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79 Colleges
57,004 Yearly Graduations
$80,328 Avg 4-Year Tuition (In-State)
$28,346 Avg 4-Year Student Loan

In terms of yearly graduations, Iowa is ranked #30 in the country with 57,004 degrees handed out in 2019. The average in-state tuition for students attending college in Iowa is $20,082 a year, while the average out-of-state tuition is $21,329 a year.

An estimated 66% of college students in Iowa take out loans, with the average loan amount being $7,086 per year.

Learn more about the most popular schools below:

#1

Iowa State University

Ames, Iowa
Public Public vs. Private
9,311 Yearly Degrees
$9,316 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Iowa State University is 31,822, of which 26,843 students are undergraduates and of those, 25,271 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Iowa State is 4.4 years.

Around 88% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 53% are men and 47% are women.

Roughly 51% of students at Iowa State take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $8,003 a year. The student loan default rate of 3.3% 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.

#2

University of Iowa

Iowa City, Iowa
Public Public vs. Private
9,178 Yearly Degrees
$9,606 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 30,318 students at Iowa in total, 22,304 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 20,227 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Iowa is 4.3 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 84%. Of the accepted students, 44% are men and 56% are women.

47% of Iowa students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $9,031 a year. The student loan default rate of 3.5% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $42,200 during the early-career years.

Public Public vs. Private
3,798 Yearly Degrees
$5,100 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Des Moines Area Community College is 23,051, which includes 5,703 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 20 to 1.

Approximately 35% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $4,627 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 14.5% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $29,300 during the early-career years.

#4

University of Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls, Iowa
Public Public vs. Private
3,068 Yearly Degrees
$8,938 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at University of Northern Iowa is 9,507, of which 8,289 students are undergraduates and of those, 7,632 are full-time. UNI has a freshman retention rate of 86%, which is a good sign that once students arrive at the school, they want to stay.

About 79% of students who apply get accepted. Around 38% of accepted students are men, and 62% are women.

Approximately 53% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $5,948 a year. UNI has a 3.6% 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 UNI is $38,100.

#5

Kirkwood Community College

Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Public Public vs. Private
2,434 Yearly Degrees
$5,140 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 12,277 students at Kirkwood Community College in total, 4,304 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

Approximately 46% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $4,686 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 14.9% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Kirkwood Community College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $29,500 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Public Public vs. Private
2,019 Yearly Degrees
$4,488 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Western Iowa Tech Community College is 5,360, which includes 1,707 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 16 to 1.

66% of Western Iowa Tech Community College students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $4,972 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 14.7% 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.

#7

Upper Iowa University

Fayette, Iowa
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
1,597 Yearly Degrees
$32,945 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 3,610 students at UIU in total, 3,077 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 1,572 are full-time. For undergraduates at UIU, the average graduation time is 4.2 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 65%. Around 64% of accepted students are men, and 36% are women.

Approximately 83% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $7,640 a year. The student loan default rate of 7.2% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $38,400 during the early-career years.

#8

Drake University

Des Moines, Iowa
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
1,528 Yearly Degrees
$44,366 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Drake University is 4,774, of which 2,848 students are undergraduates and of those, 2,731 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Drake is 4.1 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 68%. Of the accepted students, 40% are men and 60% are women.

Approximately 53% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $10,142 a year. Drake has a 2.2% 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.

Public Public vs. Private
1,303 Yearly Degrees
$5,600 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 7,081 students at Eastern Iowa Community Colleges in total, 2,423 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 25 to 1.

29% of Eastern Iowa Community Colleges students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $4,683 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 15.9% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Eastern Iowa Community Colleges with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $26,200 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#10

Iowa Western Community College

Council Bluffs, Iowa
Public Public vs. Private
1,229 Yearly Degrees
$6,120 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Iowa Western Community College is 5,791, which includes 2,331 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

Roughly 62% of students at Iowa Western Community College take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $5,769 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 20.7% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $27,900 during the early-career years.

#11

Iowa Central Community College

Fort Dodge, Iowa
Public Public vs. Private
1,132 Yearly Degrees
$5,700 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 4,704 students at Iowa Central Community College in total, 2,341 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

54% of Iowa Central Community College students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $5,372 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 22.1% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $29,600 during the early-career years.

#12

Hawkeye Community College

Waterloo, Iowa
Public Public vs. Private
1,021 Yearly Degrees
$5,790 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,994 full-time undergraduates at Hawkeye Community College, and 5,042 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

Approximately 48% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $5,002 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 14.5% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $31,200 during the early-career years.

#13

Waldorf University

Forest City, Iowa
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
993 Yearly Degrees
$23,088 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,523 undergraduates at Waldorf, of which 1,578 are full-time, and there are 3,025 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 25 to 1.

About 61% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 63% are men and 37% are women.

Roughly 72% of students at Waldorf take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $5,969 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 10.3% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Waldorf with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $32,200 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Public Public vs. Private
924 Yearly Degrees
$4,440 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Indian Hills Community College is 3,279, which includes 1,734 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1.

50% of IHCC students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $4,824 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 15.3% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $27,700 during the early-career years.

#14

Saint Ambrose University

Davenport, Iowa
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
924 Yearly Degrees
$32,758 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Saint Ambrose University is 3,003, of which 2,305 students are undergraduates and of those, 2,180 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 74%. Around 42% of accepted students are men, and 58% are women.

