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Reviews 273 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: It is hard to find off-campus housing at a reasonable price in Cedar Rapids. Coe offers apartment-style housing that does not require a meal plan. This is a useful tool to utilize as a person with financial needs.

5 College Junior

Scholarships: Coe is really good about working with students who have financial need. I was not going to be able to attend a private institution until Coe helped to build up grants/scholarships.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Coe is really good for individuals who want their teachers to know them. I can honestly say that most of my professors would go out of their way to make me understand the information. Coe loves students who love to learn. I have gone to professors' houses for family dinner night, Bible study, and even helped a couple move in to their homes.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: College is what you make of it. It is important for every student to branch out and look for research opportunities in other schools. A well-rounded student will make a college degree from this school look outstanding.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Co Po is on the ball.

4 College Junior

Majors: This is a section of the school that is getting increasingly better.

4 College Junior

Majors: I enjoy the major that I am involved in now. I originally attended Coe because of their raving review of the Biology Dept. I went to the school and found it and the other sciences to be fairly disappointing. So I switched. I think that the school should work on my research opportunities as well as finding teachers who actually want to teach in their designated classes. (for the science departments)

4 College Junior

Greek Life: I would appreciate more options so that individuals can find the Greek life that speaks to them personally, but the school is smaller, so that is not really an option.

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Very big city- with very interesting smells. All of the kids who go to Coe like to guess what kind of cereal is being made at General Mills that day based on the smell in the air.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Could be better, but what are you going to do?

3 College Junior

Athletics: I would appreciate more hours so that students can be fit even if their schedule is tight.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Coe is in downtown Cedar Rapids so there are lots of choices when it comes to off-campus dining. Another perk is that many of the restaurants right next to Coe have discounts for Coe students.

4 College Junior

Scholarships: Coe does a great job at making school affordable for everyone and definitely a much better job than most other private liberal arts schools. Some advice I would give would be to take advantage of the many internal scholarships and go to the scholarship weekend held in March/April.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Coe College is a residential college so almost everybody lives on campus and very few people live outside the school's jurisdiction. There are many pro's such as having a close knit and friendly community and not having to deal with real police and criminal records for partying.

4 College Senior

Scholarships: The women in the financial aid office are great and always willing to help. Make sure you get all of your documents in on time and check your my.coe website to check their process.

4 College Senior

Campus Strictness: Campus security is very much present at Coe. They're always easy to reach and are there if you need a ride back to your dorm late at night.

3 College Senior

Diversity: Since I grew up in Chicago, there is definitely less diversity at Coe than what I'm used to. A lot of the students come from small farming towns that were quite homogenous. However, nearly everyone that I've met has been very accepting of differences.

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4 College Senior

Majors: I would definitely do it all over again if I could. I think the small class sizes really benefited me and allowed me to build great relationships with my peers and grow as a person. Since my classmates and I have such a great relationship we've been able to share ideas and work together on many occasions. I can't see this happening if I went to a big school and class in a lecture hall with 200 other students. I would like to be an Elementary teacher and maybe later in life get into Education Law. I think that Coe has prepared me well and has done a great job of giving me interview tips too.

5 College Senior

Majors: While I haven't yet gotten to my student teaching semester, I've had several practicum experiences in local elementary schools. The Education Department does a good job of setting these up for you and making sure they work with your schedule. I've had great experiences in all of my practicum placements. The professors do a great job of providing time for us to talk about our practicum time during class and connect our observations to methods that we're learnign about in class.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: The caf is getting better. Sodexo is always open to changes and have made a lot of changes since I started attending.

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: It is a small campus so everyone knows everyone or knows someone who knows others. A lot of things are very public.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: I applied to 4 colleges and Coe was the only one that sent me a personalized acceptance letter. They included a little blurb about my essay I submitted and it really made me feel like the college actually wanted me there as a person rather than as a number.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Pizza Daddy's is the best and delivers straight to your dorm. Cream cheese cheese bread is the only thing needed when you order. It sounds gross, but is great.

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4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: There are 3 smaller colleges that are very involved in the community.


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Manish Khadka
Kathmandu, Nepal
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Students who consider academics their main priority will not regret attending Coe. The importance of getting an education often outweighs the prominence of a student's social life, and it is totally up to the student to balance both of these aspects. For many students, their first day of Coe College started with a speech from the school's President, which discussed the essence of having a sound education in writing, critical thinking, and speaking ability. Over the course of four years, students develop these skills, both inside and outside of the classroom. Generally, the liberal arts education students receive at Coe prepares students to work in their desired field after graduation. However, it is of no surprise to see an accounting major working for a health camp in the Peace Corps—you sometimes end up where you least expected to be!

The only reason to ever reconsider Coe would be its location; the small areas of the school and the city are probably the worst of what Coe has to offer. Cedar Rapids is not the best place to be in the United States, but Coe College's good blend of other necessary factors overshadows the darker aspect of the Midwestern region.

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