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

Directory of Iowa Colleges & Universities

Campus & Online Schools Accepting Students from Iowa

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  • Many AHI programs can be completed in 10 months or less.
  • Students take one class at a time, and can access their courses online 24/7.
  • Approved for the Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts (MyCAA) program.
  • Has a Clinical Placement department that works to place students in clinical sites throughout the country.
  • Institutionally accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES).
  • Licensed by the Commission for Independent Education Florida Department of Education: License #3255.
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  • Many AHI programs can be completed in 10 months or less.
  • Students take one class at a time, and can access their courses online 24/7.
  • Approved for the Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts (MyCAA) program.
  • Has a Clinical Placement department that works to place students in clinical sites throughout the country.
  • Institutionally accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES).
  • Licensed by the Commission for Independent Education Florida Department of Education: License #3255.
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  • Ranked #11 in the 2014 Best Graduate Schools in Social Work by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Offers more specialization opportunities than any other social work program, with 10 concentrations and sub-concentrations and 8 dual-degree programs.
  • The first elite researching university to offer a Master of Social Work degree online.
  • Has 1,600 field internship opportunities that give students real-world experience.
  • Through its 47 endowed scholarships, it has awared $200,000 to Ph.D students over the course of four years.
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  • Ranked #11 in the 2014 Best Graduate Schools in Social Work by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Offers more specialization opportunities than any other social work program, with 10 concentrations and sub-concentrations and 8 dual-degree programs.
  • The first elite researching university to offer a Master of Social Work degree online.
  • Has 1,600 field internship opportunities that give students real-world experience.
  • Through its 47 endowed scholarships, it has awared $200,000 to Ph.D students over the course of four years.
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  • Founded in Southern California in 1998 by dog training expert Steven Appelbaum.
  • The largest independent dog training company in the United States.
  • Programs are 11-stage courses that feature an in-home study component along with a hands-on training module.
  • Is part of the MyCAA Financial Assistance program, which offers eligible military spouses up to $4,000 of tuition assistance that can be used towards any course offered by Animal Behavior College.
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  • Founded in Southern California in 1998 by dog training expert Steven Appelbaum.
  • The largest independent dog training company in the United States.
  • Programs are 11-stage courses that feature an in-home study component along with a hands-on training module.
  • Is part of the MyCAA Financial Assistance program, which offers eligible military spouses up to $4,000 of tuition assistance that can be used towards any course offered by Animal Behavior College.
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  • An independent educational services company that enables colleges and universities to reach students around the world via distance-based education solutions.
  • Offers associate's, bachelor's and master's degrees as well as professional certificates
  • Comprehensive Learning Module™ program helps students earn college credit by passing equivalency exams.
  • Partner schools include ndiana State University, Lake Superior State University, Purdue University, Regis University, and SUNY Empire State College.
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  • An independent educational services company that enables colleges and universities to reach students around the world via distance-based education solutions.
  • Offers associate's, bachelor's and master's degrees as well as professional certificates
  • Comprehensive Learning Module™ program helps students earn college credit by passing equivalency exams.
  • Partner schools include ndiana State University, Lake Superior State University, Purdue University, Regis University, and SUNY Empire State College.
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  • Ranked among the 2015 top 40 Regional Universities in the South by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Designated a 2015 Military Friendly School by Victory Media.
  • Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), with specific programmatic accreditation.
  • 14 campuses across Florida, with online options as well as off-site campuses in Shanghai, China and San Marcos, Nicaragua.
  • Founded in 1977, with a current student population of approximately 13,000.
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  • Ranked among the 2015 top 40 Regional Universities in the South by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Designated a 2015 Military Friendly School by Victory Media.
  • Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), with specific programmatic accreditation.
  • 14 campuses across Florida, with online options as well as off-site campuses in Shanghai, China and San Marcos, Nicaragua.
  • Founded in 1977, with a current student population of approximately 13,000.
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  • Accredited
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  • Lets undergrad students try classes before paying any tuition.
  • In a 2013 survey, 83% of students said they would recommend the university to others.
  • Most degree-seeking online and campus-based students are adult learners with families and students who work while pursuing higher education.
  • Average class sizes is 18 for undergraduate and 13 for graduate-level courses.
  • Founded in 1937 in Davenport, Iowa as the American Institute of Commerce (AIC).
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  • Lets undergrad students try classes before paying any tuition.
  • In a 2013 survey, 83% of students said they would recommend the university to others.
  • Most degree-seeking online and campus-based students are adult learners with families and students who work while pursuing higher education.
  • Average class sizes is 18 for undergraduate and 13 for graduate-level courses.
  • Founded in 1937 in Davenport, Iowa as the American Institute of Commerce (AIC).
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  • Its career-focused online and hybrid programs are designed to address the skills gap in America.
  • Founded in 1890 in Scranton, Pennsylvania    
  • Offers over 150 self-paced, career-relevant programs that are connected to a supportive 24/7 online community of students and faculty.
  • Profiled in many publications such as The Boston Globe, Fox Business, and  Inside Higher Ed.
  • Founding member of the National Home Study Council in 1926 (now DETC).
  • Nearly 25,000 graduates each year.
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  • Its career-focused online and hybrid programs are designed to address the skills gap in America.
  • Founded in 1890 in Scranton, Pennsylvania    
  • Offers over 150 self-paced, career-relevant programs that are connected to a supportive 24/7 online community of students and faculty.
  • Profiled in many publications such as The Boston Globe, Fox Business, and  Inside Higher Ed.
  • Founding member of the National Home Study Council in 1926 (now DETC).
  • Nearly 25,000 graduates each year.
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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
www.eicc.edu
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
Dubuque