Colleges in Iowa

Colleges in Iowa

Known as “the land where tall corn grows,” it’s not surprising the Iowa is often known as the “Corn State.” Top industries are value-added agriculture and food production, as well as advanced manufacturing, renewable energy and fuels, and distribution and warehousing. There are 60 colleges in Iowa with Carnegie Classifications, 19 of which confer baccalaureate degrees. The oldest institution in the state is Loras College, which was founded in 1839. Sliced bread was created in the Hawkeye State, which also lays claim to the National Hobo Convention every second week in August. The “eighth wonder of the world” resides in Iowa’s jurisdiction, too, a religious monument called the The Grotto of the Redemption.
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University of Iowa

Founded in 1847, the University of Iowa is a 4-year public research institution in Iowa City, often considered one of the nation’s top college towns. Iowa grants undergraduate degrees in over 200 academic majors, minors, and certificate programs. The...

“…From tailgating, downtown Iowa City, and a beautiful campus... The University of Iowa is the PERFECT college town. The professors care about you, even in a class of 300. There's so many opportunities, you WILL find the place you fit in. ” – Melanie

Iowa State University

Iowa State University is a public, land-grant university located in Ames, IA. The 1,813-acre campus features 6 undergraduate colleges offering 100+ majors, as well as residence hall, apartment-style, and Greek-life housing options for more than 35...

“…The learning environment at Iowa State is unlike anything else, there's no doubt in my mind that it has been a challenge, but the school offers many resources for any student who is willing to seek them out. the collegiate learning experience demands...” – Jennifer from Shoreview, MN

University of Northern Iowa

The University of Northern Iowa (UNI) is a public university located in Cedar Falls, Iowa. While it started as a teacher training institution in 1876, UNI now offers more than 150 areas of study for undergraduates  spanning from business and...

“…Small enough to have a community feel, large enough to have plenty of opportunities. Numerous organizations and clubs to get involved in. Great academics.” – Kirsten from Marion, IA

Drake University

Calling Des Moines, Iowa, its home, Drake University is a midsize, private institution of higher learning with more than 70 majors available to its undergraduate students. Cultivated over 130 years of educating, The Drake Curriculum features small,...

“…Drake University is an amazing place to start the college journey. With its small-town feel, Drake University offers many opportunities to students, along with Des Moines, Iowa being a great resource to start job opportunities. Drake University is...” – Bethany from Centerville, IA

Grinnell College

Founded in 1846, Grinnell College is a 4-year liberal arts college located in central Iowa. Grinell offers bachelor’s degrees in 27 academic majors and 13 concentrations. For environmentally-minded Grinellians, the college is home to the Conard...

“…Grinnell college is bubble where you can suspend yourself into pure learning, not just from classes, but from peers and situations. The students and staff are supporting and understanding, and the motto of 'self gov' gives you an assurance that...” – Yazan from Chicago, IL

Cornell College
Mount Vernon, IA
Cornell College

Cornell College is a liberal arts institution situated in Mount Vernon, Iowa, that was founded in 1853. Deemed “more selective,” Cornell is one of only 40 schools profiled by Loren Pope's book "Colleges That Change Lives" and also ranks as a top tier...

“…Cornell is great! Everyone here is very friendly, upperclassmen are happy to help you. Plus all the staff are eager to assist you in anyway they can.” – Maria from Albuquerque, NM

Upper Iowa University

Founded in 1857, Upper Iowa University is a 4-year private school in northeast Iowa. UIU hosts schools of Arts & Sciences, Business, and Education conferring undergraduate degrees in 45 academic programs. Additionally, UIU makes 32 bachelor’s degrees...

“…The classes here are great. There aren't usually a large number of students in each class, so students have more of an opportunity for one on one time with the teachers. The teachers, advisers and all the staff are always very helpful and are always...” – UIU Fan

Luther College

Founded by Norwegian immigrants, Luther College is a 4-year liberal arts college in northeast Iowa affiliated with the Lutheran Church. Luther confers bachelor’s degrees in more than 60 academic majors and preprofessional programs. For students...

