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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 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 $19,932 per year, while students attending fron out-of-state may pay something more like $21,283 per year.

About 72% of students who go to college in this state take out loans, with the average yearly 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
$9,758 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 28,743 full-time undergraduates at Iowa State, and 36,158 students altogether. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Iowa State is 4.5 years.

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

Roughly 50% of students at Iowa State take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount 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
$10,079 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 21,222 full-time undergraduates at Iowa, and 32,166 students altogether. For undergraduates at Iowa, the average graduation time is 4.3 years.

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 average amount of student loans is $7,373 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 2.5% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

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

Public Public vs. Private
3,798 Yearly Degrees

The total student population at Des Moines Area Community College is 22,982, of which 6,476 students are full-time undergraduates. 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 typical student loan amount 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%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from DMACC is $29,300.

#4

University of Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls, Iowa
Public Public vs. Private
3,068 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. It takes the average UNI undergraduate about 4.4 years to complete their degree.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 81%. Around 41% of accepted students 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. The student loan default rate of 2.9% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

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

#5

Kirkwood Community College

Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Public Public vs. Private
2,434 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.

Public Public vs. Private
2,019 Yearly Degrees

The total student population at Western Iowa Tech Community College is 5,731, of which 1,898 students are full-time undergraduates. 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
$21,060 Yearly Tuition (In-State

The total student population at Upper Iowa University is 4,943, of which 2,107 students are full-time undergraduates. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at UIU is 4.4 years.

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

73% of UIU students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $7,083 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 8.1% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

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

#8

Drake University

Des Moines, Iowa
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
1,528 Yearly Degrees
$11,568 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 2,955 full-time undergraduates at Drake, and 4,904 students altogether. It takes the average Drake undergraduate about 4.1 years to complete their degree.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 69%. 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. Drake has a 2.4% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national 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

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

Approximately 31% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans 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%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Eastern Iowa Community Colleges is $26,200.

#10

Iowa Western Community College

Council Bluffs, Iowa
Public Public vs. Private
1,229 Yearly Degrees

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

74% of Iowa Western Community College students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount 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

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 22.5% 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

There are 5,605 students at Hawkeye Community College in total, 2,525 of which 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 average amount of student loans 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%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Hawkeye Community College is $31,200.

#13

Waldorf University

Forest City, Iowa
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
993 Yearly Degrees
$4,680 Yearly Tuition (In-State

The total student population at Waldorf University is 2,487, of which 1,482 students are full-time undergraduates. It takes the average Waldorf undergraduate about 4.7 years to complete their degree.

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

65% of Waldorf students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $7,085 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 7.7% which is much lower than the average 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

There are 4,090 students at IHCC in total, 2,147 of which 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 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
$17,460 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 3,114 students at St. Ambrose University in total, 2,215 of which are full-time undergraduates. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at St. Ambrose University is 4.2 years.

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

74% of St. Ambrose University students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $9,071 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 $38,800 during the early-career years.

Public Public vs. Private
889 Yearly Degrees

The total student population at North Iowa Area Community College is 2,947, of which 1,346 students are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 22 to 1.

81% of North Iowa Area Community College 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 14.5% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from North Iowa Area Community College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $28,500 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
736 Yearly Degrees

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.

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

The total student population at Northeast Iowa Community College is 4,536, of which 1,217 students are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 12 to 1.

Roughly 48% of students at NICC take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans 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%.

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
$9,594 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 1,522 full-time undergraduates at BVU, and 1,982 students altogether. For undergraduates at BVU, the average graduation time is 4.2 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 64%. Around 60% of accepted students are men, and 40% are women.

85% of BVU students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $7,942 a year. The student loan default rate of 5.4% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

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

Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
715 Yearly Degrees
$17,430 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 2,262 students at Graceland Lamoni in total, 1,061 of which are full-time undergraduates. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Graceland Lamoni is 4.5 years.

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

87% of Graceland Lamoni students take out loans to afford college costs. 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%.

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

There are 1,212 full-time undergraduates at Southeastern Community College, and 2,658 students altogether. 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%.

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
$5,040 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 2,788 students at Morningside in total, 1,252 of which are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1.

About 55% of students who apply get accepted. Around 43% of accepted students 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 3.7% 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
$10,296 Yearly Tuition (In-State

The total student population at Mount Mercy University is 1,848, of which 1,083 students are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

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.

Roughly 80% of students at Mount Mercy take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans 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%!

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
$28,000 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 261 full-time undergraduates at MUM, and 1,646 students altogether. It takes the average MUM undergraduate about 4.3 years to complete their degree.

Around 89% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 41% 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 5.9% 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

There are 2,014 full-time undergraduates at Luther, and 2,053 students altogether. For undergraduates at Luther, the average graduation time is 4.1 years.

About 65% of students who apply get accepted. 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 school reports a student loan default rate of 2.4% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate from Luther with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $36,800 during the early years of their career after graduation.

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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