Coe, Cornell, Mount Mercy all set enrollment records

Kirkwood has third-highest enrollment in history

Students participate in commencement activities at Coe College in May 2008. (Jonathan D. Woods/The Gazette)
Students participate in commencement activities at Coe College in May 2008. (Jonathan D. Woods/The Gazette)

Coe College, Cornell College and Mount Mercy University all saw enrollment increases this fall that set record student numbers at the three eastern Iowa schools.

Kirkwood Community College saw a slight decrease in enrollment this fall compared to last year, but it was still the college's third highest enrollment total ever.

Officials with the schools released fall enrollment numbers this week.

Coe's enrollment was 1,312 full-time students for fall, a 2 percent increase from last year. Not only was full-time enrollment a record at Coe, but so were the number of applications, the number of first-year students and the number of students living in residence on campus, officials said. Counting part-time students, Coe's total enrollment is 1,378. Coe officials said they are pleased the academic profile of the student body also strengthened, with the class of 2015 with an average ACT score of 26 and grade-point average of 3.7.

At Cornell College, enrollment of 1,197 set a record for the second year in a row. This year's class of new students has 385 members and is among the most geographically and ethnically diverse in Cornell's history, officials said. Twenty percent of the students are from Iowa, and 25 percent are U.S. minority students.

Mount Mercy set enrollment records in traditional enrollment, adult accelerated enrollment and graduate student enrollment. Mount Mercy's total enrollment this fall is 1,824. Traditional enrollment is 1,121 students, up from last year's 1,073. The residential population also increased, up 16 percent from last year, with 423 students living on campus. Graduate programs saw a 41 percent increase since last fall, with total enrollment this year at 286 in four master's programs. The adult accelerated programs grew to 417 students, up 13 percent.

Kirkwood Community College's fall enrollment was down slightly, after a record graduating class last spring, officials said. Total enrollment is 17,610 this fall, down 4.8 percent from last year's record high of 18,456. But this fall's total is still the third-highest for the college, officials said. Of the 17,610 students enrolled, 9,943 take classes at the main campus in Cedar Rapids, 3,403 in Iowa City and 3,513 in distance learning courses. Some of the most popular programs are liberal arts, nursing, education careers, management, law enforcement and culinary arts.

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