Iowa College Overview

For the academic year 2019-2020, eighty-six colleges are active for serving college programs in Iowa. By school types, there are twenty-four public schools and sixty-two private schools. By school levels, forty-four 4-years (or high) schools, forty-one 2-4 years schools (community colleges), and one less than 2 years schools (career, technical or vocational schools) are active based on the IPEDS data.
Of the eighty-six Iowa schools, Grinnell College ranked first and Drake University ranked second (view more at Iowa college rankings). The 2020 average tuition & fees of all Iowa colleges is $19,063 for Iowa residents and $20,363 for out-of-state students. The average acceptance rate is 68.18% and the average SAT score is 1,117. The average number of students is 2,936 and the average student to faculty ratio is 12 to 1.
The below statements summarize the average statistics of tuition, admission, and more academic factors for Iowa colleges. For the statistics, we include only 4-years colleges such as national universities and liberal arts colleges. In addition, for some statistics, we include only eligible colleges, for example, for the graduate tuition & fees over colleges that offer the graduate programs.

2020 Iowa Colleges Comparison Table

The following table lists colleges located in Iowa ordered by college ranking. The ranking is targeting only 4-years universities and colleges. The "-" value in other columns means that the corresponding data has not been reported or the school does not have programs for the values.
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All SchoolsPublicPrivate4-Years CollegeCommunity CollegesCareer Colleges
College NameUndergraduate Tuition & FeesGraduate Tuition & FeesSAT ScoreAcceptance RatePopulationGraduation RateStudent to Faculty Ratio
Grinnell College
Grinnell, IA
Private, 4 years
four-years
$56,680-1,45023.00%1,71689%9 to 1
Drake University
Des Moines, IA
Private, 4 years
four-years
$44,366$11,9321,23568.00%4,86981%10 to 1
Iowa State University
Ames, IA
Public, 4 years
four-years
$24,504$25,9481,22092.00%34,99274%19 to 1
Luther College
Decorah, IA
Private, 4 years
four-years
$45,610-1,14862.00%2,00575%11 to 1
University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA
Public, 4 years
four-years
$31,569$27,6131,23583.00%31,65672%16 to 1
Simpson College
Indianola, IA
Private, 4 years
four-years
$42,246$8,8681,14080.00%1,44472%11 to 1
University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls, IA
Public, 4 years
four-years
$21,222$22,6481,11179.00%11,18767%18 to 1
Central College
Pella, IA
Private, 4 years
four-years
$18,600-1,10565.00%1,11767%11 to 1
Coe College
Cedar Rapids, IA
Private, 4 years
four-years
$47,210-1,18963.00%1,42266%11 to 1
Wartburg College
Waverly, IA
Private, 4 years
four-years
$45,680$24,6801,13075.00%1,49862%11 to 1
Buena Vista University
Storm Lake, IA
Private, 4 years
four-years
$36,426$9,9361,02057.00%1,84660%8 to 1
Cornell College
Mount Vernon, IA
Private, 4 years
four-years
$45,914$13,7001,22362.00%1,02869%12 to 1
Mount Mercy University
Cedar Rapids, IA
Private, 4 years
four-years
$35,506$10,870-66.00%1,83564%15 to 1
Clarke University
Dubuque, IA
Private, 4 years
four-years
$35,750$12,1191,03094.00%1,00463%8 to 1
Morningside College
Sioux City, IA
Private, 4 years
four-years
$33,970$5,400-63.00%2,69862%13 to 1
Saint Ambrose University
