Best Iowa Colleges

Ranking top Colleges and Universities in Iowa for 2021

There are 62 colleges and universities in Iowa enrolling 253,010 students. Explore the list of top colleges in Iowa below to begin your college search. The CollegeSimply rankings are objective and data-driven in order to help you find good matches for you. Learn how the Best Colleges rankings are calculated on our ranking methodology page. Whether you're searching for a good public, private or community college, this guide to universities in Iowa offers a comprehensive view to the state's higher education options.

 Iowa is home to nationally ranked institutions like Grinnell College, Drake University, University of Iowa and Luther College. The highest ranked college in Iowa is Grinnell College and the top rated public state college is University of Iowa.

Local college options can be explored in Des Moines or other cities.


62 results

List of the Best Iowa Colleges

Grinnell College
G
Grinnell, IA
Grinnell College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#1 Best Colleges in Iowa

  • 1,716enrollment
  • $29,404net price
  • 23%acceptance rate
  • 1370-1530SAT range
  • 31-34ACT range
  • 3.89*Avg GPA
Drake University
D
Des Moines, IA
Drake University

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

#2 Best Colleges in Iowa

  • 4,869enrollment
  • $30,265net price
  • 68%acceptance rate
  • 1100-1370SAT range
  • 24-31ACT range
  • 3.7Avg GPA
University of Iowa
I
Iowa City, IA
University of Iowa

Public 4 Year

2 reviews

#3 Best Colleges in Iowa

  • 31,656enrollment
  • $17,008net price
  • 83%acceptance rate
  • 1130-1340SAT range
  • 22-29ACT range
  • 3.61Avg GPA
Luther College
L
Decorah, IA
Luther College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#4 Best Colleges in Iowa

  • 2,005enrollment
  • $23,805net price
  • 62%acceptance rate
  • 1030-1265SAT range
  • 22-28ACT range
  • 3.66Avg GPA
Saint Ambrose University
S
Davenport, IA
Saint Ambrose University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#5 Best Colleges in Iowa

  • 3,045enrollment
  • $26,561net price
  • 77%acceptance rate
  • 1070-1270SAT range
  • 20-25ACT range
  • 3.28Avg GPA
Cornell College
C
Mount Vernon, IA
Cornell College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#6 Best Colleges in Iowa

  • 1,028enrollment
  • $28,566net price
  • 62%acceptance rate
  • 1100-1345SAT range
  • 23-29ACT range
  • 3.53Avg GPA
Iowa State University
I
Ames, IA
Iowa State University

Public 4 Year

2 reviews

#7 Best Colleges in Iowa

  • 34,992enrollment
  • $15,195net price
  • 92%acceptance rate
  • 1100-1340SAT range
  • 22-28ACT range
  • 3.6Avg GPA
Central College
C
Pella, IA
Central College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#8 Best Colleges in Iowa

  • 1,117enrollment
  • $23,343net price
  • 65%acceptance rate
  • 975-1235SAT range
  • 19-25ACT range
  • 3.61Avg GPA
Dordt College
D
Sioux Center, IA
Dordt College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#9 Best Colleges in Iowa

  • 1,564enrollment
  • $26,570net price
  • 75%acceptance rate
  • 1030-1340SAT range
  • 21-28ACT range
  • 3.5Avg GPA
Northwestern College
N
Orange City, IA
Northwestern College

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

#10 Best Colleges in Iowa

  • 1,299enrollment
  • $24,085net price
  • 70%acceptance rate
  • 1030-1250SAT range
  • 21-27ACT range
  • 3.53Avg GPA
Simpson College
S
Indianola, IA
 
Simpson College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#11 Best Colleges in Iowa

  • 1,444enrollment
  • $20,145net price
  • 80%acceptance rate
  • 1030-1250SAT range
  • 19-25ACT range
  • 3.46*Avg GPA
Wartburg College
W
Waverly, IA
 
Wartburg College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#12 Best Colleges in Iowa

  • 1,498enrollment
  • $22,363net price
  • 75%acceptance rate
  • 1040-1220SAT range
  • 21-26ACT range
  • 3.47Avg GPA
University of Northern Iowa
N
Cedar Falls, IA
University of Northern Iowa

Public 4 Year

3 reviews

#13 Best Colleges in Iowa

  • 11,187enrollment
  • $15,760net price
  • 79%acceptance rate
  • 980-1241SAT range
  • 20-26ACT range
  • 3.21Avg GPA
Buena Vista University
B
Storm Lake, IA
 
Buena Vista University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#14 Best Colleges in Iowa

  • 1,846enrollment
  • $18,449net price
  • 57%acceptance rate
  • 930-1110SAT range
  • 19-25ACT range
  • 3.4Avg GPA
Clarke University
C
Dubuque, IA
 
Clarke University

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#15 Best Colleges in Iowa

  • 1,004enrollment
  • $34,424net price
  • 94%acceptance rate
  • 940-1120SAT range
  • 18-23ACT range
  • 3.52Avg GPA
Mount Mercy University
M
Cedar Rapids, IA
 
Mount Mercy University

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#16 Best Colleges in Iowa

  • 1,835enrollment
  • $20,977net price
  • 66%acceptance rate
  • -SAT range
  • 18-24ACT range
  • 3.4Avg GPA
Graceland University Lamoni
G
Lamoni, IA
 
Graceland University Lamoni

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#17 Best Colleges in Iowa

  • 1,993enrollment
  • $17,952net price
  • 58%acceptance rate
  • 920-1120SAT range
  • 18-24ACT range
  • 3.28Avg GPA
Morningside College
M
Sioux City, IA
 
Morningside College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#18 Best Colleges in Iowa

  • 2,698enrollment
  • $22,831net price
  • 63%acceptance rate
  • -SAT range
  • 19-25ACT range
  • 3.38Avg GPA