CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA (August 17, 2023) — On Saturday, August 19, Coe College will welcome one of the largest and most geographically-diverse incoming classes in its 173-year history. With 436 new students indicating they are planning to enroll, the incoming class projects to be the third-largest class to ever enroll at the college. 

The incoming class represents 26 states, 27 countries, and includes 53 international students, the most ever for a single incoming class. Among the class, 59% plan to join one of Coe’s 22 Division III athletic teams as student-athletes, also the highest number ever for a single class.

“The diversity in backgrounds and experiences in this class reflects the dynamic atmosphere on campus. I’m excited for these incoming students to make their mark. This academic year also welcomes the largest incoming classes of Kohawk student-athletes and continues to showcase Coe as the premier destination for students to excel both academically and athletically,” said Associate Vice President for Enrollment and Dean of Admission Josh Kite.

The new Kohawks are expected despite a challenging recruitment environment nationwide.

“The faculty and professional staff at Coe have created the type of education and experience that today’s students want. From the attention you can expect from professors to the valuable internships outside of class, there is a level of value that’s difficult to find anywhere else,” said Coe’s Vice President for Enrollment, Marketing, and Institutional Effectiveness, Julie Staker (’93).

Currently, Coe holds a number of national rankings from The Princeton Review, including N° 7 for Most Accessible Professors and N° 8 for Best Career Services, as well as the N° 12 Best School for Internships among private schools. Coe is Iowa’s only college or university to be ranked in any of these categories.

Nearly 100% of reporting graduates find employment, attend graduate school or engage in a service opportunity within nine months of graduation, consistently now for more than a decade.

The new Kohawks will officially begin their paths to success with Coe on Move In Day, August 19. Members of the incoming class are paired with Success Coaches within the Office of Student Success and Persistence to jumpstart their transition to Coe and into college life. The coaches work individually with students to develop positive academic habits and introduce them to the multitude of resources available on campus like tutoring, the writing center, and career services.

Coe College offers superb academics and exciting extracurricular activities in a thriving urban setting that promotes student growth and success. Established in 1851, Coe has a national reputation for academic excellence enhanced by a student-centered, highly-supportive campus environment. Coe’s vibrant Cedar Rapids location provides an abundance of internships for students and career opportunities for graduates.

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