Iowa provides many different educational options for students interested in attending college at either public or private schools.
Public colleges and universities in Iowa operate under the oversight of either the State Board of Regents or the State Board of Education.
Iowa Association of Independent Colleges and Universities represents 25 member institutions and enrolls approximately 52,000 students each academic year, or about one-quarter of all Iowa college students.
Distance learners also have plenty of options when it comes to higher education in Iowa. IRIDE -- Iowa Regents Institutions Distance Education -- is a collaboration between the University of Iowa, Iowa State University and University of Northern Iowa. IRIDE offers fully online bachelor's degree programs in liberal arts and applied studies, as well as select undergraduate and graduate programs. Iowa students also can pursue online degrees from colleges outside the state through the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement.
To learn more about attending college in Iowa, check with the Iowa Department of Education, the State Board of Education for community colleges, and the Board of Regents State of Iowa for public four-year universities.
|School||City||Total Enrollment||Institution Level||Avg. In-State Tuition & Fees||Number of Programs Offered|
|Iowa State University||Ames||34,992||Four or more years||$8,988||339|
|University of Iowa||Iowa City||31,656||Four or more years||$9,267||422|
|Purdue University Global-Davenport||Davenport||30,512||Four or more years||$14,343||114|
|Des Moines Area Community College||Ankeny||23,474||At least 2 but less than 4 years||$4,680||136|
|Kirkwood Community College||Cedar Rapids||13,906||At least 2 but less than 4 years||$4,832||120|
|University of Northern Iowa||Cedar Falls||11,187||Four or more years||$8,938||162|
|Eastern Iowa Community College District||Davenport||7,771||At least 2 but less than 4 years||$5,184||90|
|Iowa Western Community College||Council Bluffs||5,962||At least 2 but less than 4 years||$5,952||71|
|Western Iowa Tech Community College||Sioux City||5,674||At least 2 but less than 4 years||$4,272||96|
|Iowa Central Community College||Fort Dodge||5,390||At least 2 but less than 4 years||$5,490||56|
|Hawkeye Community College||Waterloo||5,263||At least 2 but less than 4 years||$5,311||70|
|Drake University||Des Moines||4,869||Four or more years||$41,396||79|
|Northeast Iowa Community College||Calmar||4,449||At least 2 but less than 4 years||$5,820||74|
|Upper Iowa University||Fayette||4,392||Four or more years||$30,450||93|
|Indian Hills Community College||Ottumwa||3,918||At least 2 but less than 4 years||$4,224||81|
Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2018-19, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/