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Coe College is a small private college in Iowa that has an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church. A reverend actually had a hand in the founding of the school. While traveling the country in the hopes of soliciting donations for a new seminary, he received a large donation from a man named Coe. That man recommended that he pick Cedar Rapids for his new school, which he eventually did. Founded in 1851, it opened as the Cedar Rapids Collegiate Institute and was actually one of the only colleges in the state with a coeducational admissions policy. All students had the right to apply and attend classes. It also operated under the name of the Coe College Institute before becoming dropping institute from its name.

Though the college offers Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Nursing and Bachelor of Music programs, it also offers 40 degree options and allows students to design their own majors. Those who choose this route will need to work with an adviser to meet all general education requirements. It has an enrollment rate of around 1,400 students, but it hires a large number of professors to keep its class sizes low. The average class size at this college consists of just 16 students. U.S. News & World Report and Princeton Review both rank Coe on their lists of the best American colleges. It also has a strong reputation as being one of the best colleges for Presbyterian students and as an affordable college.

Coe College Accreditation Details

The institutional accreditation that Coe has comes from the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools of the Higher Learning Commission. Some of the degree programs that the college offers have accreditation as well like its programs in nursing and music. Those programs have accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and the National Association of Schools of Music.

Coe Application Requirements

Prospective Coe students have the option of applying early decision each year. Undergrads will need to submit a completed application by November 15 and have a parent or guardian fill out and submit a special form that shows the student has his or her approval to apply early. Students will receive a response from the college in the late winter. Those who apply before the standard or regular deadline should get a response by the end of spring.

The college recommends that students follow a college prep curriculum that consists of four years of English classes, two years of a foreign language and at least three years of social studies, science and math classes. The college also gives course credit to students who took IB and AP classes and will allow students to transfer credits from an accredited college. You must score at least a C in each course that you want to transfer. Coe allows students to use its own online application or the Common Application when applying. You'll also need to submit your ACT or SAT test score and a transcript from your high school. The college will also accept a letter of recommendation and/or a personal essay.

As the college offers a select number of graduate degree programs, you may want to know how to apply for a spot in one of those programs. Its Department of Education is open to students who have an education undergrad degree and those who studied education. You'll need to contact this department to find out more about the application process and exactly what you need to do to apply. The college typically asks for a college transcript, a test score from an exam like the GRE and other information in addition to a completed application.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Attending Coe as an undergrad will cost you around $51,500 a year. While the college does not have separate tuition rates for Iowa residents and nonresidents, it does charge a flat tuition rate of more than $40,000 a year for all full-time students. You'll need to take at least 12 credits each semester, but you can take more without facing any added fees. The cost of living on the campus will add more than $8,000 to your total costs because you need to pay for both a meal plan and a dorm room. Graduate programs may cost a little more.

Though the cost of attending the college is high, the college offers an average financial aid package of more than $38,000. When you submit the FAFSA, the college instantly looks at your responses to build a financial aid package around your needs. Most students qualify for both grants and loans that come from the federal government as well as the state government. You may qualify for one of the jobs available on the campus as well as one or more scholarships. There are loans available for parents and private loans for students too.

Education Degrees

Coe offers both a bachelor's and a master's program in education. Its bachelor's program is a good choice for many because it allows students to pick the age of kids they want to work with as well as the subject they want to teach. You can pick from more than 20 different subject areas in the secondary school program, which prepares you for working with older students in high school settings. This program is unique because its students spend more time working in the field than they would in other programs. You'll actually have more than 100 hours of classroom experience under your belt by the time that you graduate. Coe also offers an elementary school or primary school program that helps you meet the requirements for getting your teaching license in Iowa. Some of the subjects you can learn to teach include physical education, art and math.

The college also offers a Master of Arts in Teaching program, which is a graduate program that the school designed for those already teaching. You'll have the option to take classes at times that work around your work schedule, including later in the afternoon, at night and on weekends. Students can also take summer classes when they're not working. Coe College education graduate students typically enroll in this program on a part-time basis and spend a little over two years to earn their MA teaching degrees.

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