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Des Moines Colleges, Universities, Trade and Vocational Schools

Des Moines Colleges and Schools

As the capital of Iowa, Des Moines is the state's largest and most populous city. Because it is the center of commerce and economic activity in the state, Des Moines is home to a slew or large businesses and employers including Principal Financial Group, Fidelity & Guaranty Life, Wells Fargo, and United Parcel Service. 

Meanwhile, Des Moines is also known for its cultural activity and its resident's love of art and theater. As home to the Des Moines Metro Opera, Des Moines Symphony, Wells Fargo Arena, and the Des Moines Art Center, the city has something to offer anyone who loves music, art, or entertainment.

Colleges in Des Moines, Iowa

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, Des Moines is home to 10 institutions of higher education with a total enrollment of 10,974. Included on that list are large, public schools, community colleges and institutions that offer less-than-two-year degrees or certifications.

Des Moines Colleges and Schools

American College of Hairstyling

  • In-state tuition (2014-15): $19,767
  • Graduation rate (2011-12): 76%
  • Accredited: Y
  • # of programs: 4 in various cosmetology and hairstyling disciplines

The American College of Hairstyling in Des Moines offers programs that help students prepare for careers in cosmetology and hairstyling. Only 20 students were enrolled in 2014, but each enjoyed a student-to-faculty ratio of just 7:1.

Des Moines University - Osteopathic Medical Center

  • In-state tuition (2014-15): $5,040
  • Graduation rate: not reported
  • Accredited: Y
  • # of programs: 4 doctoral, 5 master's programs

Des Moines University is an osteopathic medical center that offers doctoral and graduate degrees in various health care fields. The student population was 1,662 in 2014, and popular degrees included Doctor of Physical Therapy, Doctor of Podiatric Medicine, and Master of Public Health, among others.

Drake University

  • In-state tuition (2014-15): $32,246
  • Graduation rate (2008): 78%
  • Accredited: Y
  • # of programs: 70 majors, minors and concentrations, 23 graduate degrees

As a four-year, private school, Drake University offers undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees in a number of popular disciplines. Enrollment included 5,062 students in 2014, and popular degrees were in fields such as data analytics, computer science, English, physics, and public relations.

Grand View University

  • In-state tuition: $23,426
  • Graduation rate (2008): 47%, plus 34% transfer rate that year
  • Accredited: Y
  • # of programs: 40 bachelor's degrees, 5 master's

With a prime location in Des Moines, Grand View University offers the best in undergraduate and graduate higher education. Popular undergraduate degrees in 2014 were in fields like accounting, nursing, and education, and top graduate degrees were the school's Master of Science in Organizational Leadership and M.S. in Sports Management.

Mercy College of Health Sciences

  • In-state tuition: $15,642
  • Graduation rate (2008): 41%
  • Accredited: Y
  • # of programs: 5 bachelor's programs, 9 associate degrees

Mercy College of Health Sciences is a two-year school with a focus on preparing students for a wide range of health care careers. Enrollment included just 774 students in 2014, which meant that each enjoyed a student-to-faculty ratio of just 8:1. Popular degree programs were in fields like diagnostic medical sonography, medical assisting, nursing, surgical technology, radiologic technology, and clinical laboratory science.

Vatterott College - Des Moines

  • In-state tuition (2014-15): $12,745
  • Graduation rate (2011-12): 53%
  • Accredited: Y
  • # of programs: 9 career college programs

Vatterott College is a two-year, private school that offers Associate's degree and certificate programs in a number of vocational and service-oriented career fields. Enrollment included 194 students in 2014, and popular programs were found in fields such as culinary arts, automotive technology, business, and technology.

Facts for Students of Des Moines Colleges and Schools

Economics

As the state's capital, Des Moines is often considered the economic focal point of the state of Iowa. Key industries include insurance and financial services, logistics, bioscience, advanced manufacturing, and data centers. Median household income in Des Moines was $45,836 through 2013, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates. Meanwhile, the median housing value was just $118,200 in 2013, which is probably why 62.5 percent of Des Moines residents owned their homes.

Demographics

Although Des Moines is Iowa's capital city, it was home to only 209,220 residents in 2014. Through 2013, 24.7 percent of the city's population held a Bachelor's degree and another 87.1 percent held a high school diploma. Meanwhile, only 11.1 percent of the Des Moines population was foreign-born that year, and just 17.2 percent spoke a language other than English at home.

Fun Facts

Due to low operating costs for businesses and a highly educated workforce, Des Moines was named America's "Best Place for Business and Careers" by Forbes Magazine in 2013. And in 2015, Forbes listed Des Moines as #2 on a list of "Top Cities for Jobs."

