The Best Value Iowa Colleges

Best Value Colleges in Iowa for 2021

Explore the colleges that provide the best value for your money in Iowa based on academic quality, outcomes, net price and financial aid. The rankings are calculated using ratings from the 2021 CollegeSimply Best Colleges ranking but additionally factors in the typical price paid by students to identify the colleges that offer the best deals. Leading the list for 2021 as the overall best value college in Iowa is Grinnell College. The highest value public state college is University of Iowa. Learn how the Best Value Colleges are calculated and ranked on our methodology page.


23 results

Grinnell College
G
Grinnell, IA
Grinnell College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#1 Best Value in Iowa

  • 1,716enrollment
  • $29,404net price
  • 23%acceptance rate
  • 1370-1530SAT range
  • 31-34ACT range
  • 3.89*Avg GPA
Luther College
L
Decorah, IA
Luther College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#2 Best Value in Iowa

  • 2,005enrollment
  • $23,805net price
  • 62%acceptance rate
  • 1030-1265SAT range
  • 22-28ACT range
  • 3.66Avg GPA
Simpson College
S
Indianola, IA
 
Simpson College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#3 Best Value in Iowa

  • 1,444enrollment
  • $20,145net price
  • 80%acceptance rate
  • 1030-1250SAT range
  • 19-25ACT range
  • 3.46*Avg GPA
Buena Vista University
B
Storm Lake, IA
 
Buena Vista University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#4 Best Value in Iowa

  • 1,846enrollment
  • $18,449net price
  • 57%acceptance rate
  • 930-1110SAT range
  • 19-25ACT range
  • 3.4Avg GPA
Drake University
D
Des Moines, IA
Drake University

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

#5 Best Value in Iowa

  • 4,869enrollment
  • $30,265net price
  • 68%acceptance rate
  • 1100-1370SAT range
  • 24-31ACT range
  • 3.7Avg GPA
Central College
C
Pella, IA
Central College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#6 Best Value in Iowa

  • 1,117enrollment
  • $23,343net price
  • 65%acceptance rate
  • 975-1235SAT range
  • 19-25ACT range
  • 3.61Avg GPA
University of Iowa
I
Iowa City, IA
University of Iowa

Public 4 Year

2 reviews

#7 Best Value in Iowa

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

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#8 Best Value in Iowa

  • 1,498enrollment
  • $22,363net price
  • 75%acceptance rate
  • 1040-1220SAT range
  • 21-26ACT range
  • 3.47Avg GPA
Cornell College
C
Mount Vernon, IA
Cornell College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#9 Best Value 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

#10 Best Value in Iowa

  • 34,992enrollment
  • $15,195net price
  • 92%acceptance rate
  • 1100-1340SAT range
  • 22-28ACT range
  • 3.6Avg GPA
Mount Mercy University
M
Cedar Rapids, IA
 
Mount Mercy University

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#11 Best Value in Iowa

  • 1,835enrollment
  • $20,977net price
  • 66%acceptance rate
  • -SAT range
  • 18-24ACT range
  • 3.4Avg GPA
Northwestern College
N
Orange City, IA
Northwestern College

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

#12 Best Value in Iowa

  • 1,299enrollment
  • $24,085net price
  • 70%acceptance rate
  • 1030-1250SAT range
  • 21-27ACT range
  • 3.53Avg GPA
Saint Ambrose University
S
Davenport, IA
Saint Ambrose University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#13 Best Value in Iowa

  • 3,045enrollment
  • $26,561net price
  • 77%acceptance rate
  • 1070-1270SAT range
  • 20-25ACT range
  • 3.28Avg GPA
Dordt College
D
Sioux Center, IA
Dordt College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#14 Best Value in Iowa

  • 1,564enrollment
  • $26,570net price
  • 75%acceptance rate
  • 1030-1340SAT range
  • 21-28ACT range
  • 3.5Avg GPA
University of Northern Iowa
N
Cedar Falls, IA
University of Northern Iowa

Public 4 Year

3 reviews

#15 Best Value in Iowa

  • 11,187enrollment
  • $15,760net price
  • 79%acceptance rate
  • 980-1241SAT range
  • 20-26ACT range
  • 3.21Avg GPA
Clarke University
C
Dubuque, IA
 
Clarke University

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#16 Best Value in Iowa

  • 1,004enrollment
  • $34,424net price
  • 94%acceptance rate
  • 940-1120SAT range
  • 18-23ACT range
  • 3.52Avg GPA
University of Dubuque
D
Dubuque, IA
 
University of Dubuque

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#17 Best Value in Iowa

  • 2,385enrollment
  • $26,193net price
  • 73%acceptance rate
  • 840-1080SAT range
  • 17-22ACT range
  • 3.0Avg GPA
Graceland University Lamoni
G
Lamoni, IA
 
Graceland University Lamoni

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#18 Best Value in Iowa

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