Top Rated Iowa Public Colleges

The Best Public Colleges in Iowa for 2022

These are the top ranked public four-year colleges in Iowa as ranked by CollegeSimply. Leading the rankings for 2022 as the best public college in Iowa is University of Iowa. Learn how the Best Colleges rankings are calculated on our ranking methodology page.

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University of Iowa
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

Iowa State University
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

University of Northern Iowa
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