“…Luther College is a great place to go to learn. The professors are very knowledgeable and very friendly. The professors will gladly spend time with a student to help that student understand concepts that a student is not understanding. The class...” – Nathan from Decorah, IA

Grand View University

Grand View University is a 4-year, liberal arts institution located in the capital city of Iowa, Des Moines. GV offers 40 academic programs on their 50-acre urban campus, where students are immersed in the university’s Viking culture. On top of...

“…I would give Grand View University an excellent rate. They are very helpful in many ways. It has many majors to offer and the major that I was interested in.” – Brian from Des Moines, IA

Coe College
Cedar Rapids, IA
Coe College

Founded in 1851, Coe College is small liberal arts institution and national leader in producing Fulbright Scholars. The college is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church and has a “more selective” admissions process. Coe College requires that 100%...

“…Coe has small class sizes, and the Professors really care about each student, you can't match this in a large University. Every class I am enrolled in here at Coe is enriching and has opened my eyes to new possibilities and new frontiers of learning....” – Jaime from Arvada, CO

Wartburg College

Wartburg College is a liberal arts institution affiliated with the Lutheran Church (ELCA) located in Waverly, Iowa. Founded in 1852, Wartburg has grown to offer more than 50 academic majors and preprofessional programs for its 1,500 students hailing...

“…One of my favorite things about Wartburg is how personable the professors are. You can e-mail them or drop by their office with any questions you have and they are happy to answer them for you. Professors at Wartburg do not want you to fail classes....” – Cady from Gilbert, AZ

William Penn University

Established by the Religious Society of Friends in 1873, William Penn University is a liberal arts institution in central Iowa affiliated with the Quakers. William Penn is home to seven academic divisions conferring degrees in over 20 majors. As a...

Established in 1853, Central College is a private, 4-year institution located on a 130-acre campus in Pella, Iowa. The college offers over 50 major and minor programs of study, and boasts a 76% rate of students completing internships. Central College...

“…A small college with lots of spirit, set in a quaint town with a rich history and traditions. A close-knit community is found here and the faculty is wonderful. Central is the school that is going to help me create a better future for myself and...” – Megan from Bondurant, IA

Kirkwood Community College

Kirkwood Community College is a two-year institution based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The school operates eight other campuses throughout the state. The school operates its own Hotel at Kirkwood Center which is assisted by Hospitality and Culinary Arts...

“…Kirkwood has been a very eye-opening experience for me in these past couple of weeks. Everyone is polite, respectful, and willing to help with whatever you need. If you have a question, ask the first person you see, they will point you in the right...” – Adam from Marion, IA

Morningside College

Morningside College is a 4-year liberal arts college in northwest Iowa affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Morningside is home to over 65 undergrad degree-granting and pre-professional programs. Every school year culminates in May Term, a...

“…Awesome school for Educators and Nursing.” – Jane from Sioux City, IA

The University of Dubuque was founded in 1852 and is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church. The school is based in Dubuque, Iowa, and follows a “Diamond” educational model that centers itself around Community and Character, Academics, Vocation, and...

“…i have visited the university of dubuque twice, and had a few family members go to the university of dubuque, and so far it has been great. i have met the professors who i will be learning from and everyone seems to have something interesting to say...” – Nathaniel from Cedar Falls Iowa, IA

Briar Cliff University

With campus situated on a hilltop formerly covered in briar patches, Briar Cliff University is a Franciscan Catholic liberal arts college in northwest Iowa. Briar Cliff confers undergraduate degrees in over 40 academic majors. For students who wish...

“…Briar Cliff is an excellent college. I am a nursing student and completed my BSN through Briar Cliff. It is an excellent college with small college values where students are respected and instructors are there to assist students in their learning.” – Steven from Sioux Falls, SD

Mount Mercy University is a private, Christ-centered institution established on an urban, 40-acre campus in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Mount Mercy provides more than 45 undergraduate degree and pre-professional programs and eight graduate degree programs,...

“…The classes are just the right size and easy environment to learn in.” – Breanna from Waterloo, IA

Dordt University

Affiliated with the Christian Reformed Church, Dordt College is a Christian liberal arts college in northwest Iowa. Dordt grants undergraduate degrees in over 40 academic majors and all classes feature a reformed Christian perspective. As a Christian...

