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Colleges in Iowa

There are 53 colleges in Iowa, 19 public and 33 private, offering a wide range of programs and majors. Iowa has both small schools (defined as less than 2000 students) and "very large" ones (10,000 or more students) and everything in between, including community colleges, in urban and rural environments.


Iowa's three large public universities include Iowa State University, University of Iowa, and University of Northern Iowa. Iowa State University, located in Ames, is a leader in agriculture, engineering, cooperative extension services, and home economics.


University of Iowa calls Iowa City home and is the oldest university in the state. U.S. News & World Report ranked it 28 on the 2012 list of the nation's best public universities.


University of Northern Iowa, located in Cedar Falls, offers over 90 majors of study in fields of Business Administration, Education, Humanities, Arts and Sciences, and Social and Behavioral Sciences. Greg from Alton, IA, recently described the campus as "…just the right size to offer everything you could possibly want in a university from student organizations to athletic events to other activities and recreation."


Other Iowa colleges include Drake University in Des Moines, Dordt College in Sioux Center, University of Dubuque, and many more.


Cappex has tons of resources for students considering a college in Iowa, including plenty of ways to help you find and apply for scholarships. Begin by browsing the complete list of colleges and universities below.


Colleges in Iowa

School Scholarships Available
AIB College of Business No scholarships
Allen College 49 scholarships
Briar Cliff University 12 scholarships
Buena Vista University 14 scholarships
Central College 22 scholarships
Clarke University 18 scholarships
Coe College 19 scholarships
Cornell College 28 scholarships
Des Moines Area Community College No scholarships
Des Moines University-Osteopathic Medical Center No scholarships
Divine Word College 6 scholarships
Dordt College 145 scholarships
Drake University 11 scholarships
Eastern Iowa Community College District No scholarships
Ellsworth Community College No scholarships
Emmaus Bible College 21 scholarships
Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary 22 scholarships
Graceland University-Lamoni 19 scholarships
Grand View University 16 scholarships
Grinnell College 5 scholarships
Hawkeye Community College No scholarships
Indian Hills Community College No scholarships
Iowa Central Community College No scholarships
Iowa Lakes Community College No scholarships
Iowa State University 309 scholarships
Iowa Wesleyan College No scholarships
Iowa Western Community College 1 scholarships
Kirkwood Community College 37 scholarships
Loras College 11 scholarships
Luther College 11 scholarships
Maharishi University of Management 6 scholarships
Marshalltown Community College No scholarships
Mercy College of Health Sciences 8 scholarships
Morningside College 9 scholarships
Mount Mercy University 11 scholarships
North Iowa Area Community College No scholarships
Northeast Iowa Community College-Calmar No scholarships
Northwest Iowa Community College No scholarships
Northwestern College - Iowa 5 scholarships
Palmer College of Chiropractic-Davenport 45 scholarships
Saint Ambrose University 12 scholarships
Shiloh University No scholarships
Simpson College 21 scholarships
Southeastern Community College No scholarships
Southwestern Community College No scholarships
University of Dubuque 12 scholarships
University of Iowa 433 scholarships
University of Northern Iowa 198 scholarships
Upper Iowa University 4 scholarships
Wartburg College 12 scholarships
Wartburg Theological Seminary No scholarships
Western Iowa Tech Community College No scholarships
William Penn University 18 scholarships