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Iowa Business Colleges

46 Colleges
10,715 Yearly Graduations
$86,782 Avg 4-Year Tuition (In-State)
$27,741 Avg 4-Year Student Loan

Iowa ranked #29 in the nation for business degrees handed out in 2019. Around 10,715 students received some type of diploma that year. Students who live in the state can take advantage of in-state tuition averaging $21,695 a year, while students from out-of-state may pay a higher average tuition of $23,187 a year.

An estimated 61% of college students in Iowa take out loans, with the average loan amount being $6,935 per year.

Learn more about the most popular schools below:

#1

University of Iowa

Iowa City, Iowa
Public Public vs. Private
2,478 Yearly Degrees
$9,606 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 22,304 undergraduates at Iowa, of which 20,227 are full-time, and there are 30,318 students altogether. Students tend to stick around at Iowa. The freshman retention rate is 88%.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 84%. Of the accepted students, 44% are men and 56% are women.

47% of Iowa students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $9,031 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 3.5% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate from Iowa with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $42,200 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#2

Iowa State University

Ames, Iowa
Public Public vs. Private
1,881 Yearly Degrees
$9,316 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 31,822 students at Iowa State in total, 26,843 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 25,271 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

Around 88% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 53% are men and 47% are women.

51% of Iowa State students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $8,003 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 3.3% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate from Iowa State with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $41,200 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#3

University of Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls, Iowa
Public Public vs. Private
757 Yearly Degrees
$8,938 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at University of Northern Iowa is 9,507, of which 8,289 students are undergraduates and of those, 7,632 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 79%. Of the accepted students, 38% are men and 62% are women.

Approximately 53% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $5,948 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 3.6% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $38,100 during the early-career years.

#4

Upper Iowa University

Fayette, Iowa
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
668 Yearly Degrees
$32,945 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Upper Iowa University is 3,610, of which 3,077 students are undergraduates and of those, 1,572 are full-time. For undergraduates at UIU, the average graduation time is 4.2 years.

About 65% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 64% are men and 36% are women.

Roughly 83% of students at UIU take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $7,640 a year. UIU has a 7.2% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from UIU with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $38,400 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#5

Drake University

Des Moines, Iowa
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
449 Yearly Degrees
$44,366 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 4,774 students at Drake in total, 2,848 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 2,731 are full-time. Students tend to stick around at Drake. The freshman retention rate is 86%.

About 68% of students who apply get accepted. Around 40% of accepted students are men, and 60% are women.

Approximately 53% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $10,142 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 2.2% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Drake is $46,800.

Public Public vs. Private
430 Yearly Degrees
$5,100 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Des Moines Area Community College is 23,051, which includes 5,703 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 20 to 1.

Roughly 35% of students at DMACC take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $4,627 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 14.5% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from DMACC with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $29,300 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#7

Waldorf University

Forest City, Iowa
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
356 Yearly Degrees
$23,088 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Waldorf University is 3,025, of which 2,523 students are undergraduates and of those, 1,578 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 25 to 1.

About 61% of students who apply get accepted. Around 63% of accepted students are men, and 37% are women.

Roughly 72% of students at Waldorf take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $5,969 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 10.3% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Waldorf is $32,200.

#8

Kirkwood Community College

Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Public Public vs. Private
276 Yearly Degrees
$5,140 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Kirkwood Community College is 12,277, which includes 4,304 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

Roughly 46% of students at Kirkwood Community College take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $4,686 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 14.9% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Kirkwood Community College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $29,500 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#9

Mount Mercy University

Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
263 Yearly Degrees
$35,506 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,381 undergraduates at Mount Mercy, of which 1,044 are full-time, and there are 1,705 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 76%. Of the accepted students, 32% are men and 68% are women.

Roughly 79% of students at Mount Mercy take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $10,593 a year. Mount Mercy has a 4.3% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Mount Mercy with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $42,800 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#10

Buena Vista University

Storm Lake, Iowa
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
260 Yearly Degrees
$36,426 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Buena Vista University is 1,863, of which 1,456 students are undergraduates and of those, 1,230 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at BVU is 4.2 years.

About 56% of students who apply get accepted. Around 61% of accepted students are men, and 39% are women.

81% of BVU students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $7,364 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 5.9% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from BVU is $34,500.

#11

Saint Ambrose University

Davenport, Iowa
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
254 Yearly Degrees
$32,758 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,305 undergraduates at St. Ambrose University, of which 2,180 are full-time, and there are 3,003 students altogether. It takes the average St. Ambrose University undergraduate about 4.2 years to complete their degree.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 74%. Around 42% of accepted students are men, and 58% are women.

Roughly 74% of students at St. Ambrose University take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $9,931 a year. The student loan default rate of 5.3% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

Students who graduate from St. Ambrose University with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $38,800 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#12

University of Dubuque

Dubuque, Iowa
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
216 Yearly Degrees
$35,700 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,180 students at UD in total, 1,778 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 1,456 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at UD is 4.4 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 79%. Around 65% of accepted students are men, and 35% are women.

Roughly 78% of students at UD take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $13,408 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 14.6% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $34,100 during the early-career years.