“…You will grow spiritually. You will gain friends for a life time. You will achieve greatness.” – Brittany from Stanwood, WA

Simpson College

Simpson College is a private, 4-year institution established in Indianola, Iowa. Simpson features a unique Engaged Citizenship core curriculum which includes the Simpson Colloquium for first years as well as a Senior Capstone project. The college is...

“…Simpson College is home away from home. The small town community and the college work together to give students the best opportunities possible. Resources are easily accessible and the education gained here is excellent. ” – Emily from Colorado Springs, CO

Loras College

Founded in 1839, Loras College is a liberal arts school affiliated with the Archdiocese of Dubuque. Loras is the first college created in Iowa and is rated as having “selective” admissions. All first-year students are required to complete a January...

“…The school has a lot of great courses that keep you learning. The professors are very helpful. They also have a class called MOI which is a fun transition course which helps freshman meet fellow classmates and transition between high school to...” – Jessica from clearlake, MN

Iowa Western Community College is a public institution located in the city of Council Bluffs. Each student attending IWCC is assigned to an academic advisor with knowledge of specific careers to guide their academic progress. Along with vocational...

“…A tip for prospective students would be, to pick up your books before your course/courses start. If you wait til class starts it could be a long wait in the check out line for your books.” – My 2nd Semester from Council Bluffs, IA

Iowa Central Community College is a public, 2-year institution established in the city of Fort Dodge. Along with the main campus, the college also maintains satellite locations in Webster City, Storm Lake, and Eagle Grove. Iowa Central offers over 90...

“…The professors actually care about the students in their classes and often give out their personal cell numbers so students can call them. Also, smaller class sizes make one-on-one time more available.” – Gabrielle from Clarion, IA

Northwestern College Iowa is a private, Christ-centered institution established on a rural, 100-acre campus in Orange City. Students are required to complete 28 chapel credits out of the 62 offered per semester. Northwestern maintains over 50 major...

“…I was a student at Northwestern for my Freshman and Sophomore years... and I would say that those two years were the best and most challenging years of my life. My professors were interesting, lively, deeply caring, and extremely intelligent and...” – Jamiella

Hawkeye Community College is a public, 2-year institution established in Waterloo, Iowa, with satellite facilities in Cedar Falls, Iowa City, Dubuque, Des Moines, Davenport, and Sioux City, as well as in four other states. HCC offers over 40 career...

“…Hawkeye Community College has numerous building to fit every program. It has exceptionally large classrooms that are well-equipped with the latest technology to enhance your success as a student. It also has a well-stocked bookstore, human resources,...” – Stephanie from Elk Run Heights, IA

Clarke University is a private, 4-year institution established on urban, 55-acre campus in Dubuque, Iowa. Clarke offers over 40 undergraduate major and minor areas of study, as well as six graduate programs, and Adult & Continuing Education programs...

“…Clarke is a great Private College with a sensational community atmosphere. The instructors make it very easy to communicate on a personal level as well as helping every student learn in whatever way suits them. Clarke's staff truly goes out of their...” – Jordan from Dubuque, IA

Southeastern Community College is a 2-year college with two campuses and two extension sites in Iowa’s Great River Region. SCC is home to seven academic departments hosting 34 degree and certificate-granting programs. The college’s IT & Multimedia...

“…I was very pleased with this college; every professor that I had was very supportive and educational. The small class sizes offered at this college were very good for me especially when it came to my public speaking class. I believe that my time at...” – Ashley from Keokuk, IA

Buena Vista University is a private, 4-year institution established in Storm Lake, Iowa. The college offers over 50 academic programs and 90 majors and minors, with primary focus given to their Science, Education, and Business programs. As the...

“…Everyday I learn something new from the teachers and students on campus. I learned that smaller schools are great schools to go to if you are really worried bout your education; they want you to pass higher than a C (you can only pass classes if you...” – Ashley from Saint Louis, MO

Indian Hills Community College is a 2-year community college with three campuses serving 10 counties in southeast Iowa. In addition to over 70 academic programs, IHCC offers more than 250 online courses and three degrees are attainable entirely...

