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79 Colleges
57,004 Yearly Graduations
$79,728 Avg 4-Year Tuition (In-State)
$27,375 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. Students who live in the state can take advantage of in-state tuition averaging $19,932 a year, while students from out-of-state may pay a higher average tuition of $21,283 a year.

An estimated 72% of college students in Iowa take out loans, with the average loan amount being $6,844 per year.

Learn more about the most popular schools below:

#1

Iowa State University

Ames, Iowa
Public Public vs. Private
9,311 Yearly Degrees
$9,320 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 33,372 students at Iowa State in total, 28,294 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 26,713 are full-time. For undergraduates at Iowa State, the average graduation time is 4.5 years.

Around 89% of students who apply get accepted. Around 53% of accepted students 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 3.2% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $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 23,482 undergraduates at Iowa, of which 21,212 are full-time, and there are 31,240 students altogether. It takes the average Iowa undergraduate about 4.3 years to complete their degree.

Around 86% of students who apply get accepted. Around 46% of accepted students are men, and 54% are women.

47% of Iowa students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $7,373 a year. Iowa has a 2.5% 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 is $42,200.

Public Public vs. Private
3,798 Yearly Degrees
$4,800 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 6,146 full-time undergraduates at DMACC, and 23,258 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 20 to 1.

Approximately 44% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $4,301 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 17.2% 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 10,477, of which 8,953 students are undergraduates and of those, 8,228 are full-time. It takes the average UNI undergraduate about 4.4 years to complete their degree.

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

Approximately 58% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $6,005 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 2.9% which is much lower than the average 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
$5,380 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 13,788 students at Kirkwood Community College in total, 5,084 are full-time undergraduates. 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%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $29,500 during the early-career years.

Public Public vs. Private
2,019 Yearly Degrees
$4,368 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,792 full-time undergraduates at Western Iowa Tech Community College, and 5,976 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

83% of Western Iowa Tech Community College students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $4,302 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 18.9% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $26,900 during the early-career years.

#7

Upper Iowa University

Fayette, Iowa
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
1,597 Yearly Degrees
$31,685 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 4,279 students at UIU in total, 3,680 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 1,856 are full-time. It takes the average UIU undergraduate about 4.4 years to complete their degree.

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.

Roughly 73% of students at UIU take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $7,083 a year. The student loan default rate of 8.1% 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
$42,840 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,954 undergraduates at Drake, of which 2,830 are full-time, and there are 4,884 students altogether. 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.

56% of Drake students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $8,516 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 2.4% which is much lower than the average 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
$5,376 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,269 full-time undergraduates at Eastern Iowa Community Colleges, and 8,002 students altogether. 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 16.0% 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
$6,240 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,555 full-time undergraduates at Iowa Western Community College, and 5,977 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 21.3% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $27,900 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 2,544 full-time undergraduates at Iowa Central Community College, and 5,237 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

Roughly 59% of students at Iowa Central Community College take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $5,153 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 22.5% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

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

#12

Hawkeye Community College

Waterloo, Iowa
Public Public vs. Private
1,021 Yearly Degrees
$5,624 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 5,112 students at Hawkeye Community College in total, 2,097 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

54% of Hawkeye Community College students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $5,283 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 15.2% 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
$22,352 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 3,071 students at Waldorf in total, 2,552 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 1,619 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 19 to 1.

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

Approximately 65% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $7,085 a year. Waldorf has a 7.7% 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 Waldorf is $32,200.

Public Public vs. Private
924 Yearly Degrees
$4,320 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,869 full-time undergraduates at IHCC, and 3,612 students altogether. 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 average amount of student loans is $5,321 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 19.2% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from IHCC is $27,700.

#14

Saint Ambrose University

Davenport, Iowa
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
924 Yearly Degrees
$31,812 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,968 students at St. Ambrose University in total, 2,260 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 2,122 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 12 to 1.

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

74% of St. Ambrose University students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $9,071 a year. St. Ambrose University has a 5.9% 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 St. Ambrose University is $38,800.

Public Public vs. Private
889 Yearly Degrees
$5,603 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,389 full-time undergraduates at North Iowa Area Community College, and 2,894 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 22 to 1.

Approximately 81% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $4,683 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%.

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

The total student population at Palmer College of Chiropractic - Davenport is 2,194, of which 29 students are undergraduates and of those, 28 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 1 to 1.

100% of Palmer College of Chiropractic - Davenport students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $9,500 a year. The student loan default rate of 1.2% 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
$5,940 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 4,408 students at NICC in total, 1,128 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 12 to 1.

Approximately 48% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $4,776 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 12.7% 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
$35,194 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,815 students at BVU in total, 1,478 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 1,257 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 9 to 1.

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

Approximately 85% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $7,942 a year. BVU has a 5.4% 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
$30,420 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Graceland University - Lamoni is 1,733, of which 1,032 students are undergraduates and of those, 898 are full-time. For undergraduates at Graceland Lamoni, the average graduation time is 4.5 years.

About 56% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 47% are men and 53% are women.

Approximately 87% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $7,277 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 9.8% 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.

#21

Southeastern Community College

West Burlington, Iowa
Public Public vs. Private
655 Yearly Degrees
$5,670 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Southeastern Community College is 2,478, which includes 1,163 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 16 to 1.

Approximately 70% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $4,950 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 20.3% 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
$32,720 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,277 undergraduates at Morningside, of which 1,183 are full-time, and there are 2,599 students altogether. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Morningside is 4.3 years.

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 average amount of student loans is $8,059 a year. Morningside has a 3.7% 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.

#23

Mount Mercy University

Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
630 Yearly Degrees
$33,862 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Mount Mercy University is 1,807, of which 1,442 students are undergraduates and of those, 1,070 are full-time. For undergraduates at Mount Mercy, the average graduation time is 4.3 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 57%. Of the accepted students, 29% are men and 71% are women.

Approximately 80% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $11,176 a year. Mount Mercy has a 3.5% 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 $42,800 during the early-career years.

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

There are 457 undergraduates at MIU, of which 331 are full-time, and there are 1,861 students altogether. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at MIU is 4.3 years.

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

76% of MIU students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $11,315 a year. The student loan default rate of 5.9% 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
$44,070 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,930 full-time undergraduates at Luther, and 1,951 students altogether. 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 65%. Of the accepted students, 43% 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 school reports a student loan default rate of 2.4% 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 College 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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