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Number of
4-year liberal arts colleges in Iowa

20,473

Students attending
4-year liberal arts colleges in Iowa

$33,529

Average
in-state tuition

$35,208

Average
out-of-state tuition

Top liberal arts colleges in Iowa 2018

Clarke University

Dubuque, IA

559 Forbes

Top liberal arts colleges in Iowa 2018

Clarke University

Dubuque, IA

Total undergraduates: 967
Acceptance rate: 64%
Average annual cost: $23,787
Average salary: $40,000
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Top liberal arts colleges in Iowa 2018

Coe College

Cedar Rapids, IA

352 Forbes

Top liberal arts 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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Top liberal arts colleges in Iowa 2018

Cornell College

Mount Vernon, IA

272 Forbes

Top liberal arts 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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Top liberal arts colleges in Iowa 2018

Dordt College

Sioux Center, IA

413 Forbes

Top liberal arts colleges in Iowa 2018

Dordt College

Sioux Center, IA

Total undergraduates: 1,529
Acceptance rate: 72%
Average annual cost: $24,109
Average salary: $39,100
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Top liberal arts colleges in Iowa 2018

Grinnell College

Grinnell, IA

73 Forbes

Top liberal arts 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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Top liberal arts colleges in Iowa 2018

Luther College

Decorah, IA

225 Forbes

Top liberal arts 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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Top liberal arts colleges in Iowa 2018

University of Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls, IA

401 Forbes

Top liberal arts colleges in Iowa 2018

University of Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls, IA

Total undergraduates: 11,284
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).

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