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Reviews 403 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The courses offered are challenging and make me work hard. The professors that teach these courses are always available to help us when we ask for it and teach the courses very well.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: There are a lot of big employers in Cedar Rapids that often offer internships and job opportunities to students at my school.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel really safe on campus, even though we are in a more ghetto part of Cedar Rapids. Campus police is usually available quickly when we call them and need them.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The housing on campus is really good depending on where you get. The first year dorm, where I was my freshman year, was very clean and was a good building. The lobbies that we have in the dorms are a great place to meet up with friends and have fun.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Many of the parties on campus are thrown by people in Greek life. Though this may be true, a lot of people in Greek life also don't participate in these parties, so the dynamic for Greek life on campus can be very different based on which fraternity you're looking at.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: There are a lot of people that participate in the athletics at my school. They take the sports very seriously and it shows. Students and people from the community love to attend the sporting events and it is a great source of pride for the school.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I love how the people here were so welcoming and nice to me when I first came. The school is very far away from where I lived and my family, so it was difficult for me to adjust to life there at first. The people I met and my teachers were fundamental in helping me get settled in at my new life at school.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: There is capus security, which is nice. There are also these phones that you directly pick up all over campus that connect right away with security that you can use if you ever feel unsafe.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life isn't a big deal on campus. I would say that's good and bad. I'm not currently a member so good for me as I'm not treated differently. But I suppose it could be bad for members that are involved because there isn't a big spot light on them like there may be at some schools. It doesn't make you any better to be a part of it.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: The school is small, and not a big ten school by any means but I think that's great. Because it's small, the students really care and make an effort to support their school. As for fans, other than connections to the school there is not much of a following.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The school is over all very welcoming. Everyone knows everyone and are all very nice. Teachers care a lot, you can tell. Classes are smaller than a typical college and that makes it a much easier environment to learn from.

1 College Sophomore

Academics: Way too hard and difficult to register for classes.

2 College Sophomore

Diversity: Hard to find your group on campus. Not belonging is hard.

1 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Went to an athletic party and the kids were doing MOLLY! WTF not safe at all.

1 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Classes were way too hard. People there suck. It's so hard to make friends. I wouldn't go back there even if they were paying me. Oh yeah, you only get good scholarships if you are not white.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: People say that a Coe education will get you a job, well that's if you can survive this hell hole.

1 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Dead body found on campus within the first week. And multiple gun shots throughout the year. Coe is in the hood, very unsafe.

1 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I did not know most of the people on my floor. Housing is way too much money and being forced to live on campus isn't fair.

2 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I don't know a whole lot about Greek life because I avoid it. I can't stand women being forced into wearing dresses and being "proper women."

1 College Sophomore

Athletics: Some of the equipment in the weight room is a hammy down from a HIGH SCHOOL!!! If I pay that much to attend I would expect something a little nicer. The indoor track is the worst I've ever seen, throwers have to throw into the wall because the tennis coach is crazy about the floors. Complete joke for an athletic facility.

1 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Coe College is a waste of money. It was the worst decision of my life to attend. I made no friends and struggled in classes. Only go to this school if you are a socially awkward super genius.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: I don't really party but I know there are ones on campus and off campus at the different houses. There's always other stuff going on during the weekend if partying isn't your thing.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Classes can be hard and demanding but the professors want students to succeed. They are always available to offer help as are the writing and speaking centers and the AAP office. Some classes are pretty easy but most you have to work for.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: The campus seems to have a good bit of diversity but I wouldn't say it's the best.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Many people do drink and some do drugs, mostly weed. If you don't drink or do drugs though it's not a big deal. If you're caught underage drinking you'll get written up, but only if they catch you with it in the open or you're causing a serious problem.

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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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