Davenport, IA
Private, 4 years
four-years
$32,758$18,1501,17077.00%3,04564%11 to 1
Upper Iowa University
Fayette, IA
Private, 4 years
four-years
$32,945$19,1521,07051.00%4,39248%13 to 1
University of Dubuque
Dubuque, IA
Private, 4 years
four-years
$35,700$13,14096073.00%2,38543%13 to 1
Waldorf University
Forest City, IA
Private, 4 years
four-years
$23,088$4,7751,01566.00%3,15030%23 to 1
Graceland University-Lamoni
Lamoni, IA
Private, 4 years
four-years
$31,320$17,6471,02058.00%1,99346%14 to 1
Maharishi University of Management
Fairfield, IA
Private, 4 years
four-years
$16,530$29,530-81.00%1,58967%10 to 1
Purdue University Global-Davenport
Davenport, IA
Public, 4 years
four-years
$14,343$11,414--30,512-20 to 1
Northwest Iowa Community College
Sheldon, IA
Public, 2-4 years
$6,690---1,74769%12 to 1
Capri College-Davenport
Davenport, IA
Private, 2-4 years
$17,780---13278%11 to 1
Hamilton Technical College
Davenport, IA
Private, 4 years
four-years
$14,275---13477%10 to 1
Palmer College of Chiropractic
Davenport, IA
Private, 4 years
four-years
$10,500$8,268--2,179-1 to 1
Indian Hills Community College
Ottumwa, IA
Public, 2-4 years
$5,880---3,91838%14 to 1
Wartburg Theological Seminary
Dubuque, IA
Private, 4 years
four-years
-$19,184--139--
William Penn University
Oskaloosa, IA
Private, 4 years
four-years
$26,600$10,50097058.00%1,27934%16 to 1
UnityPoint Health-Des Moines School of Radiologic Technology
Des Moines, IA
Private, 2-4 years
$4,000---16-8 to 1
Mercy-St Luke's School of Radiologic Technology
Cedar Rapids, IA
Private, 2-4 years
$3,880---22-12 to 1
Faust Institute of Cosmetology-Spirit Lake
Spirit Lake, IA
Private, 2-4 years
$13,450---757%3 to 1
La James International College-Johnston
Johnston, IA
Private, 2-4 years
$19,273---5649%12 to 1
Aveda Institute-Des Moines
West Des Moines, IA
Private, 2-4 years
$21,100---14776%15 to 1
Divine Word College
Epworth, IA
Private, 4 years
four-years
$13,780--63.00%57100%4 to 1
Loras College
Dubuque, IA
Private, 4 years
four-years
$35,218$10,8201,05575.00%1,48967%13 to 1
Marshalltown Community College
Marshalltown, IA
Public, 2-4 years
$5,304---1,93132%19 to 1
Eastern Iowa Community College District
Davenport, IA
Public, 2-4 years
$7,744---7,77137%19 to 1
La James International College-Davenport
Davenport, IA
Private, 2-4 years
$19,286---3549%12 to 1
Northwestern College
Orange City, IA
Private, 4 years
four-years
$32,920$6,3401,14070.00%1,29968%10 to 1
Southeastern Community College
West Burlington, IA
Public, 2-4 years
$6,060---2,54831%16 to 1
Purdue University Global-Mason City
Mason City, IA
Public, 4 years
four-years
$14,343$11,414--142-20 to 1
Des Moines University-Osteopathic Medical Center
Des Moines, IA
Private, 4 years
four-years
-$18,967--1,549--
Iowa School of Beauty-Sioux City
Sioux City, IA
Private, 2-4 years
$17,640---4464%6 to 1
Hawkeye Community College
Waterloo, IA
Public, 2-4 years
$6,510---5,26329%18 to 1
PCI Academy-Ames
Ames, IA
Private, 2-4 years
$23,624---14159%15 to 1
Iowa Central Community College
Fort Dodge, IA
Public, 2-4 years
$8,200---5,39033%17 to 1
The Salon Professional Academy-Cedar Falls
Cedar Falls, IA
Private, 2-4 years
$16,900---5068%17 to 1
Allen College
Waterloo, IA
Private, 4 years
four-years
$19,512$18,700--662100%9 to 1
American College of Hairstyling-Des Moines
Des Moines, IA
Private, 2-4 years
$21,977---2277%8 to 1
Iowa Wesleyan University
Mount Pleasant, IA
