Colleges in Iowa: Universities, Trade and Technical Schools

Iowa Colleges Summary

Iowa has more than 90 colleges and adult education institutions. More than 7.8% of Iowa's population attends one of these schools -- only 4 states score higher on this metric. Residing in dorm rooms is relatively popular in Iowa, as it is one of onle 14 states with more than 28% of its students in dorms.

For-profit schools are popular in Iowa -- it is one of only 5 states with more than 11% of its student population in such schools. Correspondingly, Iowa is only one of 13 states with less than 70% of its students in public schools.

Grinell College is a highly selective school with 25% of its students scoring 1490 or higher on their SATs. Seven Iowa colleges have more than 10,000 students. Particularly notable is Des Moines Area Community College which has about 16,000 students, though about 7,000 of these are part-timers.

Two colleges have more than 20,000 students, University of Iowa, and Iowa State University. There are a number of smaller adult education schools, including 12 with fewer than 100 students.

The Iowa Department of Education contact information is:
Iowa Department of Education
Grimes State Office Building
400 East 14th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319-0146

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Colleges and Universities in Iowa

School City Students Dorms Open Admission Typical SAT Range
AIB College of Business Des Moines 965 545 No
Allen College Waterloo 462 24 No
American College of Hairstyling Cedar Rapids Cedar Rapids 15   Yes
American College of Hairstyling Des Moines Des Moines 18   Yes
Bill Hills College of Cosmetology Fort Madison 29   Yes
Briar Cliff University Sioux City 1,138 577 Yes
Buena Vista University Storm Lake 2,548 1,142 No V: 380-440
M: 390-520
W: 330-430
Capri College Cedar Rapids Cedar Rapids 199   No
Capri College Davenport Davenport 171   No
Capri College Dubuque Dubuque 169   No
Central College Pella 1,605 89 No V: 383-633
M: 423-633
Clarke College Dubuque 1,230 577 No V: 440-533
M: 420-610
W: 410-490
Coe College Cedar Rapids 1,316 1,044 No V: 540-670
M: 550-690
W: 510-650
College of Hair Design Waterloo Waterloo 66   Yes
Cornell College Mount Vernon 1,083 1,187 No V: 550-660
M: 570-660
Dayton School of Hair Design Keokuk 15   Yes
Daytons School of Hair Design Burlington 50   Yes
Des Moines Area Community College Ankeny 18,320   Yes
Des Moines University Osteopathic Medical Center Des Moines 1,615   No
Divine Word College Epworth 59 120 No
Dordt College Sioux Center 1,301 1,160 No V: 480-600
M: 510-620
W: 460-590
Drake University Des Moines 5,617 2,220 No V: 520-640
M: 550-660
E Q School of Hair Design Council Bluffs 57   Yes
Eastern Iowa Community College District Davenport 7,329 78 Yes
Ellsworth Community College Iowa Falls 916 372 Yes
Emmaus Bible College Dubuque 244 250 Yes
Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary Ankeny 389 982 No V: 380-560
M: 430-520
W: 370-570
Faust Institute of Cosmetology Storm Lake 24   No
Faust Institute of Cosmetology Spirit Lake 17   No
Grand View University Des Moines 1,748 590 No V: 380-500
M: 390-510
W: 330-460
Grinnell College Grinnell 1,654 1,245 No V: 610-740
M: 620-710
Hawkeye Community College Waterloo 5,725   Yes
Indian Hills Community College Ottumwa 4,174 571 Yes
Iowa Central Community College Fort Dodge 5,731 902 Yes
Iowa Health Des Moines School of Radiologic Technology Des Moines 21   No
Iowa Lakes Community College Estherville 3,013 477 Yes
Iowa School of Beauty Des Moines Des Moines 137   Yes
Iowa School of Beauty Marshalltown Marshalltown 20   Yes
Iowa School of Beauty Ottumwa Ottumwa 63   Yes
Iowa School of Beauty Sioux City Sioux City 53   Yes
Iowa State University Ames 26,160 9,287 No V: 510-640
M: 530-680
Iowa Wesleyan College Mount Pleasant 834 517 No V: 412-517
M: 425-520
Iowa Western Community College Council Bluffs 5,300 858 Yes
Kirkwood Community College Cedar Rapids 15,091   Yes
La James College of Hairstyling and Cosmetology Mason City 108   Yes
La James International College Cedar Falls Cedar Falls 127   Yes
La James International College Davenport Davenport 72   Yes
La James International College Fort Dodge Fort Dodge 66   Yes
La James International College Iowa City Iowa City 138   Yes
La James International College Johnston Johnston 260   Yes
Loras College Dubuque 1,591 1,027 No M: 490-568
Luther College Decorah 2,476 2,095 No V: 493-648
M: 510-670
W: 500-630
Maharishi University of Management Fairfield 948 400 No
Marshalltown Community College Marshalltown 1,701 92 Yes
Mercy College of Health Sciences Des Moines 680   No
Mercy/St. Luke's School of Radiologic Technology Cedar Rapids 35   No
Morningside College Sioux City 1,798 800 No
Mount Mercy College Cedar Rapids 1,506 461 No V: 480-610
M: 460-610
W: 460-560
North Iowa Area Community College Mason City 3,272 480 Yes
Northeast Iowa Community College Calmar Calmar 4,810   Yes
Northwest Iowa Community College Sheldon 1,288 105 Yes
Palmer College of Chiropractic Davenport 2,184   No
Saint Ambrose University Davenport 3,870 1,506 No
Simpson College Indianola 2,039 1,250 No V: 470-600
M: 470-620
W: 470-600
Southeastern Community College West Burlington West Burlington 3,351 126 Yes
Southwestern Community College Creston Creston 1,463 115 Yes
St Luke's College Sioux City 145   No
The Salon Professional Academy Ames Ames 168   Yes
Total Look School of Cosmetology & Massage Therapy Cresco 7   Yes
University of Dubuque Dubuque 1,560 758 No V: 410-530
M: 400-520
University of Iowa Iowa City 29,117 5,583 No V: 510-660
M: 560-680
University of Northern Iowa Cedar Falls 12,692 4,974 No V: 461-580
M: 441-591
Upper Iowa University Fayette 5,143 519 No V: 400-460
M: 410-530
Waldorf College Forest City 630 598 No
Wartburg College Waverly 1,810 1,443 No V: 420-600
M: 510-680
W: 470-610
Wartburg Theological Seminary Dubuque 184 44 No
Western Iowa Tech Community College Sioux City 5,191 373 Yes
William Penn University Oskaloosa 1,949 534 No V: 360-460
M: 330-480
W: 340-480
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