Approximately 74% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $9,931 a year. The student loan default rate of 5.3% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $38,800 during the early-career years.

Public Public vs. Private
889 Yearly Degrees
$5,791 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,681 students at North Iowa Area Community College in total, 1,285 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 22 to 1.

39% of North Iowa Area Community College students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $4,294 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 12.5% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $28,500 during the early-career years.

Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
736 Yearly Degrees
$10,500 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 34 undergraduates at Palmer College of Chiropractic - Davenport, of which 34 are full-time, and there are 2,178 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 6 to 1.

Palmer College of Chiropractic - Davenport has a 1.6% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Palmer College of Chiropractic - Davenport with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $34,700 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Public Public vs. Private
722 Yearly Degrees
$6,000 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Northeast Iowa Community College is 4,162, which includes 1,036 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 12 to 1.

38% of NICC students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $4,733 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 13.3% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $28,900 during the early-career years.

#19

Buena Vista University

Storm Lake, Iowa
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
717 Yearly Degrees
$36,426 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,863 students at BVU in total, 1,456 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 1,230 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 56%. Around 61% of accepted students are men, and 39% are women.

81% of BVU students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $7,364 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 5.9% 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
715 Yearly Degrees
$31,320 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Graceland University - Lamoni is 1,517, of which 959 students are undergraduates and of those, 868 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1.

About 68% of students who apply get accepted. Around 49% of accepted students are men, and 51% are women.

85% of Graceland Lamoni students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $6,769 a year. The student loan default rate of 8.0% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Graceland Lamoni is $33,400.

#21

Southeastern Community College

West Burlington, Iowa
Public Public vs. Private
655 Yearly Degrees
$5,910 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Southeastern Community College is 2,260, which includes 1,099 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

33% of Southeastern Community College students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $5,253 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 19.1% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Southeastern Community College is $25,700.

#22

Morningside College

Sioux City, Iowa
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
633 Yearly Degrees
$33,970 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,411 students at Morningside in total, 1,281 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 1,157 are full-time. For undergraduates at Morningside, the average graduation time is 4.1 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 69%. Around 44% of accepted students are men, and 56% are women.

Approximately 72% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $8,478 a year. The student loan default rate of 6.2% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $37,400 during the early-career years.

#23

Mount Mercy University

Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
630 Yearly Degrees
$35,506 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Mount Mercy University is 1,705, of which 1,381 students are undergraduates and of those, 1,044 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Mount Mercy is 4.2 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 76%. Around 32% of accepted students are men, and 68% are women.

Roughly 79% of students at Mount Mercy take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $10,593 a year. The student loan default rate of 4.3% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

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.

Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
593 Yearly Degrees
$16,530 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,015 students at MIU in total, 541 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 331 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at MIU is 4.4 years.

Around 100% of students who apply get accepted. Around 28% of accepted students are men, and 72% are women.

Roughly 80% of students at MIU take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $6,919 a year. MIU has a 3.9% 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 MIU is $17,400.

#25

Luther College

Decorah, Iowa
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
591 Yearly Degrees
$45,610 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,802 students at Luther in total, 1,775 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 11 to 1.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 64%. Around 43% of accepted students are men, and 57% are women.

Approximately 66% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $8,440 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 2.2% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Luther is $36,800.

Other Iowa Colleges

Rank School Yearly Graduations
26 University of Dubuque 533
27 Grinnell College 524
28 Grand View University 522
29 Simpson College 482
30 Des Moines University - Osteopathic Medical Center 464
31 Loras College 448
32 Dordt University 437
33 Coe College 411
34 Southwestern Community College 407
35 Marshalltown Community College 390
36 Iowa Lakes Community College 360
37 Northwest Iowa Community College 358
38 William Penn University 331
39 Wartburg College 316
40 Briar Cliff University 314
41 Northwestern College 312
42 Central College 290
43 Allen College 272
44 Clarke University 271
45 Cornell College 268
46 Mercy College of Health Sciences 256
47 Ellsworth Community College 183
48 Emmaus Bible College 159
49 St Luke’s College 135
50 Aveda Institute - Des Moines 108
51 Capri College, Dubuque 102
51 Capri College, Cedar Rapids 102
53 Hamilton Technical College 97
54 Capri College, Davenport 91
55 PCI Academy-Ames 87
56 Iowa Wesleyan University 86
57 Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary 81
58 Iowa School of Beauty-Des Moines 72
59 Ross College-Quad Cities 44
60 La James International College-Johnston 34
61 La James International College-Davenport 33
62 La James College of Hairstyling and Cosmetology 28
63 La James International College-Iowa City 25
63 The Salon Professional Academy 25
65 Carlson College of Massage Therapy 23
65 Wartburg Theological Seminary 23
67 Iowa School of Beauty-Sioux City 21
68 E Q School of Hair Design 17
68 La James International College-Ft Dodge 17
70 La James International College-Cedar Falls 15
70 Divine Word College 15
72 Iowa School of Beauty-Ottumwa 14
73 Faust Institute of Cosmetology-Storm Lake 12
73 American Hair Academy 12
75 Mercy-St Luke’s School of Radiologic Technology 11
76 UnityPoint Health-Des Moines School of Radiologic Technology 8
77 American College of Hairstyling - Des Moines 7
78 Shiloh University 6
79 Faust Institute of Cosmetology-Spirit Lake 5

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