Coe College

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Coe College
Motto"Veritas Virtusque" (Truth and Virtue)
AffiliationPresbyterian Church (USA)
EndowmentUS$77.9 million[1]
PresidentDavid McInally
Academic staff
86 full-time, 76 part-time
Location, ,
Campus70 acres (280,000 m2)
ColorsCrimson and gold          

Coe College is a private, four-year, residential liberal arts college in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Founded in 1851, the institution is historically affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). It is a member of the Associated Colleges of the Midwest and the Association of Presbyterian Colleges and Universities. Coe's current president is David McInally.


Coe College was founded in 1851 by Rev. Williston Jones as the School for the Prophets.[2] While canvassing churches in the East to raise money for students to attend Eastern seminaries, Jones met a farmer named Daniel Coe, who donated $1,500 and encouraged Jones to open a college in Cedar Rapids. Coe's gift came with the stipulation that the college should offer education to both men and women, and when the Cedar Rapids campus opened as the Cedar Rapids Collegiate Institute, it was founded as a co-educational institution.[2] In 1875, the college was reestablished as Coe College Institute and in 1881, after a generous gift from T.M Sinclair, founder of the Sinclair Meat Packing Company, was finally founded as Coe College.

Coe was accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Universities in 1907.


With 1,400+ students, an average class size of 16 and an 11:1 student-to-faculty ratio, Coe is known for its "student-centered" approach to learning.[3] All courses are taught by faculty, not teaching assistants. Coe offers more than 60 areas of study and provides the option for students to create their own major under the guidance of faculty members. Forty percent of Coe students double major and still graduate in four years. One-hundred percent of students are guaranteed an internship, research or off-campus study opportunity. Google, Corning Inc., Mayo Clinic and Chicago Board of Trade are a few of the businesses reserving internships for Coe students.

In the past 15 years, Coe has received nearly $10 million in funding from the National Science Foundation and is one of only a few small colleges to serve as a host site for the National Science Foundation's Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program.

Coe has produced 24 Fulbright Program scholars in the past six years.

Coe College awards the following degrees: Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Bachelor of Music (B.M.), and Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.).


Thirty-five percent of Coe students participate in varsity athletics. Coe College has 21 Men's and Women's athletic teams and is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division III. Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, swimming & diving, tennis, track & field - indoor, track & field - outdoor and wrestling; women's sports include basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, swimming & diving, tennis, track & field - indoor, track & field - outdoor and volleyball. Their athletic team name is the Kohawks, a stylized bird; their mascot is known as Charlie Kohawk.

Athletic and Recreation Center[edit]

The largest capital project in Coe's history was the $20 million renovation of Coe's Athletics and Recreation Complex that was completed in the fall of 2017. Coe leveraged its existing facilities by tying together Eby Fieldhouse and Clark Racquet Center into a comprehensive 200,000 square foot state-of-the-art athletic complex including Kohawk Arena, strength and conditioning room, fitness center and the J. Barron Bremner Wrestling Room.

Stewart Memorial Library[edit]

Stewart Memorial Library houses more than 202,000 books and other materials. The library contains gallery spaces featuring collections from Iowa artists Marvin Cone, Conger Metcalf, and Grant Wood.[4]

National rankings[edit]

Coe is recognized by a variety of college ranking publications. U.S. News & World Report regularly includes Coe in its "America's Best Colleges" publication and ranks it as a Top National Liberal Arts College. Coe is included in the latest editions of The Princeton Review's Best Colleges and a Top 25 Best Schools For Internships in the U.S.

Fraternities and sororities[edit]

Coe has an active Greek social community with five fraternities and five sororities. The groups, all of which are chapters of national organizations, include fraternities Lambda Chi Alpha, Phi Kappa Tau, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Sigma Nu and Tau Kappa Epsilon; and sororities Alpha Omicron Pi, Alpha Sigma Alpha, Delta Delta Delta, Alpha Gamma Delta and Zeta Phi Beta.[5]

Writing center[edit]

Coe's Writing Center (CWC) is the largest undergraduate student-run writing center in the nation, with over 60 undergraduates on staff.[6] It opened in September 1986 with a staff of seven writing consultants, directed by Robert L. Marrs, professor of rhetoric. Since that first year, the CWC has grown in size and influence on campus, currently conducting over 2,000 student conferences per year. Staff members have published in professional journals, and have given over 80 presentations at state, regional, and national conferences including the Midwest Writing Center Association conference.

The CWC also produces and distributes several campus publications, including The Pearl, Colere, Coetry, and the Coe Quarto.

Notable alumni[edit]


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  23. ^ Gary Allan Sojka

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Coordinates: 41°59′18″N 91°39′25″W / 41.98833°N 91.65694°W / 41.98833; -91.65694