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61 Colleges
56,521 Yearly Graduations
$77,218 Avg 4-Year Tuition (In-State)
$27,582 Avg 4-Year Student Loan

In 2018, 56,521 students received a degree from a college in Iowa, making it rank #25 in terms of graduations. Students who live in the state can take advantage of in-state tuition averaging $19,304 a year, while students from out-of-state may pay a higher average tuition of $20,529 a year.

An estimated 69% of college students in Iowa take out loans, with the average loan amount being $6,895 per year.

Learn more about the most popular schools below:

#1

Iowa State University

Ames, Iowa
Public Public vs. Private
9,188 Yearly Degrees
$9,302 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 28,743 full-time undergraduates at Iowa State, and 36,158 students altogether. The freshman retention rate at Iowa State is 87%, which is great when compared to the national average of 68%.

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

50% of Iowa State students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $7,431 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 3.4% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Iowa State is $41,200.

#2

University of Iowa

Iowa City, Iowa
Public Public vs. Private
8,351 Yearly Degrees
$9,785 Yearly Tuition (In-State

The total student population at University of Iowa is 32,166, of which 21,222 students are full-time undergraduates. 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. Of the accepted students, 46% are men and 54% are women.

Approximately 47% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $7,373 a year. Iowa has a 2.6% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

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

Public Public vs. Private
7,815 Yearly Degrees
$10,560 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 33,287 students at Kaplan University - Davenport Campus in total, 3,127 of which are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 19 to 1.

Roughly 25% of students at Kaplan University - Davenport Campus take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $5,848 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 13.7% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Kaplan University - Davenport Campus with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $24,600 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#4

University of Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls, Iowa
Public Public vs. Private
3,047 Yearly Degrees
$9,159 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 11,861 students at UNI in total, 9,100 of which are full-time undergraduates. For undergraduates at UNI, the average graduation time is 4.4 years.

About 81% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 41% are men and 59% are women.

Roughly 58% of students at UNI take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $6,005 a year. UNI has a 3.9% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $38,100 during the early-career years.

Public Public vs. Private
2,271 Yearly Degrees

There are 22,982 students at DMACC in total, 6,476 of which are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 20 to 1.

44% of DMACC students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $4,301 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 17.1% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

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

#6

Kirkwood Community College

Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Public Public vs. Private
1,698 Yearly Degrees

There are 5,510 full-time undergraduates at Kirkwood Community College, and 14,049 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 19 to 1.

Roughly 51% of students at Kirkwood Community College take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $4,684 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 14.0% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Kirkwood Community College is $29,500.

#7

Drake University

Des Moines, Iowa
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
1,611 Yearly Degrees
$10,260 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 4,904 students at Drake in total, 2,955 of which are full-time undergraduates. Students tend to stick around at Drake. The freshman retention rate is 87%.

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

Roughly 56% of students at Drake take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $8,516 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 1.8% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $46,800 during the early-career years.

#8

Upper Iowa University

Fayette, Iowa
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
1,574 Yearly Degrees
$18,540 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 4,943 students at UIU in total, 2,107 of which are full-time undergraduates. For undergraduates at UIU, the average graduation time is 4.4 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 56%. Around 57% of accepted students are men, and 43% are women.

Approximately 73% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $7,083 a year. The student loan default rate of 9.1% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from UIU is $38,400.

#9

Saint Ambrose University

Davenport, Iowa
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
1,010 Yearly Degrees
$16,956 Yearly Tuition (In-State

The total student population at Saint Ambrose University is 3,114, of which 2,215 students are full-time undergraduates. It takes the average St. Ambrose University undergraduate about 4.2 years to complete their degree.

About 61% of students who apply get accepted. Around 41% of accepted students are men, and 59% are women.

Roughly 74% of students at St. Ambrose University take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $9,071 a year. The student loan default rate of 4.3% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

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

#10

Waldorf University

Forest City, Iowa
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
860 Yearly Degrees
$4,500 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 2,487 students at Waldorf in total, 1,482 of which are full-time undergraduates. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Waldorf is 4.7 years.

About 72% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 63% are men and 37% are women.

Roughly 65% of students at Waldorf take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $7,085 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 9.7% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $32,200 during the early-career years.

#11

Buena Vista University

Storm Lake, Iowa
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
815 Yearly Degrees
$9,594 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 1,982 students at BVU in total, 1,522 of which are full-time undergraduates. For undergraduates at BVU, the average graduation time is 4.2 years.

About 64% of students who apply get accepted. Around 60% of accepted students are men, and 40% are women.

Roughly 85% of students at BVU take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $7,942 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 7.7% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $34,500 during the early-career years.

Public Public vs. Private
803 Yearly Degrees

There are 7,666 students at Eastern Iowa Community Colleges in total, 2,421 of which are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 20 to 1.

Roughly 31% of students at Eastern Iowa Community Colleges take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $4,689 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 17.1% 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.

#13

Iowa Western Community College

Council Bluffs, Iowa
Public Public vs. Private
783 Yearly Degrees

There are 2,656 full-time undergraduates at Iowa Western Community College, and 6,080 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

Roughly 74% of students at Iowa Western Community College take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $5,566 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 19.0% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Iowa Western Community College is $27,900.

