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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. Students who are able to take advantage of in-state tuition will only pay an average of $19,932 per year to get their degree at a college in Iowa, while out of state students will pay an average of $21,283 per 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. 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. 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 average amount of student loans is $7,431 a year. Iowa State has a 3.2% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Iowa State with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $41,200 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#2

University of Iowa

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

The total student population at University of Iowa is 31,240, of which 23,482 students are undergraduates and of those, 21,212 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Iowa 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. Iowa has a 2.5% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

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
$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.

Roughly 44% of students at DMACC take out loans to pay for college. 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
$8,938 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 10,477 students at UNI in total, 8,953 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 8,228 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at UNI is 4.4 years.

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 average amount of student loans is $6,005 a year. The student loan default rate of 2.9% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

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.

Approximately 51% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount 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

The total student population at Western Iowa Tech Community College is 5,976, which includes 1,792 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

Approximately 83% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans 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

The total student population at Upper Iowa University is 4,279, of which 3,680 students 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%. 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%!

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
$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. For undergraduates at Drake, the average graduation time is 4.1 years.

About 69% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 41% 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 2.4% 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
$5,376 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.

31% of Eastern Iowa Community Colleges students take out loans to afford college costs. 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%.

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
$6,240 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 5,977 students at Iowa Western Community College in total, 2,555 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

Approximately 74% of the students who attend this school take out loans. 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

The total student population at Iowa Central Community College is 5,237, which includes 2,544 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

59% of Iowa Central Community College students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans 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%.

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
$5,624 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,097 full-time undergraduates at Hawkeye Community College, and 5,112 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 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
$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 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.

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%!

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
$4,320 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.

55% of IHCC students take out loans to afford college costs. 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 2,260 undergraduates at St. Ambrose University, of which 2,122 are full-time, and there are 2,968 students altogether. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at St. Ambrose University is 4.2 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 61%. 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 average amount of student loans 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%.

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
$5,603 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%.

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
$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.

Approximately 100% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $9,500 a year. Palmer College of Chiropractic - Davenport has a 1.2% 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
$5,940 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,128 full-time undergraduates at NICC, and 4,408 students altogether. 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 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%.

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
$35,194 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Buena Vista University is 1,815, of which 1,478 students are undergraduates and of those, 1,257 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 9 to 1.

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

Approximately 85% of the students who attend this school take out loans. 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
$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. 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. The student loan default rate of 9.8% is very similar 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
$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.

Roughly 70% of students at Southeastern Community College take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans 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%.

Students who graduate from Southeastern Community College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $25,700 during the early years of their career after graduation.

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

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 55%. 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. The school reports a student loan default rate of 3.7% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

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

#23

Mount Mercy University

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

There are 1,442 undergraduates at Mount Mercy, of which 1,070 are full-time, and there are 1,807 students altogether. 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.

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

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

There are 1,861 students at MIU in total, 457 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 331 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 11 to 1.

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

Roughly 76% of students at MIU take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $11,315 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 5.9% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

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

The total student population at Luther College is 1,951, which includes 1,930 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%. Of the accepted students, 43% are men and 57% are women.

Approximately 65% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount 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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