“…I am in class every day from 8am until 3pm and have learned much more than I believed I would.” – Alyson from Ottumwa, IA

Saint Ambrose University

Founded in 1882, Saint Ambrose University is a private institution that provides a liberal arts curriculum in the “Catholic Intellectual Tradition.” Admissions are rated as “selective” and the campus is home to several buildings listed on the...

“…The small student to teacher ratio will be great. Offer may different types of programs.” – Jacqueline from Bartlett, IL

Iowa Wesleyan University

Iowa Wesleyan University is a private, liberal arts institution established in the city of Mount Pleasant. IW’s campus embraces its rich history, featuring the Harlan-Lincoln House museum, the Belle Babb Mansfield Symposium, the PEO Memorial Building...

“…I am having a great experience at Iowa Wesleyan. The town has that small town feel and everyone is friendly. The pass rate of the NCLEX-RN exam is what brought me to IWC, it is awesome!” – Krista from New London, IA

Des Moines Area Community College is Iowa’s largest and most diverse 2-year community college. In addition to the numerous academic programs DMACC offers on its various campuses, distance learning students can also earn four different degrees...

“…LOcated in the heart of Iowa, DMACC offers all of the gen eds you will need to complete an associate degree or transfer to a 4-year program at most universities. The classes are more rigorous than expected for a community college and quite enjoyable...” – Sean - Adel, IA

Graceland University Lamoni is a private, 4-year institution established in Decatur County, Iowa. The Lamoni campus offers programs in over 50 major and minor fields of study, including a number of paraprofessional programs. All undergraduate...

“…It is a small town place with caring people. The courses are advanced so you get all the knowledge you want. It has great opportunities. ” – Ashley from Lamoni, IA

Iowa Lakes Community College is a 2-year college serving five counties in northwest Iowa. ILCC is home to seven academic departments offering over 40 degree and certificate programs. As a rural institution, ILCC features programs in Agriculture...

“…i think i will” – Amber from Cherokee, IA

Founded by the Sisters of Mercy as a nursing school in 1899, the Mercy College of Health Sciences is a Catholic health science institution in Des Moines. Mercy College offers five bachelor’s degree programs in Healthcare Administration, Health...

“…The faculty is very helpful and knowledgeable. Clinical sites give a lot of different experiences and the clinical instructors are always willing to try to get you to the area you are interested in. Classes can be a little disorganized and...” – Amber from Des Moines, IA

Ellsworth Community College is a 2-year college with two campuses in northern Iowa. While most academic courses are held on the main Ellsworth campus, ECC’s Agricultural and Animal Sciences department is headquartered at the college’s Robert & Arlene...

“…Here at Ellsworth, not only can you learn general ed and your major, but if you're from California like me, you also learn to save your money for winter clothes! It's snowing here in the winter and I am freezing.” – Danielle from San Mateo, CA

Founded by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the Maharishi University of Management is built on the idea of “consciousness-based education,” which encourages students to gain deep self-knowledge while earning undergrad and advanced degrees. MUM has programs in...

Palmer College of Chiropractic

Palmer College of Chiropractic is a private, medical institution primarily located in Davenport, Iowa. The college has two additional campuses in San Jose and Port Orange, both of which offer only doctorate degrees. Students can finish their Bachelor...

Marshalltown Community College is a public, 2-year institution with two campuses located in Grinnell and Marshalltown, Iowa. MCC offers over 50 academic programs throughout eight fields of study, awarding diplomas, certificates, and associate’s...

“…I learned a lot while at MCC and it was a great place to start my college career! I gained much more self confidence and feel that I am better prepared for the next step in my life.” – Nathan from Eldora, IA

Allen College is a school of healthcare and nursing in northern Iowa affiliated with UnityPoint Health. In addition to its bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in Nursing, Allen also confers bachelor’s degrees in Health Science, associate degrees...

“…The instructors are great and the ratio of students to teacher gives me plenty of individual instruction time. The campus is clean and the buildings and facilities are up to date. The educational program is comperable to other schools with higher...” – Kimberly from North Liberty, IA

Western Iowa Tech Community College is a 2-year institution in Sioux City. WITCC offers degrees and certificates in over 70 academic fields of study and the college’s Culinary Arts program includes a demonstration kitchen for students to practice...

