The Best Iowa Colleges

The Best Colleges in Iowa for 2022

These are the top ranked public and private four-year colleges in Iowa as ranked by CollegeSimply. Leading the list for 2022 as the best overall college in Iowa is Grinnell College. The top rated public state college is University of Iowa. Learn how the Best Colleges rankings are calculated on our ranking methodology page.


17 results

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

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

University of Iowa
I
Iowa City, IA
University of Iowa

Public 4 Year

2 reviews

#1 Best Public Universities in Iowa

  • 30,318enrollment
  • $17,452net price
  • 84%acceptance rate
  • 1110-1310SAT range
  • 22-29ACT range
  • 3.78Avg GPA

Applications Due Mar 1

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

Iowa State University
I
Ames, IA
Iowa State University

Public 4 Year

4 reviews

#2 Best Public Universities in Iowa

  • 31,822enrollment
  • $16,105net price
  • 88%acceptance rate
  • 1010-1310SAT range
  • 21-28ACT range
  • 3.71Avg GPA

Applications Due Jul 1

Dordt College
D
Sioux Center, IA
Dordt College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#4 Best Private Colleges in Iowa

  • 1,662enrollment
  • $25,982net price
  • 72%acceptance rate
  • 1060-1283SAT range
  • 22-28ACT range
  • 3.65Avg GPA

Applications Due Apr 1

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

University of Northern Iowa
N
Cedar Falls, IA
University of Northern Iowa

Public 4 Year

3 reviews

#3 Best Public Universities in Iowa

  • 9,507enrollment
  • $16,166net price
  • 79%acceptance rate
  • 1030-1230SAT range
  • 20-26ACT range
  • 3.61Avg GPA

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

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

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

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

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

Graceland University Lamoni
G
Lamoni, IA
 
Graceland University Lamoni

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#11 Best Private Colleges in Iowa

  • 1,517enrollment
  • $18,434net price
  • 68%acceptance rate
  • 920-1080SAT range
  • 15-26ACT range
  • 3.22Avg 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

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

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