Coe College was founded in 1851 by Rev. Williston Jones as The School for the Prophets. While canvassing churches in the East to raise money to help send students to Eastern seminaries, Jones met a farmer named Daniel Coe, who pledged to donate $1,500 and encouraged Jones to open a college in Cedar Rapids. Coe's gift came with the stiuplation that the college should offer education to both men and women, and when the Cedar Rapids campus opened as the Cedar Rapids Collegiate Institute, it was founded as a co-educational institution. In 1875, the college was reestablished as Coe College Institute and in 1881, after a generous gift from T.M Sinclair, founder of the Sinclair Meat Packing Company, was finally founded as Coe College.
With more than 60 areas of study that cover a range of fields, you're sure to find your interests. We award the following degrees: Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Bachelor of Music (B.M.), and Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.).
Coe College, a highly selective private liberal arts college, offers superior academics and exciting co-curricular activities in a thriving urban setting that promotes student growth and success. Established in 1851, Coe has a national reputation for academic excellence enhanced by a student-centered, highly supportive campus environment.
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Coe is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools, the American Chemical Society, the National Association of Schools of Music, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education, and the Iowa Department of Education.