Best Iowa Colleges

Ranking top Colleges and Universities in Iowa for 2022

There are 62 colleges and universities in Iowa enrolling 239,065 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

  • 1,493enrollment
  • $32,091net price
  • 19%acceptance rate
  • 1353-1538SAT range
  • 30-34ACT range
  • 3.89Estimated Avg GPA
Drake University
D
Des Moines, IA
Drake University

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

#2 Best Colleges in Iowa

  • 4,774enrollment
  • $30,321net price
  • 68%acceptance rate
  • 1110-1340SAT range
  • 23-30ACT range
  • 3.68Avg GPA
University of Iowa
I
Iowa City, IA
University of Iowa

Public 4 Year

2 reviews

#3 Best Colleges in Iowa

  • 30,318enrollment
  • $17,452net price
  • 84%acceptance rate
  • 1110-1310SAT range
  • 22-29ACT range
  • 3.78Avg GPA
Luther College
L
Decorah, IA
Luther College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#4 Best Colleges in Iowa

  • 1,802enrollment
  • $25,291net price
  • 64%acceptance rate
  • 1030-1280SAT range
  • 23-29ACT range
  • 3.6Avg GPA
Iowa State University
I
Ames, IA
Iowa State University

Public 4 Year

3 reviews

#5 Best Colleges in Iowa

  • 31,822enrollment
  • $16,105net price
  • 88%acceptance rate
  • 1010-1310SAT range
  • 21-28ACT range
  • 3.71Avg GPA
Dordt College
D
Sioux Center, IA
Dordt College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#6 Best Colleges in Iowa

  • 1,662enrollment
  • $25,982net price
  • 72%acceptance rate
  • 1060-1283SAT range
  • 22-28ACT range
  • 3.65Avg GPA
Central College
C
Pella, IA
Central College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#7 Best Colleges in Iowa

  • 1,120enrollment
  • $21,690net price
  • 64%acceptance rate
  • 993-1173SAT range
  • 19-25ACT range
  • 3.52Avg GPA
University of Northern Iowa
N
Cedar Falls, IA
University of Northern Iowa

Public 4 Year

3 reviews

#8 Best Colleges in Iowa

  • 9,507enrollment
  • $16,166net price
  • 79%acceptance rate
  • 1030-1230SAT range
  • 20-26ACT range
  • 3.61Avg GPA
Cornell College
C
Mount Vernon, IA
Cornell College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#9 Best Colleges in Iowa

  • 1,002enrollment
  • $25,028net price
  • 82%acceptance rate
  • 1068-1280SAT range
  • 23-29ACT range
  • 3.5Avg GPA
Saint Ambrose University
S
Davenport, IA
Saint Ambrose University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#10 Best Colleges in Iowa

  • 3,003enrollment
  • $26,497net price
  • 74%acceptance rate
  • 980-1170SAT range
  • 20-25ACT range
  • 3.34Avg GPA
Simpson College
S
Indianola, IA
 
Simpson College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#11 Best Colleges in Iowa

  • 1,267enrollment
  • $20,457net price
  • 87%acceptance rate
  • 1070-1200SAT range
  • 20-26ACT range
  • 3.72Avg GPA
Northwestern College
N
Orange City, IA
Northwestern College

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

#12 Best Colleges in Iowa

  • 1,496enrollment
  • $24,513net price
  • 74%acceptance rate
  • 1010-1210SAT range
  • 20-26ACT range
  • 3.6Avg GPA
Wartburg College
W
Waverly, IA
 
Wartburg College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#13 Best Colleges in Iowa

  • 1,563enrollment
  • $23,248net price
  • 72%acceptance rate
  • 970-1200SAT range
  • 19-25ACT range
  • 3.53Avg GPA
Graceland University Lamoni
G
Lamoni, IA
 
Graceland University Lamoni

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#14 Best Colleges in Iowa

  • 1,517enrollment
  • $18,434net price
  • 68%acceptance rate
  • 920-1080SAT range
  • 15-26ACT range
  • 3.22Avg GPA
Upper Iowa University
U
Fayette, IA
 
Upper Iowa University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#15 Best Colleges in Iowa

  • 3,610enrollment
  • $23,187net price
  • 65%acceptance rate
  • 860-1046SAT range
  • 18-23ACT range
  • 3.13Avg GPA
Grand View University
G
Des Moines, IA
 
Grand View University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#16 Best Colleges in Iowa

  • 1,874enrollment
  • $19,423net price
  • 97%acceptance rate
  • 910-1120SAT range
  • 18-23ACT range
  • 3.3Avg GPA
University of Dubuque
D
Dubuque, IA
 
University of Dubuque

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#17 Best Colleges in Iowa

  • 2,180enrollment
  • $27,043net price
  • 79%acceptance rate
  • 828-1070SAT range
  • 17-23ACT range
  • 3.02Avg GPA
Allen College
A
Waterloo, IA
 
Allen College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

 

  • 678enrollment
  • -net price
  • 100%acceptance rate
  • -SAT range
  • -ACT range
  • NAAvg GPA