2022 Best Colleges in Iowa

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Grinnell College is a small private liberal arts college located in Grinnell, IA ranked 54th in the US. It has a total of 1,770 full-time undergraduate students and is relatively competitive, accepting 23.08% of applicants. Grinnell College offers 27 different majors and is best known for its Russian Language and Literature, Slavic, Baltic and Albanian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, and French Language and Literature programs (nationally ranked 1st, 3rd, and 11th respectively). With an annual tuition of $53,872 per year, Grinnell College is exceptionally pricey. 86.21% of students graduate ready to the next stage of their lives, employment. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to make approximately $49,100 per year, which is 18% greater than the national median.

Grinnell, IA

www.grinnell.edu

A+

Rating

23%

Acceptance

1,770

Students

#54

Ranking

$53,872

Tuition

Drake University is a small private college located in Des Moines, IA ranked 213th in the US. It has a total of 3,193 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 67.64% acceptance rate. Drake University offers 83 different majors and is best known for its Business Statistics, Actuarial Science, and Accounting and Finance programs (nationally ranked 1st, 2nd, and 7th respectively). With an annual tuition of $42,694 per year, Drake University is quite costly. 71.04% of students graduate moving on to the next chapter of their lives, working. After finishing college, alumni go on to make roughly $58,300 per year, which is 40% over the national median.

Des Moines, IA

www.drake.edu

A

Rating

68%

Acceptance

5,626

Students

#213

Ranking

$42,694

Tuition

Luther College is a small private liberal arts college located in Decorah, IA ranked 264th in the US. It has a total of 2,108 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting around 5/8ths of applicants. Luther College offers 39 different majors and is best known for its Health and Wellness, Health and Fitness, and Information Science programs (nationally ranked 15th, 39th, and 44th respectively). With an annual tuition of $43,500 per year, Luther College is quite costly. 72.84% of students graduate moving on to the next stage of their lives, entering the labor market. Open graduating, alumni go on to bring in near $47,400 per year, which is 14% greater than the national median.

Decorah, IA

www.luther.edu

A-

Rating

62%

Acceptance

2,108

Students

#264

Ranking

$43,500

Tuition

University of Iowa is a very large public university located in Iowa City, IA ranked 4th in Iowa. It has a total of 26,596 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, accepting 82.55% of applicants. University of Iowa offers 430 different majors and is best known for its Kinesiology and Exercise Science, Organizational Leadership, and Informatics programs (nationally ranked 1st, 4th, and 7th respectively). With an annual tuition of $8,073 for students from Iowa and $30,036 for those from out-of-state, University of Iowa is reasonably expensive. 65.58% of students graduate ready to the next chapter of their lives, entering the labor market. After graduation, alumni go on to earn about $51,900 per year, which is 25% greater than the national median.

Iowa City, IA

www.uiowa.edu

A-

Rating

83%

Acceptance

35,339

Students

#302

Ranking

$30,036

Tuition

Iowa State University is a very large public university located in Ames, IA ranked 5th in Iowa. It has a total of 31,555 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, accepting 92.05% of applicants. Iowa State University offers 345 different majors and is best known for its Plant Sciences, Agronomy and Crop Science, and Agricultural Mechanization programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $8,042 for students from Iowa and $23,230 for those from out-of-state, Iowa State University is reasonably high-priced. 68.35% of students graduate moving on to the next chapter of their lives, joining the labor force. After finishing college, alumni go on to earn more or less $50,700 per year, which is 22% greater than the national median.

Ames, IA

www.iastate.edu

B+

Rating

92%

Acceptance

37,944

Students

#376

Ranking

$23,230

Tuition

Cornell College is a small private liberal arts college located in Mount Vernon, IA ranked 6th in Iowa. It has a total of 1,143 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 61.77% of applicants. Cornell College offers 54 different majors and is best known for its Secondary Education and Teaching and Creative Writing programs, which are respectively ranked 6th and 36th in the US. With an annual tuition of $43,550 per year, Cornell College is quite expensive. 65.14% of students graduate starting the next phase of their lives, employment. After college, alumni go on to take in approximately $43,000 per year, which is 4% greater than the national median.