“…western iowa tech community college is really a great school, specially to start out at. the people here are quite friendly and truly try and help you succeed. also, the class sizes here are perfect for you to get attention and one-on-one time with...” – Kory from Hartley, IA

Located just off the banks of the Mississippi River in Dubuque, Iowa, Emmaus Bible College is a 4-year Christ-centered private school. Emmaus is affiliated with the Open Brethren, so attendance at daily chapel is mandatory, and all classes utilize...

“…The classes are harder than high-school or community college, but are designed for the student to put effort into their studies, so that they can get the most out of their classes. They are well thought out and planned. Anyone who puts reasonable...” – Esther from Stanwood, IA

North Iowa Area Community College is a 2-year institution and the oldest community college in Iowa. NIACC offers over 35 academic programs and its Agriculture Division features a Farm Lab, which includes livestock facilities and 260 acres of land for...

Northeast Iowa Community College is a 2-year institution with two main campuses and 11 learning centers. NICC offers degrees and certificates in 67 areas of study within nine academic departments. The college’s Agriculture and Dairy Science programs...

“…I have a disease, epilepsy, and I feel better since the teachers work around my disability.” – Katarina from Monona, IA

Established in 1966, Northwest Iowa Community College is a public, 2-year institution located in Sheldon. NCC offers nearly 40 career-oriented and academic programs on-campus, online, and in hybrid formats, awarding associate’s degrees and...

Established in 1966, Southwestern Community College is a public, 2-year institution located in Creston, Iowa, with satellite centers in Osceola and Red Oak. SWCC offers over 80 associate’s degree and college transfer programs, as well as diploma and...

St. Luke’s College is a healthcare studies institution and the only hospital-based health sciences college in western Iowa. St. Luke’s offers bachelor’s degrees in Nursing and Health Science as well as three healthcare-based associate degree programs...

The Eastern Iowa Community Colleges consist of three 2-year institutions along Iowa’s Mississippi River border: Clinton, Muscatine, and Scott Community Colleges. EICC are home to 20 academic career clusters conferring associate degrees as well as 32...

“…I love Clinton community college because its right were i live, i don't have to travel to far get to the college. I love the staff at CCC they our friendly and very helpful..The financial aid office was so awesome in helping me get my loans for...” – Michelle from Clinton, IA

Divine Word College is a private, Christ-centered institution located in Epworth, Iowa. DWC offers associate and bachelor-level degrees in Intercultural Studies and Theology & Religious Studies, along with an associate’s degree in Interdisciplinary...

Des Moines University is a graduate school of health sciences and Iowa’s largest medical school. DMU offers five master’s degrees and three doctorates through the university’s Colleges of Health Sciences, Osteopathic Medicine, and Podiatric Medicine....

Established in 1921, Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary is a private, Christ-centered institution located in Ankeny, Iowa. Faith offers 13 one- to four-year undergraduate programs, as well as a Master of Divinity, Doctor of Ministry...

“…When I came to Faith I wanted to learn more about God and the Bible and I have been very impressed with the academic level achieved here. The professors are very knowledgeable in their areas of expertise and teach in a personal and interesting way....” – Megan from Bonaparte, IA

Affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church, Wartburg Theological Seminary is a Christian graduate school in eastern Iowa with a focus on mission work. Wartburg grants master’s degrees in Divinity, Arts, and Diaconal Ministry. As an Evangelical...

Established in 2006, Shiloh University is an online, Christ-centered institution based in Kalona, Iowa. The college offers eight undergraduate and seven postgraduate degree and certificate programs, as well as two feature areas: Chaplain Education...

The UnityPoint Health-Des Moines School of Radiologic Technology is a medical imaging academy in Iowa’s state capital. UnityPoint Health-Des Moines offers a 2-year certificate-granting program in Radiologic Technology featuring classroom sessions and...

Formed by the merger of two radiologic technology schools, Mercy-St. Luke’s School of Radiologic Technology is a medical school in eastern Iowa. Mercy-St. Luke’s hosts a 24-month academic program and confers a certificate in Radiologic Technology....

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