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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 2019, 57,004 students received a degree from a college in Iowa, making it rank #30 in terms of graduations. Iowa colleges offer students average in-student tuition of $20,082 per year, while students attending fron out-of-state may pay something more like $21,329 per year.

About 66% of students who go to college in this state take out loans, with the average yearly 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. For undergraduates at Iowa State, the average graduation time is 4.4 years.

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

Roughly 51% of students at Iowa State take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $8,003 a year. Iowa State has a 3.3% 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 Iowa State is $41,200.

#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 school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 16 to 1.

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.

Approximately 47% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $9,031 a year. The student loan default rate of 3.5% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

Students who graduate from Iowa with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $42,200 during the early years of their career after graduation.

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.

Roughly 35% of students at DMACC take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount 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%.

Students who graduate from DMACC with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $29,300 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#4

University of Northern Iowa

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

There are 9,507 students at UNI in total, 8,289 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 7,632 are full-time. Students tend to stick around at UNI. The freshman retention rate is 86%.

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

Roughly 53% of students at UNI take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans 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%.

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

#5

Kirkwood Community College

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

The total student population at Kirkwood Community College is 12,277, which includes 4,304 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

Roughly 46% of students at Kirkwood Community College take out loans to pay for college. 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

There are 1,707 full-time undergraduates at Western Iowa Tech Community College, and 5,360 students altogether. 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 typical student loan amount 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%.

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.

#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. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at UIU is 4.2 years.

About 65% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 64% are men and 36% are women.

Approximately 83% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $7,640 a year. UIU has a 7.2% 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.

#8

Drake University

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

There are 4,774 students at Drake in total, 2,848 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 2,731 are full-time. Drake has a freshman retention rate of 86%, which is a good sign that once students arrive at the school, they want to stay.

About 68% of students who apply get accepted. Around 40% of accepted students are men, and 60% are women.

Approximately 53% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $10,142 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 2.2% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate from Drake with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $46,800 during the early years of their career after graduation.

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

There are 2,423 full-time undergraduates at Eastern Iowa Community Colleges, and 7,081 students altogether. 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 typical student loan amount 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%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $26,200 during the early-career years.

#10

Iowa Western Community College

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

There are 2,331 full-time undergraduates at Iowa Western Community College, and 5,791 students altogether. 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.

Approximately 54% of the students who attend this school take out loans. 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%.

Students who graduate from Iowa Central Community College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $29,600 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#12

Hawkeye Community College

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

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

Roughly 48% of students at Hawkeye Community College take out loans to pay for college. 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%.

Students who graduate from Hawkeye Community College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $31,200 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#13

Waldorf University

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

The total student population at Waldorf University is 3,025, of which 2,523 students are undergraduates and of those, 1,578 are full-time. It takes the average Waldorf undergraduate about 4.3 years to complete their degree.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 61%. Of the accepted students, 63% are men and 37% are women.

Approximately 72% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount 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.

Approximately 50% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount 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%.

Students who graduate from IHCC with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $27,700 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#14

Saint Ambrose University

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

There are 2,305 undergraduates at St. Ambrose University, of which 2,180 are full-time, and there are 3,003 students altogether. For undergraduates at St. Ambrose University, the average graduation time is 4.2 years.

About 74% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 42% 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. St. Ambrose University has a 5.3% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from St. Ambrose University with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $38,800 during the early years of their career after graduation.

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

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

Roughly 39% of students at North Iowa Area Community College take out loans to pay for college. 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%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from North Iowa Area Community College is $28,500.

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

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

The student loan default rate of 1.6% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Palmer College of Chiropractic - Davenport is $34,700.

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

There are 1,036 full-time undergraduates at NICC, and 4,162 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 12 to 1.

Roughly 38% of students at NICC take out loans to pay for college. 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%.

Students who graduate from NICC with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $28,900 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#19

Buena Vista University

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

The total student population at Buena Vista University is 1,863, of which 1,456 students are undergraduates and of those, 1,230 are full-time. For undergraduates at BVU, the average graduation time is 4.2 years.

About 56% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 61% are men and 39% are women.

Roughly 81% of students at BVU take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $7,364 a year. BVU has a 5.9% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national 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

There are 959 undergraduates at Graceland Lamoni, of which 868 are full-time, and there are 1,517 students altogether. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Graceland Lamoni is 4.1 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 68%. Of the accepted students, 49% are men and 51% are women.

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

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $33,400 during the early-career years.

#21

Southeastern Community College

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

There are 1,099 full-time undergraduates at Southeastern Community College, and 2,260 students altogether. 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%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $25,700 during the early-career years.

#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.

About 69% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 44% are men and 56% are women.

Roughly 72% of students at Morningside take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $8,478 a year. Morningside has a 6.2% 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 $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

There are 1,381 undergraduates at Mount Mercy, of which 1,044 are full-time, and there are 1,705 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1.

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 school reports a student loan default rate of 4.3% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $42,800 during the early-career years.

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

There are 541 undergraduates at MIU, of which 331 are full-time, and there are 2,015 students altogether. For undergraduates at MIU, the average graduation time is 4.4 years.

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

80% of MIU students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $6,919 a year. The student loan default rate of 3.9% 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.

#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%. Of the accepted students, 43% are men and 57% are women.

66% of Luther students take out loans to afford college costs. 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%!

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

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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