CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- Coe College has welcomed 446 new full-time students this fall, the largest incoming class in its history.
The academically talented and highly diverse class of 2021 has contributed to a record number of full-time students at the college, with 1,348 enrolled for the fall term.
Since the fall of 2013, Coe has enrolled the five largest first-year classes and five largest full-time student bodies in its history, making the institution the fastest growing college in the state.
This year’s new student and total full-time enrollment numbers break previous records set in 2014.
“Given the challenges in higher education, we are thrilled to welcome a record number of new students to Coe, with the largest overall full-time enrollment in college history,” said Coe President David McInally. “With the advantages of our Cedar Rapids location, the recent completion of several major facility projects, a solid academic program, and the implementation of a new strategic plan underway, we believe students are recognizing the benefits of a Coe education.”
Members of the class of 2021 have an average ACT score of 25 and grade point average of 3.7.
A total of 53 first-year students scored 30 or greater on the ACT test.
As well, more than 60 percent of first-year class members ranked in the top 10 percent of their high school graduating classes.
The college has first-time students of color representing nearly 35 percent of the entering class.
“As both a Coe graduate and employee, I've been associated with this institution for many years, and the momentum we are feeling is unlike anything I've seen,” said Vice President for Admission and Marketing Julie Staker.
This year's Coe class includes students from 26 states and several countries.
Out-of-state students comprise 65 percent of the class.
Over the past year, Coe has completed $24 million in new and renovated facilities, including the remodeling and expansion of Hickok Hall, one of the college’s main academic buildings.
The new Coe College Athletics and Recreation Complex (ARC) was open for the start of school, and students are excited to be using the new facilities.
The college’s athletic facilities now rank among the best in the region, creating an enhanced environment for recreation and wellness, as well as competitive athletics. In addition, new outdoor spaces were built on campus over the summer, creating casual areas for students for study and socialize.
Through the new Center for Creativity and Careers, Coe students have unprecedented opportunities to secure mentorships, internships and career opportunities.
In addition, the college has added a Social and Criminal Justice major to increase the academic offerings for students.