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55 Colleges
47,318 Yearly Graduations
$86,889 Avg 4-Year Tuition (In-State)
$28,643 Avg 4-Year Student Loan

In terms of yearly graduations, Iowa is ranked #28 in the country with 47,318 degrees handed out in 2021. The average in-state tuition for students attending college in Iowa is $21,722 a year, while the average out-of-state tuition is $23,020 a year.

About 62% of students who go to college in this state take out loans, with the average yearly loan amount being $7,161 per year.

Learn more about the most popular schools below:

#1

University of Iowa

Iowa City, Iowa
Public Public vs. Private
9,628 Yearly Degrees
$9,942 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 22,304 undergraduates at Iowa, of which 20,227 are full-time, and there are 30,318 students altogether. Iowa has a freshman retention rate of 88%, which is a good sign that once students arrive at the school, they want to stay.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 84%. Around 44% of accepted students are men, and 56% are women.

Roughly 47% of students at Iowa take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $9,031 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 Iowa with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $48,768 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#2

Iowa State University

Ames, Iowa
Public Public vs. Private
8,681 Yearly Degrees
$9,634 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. Iowa State has a freshman retention rate of 89%, which is a good sign that once students arrive at the school, they want to stay.

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

Approximately 51% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $8,003 a year. The student loan default rate of 2.4% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $48,810 during the early-career years.

#3

University of Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls, Iowa
Public Public vs. Private
3,013 Yearly Degrees
$9,053 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. The freshman retention rate at UNI is 86%, which is great when compared to the national average of 68%.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 79%. Of the accepted students, 38% are men and 62% are women.

Approximately 53% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $5,948 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 2.8% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from UNI is $43,071.

Public Public vs. Private
2,029 Yearly Degrees
$5,220 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 23,051 students at DMACC in total, 5,703 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 20 to 1.

35% of DMACC students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $4,627 a year. The student loan default rate of 11.8% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from DMACC with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $31,906 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#5

Kirkwood Community College

Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Public Public vs. Private
1,654 Yearly Degrees
$5,308 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.

46% of Kirkwood Community College students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $4,686 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 12.3% 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 $32,553 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#6

Drake University

Des Moines, Iowa
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
1,503 Yearly Degrees
$45,912 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,848 undergraduates at Drake, of which 2,731 are full-time, and there are 4,774 students altogether. Students tend to stick around at Drake. The freshman retention rate is 86%.

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

Roughly 53% of students at Drake take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $10,142 a year. Drake 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 Drake with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $54,644 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#7

Upper Iowa University

Fayette, Iowa
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
1,452 Yearly Degrees
$33,609 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Upper Iowa University is 3,610, of which 3,077 students are undergraduates and of those, 1,572 are full-time. For undergraduates at UIU, the average graduation time is 4.2 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 65%. Around 64% of accepted students are men, and 36% are women.

83% of UIU students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $7,640 a year. UIU has a 6.9% 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 $43,333 during the early-career years.

#8

Waldorf University

Forest City, Iowa
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
959 Yearly Degrees
$23,666 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,523 undergraduates at Waldorf, of which 1,578 are full-time, and there are 3,025 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 25 to 1.

About 61% of students who apply get accepted. Around 63% of accepted students are men, and 37% are women.

72% of Waldorf students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $5,969 a year. Waldorf has a 8.1% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Waldorf with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $38,821 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#9

Saint Ambrose University

Davenport, Iowa
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
909 Yearly Degrees
$33,570 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Saint Ambrose University is 3,003, of which 2,305 students are undergraduates and of those, 2,180 are full-time. For undergraduates at St. Ambrose University, the average graduation time is 4.2 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 74%. Around 42% of accepted students are men, and 58% are women.

Approximately 74% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $9,931 a year. The student loan default rate of 3.3% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $46,441 during the early-career years.

Public Public vs. Private
846 Yearly Degrees
$4,396 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.

Roughly 29% of students at Eastern Iowa Community Colleges take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $4,683 a year. The student loan default rate of 9.1% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $29,935 during the early-career years.

#11

Iowa Central Community College

Fort Dodge, Iowa
Public Public vs. Private
777 Yearly Degrees
$6,000 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.

Roughly 54% of students at Iowa Central Community College take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $5,372 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 16.6% 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 $32,467 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#12

Iowa Western Community College

Council Bluffs, Iowa
Public Public vs. Private
765 Yearly Degrees
$6,330 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Iowa Western Community College is 5,791, which includes 2,331 full-time undergraduates. 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. The student loan default rate of 8.9% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

Students who graduate from Iowa Western Community College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $32,227 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#13

Hawkeye Community College

Waterloo, Iowa
Public Public vs. Private
669 Yearly Degrees
$5,977 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

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

Approximately 48% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $5,002 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 10.5% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $33,802 during the early-career years.

Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
664 Yearly Degrees
$10,725 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 school reports a student loan default rate of 1.2% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate from Palmer College of Chiropractic - Davenport with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $33,614 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#15

Morningside College

Sioux City, Iowa
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
614 Yearly Degrees
$35,270 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,281 undergraduates at Morningside, of which 1,157 are full-time, and there are 2,411 students altogether. For undergraduates at Morningside, the average graduation time is 4.1 years.

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

Roughly 72% of students at Morningside take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $8,478 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 4.4% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Morningside is $40,553.

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

There are 2,015 students at MIU in total, 541 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 331 are full-time. It takes the average MIU undergraduate about 4.4 years to complete their degree.

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

80% of MIU students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $6,919 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 6.8% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from MIU is $25,124.

#17

Mount Mercy University

Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
589 Yearly Degrees
$36,540 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Mount Mercy University is 1,705, of which 1,381 students are undergraduates and of those, 1,044 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Mount Mercy is 4.2 years.

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 typical student loan amount is $10,593 a year. Mount Mercy 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 Mount Mercy with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $46,497 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Public Public vs. Private
580 Yearly Degrees
$5,971 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

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

Approximately 39% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $4,294 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 11.0% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from North Iowa Area Community College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $32,368 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#19

University of Dubuque

Dubuque, Iowa
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
574 Yearly Degrees
$36,010 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,778 undergraduates at UD, of which 1,456 are full-time, and there are 2,180 students altogether. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at UD is 4.4 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 79%. Around 65% of accepted students are men, and 35% are women.

78% of UD students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $13,408 a year. The student loan default rate of 11.7% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from UD is $40,489.

#20

Buena Vista University

Storm Lake, Iowa
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
567 Yearly Degrees
$37,518 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,863 students at BVU in total, 1,456 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 1,230 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at BVU is 4.2 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 56%. Of the accepted students, 61% are men and 39% are women.

Approximately 81% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $7,364 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 4.1% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate from BVU with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $38,666 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#21

Grand View University

Des Moines, Iowa
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
560 Yearly Degrees
$30,954 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Grand View University is 1,874, of which 1,694 students are undergraduates and of those, 1,513 are full-time. For undergraduates at Grand View University, the average graduation time is 4.3 years.

Around 97% of students who apply get accepted. Around 43% of accepted students are men, and 57% are women.

77% of Grand View University students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $7,147 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 5.7% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $42,643 during the early-career years.

Public Public vs. Private
538 Yearly Degrees
$4,560 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,734 full-time undergraduates at IHCC, and 3,279 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1.

Roughly 50% of students at IHCC take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $4,824 a year. The student loan default rate of 11.3% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from IHCC is $31,962.

Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
517 Yearly Degrees
$31,920 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.

Approximately 85% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $6,769 a year. Graceland Lamoni has a 6.7% 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 $37,822 during the early-career years.

#24

Grinnell College

Grinnell, Iowa
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
496 Yearly Degrees
$58,648 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,459 full-time undergraduates at Grinnell, and 1,493 students altogether. It takes the average Grinnell undergraduate about 4.1 years to complete their degree.

This a very selective school with only 19% of students getting accepted. Around 46% of accepted students are men, and 54% are women.

Approximately 44% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $5,412 a year. Grinnell has a 0.3% 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 $43,599 during the early-career years.

#25

Luther College

Decorah, Iowa
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
460 Yearly Degrees
$46,760 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Luther College is 1,802, which includes 1,775 full-time undergraduates. It takes the average Luther undergraduate about 4.1 years to complete their degree.

About 64% of students who apply get accepted. 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 1.8% 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 $44,001 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Other Iowa Colleges

Rank School Yearly Graduations
27 Dordt University 456
28 Northeast Iowa Community College 454
29 Western Iowa Tech Community College 422
30 Southeastern Community College 408
31 Coe College 395
32 Loras College 393
33 Northwestern College 388
34 Mercy College of Health Sciences 369
35 Simpson College 355
36 Cornell College 314
37 Iowa Lakes Community College 312
38 Wartburg College 303
39 Briar Cliff University 281
40 Allen College 276
41 Central College 268
42 William Penn University 251
43 Southwestern Community College 247
44 Clarke University 241
45 Marshalltown Community College 207
45 Northwest Iowa Community College 207
47 Iowa Wesleyan University 164
48 Ellsworth Community College 140
49 St Luke’s College 94
50 Emmaus Bible College 86
51 Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary 64
52 Hamilton Technical College 52
53 Wartburg Theological Seminary 36
54 Divine Word College 18
55 Ross College-Quad Cities 10

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