Best Iowa Colleges

Ranking top Colleges and Universities in Iowa for 2020

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. Ranking methodology is outlined on the data discussion 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, Cornell College, Drake University 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 and Des Moines or other cities.

62 results found

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
  • $29,492net price
  • 24%acceptance rate
  • 1370-1530SAT range
  • 30-34ACT range
  • 3.89*Avg GPA
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Cornell College
C
Mount Vernon, IA
Cornell College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#2 Best Colleges in Iowa

  • 1,028enrollment
  • $27,009net price
  • 61%acceptance rate
  • 1080-1320SAT range
  • 23-30ACT range
  • 3.53Avg GPA
Drake University
D
Des Moines, IA
Drake University

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

#3 Best Colleges in Iowa

  • 4,869enrollment
  • $28,277net price
  • 68%acceptance rate
  • 1140-1360SAT range
  • 24-30ACT range
  • 3.7Avg GPA
Luther College
L
Decorah, IA
Luther College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#4 Best Colleges in Iowa

  • 2,005enrollment
  • $26,013net price
  • 63%acceptance rate
  • 1050-1310SAT range
  • 23-29ACT range
  • 3.66Avg GPA
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Coe College
C
Cedar Rapids, IA
Coe College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#5 Best Colleges in Iowa

  • 1,422enrollment
  • $21,733net price
  • 67%acceptance rate
  • 1080-1300SAT range
  • 22-28ACT range
  • 3.58Avg GPA
Dordt College
D
Sioux Center, IA
Dordt College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#6 Best Colleges in Iowa

  • 1,564enrollment
  • $25,688net price
  • 73%acceptance rate
  • 1060-1360SAT range
  • 22-28ACT range
  • 3.5Avg GPA
Northwestern College
N
Orange City, IA
Northwestern College

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

#7 Best Colleges in Iowa

  • 1,299enrollment
  • $23,335net price
  • 71%acceptance rate
  • 1050-1250SAT range
  • 21-27ACT range
  • 3.53Avg GPA
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University of Iowa
I
Iowa City, IA
University of Iowa

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#8 Best Colleges in Iowa

  • 31,656enrollment
  • $14,845net price
  • 83%acceptance rate
  • 1120-1330SAT range
  • 23-28ACT range
  • 3.61Avg GPA
Saint Ambrose University
S
Davenport, IA
Saint Ambrose University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#9 Best Colleges in Iowa

  • 3,045enrollment
  • $24,940net price
  • 63%acceptance rate
  • 1020-1190SAT range
  • 20-26ACT range
  • 3.28Avg GPA
Central College
C
Pella, IA
Central College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#10 Best Colleges in Iowa

  • 1,117enrollment
  • $22,825net price
  • 70%acceptance rate
  • 920-1180SAT range
  • 20-27ACT range
  • 3.61Avg GPA
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Iowa State University
I
Ames, IA
Iowa State University

Public 4 Year

2 reviews

#11 Best Colleges in Iowa

  • 34,992enrollment
  • $13,949net price
  • 91%acceptance rate
  • 1090-1330SAT range
  • 22-28ACT range
  • 3.6Avg GPA
University of Northern Iowa
N
Cedar Falls, IA
University of Northern Iowa

Public 4 Year

3 reviews

#12 Best Colleges in Iowa

  • 11,187enrollment
  • $15,942net price
  • 81%acceptance rate
  • 980-1240SAT range
  • 21-26ACT range
  • 3.21Avg GPA
Buena Vista University
B
Storm Lake, IA
 
Buena Vista University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#13 Best Colleges in Iowa

  • 1,846enrollment
  • $20,016net price
  • 57%acceptance rate
  • 920-1140SAT range
  • 19-24ACT range
  • 3.4Avg GPA
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Simpson College
S
Indianola, IA
 
Simpson College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#14 Best Colleges in Iowa

  • 1,444enrollment
  • $22,511net price
  • 84%acceptance rate
  • 1050-1250SAT range
  • 20-25ACT range
  • 3.46*Avg GPA
Wartburg College
W
Waverly, IA
 
Wartburg College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#15 Best Colleges in Iowa

  • 1,498enrollment
  • $22,976net price
  • 76%acceptance rate
  • 1020-1160SAT range
  • 20-26ACT range
  • 3.47Avg GPA
Upper Iowa University
U
Fayette, IA
 
Upper Iowa University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#16 Best Colleges in Iowa

  • 4,392enrollment
  • $23,525net price
  • 50%acceptance rate
  • 940-1170SAT range
  • 18-23ACT range
  • 3.21Avg GPA
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Graceland University Lamoni
G
Lamoni, IA
 
Graceland University Lamoni

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#17 Best Colleges in Iowa

  • 1,993enrollment
  • $18,302net price
  • 58%acceptance rate
  • 950-1110SAT range
  • 18-23ACT range
  • 3.28Avg GPA
Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary
F
Ankeny, IA
 
Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#18 Best Colleges in Iowa

  • 353enrollment
  • $15,272net price
  • 62%acceptance rate
  • 950-1260SAT range
  • 18-25ACT range
  • 3.39Avg GPA