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34 Colleges
3,347 Yearly Graduations
$107,594 Avg 4-Year Tuition (In-State)
$29,937 Avg 4-Year Student Loan

Iowa ranked #31 in the nation for teaching degrees handed out in 2019. Around 3,347 students received some type of diploma that year. Students who live in the state can take advantage of in-state tuition averaging $26,898 a year, while students from out-of-state may pay a higher average tuition of $28,698 a year.

About 72% of students who go to college in this state take out loans, with the average yearly loan amount being $7,484 per year.

Learn more about the most popular schools below:

#1

University of Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls, Iowa
Public Public vs. Private
614 Yearly Degrees
$8,938 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 8,953 undergraduates at UNI, of which 8,228 are full-time, and there are 10,477 students altogether. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at UNI is 4.4 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 81%. Around 41% of accepted students are men, and 59% are women.

58% of UNI students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $6,005 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 2.9% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate from UNI with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $38,100 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#2

Iowa State University

Ames, Iowa
Public Public vs. Private
485 Yearly Degrees
$9,320 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 28,294 undergraduates at Iowa State, of which 26,713 are full-time, and there are 33,372 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 19 to 1.

Around 89% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 53% are men and 47% are women.

Roughly 50% of students at Iowa State take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $7,431 a year. The student loan default rate of 3.2% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $41,200 during the early-career years.

#3

University of Iowa

Iowa City, Iowa
Public Public vs. Private
326 Yearly Degrees
$9,606 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 23,482 undergraduates at Iowa, of which 21,212 are full-time, and there are 31,240 students altogether. The freshman retention rate at Iowa is 86%, which is great when compared to the national average of 68%.

Around 86% of students who apply get accepted. Around 46% of accepted students are men, and 54% are women.

47% of Iowa students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $7,373 a year. The student loan default rate of 2.5% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Iowa is $42,200.

#4

Morningside College

Sioux City, Iowa
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
325 Yearly Degrees
$32,720 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Morningside College is 2,599, of which 1,277 students are undergraduates and of those, 1,183 are full-time. For undergraduates at Morningside, the average graduation time is 4.3 years.

About 55% of students who apply get accepted. Around 43% of accepted students are men, and 57% are women.

Roughly 78% of students at Morningside take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $8,059 a year. The student loan default rate of 3.7% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

Students who graduate from Morningside with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $37,400 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#5

Drake University

Des Moines, Iowa
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
283 Yearly Degrees
$42,840 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 4,884 students at Drake in total, 2,954 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 2,830 are full-time. Students tend to stick around at Drake. The freshman retention rate is 87%.

About 69% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 41% are men and 59% are women.

56% of Drake students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $8,516 a year. Drake has a 2.4% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Drake is $46,800.

#6

Upper Iowa University

Fayette, Iowa
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
160 Yearly Degrees
$31,685 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Upper Iowa University is 4,279, of which 3,680 students are undergraduates and of those, 1,856 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at UIU is 4.4 years.

About 56% of students who apply get accepted. Around 57% of accepted students are men, and 43% are women.

Roughly 73% of students at UIU take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $7,083 a year. UIU has a 8.1% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from UIU with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $38,400 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#7

Buena Vista University

Storm Lake, Iowa
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
142 Yearly Degrees
$35,194 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,815 students at BVU in total, 1,478 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 1,257 are full-time. It takes the average BVU undergraduate about 4.2 years to complete their degree.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 64%. Of the accepted students, 60% are men and 40% are women.

Roughly 85% of students at BVU take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $7,942 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 5.4% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate from BVU with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $34,500 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
136 Yearly Degrees
$30,420 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,032 undergraduates at Graceland Lamoni, of which 898 are full-time, and there are 1,733 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 56%. Around 47% of accepted students are men, and 53% are women.

Roughly 87% of students at Graceland Lamoni take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $7,277 a year. The student loan default rate of 9.8% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Graceland Lamoni with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $33,400 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#9

Dordt College

Sioux Center, Iowa
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
121 Yearly Degrees
$31,770 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Dordt College is 1,547, of which 1,385 students are undergraduates and of those, 1,319 are full-time. For undergraduates at Dordt, the average graduation time is 4.1 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 72%. Around 59% of accepted students are men, and 41% are women.

66% of Dordt students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $8,019 a year. Dordt has a 2.1% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Dordt is $35,900.

#10

Northwestern College

Orange City, Iowa
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
99 Yearly Degrees
$32,300 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,412 students at NWC in total, 1,061 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 968 are full-time. It takes the average NWC undergraduate about 4.1 years to complete their degree.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 68%. Around 46% of accepted students are men, and 54% are women.

71% of NWC students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $8,116 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 2.7% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $36,000 during the early-career years.

#11

Mount Mercy University

Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
71 Yearly Degrees
$33,862 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Mount Mercy University is 1,807, of which 1,442 students are undergraduates and of those, 1,070 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 57%. Around 29% of accepted students are men, and 71% are women.

80% of Mount Mercy students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $11,176 a year. Mount Mercy has a 3.5% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Mount Mercy with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $42,800 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#12

Saint Ambrose University

Davenport, Iowa
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
67 Yearly Degrees
$31,812 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Saint Ambrose University is 2,968, of which 2,260 students are undergraduates and of those, 2,122 are full-time. For undergraduates at St. Ambrose University, the average graduation time is 4.2 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 61%. Of the accepted students, 41% are men and 59% are women.

