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Number of
4-year colleges in Iowa

122,281

Students attending
4-year colleges in Iowa

$23,943

Average
in-state tuition

$25,156

Average
out-of-state tuition

Best colleges in Iowa 2018

Coe College

Cedar Rapids, IA

Best colleges in Iowa 2018

Coe College

Cedar Rapids, IA

Total undergraduates: 1,498
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

Best colleges in Iowa 2018

Cornell College

Mount Vernon, IA

Total undergraduates: 1,041
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

Best colleges in Iowa 2018

Grinnell College

Grinnell, IA

Total undergraduates: 1,774
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

108 US News

Best colleges in Iowa 2018

Iowa State University

Ames, IA

Total undergraduates: 32,246
Acceptance rate: 87%
Average annual cost: -
Average salary: $48,600
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Best colleges in Iowa 2018

Loras College

Dubuque, IA

Best colleges in Iowa 2018

Loras College

Dubuque, IA

Total undergraduates: 1,569
Acceptance rate: 92%
Average annual cost: $17,958
Average salary: $42,400
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Best colleges in Iowa 2018

Luther College

Decorah, IA

Best colleges in Iowa 2018

Luther College

Decorah, IA

Total undergraduates: 2,380
Acceptance rate: 67%
Average annual cost: $25,404
Average salary: $43,500
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Best colleges in Iowa 2018

Morningside College

Sioux City, IA

The Morningside College experience cultivates a passion for life-long learning and a dedication to ethical leadership and civic responsibility.

Best colleges in Iowa 2018

Morningside College

Sioux City, IA

Total undergraduates: 1,380
Acceptance rate: 56%
Average annual cost: $21,304
Average salary: $42,400
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Best colleges in Iowa 2018

Mount Mercy University

Cedar Rapids, IA

Best colleges in Iowa 2018

Mount Mercy University

Cedar Rapids, IA

Total undergraduates: 1,852
Acceptance rate: 61%
Average annual cost: $20,112
Average salary: $43,900
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Northwestern College

Orange City, IA

Best colleges in Iowa 2018

Northwestern College

Orange City, IA

Total undergraduates: 1,151
Acceptance rate: 65%
Average annual cost: $22,627
Average salary: $37,200
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Best colleges in Iowa 2018

University of Iowa

Iowa City, IA

82 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: 25,883
Acceptance rate: 84%
Average annual cost: -
Average salary: $50,200
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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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