Sources:

  1. City of Des Moines, https://www.dmgov.org/Pages/default.aspx
  2. College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics, https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
  3. Des Moines Tops List of Best Places for Business and Careers, Forbes, http://www.forbes.com/sites/kurtbadenhausen/2013/08/07/des-moines-tops-list-of-the-best-places-for-business-and-careers/
  4. Key Industries, Greater Des Moines Partnership, https://www.desmoinesmetro.com/en/economic_development/key_industries/
  5. State & County QuickFacts, U.S. Census Bureau, Des Moines, http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/19/1921000.html
  6. The Best and Worst Cities for Jobs in 2015, Forbes, http://www.forbes.com/sites/kathryndill/2015/01/06/the-best-and-worst-cities-for-jobs-in-2015/

Colleges in Des Moines with Selective Admissions

These schools do not admit all qualified applicants.
Based on 2008-2009 information.

AIB College of Business
2500 Fleur Drive
Des Moines, IA 50321-1799

  • Programs: business, accounting, court reporting, administrative assistant, tourism and travel, information technology, computer programming
  • Degrees/Certificates: Associate's. Bachelor's.
  • Student Body: 965 students, 1,047 full-time equivalent.
  • Dorms: 545 student capacity.
  • SAT: not generally required.
  • Flexibility: Distance learning. Weekend classes available. Credit for experience. AP credits. Some high school credits accepted.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Member of a national athletic association.

Des Moines University-Osteopathic Medical Center
3200 Grand Ave
Des Moines, IA 50312

  • Programs: Several programs. Most popular include: osteopathic medicine, physical therapy, podiatry, physician assistant, public health, health care facilities management, biomedical sciences, anatomy
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Master's. Doctor's. First-professional degree.
  • Student Body: 1,615 students, 297 full-time equivalent.
  • Flexibility: Distance learning. Weekend classes available.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Remedial services.

Drake University
2507 University Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50311-4505

  • Programs: Many programs. Most popular include: law, pharmacy, public administration, business management, marketing, elementary school teaching, biochem/biophysics courses, management science
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Bachelor's. Master's.
  • Student Body: 5,617 students, 5,279 full-time equivalent.
  • Dorms: 2,220 student capacity.
  • SAT 25-75th percentile: Verbal: 520-640. Math: 550-660.
  • Flexibility: Distance learning. AP credits. Some high school credits accepted.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. Study abroad option. Member of a national athletic association.

Grand View University
1200 Grandview Ave
Des Moines, IA 50316

  • Programs: Many programs. Most popular include: registered nursing, business, graphic design, human services, liberal arts and sciences, criminal justice and safety, biology, marketing
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Associate's. Bachelor's.
  • Student Body: 1,748 students, 1,552 full-time equivalent.
  • Dorms: 590 student capacity.
  • SAT 25-75th percentile: Verbal: 380-500. Math: 390-510. Writing: 330-460.
  • Flexibility: Distance learning. Weekend classes available. Credit for experience. AP credits. Some high school credits accepted.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. Remedial services. Study abroad option. Member of a national athletic association.

Iowa Health-Des Moines School of Radiologic Technology
1200 Pleasant St
Des Moines, IA 50309-1453

  • Programs: radiation therapist
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates.
  • Student Body: 21 students, 19 full-time equivalent.
  • SAT: not generally required.
  • Flexibility: Some high school credits accepted.
  • Notable: Career counseling. On-campus daycare. Remedial services.

Mercy College of Health Sciences
928 Sixth Ave
Des Moines, IA 50309-1239

  • Programs: Several programs. Most popular include: registered nursing, radiation therapist, sonography and ultrasound tech, surgical tech, medical assistant, nuclear medical tech, health care administration, EMT paramedic
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Associate's. Bachelor's.
  • Student Body: 680 students, 720 full-time equivalent.
  • SAT: not generally required.
  • Flexibility: Distance learning. Weekend classes available. AP credits. Some high school credits accepted.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Remedial services.

Des Moines Colleges with Open Admissions

Schools open to most or all qualified applicants (qualifications vary).
Based on 2008-2009 information.

American College of Hairstyling-Des Moines
603 E Sixth St
Des Moines, IA 50309

  • Programs: barber
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates.
  • Student Body: 18 students, 23 full-time equivalent.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. Remedial services.

Iowa School of Beauty Des Moines
3305 70th St
Des Moines, IA 50322-3203

  • Programs: cosmetology
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates.
  • Student Body: 137 students, 228 full-time equivalent.
  • Flexibility: Credit for experience.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance.
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Colleges in Nearby Cities and Towns

(Student count includes part-time and full-time; not all students live in the city or town. Data as of 2007.)

City/Town Colleges Pop.
(2000)
Students Dorms
Ankeny Colleges 2 27,117 18,709 982
Indianola Colleges 1 12,998 2,039 1,250
Johnston Colleges 1 8,649 260  

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