Roughly 74% of students at St. Ambrose University take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $9,071 a year. St. Ambrose University has a 5.9% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from St. Ambrose University is $38,800.

Public Public vs. Private
65 Yearly Degrees
$4,368 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,792 full-time undergraduates at Western Iowa Tech Community College, and 5,976 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

Approximately 83% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $4,302 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 18.9% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $26,900 during the early-career years.

#14

Simpson College

Indianola, Iowa
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
62 Yearly Degrees
$40,666 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Simpson College is 1,355, of which 1,307 students are undergraduates and of those, 1,161 are full-time. It takes the average Simpson College undergraduate about 4.2 years to complete their degree.

About 84% of students who apply get accepted. Around 51% of accepted students are men, and 49% are women.

72% of Simpson College students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $8,019 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 4.5% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Simpson College is $37,800.

#15

Loras College

Dubuque, Iowa
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
52 Yearly Degrees
$35,218 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,333 undergraduates at Loras, of which 1,264 are full-time, and there are 1,416 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 12 to 1.

Around 95% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 57% are men and 43% are women.

Approximately 68% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $7,390 a year. The student loan default rate of 3.7% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Loras is $37,300.

#16

William Penn University

Oskaloosa, Iowa
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
43 Yearly Degrees
$26,100 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,258 students at William Penn University in total, 1,195 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 1,091 are full-time. It takes the average William Penn University undergraduate about 4.5 years to complete their degree.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 54%. Around 69% of accepted students are men, and 31% are women.

Roughly 94% of students at William Penn University take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $7,816 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 17.3% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from William Penn University with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $32,900 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#17

Wartburg College

Waverly, Iowa
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
40 Yearly Degrees
$43,930 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Wartburg College is 1,505, which includes 1,462 full-time undergraduates. For undergraduates at Wartburg, the average graduation time is 4.1 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 77%. Around 43% of accepted students are men, and 57% are women.

Approximately 73% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $8,211 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 5.6% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate from Wartburg with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $39,800 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#18

Clarke University

Dubuque, Iowa
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
33 Yearly Degrees
$34,670 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 904 students at Clarke in total, 685 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 645 are full-time. For undergraduates at Clarke, the average graduation time is 4.2 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 63%. Of the accepted students, 35% are men and 65% are women.

Approximately 100% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $6,583 a year. The student loan default rate of 4.2% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $37,200 during the early-career years.

#19

Central College

Pella, Iowa
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
28 Yearly Degrees
$38,600 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,163 students at Central in total, 1,120 are full-time undergraduates. For undergraduates at Central, the average graduation time is 4.1 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 70%. Of the accepted students, 40% are men and 60% are women.

84% of Central students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $7,564 a year. The student loan default rate of 2.5% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

Students who graduate from Central with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $36,600 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#20

Grand View University

Des Moines, Iowa
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
27 Yearly Degrees
$28,678 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,889 students at Grand View University in total, 1,800 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 1,591 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 13 to 1.

Around 93% of students who apply get accepted. Around 45% of accepted students are men, and 55% are women.

Approximately 73% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $7,341 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 6.3% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate from Grand View University with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $37,600 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#21

Luther College

Decorah, Iowa
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
23 Yearly Degrees
$44,070 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,951 students at Luther in total, 1,930 are full-time undergraduates. For undergraduates at Luther, the average graduation time is 4.1 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 65%. Of the accepted students, 43% are men and 57% are women.

Approximately 65% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $8,788 a year. The student loan default rate of 2.4% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

Students who graduate from Luther with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $36,800 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#21

Emmaus Bible College

Dubuque, Iowa
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
23 Yearly Degrees
$18,950 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 215 students at Emmaus Bible College in total, 186 are full-time undergraduates. For undergraduates at Emmaus Bible College, the average graduation time is 4.3 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 58%. Around 53% of accepted students are men, and 47% are women.

Roughly 48% of students at Emmaus Bible College take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $6,056 a year. The student loan default rate of 6.5% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $26,700 during the early-career years.

#21

University of Dubuque

Dubuque, Iowa
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
23 Yearly Degrees
$35,570 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,900 undergraduates at UD, of which 1,554 are full-time, and there are 2,302 students altogether. For undergraduates at UD, the average graduation time is 4.2 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 74%. Of the accepted students, 61% are men and 39% are women.

83% of UD students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $11,881 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 10.5% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from UD with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $34,100 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#24

Cornell College

Mount Vernon, Iowa
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
22 Yearly Degrees
$43,976 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Cornell College is 1,020, which includes 1,017 full-time undergraduates. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Cornell College is 4.0 years.

About 65% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 45% are men and 55% are women.

Approximately 61% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $8,471 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 3.9% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Cornell College is $32,600.

#25

Coe College

Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
17 Yearly Degrees
$45,580 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Coe College is 1,430, which includes 1,381 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 11 to 1.

About 56% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 37% are men and 63% are women.

Roughly 75% of students at Coe take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $7,893 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 2.2% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $37,600 during the early-career years.

Other Iowa Colleges

Rank School Yearly Graduations
26 Briar Cliff University 16
27 Waldorf University 15
27 Iowa Wesleyan University 15
29 Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary 8
30 North Iowa Area Community College 4
31 Allen College 2
32 Indian Hills Community College 0
32 La James College of Hairstyling and Cosmetology 0
32 Maharishi International University 0

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