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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

    Southeastern Community College

    West Burlington, IA
    Tuition & Fees
    $4,260
    Years Accredited
    49 (1965)
    Student Population
    4,640
    School Type
    Public, 2-year
    Degree Levels
    Certificate
    Associates
    School Website
  3. School Name

    Southwestern Community College

    Creston, IA
    Tuition & Fees
    $4,440
    Years Accredited
    39 (1975)
    Student Population
    2,286
    School Type
    Public, 2-year
    Degree Levels
    Certificate
    Associates
    School Website
  4. School Name

    St Luke's College

    Sioux City, IA
    Tuition & Fees
    $17,045
    Years Accredited
    13 (2001)
    Student Population
    236
    School Type
    Private not-for-profit, 2-year
    Degree Levels
    Certificate
    Associates
    School Website
  5. School Name

    University of Dubuque

    Dubuque, IA
    Tuition & Fees
    $24,530
    Years Accredited
    75 (1939)
    Student Population
    2,159
    School Type
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Associates
    Bachelors
    Doctoral
    Masters
    School Website
  6. School Name

    University of Iowa

    Iowa City, IA
    Tuition & Fees
    $8,057
    Years Accredited
    101 (1913)
    Student Population
    33,351
    School Type
    Public, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Certificate
    Certificate (Post-Bachelors)
    Certificate (Post-Masters)
    Bachelors
    Doctoral
    Masters
    School Website
  7. School Name

    University of Northern Iowa

    Cedar Falls, IA
    Tuition & Fees
    $7,635
    Years Accredited
    96 (1918)
    Student Population
    16,134
    School Type
    Public, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Bachelors
    Doctoral
    Masters
    School Website
  8. School Name

    University of Phoenix-Des Moines Campus

    West Des Moines, IA
    Tuition & Fees
    $10,240
    Years Accredited
    ()
    Student Population
    66
    School Type
    Private for-profit, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Bachelors
    Masters
    School Website
  9. School Name

    Upper Iowa University

    Fayette, IA
    Tuition & Fees
    $24,400
    Years Accredited
    63 (1951)
    Student Population
    10,268
    School Type
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Certificate
    Associates
    Bachelors
    Masters
    School Website
  10. School Name

    Waldorf College

    Forest City, IA
    Tuition & Fees
    $19,820
    Years Accredited
    66 (1948)
    Student Population
    1,185
    School Type
    Private for-profit, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Associates
    Bachelors
    School Website
  11. School Name

    Wartburg College

    Waverly, IA
    Tuition & Fees
    $32,740
    Years Accredited
    66 (1948)
    Student Population
    1,898
    School Type
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Bachelors
    School Website
  12. School Name

    Wartburg Theological Seminary

    Dubuque, IA
    Tuition & Fees
    -
    Years Accredited
    70 (1944)
    Student Population
    149
    School Type
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Masters
    School Website
  13. School Name

    Western Iowa Tech Community College

    Sioux City, IA
    Tuition & Fees
    $3,444
    Years Accredited
    37 (1977)
    Student Population
    8,747
    School Type
    Public, 2-year
    Degree Levels
    Certificate
    Associates
    School Website
  14. School Name

    William Penn University

    Oskaloosa, IA
    Tuition & Fees
    $23,210
    Years Accredited
    54 (1960)
    Student Population
    2,685
    School Type
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Certificate
    Associates
    Bachelors
    Masters
    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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