#14

Iowa Central Community College

Fort Dodge, Iowa
Public Public vs. Private
768 Yearly Degrees

The total student population at Iowa Central Community College is 5,788, of which 2,842 students are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

Approximately 59% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $5,153 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%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Iowa Central Community College is $29,600.

#15

Hawkeye Community College

Waterloo, Iowa
Public Public vs. Private
762 Yearly Degrees

There are 2,525 full-time undergraduates at Hawkeye Community College, and 5,605 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

Approximately 54% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $5,283 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 14.4% 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.

Public Public vs. Private
727 Yearly Degrees

The total student population at Indian Hills Community College is 4,090, of which 2,147 students are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

Roughly 55% of students at IHCC take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $5,321 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 18.8% 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.

Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
717 Yearly Degrees
$8,208 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 2,237 students at Palmer College of Chiropractic - Davenport in total, 39 of which are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 1 to 1.

Roughly 100% of students at Palmer College of Chiropractic - Davenport take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $9,500 a year. Palmer College of Chiropractic - Davenport has a 1.9% 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.

Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
650 Yearly Degrees
$16,737 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 2,262 students at Graceland Lamoni in total, 1,061 of which are full-time undergraduates. For undergraduates at Graceland Lamoni, the average graduation time is 4.5 years.

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. This school’s student loan default rate of 9.6% is close 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.

#19

Morningside College

Sioux City, Iowa
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
647 Yearly Degrees
$4,770 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 1,252 full-time undergraduates at Morningside, and 2,788 students altogether. It takes the average Morningside undergraduate about 4.3 years to complete their degree.

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

78% of Morningside students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $8,059 a year. Morningside has a 4.6% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

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.

#20

University of Dubuque

Dubuque, Iowa
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
610 Yearly Degrees
$12,600 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 1,709 full-time undergraduates at UD Iowa, and 2,366 students altogether. For undergraduates at UD Iowa, 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.

Approximately 83% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $11,881 a year. The student loan default rate of 9.3% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

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

#21

Mount Mercy University

Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
601 Yearly Degrees
$9,900 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 1,083 full-time undergraduates at Mount Mercy, and 1,848 students altogether. For undergraduates at Mount Mercy, the average graduation time is 4.3 years.

About 57% of students who apply get accepted. Around 29% of accepted students are men, and 71% are women.

Roughly 80% of students at Mount Mercy take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $11,176 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 3.5% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Mount Mercy is $42,800.

#22

Luther College

Decorah, Iowa
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
571 Yearly Degrees

The total student population at Luther College is 2,053, of which 2,014 students are full-time undergraduates. It takes the average Luther undergraduate about 4.1 years to complete their degree.

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

65% of Luther students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $8,788 a year. The student loan default rate of 1.8% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $36,800 during the early-career years.

Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
554 Yearly Degrees
$28,000 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 1,646 students at MUM in total, 261 of which are full-time undergraduates. For undergraduates at MUM, the average graduation time is 4.3 years.

Around 89% of students who apply get accepted. Around 41% of accepted students are men, and 59% are women.

Roughly 76% of students at MUM take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $11,315 a year. The student loan default rate of 5.0% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $17,400 during the early-career years.

#24

Grand View University

Des Moines, Iowa
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
523 Yearly Degrees
$11,290 Yearly Tuition (In-State

The total student population at Grand View University is 1,836, of which 1,574 students are full-time undergraduates. For undergraduates at Grand View University, the average graduation time is 4.4 years.

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

Roughly 73% of students at Grand View University take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $7,341 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 5.7% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Grand View University is $37,600.

Public Public vs. Private
514 Yearly Degrees

There are 1,898 full-time undergraduates at Western Iowa Tech Community College, and 5,731 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

Roughly 83% of students at Western Iowa Tech Community College take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $4,302 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 18.5% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Western Iowa Tech Community College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $26,900 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Other Iowa Colleges

Rank School Yearly Graduations
26 Grinnell College 506
27 Simpson College 491
28 North Iowa Area Community College 479
29 Des Moines University - Osteopathic Medical Center 448
30 Northeast Iowa Community College 439
31 Wartburg College 436
32 Loras College 433
33 Coe College 421
34 Southeastern Community College 378
35 Dordt College 377
36 Central College 368
37 Northwestern College 351
38 William Penn University 335
39 Clarke University 334
40 Briar Cliff University 326
41 Iowa Lakes Community College 315
42 Kaplan University - Des Moines Campus 276
43 Cornell College 275
44 Mercy College of Health Sciences 260
45 Allen College 253
46 Southwestern Community College 249
47 Northwest Iowa Community College 215
48 Marshalltown Community College 204
49 Ellsworth Community College 148
50 Kaplan University - Cedar Rapids Campus 145
51 Iowa Wesleyan University 88
52 St Luke’s College 86
53 Kaplan University - Cedar Falls Campus 82
54 Emmaus Bible College 81
55 Hamilton Technical College 73
56 Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary 68
57 Kaplan University - Mason City Campus 42
58 Wartburg Theological Seminary 19
59 Ross College-Quad Cities 18
60 Divine Word College 17
61 Shiloh University 15

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