Iowa Private Colleges

List of Private Colleges and Universities in Iowa

There are 32 private colleges and universities in Iowa enrolling 48,191 students. Explore the list below to find the private college match for you. Private colleges are usually smaller in size, more expensive than public schools and often academically rigorous. If you feel you may have difficulty fitting into the large class sizes which are common on many public campuses, take a look at Iowa private colleges.  Iowa is home to popular private schools like Drake University, Grinnell College, Cornell College and Northwestern College.


32 results

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

Grinnell College
G
Grinnell, IA
Grinnell College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#1 Best Private Colleges in Iowa

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

Applications Due Jan 15

Cornell College
C
Mount Vernon, IA
Cornell College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#6 Best Private Colleges in Iowa

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

Northwestern College
N
Orange City, IA
Northwestern College

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

#9 Best Private Colleges in Iowa

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

Coe College
C
Cedar Rapids, IA
Coe College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

 

  • 1,394enrollment
  • $21,155net price
  • 80%acceptance rate
  • -SAT range
  • -ACT range
  • 3.62Avg GPA

Applications Due Mar 1

University of Dubuque
D
Dubuque, IA
University of Dubuque

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#14 Best Private Colleges in Iowa

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

Wartburg College
W
Waverly, IA
 
Wartburg College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#10 Best Private Colleges in Iowa

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

Luther College
L
Decorah, IA
Luther College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#3 Best Private Colleges in Iowa

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

Applications Due Mar 1

Saint Ambrose University
S
Davenport, IA
Saint Ambrose University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#7 Best Private Colleges in Iowa

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

Applications Due Jun 1

Grand View University
G
Des Moines, IA
 
Grand View University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#13 Best Private Colleges in Iowa

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

Applications Due Jun 15

Loras College
L
Dubuque, IA
Loras College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

 

  • 1,404enrollment
  • $22,418net price
  • 58%acceptance rate
  • -SAT range
  • -ACT range
  • 3.45Avg GPA

Upper Iowa University
U
Fayette, IA
 
Upper Iowa University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#12 Best Private Colleges in Iowa

  • 3,610enrollment
  • $23,187net price
  • 65%acceptance rate
  • 860-1046SAT range
  • 18-23ACT range
  • 3.13Avg GPA

Central College
C
Pella, IA
Central College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#14 Best Value Colleges in America

  • 1,120enrollment
  • $21,690net price
  • 64%acceptance rate
  • 993-1173SAT range
  • 19-25ACT range
  • 3.52Avg GPA

Morningside College
M
Sioux City, IA
 
Morningside College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

 

  • 2,411enrollment
  • $22,146net price
  • 69%acceptance rate
  • -SAT range
  • -ACT range
  • 3.42Avg GPA

Applications Due Aug 15

Mount Mercy University
M
Cedar Rapids, IA
Mount Mercy University

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

 

  • 1,705enrollment
  • $25,182net price
  • 76%acceptance rate
  • -SAT range
  • -ACT range
  • 3.4Avg GPA

Applications Due Jun 1

Buena Vista University
B
Storm Lake, IA
Buena Vista University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

 

  • 1,863enrollment
  • $18,300net price
  • 56%acceptance rate
  • -SAT range
  • -ACT range
  • 3.45Avg GPA

Applications Due Jun 1

Clarke University
C
Dubuque, IA
 
Clarke University

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

 

  • 855enrollment
  • $25,756net price
  • 89%acceptance rate
  • 918-1126SAT range
  • 19-25ACT range
  • 3.36Avg GPA

Applications Due Jul 1

Simpson College
S
Indianola, IA
Simpson College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#8 Best Private Colleges in Iowa

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