, and Peterson's Guide to Selective Colleges. Also, Coe College is ranked "Very Competitive" by Barron's "300 Best Buys in College Education".
Over 40 majors and areas of study are offered at Coe College, and students have the opportunity to earn Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music, and Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees. Areas of study offered include Accounting, American Studies, Art History, Athletic Training, Biochemistry, Business Administration, Communication Studies, Creative Writing, English as a Second Language, Environmental Science, Film Studies, Gender Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies, Literature, Molecular Biology, Neuroscience, Organizational Science, Political Science, Public Relations, Religion, Spanish Studies, Theatre Arts, and more.
Student involvement and engagement is a big part of the Coe College experience. Students are encouraged to participate in student research efforts, internships, practicum, or opportunities for study abroad. Exchange programs with foreign institutions in France, England, Germany, Japan, Korea, Spain Sweden, Quebec, and Ghana.
Coe College is a residential college, and the campus housing experience is designed to complement a superior educational and social experience. Residence halls are comfortable and equipped with amenities such as laundry facilities, vending machines, cable television and wireless Internet, kitchens, study areas, lounges, and basic furnishings.
While it is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA), Coe College welcomes and celebrates religious diversity on campus. The College Chaplain and Director of Religious Life, Rev. Kristin Hutson, offers services such as pastoral counseling, guided prayer, pre-marital counseling, and other spiritual needs regardless of religious persuasion.
Students and alumni have access to an online database system called Coe Connections. This system assists students through the intership or employment search. Users can uploade their resume or cover letter, search and send applications for interships and jobs. Coe Connections also links employers to job seekers, and online registration for Coe College Career Events like employer panels, workshops, mock interviews, can be done through the system.
Excellent dining options are offered at Coe College. The U offers all-you-can-eat breakfast, lunch and dinner selections. Regular and vegetarian food items are always available. An array of traditional and home-style meals, freshly baked breads and bagels, grilled entrees, specialty salads, pasta, and desserts. Meanwhile, if you are looking for a quick meal or late-night snack, you can head to Charlie's (The P.U.B.), where The Stomping Grounds, Smart Market, and Grille 155 are open late and have quick to-go snacks and drinks.