Mount Vernon, IA

www.cornellcollege.edu

B+

Rating

62%

Acceptance

1,143

Students

#379

Ranking

$43,550

Tuition

Coe College

#386 IOWA

Coe College is a small private liberal arts college located in Cedar Rapids, IA ranked 7th in Iowa. It has a total of 1,477 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 63.33% acceptance rate. Coe College offers 57 different majors and is best known for its Neuroscience, Physics, and Creative Writing programs (respectively ranked 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in Iowa). With an annual tuition of $45,230 per year, Coe College is extremely pricey. 64.02% of students graduate starting the next phase of their lives, joining the workforce. After graduation, alumni go on to earn about $46,200 per year, which is 11% above the national median.

Cedar Rapids, IA

www.coe.edu

B+

Rating

63%

Acceptance

1,477

Students

#386

Ranking

$45,230

Tuition

Allen College

#500 IOWA

Allen College is a very small private institution located in Waterloo, IA ranked 8th in Iowa. It has a total of 463 full-time undergraduate students. Allen College offers 26 different majors and is best known for its Diagnostic Medical Sonography and Ultrasound Technology and Registered Nursing programs, which are respectively ranked 12th and 43rd in the nation. With an annual tuition of $17,612 per year, Allen College is reasonably priced. 80.6% of students graduate beginning the next stage of their lives, employment. After finishing college, alumni go on to earn about $50,800 per year, which is 22% above the national median.

Waterloo, IA

www.allencollege.edu

B

Rating

100%

Acceptance

844

Students

#500

Ranking

$17,612

Tuition

Saint Ambrose University is a small private college located in Davenport, IA ranked 9th in Iowa. It has a total of 2,492 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 76.79% of applicants. Saint Ambrose University offers 123 different majors and is best known for its Forensic Psychology, Computer Systems Analysis, and Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations programs (nationally ranked 4th, 9th, and 11th respectively). With an annual tuition of $31,532 per year, Saint Ambrose University is somewhat moderately expensive. 60.71% of students graduate ready to the next phase of their lives, employment. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to make around $47,300 per year, which is 14% greater than the national median.

Davenport, IA

www.sau.edu

B

Rating

77%

Acceptance

3,352

Students

#509

Ranking

$31,532

Tuition

Central College is a small private college located in Pella, IA ranked 10th in Iowa. It has a total of 1,323 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 65.07% of applicants. Central College offers 35 different majors and is best known for its Exercise Physiology and Actuarial Science programs, which are respectively ranked 18th and 34th in America. With an annual tuition of $38,600 per year, Central College is quite expensive. 59.48% of students graduate ready to the next phase of their lives, working. After finishing college, alumni go on to bring in approximately $44,700 per year, which is 8% greater than the national median.

Pella, IA

www.central.edu

B-

Rating

65%

Acceptance

1,323

Students

#559

Ranking

$38,600

Tuition

Loras College

#567 IOWA

Loras College is a small private institution located in Dubuque, IA ranked 11th in Iowa. It has a total of 1,494 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 75.32% acceptance rate. Loras College offers 49 different majors and is best known for its Applied Physics, Secondary Education and Teaching, and Management Science programs (nationally ranked 21st, 27th, and 45th respectively). With an annual tuition of $33,500 per year, Loras College is reasonably expensive. 63.76% of students graduate ready to the next chapter of their lives, employment. After college, alumni go on to draw more or less $44,600 per year, which is 7% over the national median.

Dubuque, IA

www.loras.edu

B-

Rating

75%

Acceptance

1,594

Students

#567

Ranking

$33,500

Tuition

Mount Mercy University is a small private college located in Cedar Rapids, IA ranked 12th in Iowa. It has a total of 1,753 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 65.99% acceptance rate. Mount Mercy University offers 79 different majors and is best known for its Human Resources and Actuarial Science programs, which are respectively ranked 13th and 35th in America. With an annual tuition of $32,862 per year, Mount Mercy University is reasonably high-priced. 64.23% of students graduate starting the next phase of their lives, working. After college, alumni go on to make around $45,300 per year, which is 9% over the national median.

Cedar Rapids, IA

www.mtmercy.edu

B-

Rating

66%

Acceptance

2,218

Students

#574

Ranking

$32,862

Tuition

Wartburg College is a small private institution located in Waverly, IA ranked 13th in Iowa. It has a total of 1,569 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 75.14% of applicants. Wartburg College offers 47 different majors and is best known for its Music Teacher Education, Engineering Science, and Music Therapy programs (nationally ranked 11th, 13th, and 15th respectively). With an annual tuition of $41,830 per year, Wartburg College is quite costly. 60.86% of students graduate ready to the next stage of their lives, employment. Open graduating, alumni go on to make near $45,400 per year, which is 9% over the national median.

