Best Colleges in Iowa – 38 Colleges and Universities in Iowa Ranked

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Known for its pivotal role in our nation’s agriculture production, the state of Iowa has more to offer than just corn and soybeans. The state is known for having a strong public education system, with its three regent universities (University of Iowa, Iowa State University, and University of Northern Iowa) students from around the country travel to Iowa for Big 10 and Big 12 athletics, as well as highly-regarded academic programs of all types.

In addition to the well-known state schools, Iowa has nearly 40 colleges and universities in total. Of those, both Grinnell College and Drake University are highly-ranked private colleges.

From small, private liberal arts colleges to large public universities, the state of Iowa offers a range of college options for students both in and out of state.

Here are all 38 top universities ranking in the state of Iowa:

State RankingNational RankingCollegeLocationUndergrad Enrollment4-Year Grad Rate6-Year Grad RateFreshman Retention Rate
150Grinnell CollegeGrinnell, IA1,73486%90%94%
2184University of IowaIowa City, IA22,35447%70%86%
3215Drake UniversityDes Moines, IA3,36464%72%89%
4221Iowa State UniversityAmes, IA28,89339%71%86%
5289Luther CollegeDecorah, IA2,38568%77%85%
6309Cornell CollegeMount Vernon, IA1,08666%71%83%
7335University of Northern IowaCedar Falls, IA10,14238%66%85%
8425Simpson CollegeIndianola, IA1,66058%67%82%
9431Dordt CollegeSioux Center, IA1,39963%65%84%
10437Coe CollegeCedar Rapids, IA1,43559%68%78%
11538Central CollegePella, IA1,41162%69%78%
12578Loras CollegeDubuque, IA1,49051%66%81%
13611Northwestern CollegeOrange City, IA1,20553%63%77%
14619Saint Ambrose UniversityDavenport, IA2,71449%63%77%
15645Wartburg CollegeWaverly, IA1,66160%65%74%
16685Mount Mercy UniversityCedar Rapids, IA1,44445%54%81%
17778Clarke UniversityDubuque, IA94949%63%73%
18791Morningside CollegeSioux City, IA1,32150%59%75%
19861Emmaus Bible CollegeDubuque, IA21633%40%85%
20965Buena Vista UniversityStorm Lake, IA2,03542%51%73%
211034Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological SeminaryAnkeny, IA25050%58%67%
221105Grand View UniversityDes Moines, IA2,00540%49%71%
231297Upper Iowa UniversityFayette, IA4,43923%41%67%
241359University of DubuqueDubuque, IA1,77530%36%65%
251369Graceland University-LamoniLamoni, IA1,59434%50%60%
261401Briar Cliff UniversitySioux City, IA1,04135%43%54%
271461Iowa Wesleyan UniversityMount Pleasant, IA47319%30%58%
281504William Penn UniversityOskaloosa, IA1,69812%31%63%
291527Maharishi University of ManagementFairfield, IA40238%58%72%
n/an/aAllen CollegeWaterloo, IA37979%82%100%
n/an/aAIB College of BusinessDes Moines, IA1,014(Not reported)(Not reported)76%
n/an/aDivine Word CollegeEpworth, IA969%27%64%
n/an/aMercy College of Health SciencesDes Moines, IA774(Not reported)(Not reported)0%
n/an/aDes Moines University-Osteopathic Medical CenterDes Moines, IA0(Not reported)(Not reported)(Not reported)
n/an/aPalmer College of ChiropracticDavenport, IA340%67%(Not reported)
n/an/aSt Luke's CollegeSioux City, IA254(Not reported)(Not reported)(Not reported)
n/an/aWartburg Theological SeminaryDubuque, IA0(Not reported)(Not reported)(Not reported)
n/an/aShiloh UniversityKalona, IA20(Not reported)(Not reported)(Not reported)

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