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The Best Colleges in Iowa Ranked for 2019

These are the best four year colleges in Iowa as ranked by CollegeSimply. This Iowa ranking is a subset of our national ranking of the best colleges in America. Our ranking methodology is purely statistical and not subjective in nature. Measuring factors include but are not limited to: student body intellect as indicated by admission scores, graduation rate and admission selectivity. In order to be considered for the ranking, a school must offer four year undergraduate degrees, selectively admit students and be a non-profit institution. Leading the 2019 ranking as the best college in Iowa is Grinnell College.

List of The Best Colleges & Universities in Iowa
Rank College National Academic Rank1 National Selectivity Rank2 National Graduation Rank3
1 Grinnell College 36 87 64
2 Coe College 210 425 308
3 Drake University 179 773 215
4 Cornell College 197 661 291
5 Luther College 271 662 309
6 Dordt College 230 875 540
7 Northwestern College 409 748 389
8 University of Iowa 153 1,307 270
9 Iowa State University 104 1,358 326
10 University of Northern Iowa 154 1,154 358
11 Emmaus Bible College 549 469 859
12 Central College 510 813 461
13 Simpson College 511 1,251 310
14 Clarke University 843 592 539
15 Wartburg College 763 1,045 462
16 Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary 270 508 1,342
17 Saint Ambrose University 1,358 534 493
18 Buena Vista University 842 620 685
19 Morningside College 1,355 410 631
20 Mount Mercy University 1,356 446 541
21 Loras College 678 1,488 569
22 Graceland University Lamoni 1,076 426 817
23 Upper Iowa University 1,151 427 1,035
24 University of Dubuque 919 940 1,166
25 William Penn University 1,152 385 1,431
26 Iowa Wesleyan College 1,173 304 1,516
27 Grand View University 801 1,444 1,167
28 AIB College of Business 1,350 185 1,737
29 Maharishi University of Management 1,353 1,359 860
30 Mercy College of Health Sciences 1,354 1,501 1,738
31 Divine Word College 1,352 1,569 1,603

Ranking Methodology

Overall Rank is calculated based on the following school characteristics.

1National Academic Rank is calculated using standardized test admission data as well as GPA data for admitted freshman.
2National Selectivity Rank is based on admission selectivity for incoming students starting the 2016-2017 academic year.
3National Graduation Rank is based on the percentage of students graduating with bachelor's degrees within six years.