Waverly, IA

www.wartburg.edu

B-

Rating

75%

Acceptance

1,569

Students

#582

Ranking

$41,830

Tuition

Morningside College is a small private institution located in Sioux City, IA ranked 14th in Iowa. It has a total of 1,345 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 63.09% acceptance rate. Morningside College offers 66 different majors and is best known for its History Teacher Education, Non-Profit Management, and Organizational Leadership programs (nationally ranked 5th, 8th, and 28th respectively). With an annual tuition of $31,220 per year, Morningside College is somewhat moderately high-priced. 54.68% of students graduate moving on to the next chapter of their lives, entering the labor market. Open graduating, alumni go on to draw roughly $43,700 per year, which is 5% greater than the national median.

Sioux City, IA

https://www.morningside.edu

B-

Rating

63%

Acceptance

3,615

Students

#620

Ranking

$31,220

Tuition

Northwestern College is a small private college located in Orange City, IA ranked 15th in Iowa. It has a total of 1,099 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 69.52% acceptance rate. Northwestern College offers 55 different majors and is best known for its Teacher Education and Professional Development, Education, and Fitness Administration programs (respectively ranked 3rd, 4th, and 4th in Iowa). With an annual tuition of $32,100 per year, Northwestern College is somewhat moderately pricey. 56.86% of students graduate moving on to the next chapter of their lives, working. Open graduating, alumni go on to draw roughly $38,400 per year, which is 8% under the national median.

Orange City, IA

https://www.nwciowa.edu/

C+

Rating

70%

Acceptance

1,585

Students

#650

Ranking

$32,100

Tuition

Dordt University is a small private institution located in Sioux Center, IA ranked 16th in Iowa. It has a total of 1,609 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting something like 3 out of every 4 applicants. Dordt University offers 118 different majors and is best known for its Agricultural Business and Management program, which is ranked 41st in the nation. With an annual tuition of $31,210 per year, Dordt University is reasonably expensive. 53.25% of students graduate starting the next chapter of their lives, working. After graduation, alumni go on to take in near $41,700 per year, which is 0% over the national median.

Sioux Center, IA

www.dordt.edu

C+

Rating

75%

Acceptance

1,802

Students

#691

Ranking

$31,210

Tuition

University of Northern Iowa is a large public college located in Cedar Falls, IA ranked 17th in Iowa. It has a total of 10,467 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 79.05% acceptance rate. University of Northern Iowa offers 165 different majors and is best known for its Social Science Teacher Education, Teaching English as a Second Language, and Applied Economics programs (nationally ranked 2nd, 3rd, and 6th respectively). With an annual tuition of $7,665 for in-state students and $19,949 for those from out-of-state, University of Northern Iowa is reasonably priced. 61.09% of students graduate starting the next stage of their lives, joining the labor force. After college, alumni go on to make around $44,600 per year, which is 7% greater than the national median.

Cedar Falls, IA

www.uni.edu

C+

Rating

79%

Acceptance

13,040

Students

#703

Ranking

$19,949

Tuition

Simpson College is a small private institution located in Indianola, IA ranked 18th in Iowa. It has a total of 1,559 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, accepting 80.46% of applicants. Simpson College offers 56 different majors and is best known for its Physical Education program, which is ranked 48th in America. With an annual tuition of $39,910 per year, Simpson College is quite high-priced. 65.01% of students graduate beginning the next phase of their lives, working. After college, alumni go on to bring in about $47,500 per year, which is 14% above the national median.

Indianola, IA

simpson.edu

C+

Rating

80%

Acceptance

1,668

Students

#764

Ranking

$39,910

Tuition

Upper Iowa University is a small private college located in Fayette, IA ranked 19th in Iowa. It has a total of 6,654 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 51.28% of applicants. Upper Iowa University offers 89 different majors and is best known for its Social Science Teacher Education, Commercial and Advertising Art, and Human Services programs (nationally ranked 15th, 28th, and 37th respectively). With an annual tuition of $30,810 per year, Upper Iowa University is somewhat moderately costly. 39.09% of students graduate moving on to the next stage of their lives, employment. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to earn near $42,900 per year, which is 3% over the national median.

