Iowa Colleges and Universities

Colleges and Universities in Iowa

While agriculture and food manufacturing are both vitally important to Iowa's economy, the state is also a hotbed for biosciences, information technology, financial services, and renewable energy innovation and production. The state is home to more than 20 private colleges and universities and its public system comprises three different universities. Additionally, more than a dozen variant community colleges are available. Innovative and unique programs include the University of Iowa's Virtual Soldier Research Program, which creates interactive, predictive human models to observe, evaluate and tweak human interactions with new equipment and technology, and Iowa State's Virtual Reality Applications Center, which studies the continued interaction between humans and artificial environments.

Planning your career in Iowa

Major employers in Iowa include Principal Financial and Rockwell Collins, which supplies aircraft to the military and Qwest Communications, which provides telecommunications services. Demand for accountants and auditors, elementary school teachers and registered nurses is particularly strong. According to 2010 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual wages for these and other in-demand careers were:

  1. Accountants and auditors: $60,840
  2. Computer systems analysts: $71,050
  3. Elementary school teachers: $44,040
  4. General and operations managers: $100,030
  5. Physicians and surgeons: $188,450
  6. Registered nurses: $51,900

With an unemployment rate of 6.0 percent, Iowa could be a great place to stay and discover your educational and career path.


See also: Iowa Vocational Schools and Career Training

Other Colleges & Universities in Iowa

Allen College
Waterloo, Iowa www.allencollege.edu
Briar Cliff University
Sioux City, Iowa www.briarcliff.edu
Buena Vista University
Storm Lake, Iowa www.bvu.edu
Central College
Pella, Iowa www.central.edu
Clarke College
Dubuque, Iowa www.clarke.edu
Coe College
Cedar Rapids, Iowa www.coe.edu
Cornell College
Mount Vernon, Iowa www.cornellcollege.edu
Des Moines Area Community College
Ankeny, Boone, Carroll, Newton, Des Moines, Iowa www.dmacc.edu
Divine Word College
Epworth, Iowa www.dwci.edu
Dordt College
Sioux Center, Iowa www.dordt.edu
Drake University
Des Moines, Iowa www.drake.edu
Eastern Iowa Community College District
Davenport, IA
Ellsworth Community College
Iowa Falls, IA www.iavalley.edu/ecc/
Emmaus Bible College
Dubuque, Iowa www.emmaus.edu
Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary
Ankeny, Iowa www.faith.edu/
Graceland University
Independence, MIssouri; also Lamoni, Iowa www.graceland.edu
Grand View College
Des Moines, Iowa www.gvc.edu
Grinnell College
Grinnell, Iowa www.grinnell.edu
Hawkeye Community College
Waterloo, Iowa www.hawkeyecollege.edu
Indian Hills Community College
Ottumwa, Iowa www.indianhills.edu
Iowa Central Community College
Fort Dodge, Iowa www.iowacentral.edu
Iowa Lakes Community College
Emmetsburg, Estherville, Algona, Spencer, Spirit Lake, Iowa www.iowalakes.edu
Iowa State University
Ames, Iowa www.iastate.edu
Iowa Wesleyan College
Mount Pleasant, Iowa www.iwc.edu
Iowa Western Community College
Council Bluffs, Iowa www.iwcc.edu
Kirkwood Community College
Cedar Rapids, Iowa www.kirkwood.edu
Loras College
Dubuque, Iowa www.loras.edu
Luther College
Decorah, Iowa www.luther.edu
Maharishi University of Management
Fairfield, Iowa www.mum.edu
Marshalltown Community College
Marshalltown, Iowa www.iavalley.edu/mcc/
Morningside College
Sioux City, Iowa www.morningside.edu
Mount Mercy College
Cedar Rapids, Iowa www.mtmercy.edu
North Iowa Area Community College
Mason City, Iowa www.niacc.edu
Northeast Iowa Community College
Calmar, Peosta, New Hampton, Cresco, Manchester, Dubuque, Oelwein, Iowa www.nicc.edu
Northwest Iowa Community College
Sheldon, Iowa www.nwicc.edu
Northwestern College of Iowa
Orange City, Iowa www.nwciowa.edu
Palmer College of Chiropractic
Davenport, Iowa; also San Jose, CA and Port Orange, FL www.palmer.edu
Saint Ambrose University
Davenport, Iowa www.sau.edu
Simpson College
Indianola, Iowa www.simpson.edu
Southeastern Iowa Community College
West Burlington, Keokuk, Fort Madison, Mount Pleasant, Iowa www.scciowa.edu
Southwestern Community College
Creston, Osceola, Red Oak, Iowa www.swcciowa.edu
University of Dubuque
Dubuque, Iowa www.dbq.edu
University of Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa www.uiowa.edu
University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls, Iowa www.uni.edu
Upper Iowa University
Fayette, Iowa www.uiu.edu
Vennard College
University Park, Iowa www.vennard.edu
Waldorf College
Forest City, Iowa www.waldorf.edu
Wartburg College
Waverly www.wartburg.edu
Western Iowa Tech Community College
Sioux City, Ida Grove, Le Mars, Denison, Mapleton, Cherokee, Iowa www.witcc.edu
William Penn University
Oskaloosa, Iowa www.wmpenn.edu
Iowa Valley Community College District
Wartburg Theological Seminary