Iowa Colleges List

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The best college in Iowa on the University Review Rankings List is the University of Iowa (in-depth look) placed at 75th top college in the USA rankings and 138th in the world rankings; this university is a member of the public Ivies. Other renown colleges in the state include the Iowa State University (75th USA; and 138th world; more). The following smaller institutions are all ranked highly by Forbes in their listings (rank in parentheses): Grinnell College (58th best in the US); Drake University (143rd); Clarke University (146th); Luther College (237th); Cornell College (298th); Northwestern College (332nd); Coe College (339th); Simpson College (404th); University of Northern Iowa (484th); and Wartburg College (545th).

List of Iowa Colleges

NameAddressTypeNumber of UG StudentsIn-State TuitionOut of State TuitionAcceptance RateFounded
AIB College of Business2500 Fleur Drive, Des Moines, IA 50321Private1019$15,600$15,60069%1921
Allen College1825 Logan Avenue, Waterloo, IA 50703Private397$19,295$19,2951989
Ashford University400 North Bluff Boulevard, Clinton, IA 52732Private1000$10,312$10,3121918
Briar Cliff University3303 Rebecca Street, Sioux City, IA 51104Private1042$27,102$27,10254%1930
Buena Vista University610 W. Fourth Street, Storm Lake, IA 50588Private920$30,406$30,40670%1891
Central College812 University Street, Pella, IA 50219Private1386$32,124$32,12466%1853
Clarke University1550 Clarke Drive, Dubuque, IA 52001Private1001$28,900$28,90078%1843
Coe College1220 First Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402Private1420$37,230$37,23062%1851
Cornell College600 First Street SW, Mount Vernon, IA 52314Private1125$37,500$37,50059%1853
Des Moines University - Osteopathic Medical Center3200 Grand Avenue #8, Des Moines, IA 50312Private1,850 (Grad)1898
Divine Word College102 Jacoby Drive SW, Epworth, IA 52045Private1931
Dordt College498 Fourth Avenue NE, Sioux Center, IA 51250Private1376$27,460$27,46076%1955
Drake University2507 University Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50311Private3383$32,246$32,24666%1881
Emmaus Bible College2570 Asbury Road, Dubuque, IA 52001Private200$15,390$15,3901941
Faith Baptist Bible College & Theological Seminary1900 Northwest 4th Street, Ankeny, IA 50023Private229$15,546$15,54666%1921
Graceland University1 University Place, Lamoni, IA 50140Private1559$24,920$24,92050%1895
Grand View University1200 Grandview Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50316Private2096$23,516$23,51692%1896
Grinnell College1115 8th Avenue, Grinnell, IA 50112Private1721$45,620$45,62035%1846
Iowa State University100 Enrollment Services Center, Ames, IA 50011Private27659$7,731$20,61786%1858
Iowa Wesleyan College601 N. Main Street, Mount Pleasant, IA 52641Private650$25,550$25,55060%1842
Kaplan University1801 East Kimberly Road #1, Davenport, IA 52807Private43,000 (online)1937
Loras College1450 Alta Vista, Dubuque, IA 52004Private1554$29,729$29,72969%1839
Luther College700 College Drive, Decorah, IA 52101Private2466$38,370$38,37072%1861
Maharishi University of Management1000 North Fourth Street, Fairfield, IA 52557Private$26,430$26,4301971
Mercy College of Health Sciences928 6th Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50309Private1899
Morningside College1501 Morningside Avenue, Sioux City, IA 51106Private1305$27,180$27,18053%1894
Mount Mercy University1330 Elmhurst Drive NE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402Private1476$27,010$27,01069%1828
Northwestern College101 Seventh Street SW, Orange City, IA 51041Private1233$27,930$27,93076%1882
Palmer College of Chiropractic1000 Brady Street, Davenport, IA 52803Private1897
Saint Ambrose University518 W. Locust Street, Davenport, IA 52803Private2743$27,540$27,54071%1882
Saint Luke's College2800 Pierce Street #410, Sioux City, IA 51104Private1890
Simpson College701 North C Street, Indianola, IA 50125Private1712$32,550$32,55088%1860
University of Dubuque2000 University Avenue, Dubuque, IA 52001Private1695$25,520$25,52077%1852
University of Iowa107 Calvin Hall, Iowa City, IA 52242Public21974$8,079$27,40980%1847
University of Northern Iowa1227 W. 27th Street, Cedar Falls, IA 50614Public10380$7,749$17,64783%1876
Upper Iowa University605 Washington Street, Fayette, IA 52142Private4632$26,834$26,83458%1857
Waldorf College106 S. Sixth Street, Forest City, IA 50436Private1150$20,316$20,31651%1903
Wartburg College100 Wartburg boulevard, Waverly, IA 50677Private1714$36,120$36,12078%1852
Wartburg Theological Seminary333 Wartburg Place, Dubuque, IA 52003Private1854
William Penn University201 West Trueblood Avenue, Oskaloosa, IA 52577Private1728$23,210$23,21058%1873

Size wise the largest colleges by undergraduate student body are the Iowa State University (27,659 students) and the University of Iowa (21,974 students). While the smallest establishments include Allen College (397 students) and Iowa Wesleyan College (650 students).

Cost wise, of the main public higher education establishments the cheapest tuition fees are offered by Iowa State University (In-state tuition: $7,731; Out of state fees: $20,617), and the University of Northern Iowa (In-state: $7,749; Out of state: $17,647).

Conversely the highest priced public establishment in the list of Iowa colleges is the University of Iowa ($8,079 In-state tuition fees and $27,409 Out of state fees).

Of the private institutions, the lowest priced establishments are Ashford University ($10,312) and the AIB College of Business ($15,600), whilst the most expensive universities in Iowa state include Grinnell College ($45,620), Luther College ($38,370), and Cornell College ($37,500).

The most selective colleges are Grinnell College (35% acceptance rate) and Graceland University (50%). The oldest college in Iowa is the Mount Mercy University, established in 1828.

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