Private, 4 years
four-years
$25,280$6,60099058.00%61631%10 to 1
Purdue University Global-Des Moines
Urbandale, IA
Public, 4 years
four-years
$14,343$11,414--760-20 to 1
Capri College-Dubuque
Dubuque, IA
Private, 2-4 years
$17,780---14270%8 to 1
Kirkwood Community College
Cedar Rapids, IA
Public, 2-4 years
$6,736---13,90632%19 to 1
Carlson College of Massage Therapy
Anamosa, IA
Private, Less than 2 years
$9,500---28100%9 to 1
Iowa School of Beauty-Marshalltown
Marshalltown, IA
Private, 2-4 years
$17,640---4-2 to 1
La James College of Hairstyling and Cosmetology
Mason City, IA
Private, 2-4 years
$17,650---4973%7 to 1
Shiloh University
Kalona, IA
Private, 4 years
four-years
$5,250$3,420-33.00%42-2 to 1
Dordt University
Sioux Center, IA
Private, 4 years
four-years
$32,820$9,4001,18575.00%1,56475%14 to 1
Ellsworth Community College
Iowa Falls, IA
Public, 2-4 years
$5,904---79629%19 to 1
Mercy College of Health Sciences
Des Moines, IA
Private, 4 years
four-years
$18,332--98.00%72733%8 to 1
Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary
Ankeny, IA
Private, 4 years
four-years
$17,650$8,2601,10563.00%35343%14 to 1
North Iowa Area Community College
Mason City, IA
Public, 2-4 years
$8,277---2,99547%22 to 1
La James International College-Iowa City
Iowa City, IA
Private, 2-4 years
$19,273---3852%8 to 1
Grand View University
Des Moines, IA
Private, 4 years
four-years
$29,792$9,1701,02096.00%1,88655%12 to 1
Northeast Iowa Community College
Calmar, IA
Public, 2-4 years
$6,720---4,44945%13 to 1
Southwestern Community College
Creston, IA
Public, 2-4 years
$6,120---1,54749%15 to 1
Purdue University Global-Cedar Rapids
Cedar Rapids, IA
Public, 4 years
four-years
$14,343$11,414--411-20 to 1
Iowa School of Beauty-Ottumwa
Ottumwa, IA
Private, 2-4 years
$17,640---2883%5 to 1
E Q School of Hair Design
Council Bluffs, IA
Private, 2-4 years
$18,750---5849%12 to 1
American Hair Academy
Mt. Pleasant, IA
Private, 2-4 years
$17,590---2365%8 to 1
Iowa Lakes Community College
Estherville, IA
Public, 2-4 years
$7,100---2,05152%15 to 1
Western Iowa Tech Community College
Sioux City, IA
Public, 2-4 years
$4,512---5,67440%16 to 1
Purdue University Global-Cedar Falls
Cedar Falls, IA
Public, 4 years
four-years
$14,343$11,414--149-20 to 1
Briar Cliff University
Sioux City, IA
Private, 4 years
four-years
$33,308$10,530--1,22940%11 to 1
Iowa School of Beauty-Des Moines
Des Moines, IA
Private, 2-4 years
$17,640---4775%5 to 1
Capri College-Cedar Rapids
Cedar Rapids, IA
Private, 2-4 years
$17,780---16775%13 to 1
Iowa Western Community College
Council Bluffs, IA
Public, 2-4 years
$6,270---5,96230%18 to 1
Ross College-Quad Cities
Bettendorf, IA
Private, 2-4 years
$15,990---7646%11 to 1
La James International College-Cedar Falls
Cedar Falls, IA
Private, 2-4 years
$19,286---1739%4 to 1
The Salon Professional Academy-Iowa City
Iowa City, IA
Private, 2-4 years
$19,361---18-6 to 1
Des Moines Area Community College
Ankeny, IA
Public, 2-4 years
$10,200---23,47431%19 to 1
La James International College-Ft Dodge
Fort Dodge, IA
Private, 2-4 years
$19,286---2750%8 to 1
Emmaus Bible College
Dubuque, IA
Private, 4 years
four-years
$19,250-1,10594.00%23867%8 to 1
St Luke's College
Sioux City, IA
Private, 4 years
four-years
$20,940--29.00%273100%6 to 1
Faust Institute of Cosmetology-Storm Lake
Storm Lake, IA
Private, 2-4 years
$13,450---2173%7 to 1
Average$20,363$13,5241,11768.18%2,93659%12 to 1