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Number of
4-year liberal arts colleges in Iowa

6,168

Students attending
4-year liberal arts colleges in Iowa

$43,761

Average
in-state tuition

$43,761

Average
out-of-state tuition

Top liberal arts colleges in Iowa 2019

Coe College

Cedar Rapids, IA

415 Forbes

Top liberal arts colleges in Iowa 2019

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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Top liberal arts colleges in Iowa 2019

Cornell College (IA)

Mount Vernon, IA

364 Forbes

Top liberal arts colleges in Iowa 2019

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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Top liberal arts colleges in Iowa 2019

Grinnell College

Grinnell, IA

57 Forbes

Top liberal arts colleges in Iowa 2019

Grinnell College

Grinnell, IA

Total undergraduates: 1,712
Acceptance rate: 28%
Average annual cost: $29,492
Average salary: $44,300
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Top liberal arts colleges in Iowa 2019

Luther College

Decorah, IA

388 Forbes

Top liberal arts colleges in Iowa 2019

Luther College

Decorah, IA

Total undergraduates: 2,053
Acceptance rate: 65%
Average annual cost: $26,013
Average salary: $43,500
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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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