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53 Schools in Iowa Match Your Criteria

  1. School Name Tuition & Fees Years Accredited Student Population School Type Degree Levels
  2. School Name

    AIB College of Business

    Des Moines, IA
    Tuition & Fees
    $14,067
    Years Accredited
    28 (1986)
    Student Population
    1,090
    School Type
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Associates
    Bachelors
    School Website
  3. School Name

    Allen College

    Waterloo, IA
    Tuition & Fees
    $18,103
    Years Accredited
    19 (1995)
    Student Population
    710
    School Type
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Certificate
    Certificate (Post-Masters)
    Associates
    Bachelors
    Doctoral
    Masters
    School Website
  4. School Name

    Brown Mackie College-Quad Cities

    Bettendorf, IA
    Tuition & Fees
    $12,024
    Years Accredited
    36 (1978)
    Student Population
    710
    School Type
    Private for-profit, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Certificate
    Associates
    Bachelors
    School Website
  5. School Name

    Buena Vista University

    Storm Lake, IA
    Tuition & Fees
    $28,314
    Years Accredited
    62 (1952)
    Student Population
    3,839
    School Type
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Bachelors
    Masters
    School Website
  6. School Name

    Central College

    Pella, IA
    Tuition & Fees
    $29,540
    Years Accredited
    72 (1942)
    Student Population
    1,713
    School Type
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Bachelors
    School Website
  7. School Name

    Clarke University

    Dubuque, IA
    Tuition & Fees
    $26,950
    Years Accredited
    96 (1918)
    Student Population
    1,380
    School Type
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Certificate (Post-Masters)
    Associates
    Bachelors
    Doctoral
    Masters
    School Website
  8. School Name

    Des Moines Area Community College

    Ankeny, IA
    Tuition & Fees
    $3,990
    Years Accredited
    45 (1968)
    Student Population
    38,624
    School Type
    Public, 2-year
    Degree Levels
    Certificate
    Associates
    School Website
  9. School Name

    Des Moines University-Osteopathic Medical Center

    Des Moines, IA
    Tuition & Fees
    -
    Years Accredited
    28 (1986)
    Student Population
    1,916
    School Type
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Doctoral
    Masters
    School Website
  10. School Name

    Divine Word College

    Epworth, IA
    Tuition & Fees
    $12,100
    Years Accredited
    44 (1970)
    Student Population
    143
    School Type
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Associates
    Bachelors
    School Website
  11. School Name

    Drake University

    Des Moines, IA
    Tuition & Fees
    $29,556
    Years Accredited
    101 (1913)
    Student Population
    7,181
    School Type
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Certificate (Post-Masters)
    Bachelors
    Doctoral
    Masters
    School Website
  12. School Name

    Eastern Iowa Community College District

    Davenport, IA
    Tuition & Fees
    $3,936
    Years Accredited
    67 (1946)
    Student Population
    14,504
    School Type
    Public, 2-year
    Degree Levels
    Certificate
    Associates
    School Website
  13. School Name

    Ellsworth Community College

    Iowa Falls, IA
    Tuition & Fees
    $4,080
    Years Accredited
    51 (1963)
    Student Population
    1,269
    School Type
    Public, 2-year
    Degree Levels
    Certificate
    Associates
    School Website
  14. School Name

    Graceland University-Lamoni

    Lamoni, IA
    Tuition & Fees
    $22,680
    Years Accredited
    94 (1920)
    Student Population
    3,150
    School Type
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Certificate (Post-Masters)
    Bachelors
    Doctoral
    Masters
    School Website
  15. School Name

    Grand View University

    Des Moines, IA
    Tuition & Fees
    $21,826
    Years Accredited
    55 (1959)
    Student Population
    2,244
    School Type
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Certificate
    Certificate (Post-Bachelors)
    Bachelors
    Masters
    School Website
  16. School Name

    Hawkeye Community College

    Waterloo, IA
    Tuition & Fees
    $4,004
    Years Accredited
    39 (1975)
    Student Population
    9,529
    School Type
    Public, 2-year
    Degree Levels
    Certificate
    Associates
    School Website
  17. School Name

    Indian Hills Community College

    Ottumwa, IA
    Tuition & Fees
    $3,456
    Years Accredited
    46 (1968)
    Student Population
    7,440
    School Type
    Public, 2-year
    Degree Levels
    Certificate
    Associates
    School Website
  18. School Name

