College Freshman 2013-12-02T20:18:36Z
Guys & Girls:
I have no interest in the males here.
College Freshman 2013-12-02T20:17:48Z
There is virtually nothing to do off campus.
College Freshman 2013-12-02T20:17:17Z
Health & Safety:
There has been a lot of sexual assault on campus. Drinking is a huge thing at Coe and people are extremely irresponsible and disrespectful.
College Freshman 2013-12-02T20:16:06Z
We are located in the worst little stretch of Cedar Rapids. There is a KFC, a Wendy's, and not much else within walking distance.
College Freshman 2013-12-02T20:14:40Z
While in the residence halls, the wifi is relatively reliable--but I have an ethernet cable that helps when the going gets rough. Around campus, there is wifi. However, it makes me log in every time I open a new page on my smartphone, so it's easier to just use 4G.
College Freshman 2013-12-02T20:12:48Z
I have been the first Jew some people have ever met. There is a good amount of ignorance but I have never felt unwelcome. However, I have heard of instances where a homosexual friend of mine was physically harassed until he dropped out.
College Freshman 2013-12-02T20:10:05Z
If you are stupid, people will be asked to leave your dorm. There is no real discipline system set in place.
College Freshman 2013-12-02T20:08:37Z
I do not live in the freshman dorm and am hugely grateful. Armstrong is a disgusting, sticky mess and the entrance floor has had to have video cameras installed to prevent the gross rape messages left on whiteboards. People on my floor are very friendly, however, but can be loud at times when I want to study.
College Freshman 2013-12-02T20:05:59Z
Coe College is not a community of scholars. The party scene is very prevalent and academics are often pushed to the backburner in favor of athletics and greek life. Not what I expected or wanted from a private liberal arts college.
College Junior 2013-08-05T16:47:57Z
It's not really that bad. It's supposed to be strict and all serious, but if you're quiet about it you should be fine. That being said, the hospital next door gets PLENTY of business from stupid drunks here.
College Junior 2013-08-05T16:46:00Z
Campus housing is required for underclassmen at Coe, so you have plenty of options. However, a lot of the buildings are pretty old, and it's not easy to get into the apartments.
College Sophomore 2013-07-29T21:08:36Z
I'm a Business guy and the campus does a really good job at helping students get internships/jobs/ect. You just have to be proactive and use your resources!
College Sophomore 2013-07-29T21:03:56Z
Guys & Girls:
Style is not a huge thing here. It's Iowa. So you're generally dealing with lots of small town people who weren't brought up with that much style or "swag". However, the guys and girls are very into close personal relationships and having a good time together. Proportionally there are a good number of attractive girls and guys, it's just a small school so there's not a huge amount to choose from.
College Sophomore 2013-07-29T21:01:14Z
Coe is generally pretty laid back and takes the approach of treating the students as adults (which they are) rather than being the babysitter/mediator. As long as you're being safe and not harmful to others (or yourself) you're usually fine.
College Sophomore 2013-07-29T20:59:04Z
I got an amazing scholarship from the school. Coe does a really good job at making school affordable for it's students. Lots of these scholarships come with a minimum GPA requirement, which makes the students take school seriously and hold up their ends of the bargain. Overall, it is a great financial aid system.
College Sophomore 2013-07-29T20:54:27Z
Everything you need is right at your fingertips. The campus is small so you very rarely need transportation. Although if you do find yourself in need of transportation, you can always call security and have them come pick you up.
College Senior 2013-07-09T23:51:47Z
Personally I've never had trouble finding parking, but I have heard from other students that parking is difficult sometimes. Every year there seems to be more cars and the same amount of parking spots.
College Senior 2013-07-09T23:50:06Z
Most students use the provided food services. The food provider doesn't have much options for vegan's or vegetarians though. You can definitely tell they serve leftovers and processed food, but they are starting to bring in more salads and healthier options. I still buy groceries for snacks and when I don't feel like eating meals in the cafeteria.
College Senior 2013-07-09T23:45:58Z
I think one of the best parts about Coe is that there are so many different people who are unique that it's impossible not to find someone who you have something in common with. There are countless organizations and clubs that support just about anything you can think of.
College Senior 2013-07-09T23:41:48Z
It's a requirement to live on campus all four years. It creates a better community. The surrounding area of campus isn't very welcoming. It's definitely better to stay on campus.
College Junior 2013-06-26T22:53:25Z
I love the classes that I have had so far and the nursing professors have been very helpful in guiding me to the classes that I need and tips on how to study and take tests to get the grades that I need. They also make sure that they know what is going on in your life so that they can give you the help that you need.
College Junior 2013-06-26T22:49:50Z
the dorms are pretty good but I would avoid Murray Hall. As a freshman I would definitely try to get into Armstrong, I had a lot of fun there and it was a good introduction to campus life.
College Junior 2013-06-05T18:54:42Z
Computers are widely available for students to use, and have some remote storage that allows you to access your files from all the school computers. There are some available 24/7, but it might get a bit crowded if everyone decides to start cramming at once.
College Junior 2013-05-23T12:52:07Z
Coe certainly doesn't take any pains to help students with transportation. But students with cars are generally good about helping out those without cars - and if you have a friend with a car and you have some place to be regularly, try working out a payment system for gas.
There are two main bus stops that pick up either right on campus or right on the edge of it - the number 5 (which will take you anywhere from downtown to Lindale Mall to Marion or Hiawatha, if you need) and the number 6 (which goes out by Wal-Mart and Target on Blairs Ferry, out by Hiawatha). And many other bus stops are within walking distance of the college. Bus fare for students is reasonable - $1.00 per ride with a student ID. Daily bus passes are available for $3.00 per day or monthly passes for $30.00 per month. Daily passes are issued on the buses, monthly passes must be paid for (with cash or check) at the station.
But, the buses don't run on Sundays, evenings, or holidays. They're great at providing early morning service, but that means you're s.o.l. if you need to be somewhere after 7pm (that's when the buses stop running - which means you have to plan to be back at Coe by about 6:30pm). For those who need the bus during those hours, there is the option of NTS (which costs $5 per ride, but you have to stop by their office to talk to them about who you are and why you need their transportation service) or a cab (which can get expensive, but is good for last-ditch efforts - and never use Yellow Cab, only Century Cab.)
Otherwise, there's always the good old-fashioned walking or biking options. I'm not a biker myself, and so I couldn't tell you how long it takes to get places by bike, but by foot, you can get almost anywhere you need in Cedar Rapids within two and a half hours of a walk one way (about six and a half miles). The mall is within an hour and fifteen by foot one way, and half that distance is the Walgreens on First Ave. Wal-Mart and Target are within two hours by foot one way. Within a half hour walk is downtown - which includes various business tycoons and offices as well as entertainment centers like Theater Cedar Rapids, the US Cellular Center, and the Paramount Theater and various restaurants and shops (this also includes the bus station). And within about ten minutes by foot are HyVee, McDonald's, Wendy's, KFC, Bank of the West, Wells Fargo, Riley's (a breakfast joint), St. Luke's Hospital, Willis Dady Emergency Shelter, Taco Bell, the History Center, several elementary schools, pawn shops, computer repair services, car-repair services, and various bars and tattoo parlors. And I'm sure I'm leaving things out.
College Junior 2013-05-09T14:45:01Z
There are things to do if you have a car to take off campus, but without that sort of transportation your potential activities are fairly limited. Also, a lot of people make the trip to Iowa City for recreation rather than staying in Cedar Rapids.
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