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||Programs Offered|
|Allen College||Waterloo||620||Four or more years||16,464||24|
|AIB College of Business||Des Moines||N/A||Four or more years||N/A||N/A|
|Briar Cliff University||Sioux City||1,316||Four or more years||27,684||51|
|Buena Vista University||Storm Lake||2,114||Four or more years||32,210||81|
|Central College||Pella||1,248||Four or more years||34,612||35|
|Clarke University||Dubuque||1,043||Four or more years||29,900||40|
|Coe College||Cedar Rapids||1,406||Four or more years||40,670||53|
|Cornell College||Mount Vernon||978||Four or more years||39,675||50|
|Des Moines Area Community College||Ankeny||22,446||At least 2 but less than 4 years||4,410||135|
|Divine Word College||Epworth||64||Four or more years||12,500||5|
|Dordt College||Sioux Center||1,522||Four or more years||28,630||110|
|Drake University||Des Moines||5,001||Four or more years||35,060||74|
|University of Dubuque||Dubuque||2,294||Four or more years||27,400||45|
|Ellsworth Community College||Iowa Falls||846||At least 2 but less than 4 years||3,912||35|
|Emmaus Bible College||Dubuque||256||Four or more years||15,730||19|