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Reviews 434 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Senior

Overall Experience: The professors are so knowledgable about their field, and they all are vey willing to help me

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: I know that I have been prepared very well for my next step in life

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: In a sketchy area, but I always feel very safe walking across campus by myself at night

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: Once you are in apartment housing it is not bad, but the housing process itself is a hassle

3 College Senior

Athletics: They are updating all of their athletic buildings this summer

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: It is a great school where teachers are really available to help any day of the week, at any time

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I'm a psych major, and I've gotta say I adore my department. The professors are enthusiastic about what they teach and my peers are non-competitive and friendly. Class sizes are small. My biggest class had 29 kids and my smallest had 4. Classes are usually lecture based with little every day homework. I love it. These areas are exactly what I looked for in a college.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Students from Coe generally get a job right out of school/offered a job while in school or move on to higher education. Coe prepares all its students well for their future careers and academic advisors are always ready to help- no matter how many times you change your major. Lots of Coe alums get recruited by employers right in the Cedar Rapids area.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Crime/theft is rare. I left my dorm unlocked a good chunk of my time at school because I felt safe doing so. There were a few instances of sexual assault on campus, but that can be said for any college, the problem with those cases were that administration seemed to only report them and do nothing to prevent them. To be fair, sexual assault isn't an issue only seen at Coe, and the number of reported assaults were far below average. So yes, I do feel safe on campus. Security additives in a timely fashion and there's always an RA on duty in the dorm lobbies for help.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: It really depends on where you're put. As a first-year, I was placed on one of the nicest dorms on campus, Armstrong. The rooms are a decent size and the lobby is always bustling. Douglas and Voorhees are also nice and clean. The RAs do a good job of promoting a sense of community on floors. The less nice dorms are getting their lobbies redone this summer, so that's a plus.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Coe is in a pretty sketchy part of town but on campus I have never felt unsafe I just don't leave campus alone.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I love it here, there are a handful of things I would change or make better but overall it's a great experience.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Dorms here are good but nothing crazy fancy.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Sorority life here is awesome, I

4 College Freshman

Athletics: The athletics are all very good but if you aren't involved you never feel like a loser.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life does great things for the Cedar Rapids area, they're always holding events and fundraisers and are just cool people to be around. Each sorority/fraternity has a different feel to it, so there's something for everyone. I'm definitely considering rushing next year. The cost of Greek life leaves a little to be desired, but all the branches have payment plans and scholarships. And while most of the Greeks don't have their own houses, they do have their own special floors in the respective all female and male dorms.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: While I don't participate in sports myself, I can appreciate the work Coe puts on to give our athletes proper space and equipment. There are two gyms, Eby and Clark, and a new addition being added onto Clark this summer to give athletes additional space. As an average student, I would like to say that I wish there was more Kohawk pride on campus, but I guess that's what comes with being a small, division III school.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Coe's small campus and community were really what I was looking for in a college. The professors expect a lot out of you, but they're willing to put in all the work necessary for their students to succeed. I honestly cannot gush enough about Coe. I had such a hard time saying goodbye when breaks rolled around. Overall, if you can afford it and are motivated enough, Coe is an incredible place to learn and to be.

5 College Student

Overall Experience: The classes are small, with an average of 17 students for one professor. We don't have any teacher assistants(TA's), because the class size is so small. The largest class offered on campus is typically Cellular and Molecular Biology with anywhere from 30-70 students. Class styles are open and inviting for questions, opinions, and discussions.

4 College Student

Overall Experience: The career services is very friendly, and they send out emails with opportunities to volunteer, do community service, apply for an internship, get a job, etc.

3 College Student

Health & Safety: Cedar Rapids is a great town, and as with every larger city there are certain parts that are not as safe as others. Security is available 24/7 for them to walk you to/from your dorm, the library, your car, etc. and they are very nice. It is best to walk in 2's or 3's on campus, though you'll be fine walking on your alone if being aware of your surroundings.

3 College Student

Greek Life: There is a particular sorority that can be very prejudice when selecting people to join them, as it appears that they are all caucasian and blonde, and come from money. In recent years the diversity in that sorority has grown, however it still is considered to be "snobby" and many people are put-off by this behavior. One of the fraternities is THE party frat, though the are the only greeks with an off-campus house. This house is not in affiliation with Coe directly, as the fraternity takes full responsibility and is not available as an option for housing. Because there is no off campus housing for those in Greek life, it does decrease the number of activities and parties they have.

4 College Student

Athletics: They are currently renovating the athletic facility to include; a new performance arena with 2,000 seats, an updated fitness center with a skywalk between the two athletic buildings, a brand new wrestling room, elevators in one of the buildings, bigger and better locker rooms, as well as new athletic machines and weight-lifting rooms. Sports are big part of campus, but don't overshadow the other activities and clubs on campus.

4 College Student

Overall Experience: The professors are there to help and love it when you stop to ask a question or to just say hello. They are available majority of the day, and they post their office hours on the doors so you can check and see when they are next available. As normal, their teaching style and types of materials they use varies from professor to professor, but the have one thing in common; they want you to succeed.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: There are a lot of cousees available and I love how the GED requirements forces you to at least consider the different options available. You can never know what topic or subject you'll love.


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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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