Top Rated Iowa Colleges

The The Best Colleges in Iowa for 2020

These are the top ranked public and private four-year colleges in Iowa. Leading the rankings for 2020 as the highest ranked college in Iowa is Grinnell College and the top rated public state college is University of Iowa. The CollegeSimply rankings factor academic difficulty, acceptance rate and graduation outcomes. Ranking methodology is detailed on our data discussion page.


34 results found

Grinnell College
G
Grinnell, IA

Private 4 Year

24% acceptance rate

  • 1,716enrollment
  • $29,492net price
  • $52,392tuition
  • 1370-1530SAT range
  • 30-34ACT range
  • 3.89*Avg GPA
Cornell College
C
Mount Vernon, IA

Private 4 Year

61% acceptance rate

  • 1,028enrollment
  • $27,009net price
  • $42,299tuition
  • 1080-1320SAT range
  • 23-30ACT range
  • 3.53Avg GPA
Drake University
D
Des Moines, IA

Private 4 Year

68% acceptance rate

  • 4,869enrollment
  • $28,277net price
  • $41,396tuition
  • 1140-1360SAT range
  • 24-30ACT range
  • 3.7Avg GPA
Luther College
L
Decorah, IA

Private 4 Year

63% acceptance rate

  • 2,005enrollment
  • $26,013net price
  • $42,290tuition
  • 1050-1310SAT range
  • 23-29ACT range
  • 3.66Avg GPA
Coe College
C
Cedar Rapids, IA

Private 4 Year

67% acceptance rate

  • 1,422enrollment
  • $21,733net price
  • $44,050tuition
  • 1080-1300SAT range
  • 22-28ACT range
  • 3.58Avg GPA
Dordt College
D
Sioux Center, IA

Private 4 Year

73% acceptance rate

  • 1,564enrollment
  • $25,688net price
  • $30,840tuition
  • 1060-1360SAT range
  • 22-28ACT range
  • 3.5Avg GPA
Northwestern College
N
Orange City, IA

Private 4 Year

71% acceptance rate

  • 1,299enrollment
  • $23,335net price
  • $31,100tuition
  • 1050-1250SAT range
  • 21-27ACT range
  • 3.53Avg GPA
University of Iowa
I
Iowa City, IA

Public 4 Year

83% acceptance rate

  • 31,656enrollment
  • $14,845net price
  • $9,267tuition
  • 1120-1330SAT range
  • 23-28ACT range
  • 3.61Avg GPA
Saint Ambrose University
S
Davenport, IA

Private 4 Year

63% acceptance rate

  • 3,045enrollment
  • $24,940net price
  • $30,894tuition
  • 1020-1190SAT range
  • 20-26ACT range
  • 3.28Avg GPA
Central College
C
Pella, IA

Private 4 Year

70% acceptance rate

  • 1,117enrollment
  • $22,825net price
  • $37,296tuition
  • 920-1180SAT range
  • 20-27ACT range
  • 3.61Avg GPA
Iowa State University
I
Ames, IA

Public 4 Year

91% acceptance rate

  • 34,992enrollment
  • $13,949net price
  • $8,988tuition
  • 1090-1330SAT range
  • 22-28ACT range
  • 3.6Avg GPA
University of Northern Iowa
N
Cedar Falls, IA

Public 4 Year

81% acceptance rate

  • 11,187enrollment
  • $15,942net price
  • $8,938tuition
  • 980-1240SAT range
  • 21-26ACT range
  • 3.21Avg GPA
Buena Vista University
B
Storm Lake, IA
 

Private 4 Year

57% acceptance rate

  • 1,846enrollment
  • $20,016net price
  • $34,004tuition
  • 920-1140SAT range
  • 19-24ACT range
  • 3.4Avg GPA
Simpson College
S
Indianola, IA
 

Private 4 Year

84% acceptance rate

  • 1,444enrollment
  • $22,511net price
  • $39,144tuition
  • 1050-1250SAT range
  • 20-25ACT range
  • 3.46*Avg GPA
Wartburg College
W
Waverly, IA
 

Private 4 Year

76% acceptance rate

  • 1,498enrollment
  • $22,976net price
  • $41,280tuition
  • 1020-1160SAT range
  • 20-26ACT range
  • 3.47Avg GPA
Upper Iowa University
U
Fayette, IA
 

Private 4 Year

50% acceptance rate

  • 4,392enrollment
  • $23,525net price
  • $30,450tuition
  • 940-1170SAT range
  • 18-23ACT range
  • 3.21Avg GPA
Graceland University Lamoni
G
Lamoni, IA
 

Private 4 Year

58% acceptance rate

  • 1,993enrollment
  • $18,302net price
  • $29,240tuition
  • 950-1110SAT range
  • 18-23ACT range
  • 3.28Avg GPA
Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary
F
Ankeny, IA
 

Private 4 Year

62% acceptance rate

  • 353enrollment
  • $15,272net price
  • $16,876tuition
  • 950-1260SAT range
  • 18-25ACT range
  • 3.39Avg GPA