The Best Iowa Colleges

Student Services, Post-College Earnings Highlighted in Overall Ranking of College Excellence

SAN FRANCISCO (PR WEB) March 9, 2017 – Leading career and higher education resource provider has released its list of Iowa’s Best Colleges for 2017. Using data points such as student’s post-college earnings, graduation rates and more, the site ranks Iowa’s four-year and two-year colleges for overall excellence, with Allen College, Drake University, Saint Ambrose University, University of Iowa and Iowa State University as the highest scoring of 29 total four-year schools. Western Iowa Tech Community College, Northwest Iowa Community College, Hawkeye Community College, North Iowa Area Community College and Kirkwood Community College ranked highest among the 16 two-year schools on the list. A complete list of schools is included below.

“Colleges all across the state of Iowa are providing educational opportunities for those looking to start, advance and change careers to meet the demand,” said Wes Ricketts, senior vice president of LearnHowToBecome.Org. “Schools on our list are showing continued success in preparing students for work in a variety of fields and specializations.”

Schools on Iowa’s “Best Colleges” leaderboard need to meet specific base requirements to be included: all must be regionally accredited, public or private not-for-profit institutions. Additional scoring criteria is also established based on statistics and data points reported by schools annually, including alumni earnings post-graduation, tuition and fees, financial aid availability and graduation rates.

Complete details on each college, their individual scores and the data and methodology used to determine the “Best Colleges in Iowa” list, visit

The Best Four-Year Colleges in Iowa for 2017 include the following schools:
  • Allen College
  • Briar Cliff University
  • Buena Vista University
  • Central College
  • Clarke University
  • Coe College
  • Cornell College
  • Dordt College
  • Drake University
  • Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary
  • Graceland University-Lamoni
  • Grand View University
  • Grinnell College
  • Iowa State University
  • Iowa Wesleyan College
  • Loras College
  • Luther College
  • Maharishi University of Management
  • Morningside College
  • Mount Mercy University
  • Northwestern College
  • Saint Ambrose University
  • Simpson College
  • University of Dubuque
  • University of Iowa
  • University of Northern Iowa
  • Upper Iowa University
  • Wartburg College
  • William Penn University
The Best Two-Year Colleges in Iowa for 2017 include the following schools:
  • Des Moines Area Community College
  • Eastern Iowa Community College District
  • Ellsworth Community College
  • Hawkeye Community College
  • Indian Hills Community College
  • Iowa Central Community College
  • Iowa Lakes Community College
  • Iowa Western Community College
  • Kirkwood Community College
  • Marshalltown Community College
  • North Iowa Area Community College
  • Northeast Iowa Community College-Calmar
  • Northwest Iowa Community College
  • Southeastern Community College
  • Southwestern Community College
  • Western Iowa Tech Community College was founded in 2013 to provide data and expert driven information about employment opportunities and the education needed to land the perfect career. Our materials cover a wide range of professions, industries and degree programs, and are designed for people who want to choose, change or advance their careers. We also provide helpful resources and guides that address social issues, financial aid and other special interest in higher education. Information from has proudly been featured by more than 700 educational institutions.

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