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Top 10 Colleges in Iowa

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From small liberal arts schools like Grinnell to The University of Iowa, these colleges are the best the state of Iowa has to offer in 2022. See our list below for further information on each school, which includes top-ranked and popular schools including Cornell College, Drake University, Grinnell College and more!

1. Grinnell College

Grinnell is a private liberal arts college that was founded in 1846. The 120-acre campus has several spots that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, plus state-of-the-art student center and athletics facilities. Grinnell is known for top-notch academics and a commitment to social justice.

Grinnell is considered on of the ten best value schools in the U.S. The College's large endowment allows it to offer need-blind admissions and significant merit scholarships to accepted students.

It tied with Vassar for #13 Best Liberal Arts College in 2021.

  • Grinnell College
    Grinnell, IA 4-Year, Private
  • 2. The University of Iowa

    UIowa is a public research university in Iowa City, and the states oldest university. The 1,880-acre campus is an urban setting, the banks of the Iowa River. Iowa is a Big 10 school and the Hawkeyes are Division I members of the NCAA. The university is also a member of the Association of American Universities and the Universities Research Association.

    In 2021, the University of Iowa was ranked 88th for national universities. It tied for 34th among public universities with several other schools including Colorado School of the Mines, SUNY Binghamton, Stonybrook and Buffalo, and University of California Riverside.

  • The University of Iowa
    Iowa City, IA 4-Year, Public
  • 3. Drake University

    Drake University is mid-sized private university that offers both undergraduate and graduate programs. Drake offers D1 athletics and over a 160 student organizations for over 5000 students.

  • Drake University
    Des Moines, IA 4-Year, Private
  • 4. Iowa State University of Science and Technology

  • 5. Luther College

  • Luther College
    Decorah, IA 4-Year, Private
  • 6. Cornell College

  • Cornell College
    Mount Vernon, IA 4-Year, Private
  • 7. Clarke University

  • Clarke University
    Dubuque, IA 4-Year, Private
  • 8. Coe College

  • Coe College
    Cedar Rapids, IA 4-Year, Private
  • 9. Central College

  • Central College
    Pella, IA 4-Year, Private
  • 10. Simpson College

  • Simpson College
    Indianola, IA 4-Year, Private
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