Fayette, IA

https://www.uiu.edu

C+

Rating

51%

Acceptance

8,043

Students

#806

Ranking

$30,810

Tuition

Buena Vista University is a small private college located in Storm Lake, IA ranked 20th in Iowa. It has a total of 2,097 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting something like four out of every seven applicants. Buena Vista University offers 91 different majors and is best known for its History Teacher Education program, which is ranked 25th in the US. With an annual tuition of $35,194 per year, Buena Vista University is somewhat moderately high-priced. 50.16% of students graduate beginning the next phase of their lives, working. Open graduating, alumni go on to bring in around $40,000 per year, which is 4% under the national median.

Storm Lake, IA

https://www.bvu.edu

C+

Rating

57%

Acceptance

2,538

Students

#880

Ranking

$35,194

Tuition

Graceland University-Lamoni is a small private college located in Lamoni, IA ranked 21st in Iowa. It has a total of 1,259 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 58.11% acceptance rate. Graceland University-Lamoni offers 52 different majors and is best known for its Agricultural Business and Management, Health and Fitness, and Computer and Information Sciences programs (respectively ranked 3rd, 3rd, and 6th in Iowa). With an annual tuition of $29,750 per year, Graceland University-Lamoni is reasonably expensive. 55.18% of students graduate starting the next chapter of their lives, entering the labor force. Open graduating, alumni go on to bring home close to $36,200 per year, which is 13% below the national median.

Lamoni, IA

www.graceland.edu

C+

Rating

58%

Acceptance

2,221

Students

#957

Ranking

$29,750

Tuition

Clarke University is a very small private institution located in Dubuque, IA ranked 22nd in Iowa. It has a total of 817 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, with a 93.85% acceptance rate. Clarke University offers 45 different majors and is best known for its Fine Art, Fitness Administration, and Philosophy programs (respectively ranked 3rd, 6th, and 6th in Iowa). With an annual tuition of $33,600 per year, Clarke University is somewhat moderately high-priced. 64.25% of students graduate ready to the next stage of their lives, entering the labor market. After finishing college, alumni go on to earn approximately $41,300 per year, which is 1% below the national median.

Dubuque, IA

www.clarke.edu

C+

Rating

94%

Acceptance

1,106

Students

#1096

Ranking

$33,600

Tuition

Iowa Wesleyan University is a very small private college located in Mount Pleasant, IA ranked 23rd in Iowa. It has a total of 744 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 58.31% of applicants. Iowa Wesleyan University offers 20 different majors and is best known for its Criminal Justice, Kinesiology and Exercise Science, and Business Administration and Management programs (respectively ranked 8th, 12th, and 15th in Iowa). With an annual tuition of $24,424 for students from Iowa and $30,530 for those from out-of-state, Iowa Wesleyan University is reasonably high-priced. 40.5% of students graduate ready to the next stage of their lives, entering the labor force. After college, alumni go on to take home about $39,500 per year, which is 5% below the national median.

Mount Pleasant, IA

https://www.iw.edu

C+

Rating

58%

Acceptance

766

Students

#1140

Ranking

$30,530

Tuition

Briar Cliff University is a small private college located in Sioux City, IA ranked 24th in Iowa. It has a total of 1,066 full-time undergraduate students. Briar Cliff University offers 62 different majors and is best known for its Criminology, Environmental Science, and Social Work programs (respectively ranked 4th, 5th, and 9th in Iowa). With an annual tuition of $30,988 per year, Briar Cliff University is somewhat moderately costly. 34.04% of students graduate beginning the next phase of their lives, joining the workforce. After college, alumni go on to take in roughly $41,900 per year, which is 1% over the national median.

Sioux City, IA

www.briarcliff.edu

C+

Rating

100%

Acceptance

1,379

Students

#1141

Ranking

$30,988

Tuition

Northwest Iowa Community College is a small public associates college located in Sheldon, IA ranked 25th in Iowa. It has a total of 2,796 full-time undergraduate students. Northwest Iowa Community College offers 33 different majors. With an annual tuition of $5,190 for students from Iowa and $5,490 for those from out-of-state, Northwest Iowa Community College is quite inexpensive. 51.08% of students graduate ready to the next chapter of their lives, employment. Open graduating, alumni go on to earn approximately $43,100 per year, which is 4% over the national median.

Sheldon, IA

www.nwicc.edu

C+

Rating

100%

Acceptance

2,796

Students

#1157

Ranking

$5,490

Tuition