10 Best Colleges and Universities in Iowa

College has been on my mind a lot lately. My oldest is in her sophomore year and with AP classes on her schedule, it’s something we are already thinking about. She doesn’t know where she wants to go yet, even though her dad is hoping she’ll choose to be a Hawkeye. I wouldn’t mind that either since the University of Iowa is on the list of 10 Best Colleges and Universities in Iowa!

Top 10 Best Colleges and Universities in Iowa for 2018
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10 Best Colleges and Universities in Iowa

WalletHub recently released their list of 2018’s Best College and University Rankings across the country. Their analysts compared almost 1,000 higher education institutions in the United States using 26 key measures grouped into seven categories. They included student selectivity, cost and financing, career outcomes, and more. Based on those findings, here are the 10 best colleges and universities in Iowa for 2018.

  1. Grinnell College in Grinnell, IA
  2. Coe College in Cedar Rapids, IA
  3. University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA
  4. Drake University in Des Moines, IA
  5. Northwestern College in Orange City, IA
  6. Luther College in Decorah, IA
  7. Wartburg College in Waverly, IA
  8. Iowa State University  in Ames, IA
  9. Central College in Pella, IA
  10. Iowa Wesleyan University  in Mt. Pleasant, IA

Here’s a look at the top three colleges and universities in Iowa and how they earned their ranking. with 1 being the best and 20 being the worst.

Grinnell College 

  • 1st – Admission Rate
  • 20th – Net Cost
  • 2nd – Student-Faculty Ratio
  • 19th – On-Campus Crime
  • 1st – Gender & Racial Diversity
  • 1st – Graduation Rate
  • 5th – Post-Attendance Median Salary

Coe College

  • 3rd – Admission Rate
  • 10th – Net Cost
  • 5th – Student-Faculty Ratio
  • 20th – On-Campus Crime
  • 9th – Gender & Racial Diversity
  • 6th – Graduation Rate
  • 6th – Post-Attendance Median Salary

University of Iowa

  • 16th – Admission Rate
  • 3rd – Net Cost
  • 16th – Student-Faculty Ratio
  • 2nd – On-Campus Crime
  • 6th – Gender & Racial Diversity
  • 11th – Graduation Rate
  • 2nd – Post-Attendance Median Salary

For more details, you can read WalletHub’s full report HERE

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