    Iowa Central Community College

    Fort Dodge, IA
    Tuition & Fees
    $4,380
    Years Accredited
    48 (1966)
    Student Population
    8,813
    School Type
    Public, 2-year
    Degree Levels
    Certificate
    Associates
    School Website
  19. School Name

    Iowa Lakes Community College

    Estherville, IA
    Tuition & Fees
    $5,210
    Years Accredited
    44 (1970)
    Student Population
    4,472
    School Type
    Public, 2-year
    Degree Levels
    Certificate
    Associates
    School Website
  20. School Name

    Iowa State University

    Ames, IA
    Tuition & Fees
    $7,726
    Years Accredited
    98 (1916)
    Student Population
    32,981
    School Type
    Public, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Certificate (Post-Bachelors)
    Certificate (Post-Masters)
    Bachelors
    Doctoral
    Masters
    School Website
  21. School Name

    Iowa Wesleyan College

    Mount Pleasant, IA
    Tuition & Fees
    $24,300
    Years Accredited
    81 (1933)
    Student Population
    880
    School Type
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Bachelors
    School Website
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College Costs

The cost of a four-year degree at an Iowa private college or university is more than three times higher than at one of the state's public schools. Private colleges and universities in Iowa that have seen a drop in enrollment due to higher costs are now marketing themselves via a site entitled Thinking Independently. The organization points out that 98% of their students receive at least some financial aid to help offset rising costs. The Gazette Newspaper reports these institutions are actively marketing benefits of a private college or university, such as smaller class sizes and more tenured faculty.

College Enrollment

Trending slightly higher than the national average of 28.8%, Iowa's enrollment rate of 31.7% places it firmly in the center of the pack nationally. Recognizing the fact that higher education is a competitive business, the Iowa Senate voted to increase funding to the Board of Regents, which ensures tuition will remain flat for at least two years. The move was done in the hope that curbing costs will boost enrollment. Schools like the University of Iowa have have adopted social and traditional media to tout their post-graduation job placement success stories as a means of further boosting enrollment.

Higher Education Initiatives

  1. Official State Links

  2. College Savings

    • IAdvisor 529: Administered by the Iowa State Treasurer's Office, with management provided by Voya Investment Management. As a 529 plan, participants’ investments grow on a tax-deferred basis, and they remain tax free if the proceeds are used for education. The plan offers three investment models: by age, by risk and build your own portfolio.
    • College Savings Iowa: This 529 plan is a joint effort of Vanguard Investments and Upromise, and it is open to anyone wishing to save for college. Accounts may be started with as little as $25, and contributions can be made directly or through payroll deductions with free enrollment. Fees are fixed at 0.28% or $2.80 per year, per $1,000 invested.
  3. Education Nonprofits

    • Iowa College Access Network: The primary focus of this organization is to help students achieve both academic and career success. ICAN has been a part of the Iowa higher education community since its founding in 1998. ICAN seeks to bring successful, national programs to Iowa for the benefit of Iowa students.
    • Iowa Campus Compact: Composed of college and University presidents committed to improving higher education and improving communities, the goal of the organization is to improve education and campus community life.
  4. Higher Education News

    • The Gazette: As part of its rich history of providing Eastern Iowans with news for more than 125 years, the Gazette's online presence includes a robust section dedicated to education.
    • University of Iowa Education News: A one stop shop featuring an assortment of news and views both about and affecting Iowa education and educators.
    • Iowa State Education Association News: Representing classroom teachers and licensed professional staff, ISEA, through its newsroom, provides news releases covering topics of interest to members and the larger education community.

Higher Education in Iowa

Iowa Schools vs US State Average

Graduation Rate and Average Test score at Public 4-year Institutions

    • 64% Iowa
      Graduation Rate
    • 22.1 ACT Iowa
      Average Test Score
    • 56% National
      Graduation Rate
    • 21.1 ACT National
      Average Test Score

Average Tuitions and Fees in Iowa

  • IA US
    Public 2-Year
  • IA US
    Public 4-Year
  • IA US
    Private 4-year

Iowa Institutions

  • IA US
    Degree-Granting Institutions
  • IA US
    Public
    Institutions
  • IA US
    Private Not-For-Profit Institutions
  • IA US
    Private For-Profit Institutions

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