• Eastern Iowa private colleges find encouraging news in fall enrollment reports

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    October 03, 2017

    Even as the University of Iowa and Iowa State University look to slow years of record-setting enrollment growth, many of Iowa’s private colleges continue the pursuit for more students — and some in Eastern Iowa are reporting success this fall.

    Coe College in Cedar Rapids, for one, welcomed 446 new full-time students — the largest incoming class in its history, representing a 6.7 percent jump over its 418 first-year students last fall. Coe also reported 1,348 total full-time students, breaking another record and representing a 2.4 percent bump over last fall’s 1,317 full-time students.

    Coe’s total student body this fall — which includes part-time students — came in at 1,393, which is the lowest since at least 2013.

    But Coe officials stressed their primary market is full-time students.

    “It is not surprising nor concerning to us that the total number of part-time students varies from year to year, and the number has declined significantly this fall,” Coe spokesman Rod Pritchard said.