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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

128 US News

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

123 US News

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

87 US News

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

Grinnell College

Grinnell, IA

18 US News

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

115 US News

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

87 US News

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

Northwestern College

Orange City, IA

Best colleges in Iowa 2018

Northwestern College

Orange City, IA

Total undergraduates: 1,131
Acceptance rate: 65%
Average annual cost: $22,627
Average salary: $37,200
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Best colleges in Iowa 2018

Simpson College

Indianola, IA

147 US News

Best colleges in Iowa 2018

Simpson College

Indianola, IA

Total undergraduates: 1,695
Acceptance rate: 85%
Average annual cost: $23,374
Average salary: $44,400
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Best colleges in Iowa 2018

University of Iowa

Iowa City, IA

78 US News
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

Wartburg College

Waverly, IA

128 US News

Best colleges in Iowa 2018

Wartburg College

Waverly, IA

Total undergraduates: 1,523
Acceptance rate: 68%
Average annual cost: $22,416
Average salary: $42,900
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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).

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