The Best Iowa Colleges

List of Colleges and Universities in Iowa

There are 62 colleges and universities in Iowa enrolling 149,596 full time students in the state's institutions of higher education. Explore the list of top colleges in Iowa below to get your college search started. The CollegeSimply rankings and listings are objective and data focused to help you find the good colleges. Whether you're searching for a public, private or community college, this guide to universities in Iowa offers a comprehensive view to the state's higher education options.

For a more local search, filter by zip code or find colleges around Des Moines, Cedar Rapids or Davenport.

The best college in Iowa is Grinnell College and the top public state college is University of Iowa.

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    • SAT Range 1370/1530
    • ACT Range 30/34
    • Average HS GPA 3.89*
    • Students: 1,716
    • Tuition:$52,392
      Admissions Standards  Exceptionally High Standards
    • Acceptance Rate 24%
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    Grinnell College

    • SAT Range 1080/1320
    • ACT Range 23/30
    • Average HS GPA 3.53
    • Students: 1,028
    • Tuition:$42,299
      Admissions Standards  Very High Standards
    • Acceptance Rate 61%
    • SAT Range 1140/1360
    • ACT Range 24/30
    • Average HS GPA 3.7
    • Students: 4,869
    • Tuition:$41,396
      Admissions Standards  Very High Standards
    • Acceptance Rate 68%
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    Drake University

    • SAT Range 1050/1310
    • ACT Range 23/29
    • Average HS GPA 3.66
    • Students: 2,005
    • Tuition:$42,290
      Admissions Standards  Difficult Requirements
    • Acceptance Rate 63%
    • SAT Range 1080/1300
    • ACT Range 22/28
    • Average HS GPA 3.58
    • Students: 1,422
    • Tuition:$44,050
      Admissions Standards  Difficult Requirements
    • Acceptance Rate 67%
    • SAT Range 1060/1360
    • ACT Range 22/28
    • Average HS GPA 3.5
    • Students: 1,564
    • Tuition:$30,840
      Admissions Standards  Very High Standards
    • Acceptance Rate 73%
    • SAT Range 1120/1330
    • ACT Range 23/28
    • Average HS GPA 3.61
    • Students: 31,656
    • Tuition:$9,267
      Admissions Standards  Difficult Requirements
    • Acceptance Rate 83%
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    University of Iowa

    • SAT Range 1050/1250
    • ACT Range 21/27
    • Average HS GPA 3.53
    • Students: 1,299
    • Tuition:$31,100
      Admissions Standards  Challenging Requirements
    • Acceptance Rate 71%
    • SAT Range 1090/1330
    • ACT Range 22/28
    • Average HS GPA 3.6
    • Students: 34,992
    • Tuition:$8,988
      Admissions Standards  Difficult Requirements
    • Acceptance Rate 91%
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    Iowa State University

    • SAT Range 1020/1190
    • ACT Range 20/26
    • Average HS GPA 3.28
    • Students: 3,045
    • Tuition:$30,894
      Admissions Standards  Average Requirements
    • Acceptance Rate 63%
    • SAT Range 920/1180
    • ACT Range 20/27
    • Average HS GPA 3.61
    • Students: 1,117
    • Tuition:$37,296
      Admissions Standards  Average Requirements
    • Acceptance Rate 70%
    • SAT Range 980/1240
    • ACT Range 21/26
    • Average HS GPA 3.21
    • Students: 11,187
    • Tuition:$8,938
      Admissions Standards  Challenging Requirements
    • Acceptance Rate 81%
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    University of Northern Iowa

    • SAT Range 1050/1250
    • ACT Range 20/25
    • Average HS GPA 3.46*
    • Students: 1,444
    • Tuition:$39,144
      Admissions Standards  Average Requirements
    • Acceptance Rate 84%
    • SAT Range 1020/1160
    • ACT Range 20/26
    • Average HS GPA 3.47
    • Students: 1,498
    • Tuition:$41,280
      Admissions Standards  Moderate Requirements
    • Acceptance Rate 76%
    • SAT Range 920/1140
    • ACT Range 19/24
    • Average HS GPA 3.4
    • Students: 1,846
    • Tuition:$34,004
      Admissions Standards  Easy Requirements
    • Acceptance Rate 57%
    • SAT Range 950/1260
    • ACT Range 18/25
    • Average HS GPA 3.39
    • Students: 353
    • Tuition:$16,876
      Admissions Standards  Average Requirements
    • Acceptance Rate 62%
    • SAT Range 940/1170
    • ACT Range 18/23
    • Average HS GPA 3.21
    • Students: 4,392
    • Tuition:$30,450
      Admissions Standards  Easy Requirements
    • Acceptance Rate 50%
    • SAT Range N/A
    • ACT Range 20/25
    • Average HS GPA 3.38
    • Students: 2,698
    • Tuition:$31,530
      Admissions Standards  Moderate Requirements
    • Acceptance Rate 58%
    • SAT Range N/A
    • ACT Range 19/25
    • Average HS GPA 3.4
    • Students: 1,835
    • Tuition:$31,998
      Admissions Standards  Moderate Requirements
    • Acceptance Rate 63%
    • SAT Range 950/1110
    • ACT Range 18/23
    • Average HS GPA 3.28
    • Students: 1,993
    • Tuition:$29,240
      Admissions Standards  Very Easy Requirements
    • Acceptance Rate 58%
    • SAT Range 950/1290
    • ACT Range 19/25
    • Average HS GPA 3.28
    • Students: 238
    • Tuition:$18,400
      Admissions Standards  Challenging Requirements
    • Acceptance Rate 95%
    • SAT Range 1000/1180
    • ACT Range 19/25
    • Average HS GPA 3.42
    • Students: 1,489
    • Tuition:$34,184
      Admissions Standards  Moderate Requirements
    • Acceptance Rate 93%
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    Loras College

    • SAT Range 930/1100
    • ACT Range 19/23
    • Average HS GPA 3.52
    • Students: 1,004
    • Tuition:$33,350
      Admissions Standards  Extremely Easy Requirements
    • Acceptance Rate 82%
    • SAT Range 930/1060
    • ACT Range 19/23
    • Average HS GPA 2.99
    • Students: 616
    • Tuition:$24,600
      Admissions Standards  Extremely Easy Requirements
    • Acceptance Rate 58%
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    Iowa Wesleyan College

    • SAT Range 850/1100
    • ACT Range 16/22
    • Average HS GPA 3.0
    • Students: 2,385
    • Tuition:$34,110
      Admissions Standards  Extremely Easy Requirements
    • Acceptance Rate 73%