Iowa Best Colleges Comparison

View the Iowa Best Colleges Comparison and compare the schools with key academic characteristics such as tuition and test scores to get right decision.
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Colleges In Iowa Statistics

There are 91 colleges in Iowa - 24 public and 67 private schools. The 2020 average undergraduate tuition & fees of the schools is $20,175 and the average graduate tuition & fees is $13,525. The average SAT scores of enrolled students is 1,096 and the average acceptance rate is 73% for Iowa Best Colleges Comparison.
Next table shows the key academic facts for all colleges in Iowa. You may want to check more statistics and compare all Iowa colleges at Iowa Statistics page.
2019-2020 Colleges In Iowa Statistics
Top 20 colleges in IowaAll colleges in Iowa
Number of Schools20 schools
(3 public, 17 private)
91 schools
(24 public, 67 private)
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees$9,287 (in-state)
$36,053 (out-of-state)
$8,025 (in-state)
$20,175 (out-of-state)
Graduate Tuition & Fees$11,028 (in-state)
$15,411 (out-of-state)
$11,006 (in-state)
$13,525 (out-of-state)
Average Financial Aid$21,738$10,775
Test Scores1,113 SAT, 23 ACT 1,096 SAT, 23 ACT
Acceptance Rate71.20% 72.58%
Yield (Enrollment Rate)20.35% 26.58%
Population106,231241,615
Undergraduate85,298206,013
Graduate20,93335,602
Graduation Rate63.20%58.16%
Transfer-out Rate23.10%22.60%
Students to Faculty Ratio13.00 to 112.33 to 1

Top Colleges In Iowa Comparison

Next table lists the top 20 colleges in Iowa for academic year 2019-2020. Grinnell College ranked top in the Iowa Best Colleges Comparison and Drake University and Iowa State University follows it. The 2020 average tuition & fees is $36,053 for undergraduate programs $15,411 for graduate programs. The average SAT score of the top colleges in Iowa is 1,113 and the acceptance rate is 71.20%. The average students to faculty ratio is 13.00 to 1 for top colleges in Iowa. You can sort the schools by clicking column name that you want to sort.
2019-2020 Top colleges in Iowa Comparison
Rank*NameTuition & FeesAverage Financial AidPopulationAcceptance RateTest ScoresStudents to Faculty Ratio
1 Grinnell College
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Private, 4 yearsGrinnell, IA
$56,680 $39,285 1,49319% 1,446 SAT
32 ACT
8 to 1
2 Drake University
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Private, 4 yearsDes Moines, IA
$44,366 $25,777 4,77468% 1,225 SAT
27 ACT
10 to 1
3 Iowa State University
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Public, 4 yearsAmes, IA
$24,504
($9,316)
$6,497 31,82288% 1,160 SAT
25 ACT
18 to 1
4 Luther College
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Private, 4 yearsDecorah, IA
$45,610 $32,160 1,80264% 1,155 SAT
26 ACT
11 to 1
5 University of Iowa
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Public, 4 yearsIowa City, IA
$31,569
($9,606)
$8,778 30,31884% 1,210 SAT
26 ACT
16 to 1
6 Simpson College
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Private, 4 yearsIndianola, IA
$42,246 $28,106 1,26787% 1,135 SAT
23 ACT
11 to 1
7 University of Northern Iowa
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Public, 4 yearsCedar Falls, IA
$21,222
($8,938)
$5,923 9,50779% 1,130 SAT
23 ACT
17 to 1
8 Central College
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Private, 4 yearsPella, IA
$18,600 $28,711 1,12064% 1,083 SAT
22 ACT
11 to 1
9 Coe College
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Private, 4 yearsCedar Rapids, IA
$47,210 $34,875 1,39480% 1,189 SAT 12 to 1
10 Wartburg College
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Private, 4 yearsWaverly, IA
$45,680 $30,939 1,56372% 1,085 SAT
22 ACT
12 to 1
11 Buena Vista University
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Private, 4 yearsStorm Lake, IA
$36,426 $17,810 1,86356% 1,020 SAT
22 ACT
10 to 1
12 Cornell College
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Private, 4 yearsMount Vernon, IA
$45,914 $29,815 1,00282% 1,174 SAT
26 ACT
12 to 1
13 Mount Mercy University
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Private, 4 yearsCedar Rapids, IA
$35,506 $16,290 1,70576% -
21 ACT
14 to 1
14 Clarke University
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Private, 4 yearsDubuque, IA
$35,750 $20,465 85589% 1,022 SAT
22 ACT
8 to 1
15 Morningside College
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Private, 4 yearsSioux City, IA
$33,970 $22,803 2,41169% -
22 ACT
13 to 1
16 Saint Ambrose University
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Private, 4 yearsDavenport, IA
$32,758 $19,498 3,00374% 1,075 SAT
23 ACT
12 to 1
17 Upper Iowa University
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Private, 4 yearsFayette, IA
$32,945 $11,429 3,61065% 953 SAT
21 ACT
11 to 1
18 University of Dubuque
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Private, 4 yearsDubuque, IA
$35,700 $24,252 2,18079% 949 SAT
20 ACT
15 to 1
19 Waldorf University
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Private, 4 yearsForest City, IA
$23,088 $9,265 3,02561% 1,015 SAT
19 ACT
25 to 1
20 Graceland University-Lamoni
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Private, 4 yearsLamoni, IA
$31,320 $22,076 1,51768% 1,000 SAT
21 ACT
14 to 1
Average$36,053
($9,287)
$21,738 106,23171.20% 1,113 SAT
23.3158 ACT
13.00 to 1
*Ranking data provided by CollegeEvaluator.
All data used in our site is from IPEDS (The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System), U.S. Department of Education, academic year 2019-2020