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Number of
4-year colleges in Iowa

123,738

Students attending
4-year colleges in Iowa

$24,626

Average
in-state tuition

$25,900

Average
out-of-state tuition

Best colleges in Iowa 2018

Central College

Pella, IA

456 Forbes

Best colleges in Iowa 2018

Central College

Pella, IA

Total undergraduates: 1,433
Acceptance rate: 73%
Average annual cost: $22,695
Average salary: $43,200
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Best colleges in Iowa 2018

Coe College

Cedar Rapids, IA

415 Forbes

Best colleges in Iowa 2018

Coe College

Cedar Rapids, IA

Total undergraduates: 1,476
Acceptance rate: 49%
Average annual cost: $21,870
Average salary: $44,100
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Best colleges in Iowa 2018

Cornell College

Mount Vernon, IA

364 Forbes

Best colleges in Iowa 2018

Cornell College

Mount Vernon, IA

Total undergraduates: 1,006
Acceptance rate: 70%
Average annual cost: $27,915
Average salary: $41,200
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Best colleges in Iowa 2018

Dordt College

Sioux Center, IA

379 Forbes

Best colleges in Iowa 2018

Dordt College

Sioux Center, IA

Total undergraduates: 1,579
Acceptance rate: 72%
Average annual cost: $24,109
Average salary: $39,100
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Best colleges in Iowa 2018

Drake University

Des Moines, IA

193 Forbes

Best colleges in Iowa 2018

Drake University

Des Moines, IA

Total undergraduates: 3,606
Acceptance rate: 68%
Average annual cost: $28,088
Average salary: $56,800
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Best colleges in Iowa 2018

Grinnell College

Grinnell, IA

57 Forbes

Best colleges in Iowa 2018

Grinnell College

Grinnell, IA

Total undergraduates: 1,765
Acceptance rate: 20%
Average annual cost: $30,010
Average salary: $44,300
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Best colleges in Iowa 2018

Iowa State University

Ames, IA

258 Forbes

Best colleges in Iowa 2018

Iowa State University

Ames, IA

Total undergraduates: 32,814
Acceptance rate: 87%
Average annual cost: -
Average salary: $48,600
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Best colleges in Iowa 2018

Luther College

Decorah, IA

388 Forbes

Best colleges in Iowa 2018

Luther College

Decorah, IA

Total undergraduates: 2,214
Acceptance rate: 67%
Average annual cost: $25,404
Average salary: $43,500
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Best colleges in Iowa 2018

University of Iowa

Iowa City, IA

176 Forbes
In pursuing its mission of teaching, research, and service, the University seeks to advance scholarly and creative endeavor through leading-edge research and artistic production; to use this research and creativity to enhance undergraduate, graduate, and professional education, health care, and other services provided to the people of Iowa, the nation,

Best colleges in Iowa 2018

University of Iowa

Iowa City, IA

Total undergraduates: 27,051
Acceptance rate: 84%
Average annual cost: -
Average salary: $50,200
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Best colleges in Iowa 2018

University of Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls, IA

402 Forbes

Best colleges in Iowa 2018

University of Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls, IA

Total undergraduates: 11,334
Acceptance rate: 82%
Average annual cost: -
Average salary: $42,800
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Our Methodology

We show up to 10 universities for our "best colleges" section. These universities are chosen based on Forbes or US News rank (depending on what you've chosen) and sorted alphabetically. If there are fewer than 10 universities that are Forbes (or US News) ranked, we add alphabetically. Forbes' 2016 Rank of America's Best Colleges factors in post-graduate success (including salaries and awards like MacArthur Fellowships, National Academy of Sciences seats, and performing arts honors), student debt, student satisfaction, graduation rate, and academic success (which includes how many students go on to get advanced degrees or receive prestigious fellowships).

Read more about the rankings. US News' 2016 Best Colleges Rankings are also based on a variety of factors, including graduation and retention rates, undergraduate academic reputation, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate, and alumni giving rate. Read more about their methodology. You can also sign up for a free RaiseMe profile to customize your college search by location, popular majors and more!

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