Public Public vs. Private
162 Yearly Degrees
$4,488 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,707 full-time undergraduates at Western Iowa Tech Community College, and 5,360 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 16 to 1.

66% of Western Iowa Tech Community College students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $4,972 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 14.7% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Western Iowa Tech Community College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $26,900 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#14

Grand View University

Des Moines, Iowa
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
161 Yearly Degrees
$29,792 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Grand View University is 1,874, of which 1,694 students are undergraduates and of those, 1,513 are full-time. It takes the average Grand View University undergraduate about 4.3 years to complete their degree.

Around 97% of students who apply get accepted. Around 43% of accepted students are men, and 57% are women.

Approximately 77% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $7,147 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 7.7% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $37,600 during the early-career years.

#15

Loras College

Dubuque, Iowa
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
134 Yearly Degrees
$35,218 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,404 students at Loras in total, 1,314 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 1,214 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 12 to 1.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 58%. Around 56% of accepted students are men, and 44% are women.

71% of Loras students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $8,443 a year. Loras has a 3.2% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Loras is $37,300.

Public Public vs. Private
125 Yearly Degrees
$5,600 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 7,081 students at Eastern Iowa Community Colleges in total, 2,423 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 25 to 1.

29% of Eastern Iowa Community Colleges students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $4,683 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 15.9% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Eastern Iowa Community Colleges with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $26,200 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#17

Simpson College

Indianola, Iowa
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
110 Yearly Degrees
$42,246 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,267 students at Simpson College in total, 1,225 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 1,108 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Simpson College is 4.0 years.

Around 87% of students who apply get accepted. Around 43% of accepted students are men, and 57% are women.

Approximately 75% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $7,897 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 3.7% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Simpson College is $37,800.

#18

Hawkeye Community College

Waterloo, Iowa
Public Public vs. Private
109 Yearly Degrees
$5,790 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,994 full-time undergraduates at Hawkeye Community College, and 5,042 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

Roughly 48% of students at Hawkeye Community College take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $5,002 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 14.5% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Hawkeye Community College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $31,200 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#19

Coe College

Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
108 Yearly Degrees
$47,210 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,356 full-time undergraduates at Coe, and 1,394 students altogether. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Coe is 4.0 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 80%. Around 34% of accepted students are men, and 64% are women.

Roughly 78% of students at Coe take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $8,108 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 3.1% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate from Coe with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $37,600 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
108 Yearly Degrees
$16,530 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,015 students at MIU in total, 541 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 331 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 12 to 1.

Around 100% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 28% are men and 72% are women.

Roughly 80% of students at MIU take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $6,919 a year. MIU has a 3.9% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from MIU is $17,400.

#21

Iowa Central Community College

Fort Dodge, Iowa
Public Public vs. Private
106 Yearly Degrees
$5,700 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 4,704 students at Iowa Central Community College in total, 2,341 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

54% of Iowa Central Community College students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $5,372 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 22.1% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $29,600 during the early-career years.

#22

Iowa Western Community College

Council Bluffs, Iowa
Public Public vs. Private
105 Yearly Degrees
$6,120 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,331 full-time undergraduates at Iowa Western Community College, and 5,791 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

Approximately 62% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $5,769 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 20.7% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $27,900 during the early-career years.

#23

William Penn University

Oskaloosa, Iowa
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
95 Yearly Degrees
$26,600 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,276 undergraduates at William Penn University, of which 1,181 are full-time, and there are 1,350 students altogether. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at William Penn University is 4.3 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 55%. Of the accepted students, 65% are men and 35% are women.

Roughly 94% of students at William Penn University take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $7,068 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 14.8% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $32,900 during the early-career years.

#24

Wartburg College

Waverly, Iowa
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
90 Yearly Degrees
$45,680 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,563 students at Wartburg in total, 1,562 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 1,523 are full-time. It takes the average Wartburg undergraduate about 4.1 years to complete their degree.

About 72% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 42% are men and 58% are women.

68% of Wartburg students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $8,742 a year. Wartburg has a 4.6% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Wartburg is $39,800.

#25

Morningside College

Sioux City, Iowa
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
88 Yearly Degrees
$33,970 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,411 students at Morningside in total, 1,281 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 1,157 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 13 to 1.

About 69% of students who apply get accepted. Around 44% of accepted students are men, and 56% are women.

72% of Morningside students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $8,478 a year. The student loan default rate of 6.2% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Morningside is $37,400.

Other Iowa Colleges

Rank School Yearly Graduations
28 Graceland University - Lamoni 86
29 Northeast Iowa Community College 74
30 Briar Cliff University 73
31 Northwestern College 67
31 North Iowa Area Community College 67
33 Central College 60
34 Clarke University 47
35 Indian Hills Community College 44
36 Iowa Lakes Community College 41
37 Grinnell College 33
38 Southwestern Community College 27
38 Northwest Iowa Community College 27
40 Cornell College 26
40 Southeastern Community College 26
42 Iowa Wesleyan University 22
43 Marshalltown Community College 10
44 Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary 9
45 Ellsworth Community College 6
46 Emmaus Bible College 5

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