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Coe College

Coe College
Sinclair Auditorium
Motto "Veritas Virtusque" (Truth and Virtue)
Established 1851
Type Private
Affiliation Presbyterian Church (USA)
Endowment US $77.9 million[1]
President David McInally
Academic staff
Undergraduates 1,300
Location Cedar Rapids, IA, USA
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Coe College is a private, four-year, liberal arts college in Cedar Rapids, in the U.S. state of Iowa. Founded in 1851, the institution is historically affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Its current president is David McInally. It is one of the Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM).


Coe offers more than 40 majors: Accounting, African-American Studies, American Studies, Art, Asian Studies, Athletic Training, Biochemistry, Biology, Business Administration, Chemistry, Computer Science, Creative Writing, Economics, Education, English, English as a Second Language – ESL, Environmental Science, French, French Studies, Gender Studies, General Science, German, German Studies, History, Historical Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies, Literature, Mathematics, Molecular Biology, Music, Neuroscience, Nursing, Philosophy, Physical Education, Physics, Political Science, Pre-Professional Programs, Psychology, Public Relations, Religion, Sociology, Spanish, Spanish Studies, Speech, Theatre Arts, and Writing.

Coe also provides the option for students to create their own major under the guidance of faculty members.

Coe College awards the following degrees:


Coe College teams participate as a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division III. The Kohawks are a member of the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (IIAC). Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, swimming & diving, tennis, track & field and wrestling; while women's sports include basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, swimming & diving, tennis, track & field and volleyball.

Stewart Memorial Library

Stewart Memorial Library houses more than 202,000 books and other materials. The library contains gallery spaces featuring collections from Iowa artists Marvin Cone, Conger Metcalf, and Grant Wood.[2]

Stewart Memorial Library was renovated and expanded in 1989 through a grant from the Hall Foundation. The original building was a gift from Robert W. Stewart, chairman of the board of Standard Oil company, in 1931.

National rankings

Coe is recognized by a variety of college ranking publications. U.S. News & World Report regularly includes Coe in its "America's Best Colleges" publication, which ranked Coe tied for 98th among national liberal arts colleges in its 2009 edition. Coe is also included in the latest editions of The Princeton Review 361 Best Colleges and Peterson's Guide to Selective Colleges. Barron's "300 Best Buys in College Education ranks Coe as "Very Competitive."

Department of Music

Coe College is known for a strong Department of Music, with a long history of excellence. Approximately one out of every four students participates in music each year. Marc Falk is chair of the Department of Music, which has been accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) since 1962. Performing ensembles include a concert band, concert choir, a chamber choir (known as Crimson & Gold) women's chorale, symphony orchestra, and jazz band. There also is a student-led drumline that operates independently of the music department. The department sponsors chapters of two musically oriented fraternities, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and Mu Phi Epsilon.

Fraternities and sororities

Coe has an active Greek social community: five men's fraternities and four women's fraternities (sororities). The groups, all of which are chapters of national organizations, include fraternities Lambda Chi Alpha, Sigma Nu, Phi Kappa Tau, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and Tau Kappa Epsilon; and sororities Alpha Omicron Pi, Alpha Sigma Alpha, Delta Delta Delta and Alpha Gamma Delta.[3] The campus is also home to a chapter of Mu Phi Epsilon, a coeducational professional music fraternity.

At one time, Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity and Kappa Delta and Chi Omega sororities had chapters on campus but they are now defunct.

Coe has[when?] implemented a Greek Task Force focusing on revising the current Greek system. The Greek Task Force is composed of Greek students, Greek alumni, Coe faculty and administrators, and non-Greek students.

Writing center

Coe's Writing Center is the largest undergraduate writing center in the nation with over 80 undergraduates on staff.[4]

The Coe Writing Center opened in September 1986 with a staff of seven writing consultants directed by Robert L. Marrs, professor of rhetoric. Since that first year, the CWC has grown in size and influence on campus, currently conducting over 2,000 student conferences per year. Staff members have published dozens of articles and essays in professional journals and have given over 80 presentations at state, regional, and national conferences. Most recent conferences have included the Midwest Writing Center Association conference in Rapid City, South Dakota.

The CWC also produces and distributes several campus publications, including The Pearl, Colere, Coetry, and the Coe Quarto.

Notable alumni

  • S. Donald Stookey – American inventor who had 60 patents in his name related to glass and ceramics [5]


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