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Number of
4-year colleges in Iowa

112,996

Students attending
4-year colleges in Iowa

$24,895

Average
in-state tuition

$26,075

Average
out-of-state tuition

Best colleges in Iowa 2020

Central College

Pella, IA

128 US News

Best colleges in Iowa 2020

Central College

Pella, IA

Total undergraduates: 1,237
Acceptance rate: 70%
Average annual cost: $22,825
Average salary: $43,200
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Best colleges in Iowa 2020

Coe College

Cedar Rapids, IA

123 US News

Best colleges in Iowa 2020

Coe College

Cedar Rapids, IA

Total undergraduates: 1,394
Acceptance rate: 56%
Average annual cost: $21,733
Average salary: $44,100
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Best colleges in Iowa 2020

Cornell College (IA)

Mount Vernon, IA

87 US News

Best colleges in Iowa 2020

Cornell College (IA)

Mount Vernon, IA

Total undergraduates: 1,009
Acceptance rate: 65%
Average annual cost: $27,009
Average salary: $41,200
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Best colleges in Iowa 2020

Grinnell College

Grinnell, IA

18 US News

Best colleges in Iowa 2020

Grinnell College

Grinnell, IA

Total undergraduates: 1,712
Acceptance rate: 28%
Average annual cost: $29,492
Average salary: $44,300
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Best colleges in Iowa 2020

Iowa State University

Ames, IA

115 US News

Best colleges in Iowa 2020

Iowa State University

Ames, IA

Total undergraduates: 30,571
Acceptance rate: 89%
Average annual cost: -
Average salary: $48,600
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Best colleges in Iowa 2020

Luther College

Decorah, IA

87 US News

Best colleges in Iowa 2020

Luther College

Decorah, IA

Total undergraduates: 2,053
Acceptance rate: 65%
Average annual cost: $26,013
Average salary: $43,500
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Best colleges in Iowa 2020

Northwestern College

Orange City, IA

Best colleges in Iowa 2020

Northwestern College

Orange City, IA

Total undergraduates: 1,041
Acceptance rate: 68%
Average annual cost: $23,335
Average salary: $37,200
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Best colleges in Iowa 2020

Simpson College

Indianola, IA

147 US News

Best colleges in Iowa 2020

Simpson College

Indianola, IA

Total undergraduates: 1,432
Acceptance rate: 83%
Average annual cost: $22,511
Average salary: $44,400
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Best colleges in Iowa 2020

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 2020

University of Iowa

Iowa City, IA

Total undergraduates: 24,503
Acceptance rate: 86%
Average annual cost: -
Average salary: $50,200
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Best colleges in Iowa 2020

Wartburg College

Waverly, IA

128 US News

Best colleges in Iowa 2020

Wartburg College

Waverly, IA

Total undergraduates: 1,527
Acceptance rate: 76%
Average annual cost: $22,976
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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