Top Iowa Colleges and Universities

About this article
Iowa is in the midwestern region of the United States, surrounded by Nebraska, South Dakota, Illinois, Wisconsin, Missouri and Minnesota. The state has several excellent colleges and universities, five of which are described below.
View available schools

Top Five Colleges and Universities in Iowa

University of Iowa

The University of Iowa is located in Iowa City. The university (IU) was founded on February 25, 1847, less than 2 months after Iowa became a state. Today, approximately 20,770 undergraduate students attend IU. Academically, IU has one of the best postgraduate creative writing programs of any public or private institution, and it also has strong nursing and medical programs, as well as an excellent education program. IU's football and wrestling teams have won several Big Ten titles. It is presently ranked #64 by U.S. News and World Report.

Iowa State University

Iowa State University (ISU) was founded in 1856 as Iowa State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts with a land grant that was signed by Abraham Lincoln and is located in Ames, Iowa. Today, ISU has approximately 20,440 undergraduate students. Best known for its outstanding economics department, Iowa State University also has excellent science, engineering and agricultural programs. The Iowa State University Cyclones play in the NCAA's Division I-A and participate in the Big 12 Conference. U.S. News and World Report ranks Iowa State at #85 on its list of top schools in the nation.

University of Northern Iowa

The University of Northern Iowa is located in the city of Cedar Falls, Iowa. This school was founded in 1876 as the Iowa State Normal School. Today, approximately 10,720 undergraduate students attend the University of Northern Iowa. The university has several excellent academic programs, such as the math and computer science programs. The University of Northern Iowa Panthers participate in the NCAA Division I for basketball, wrestling, track, baseball and softball and in Division I-FCS for football.

Drake University

Drake University is a private university founded in 1881 by a preacher and Civil War general, George T. Carpenter. Drake University was named after Francis Marion Drake, a 19th century adventurer and is located in Des Moines, Iowa. Today, the university has approximately 3,250 undergraduate students. Drake is best known for its law, journalism and communication and pharmaceutical science programs. Drake participates in NCAA Division I in several sports, including cross country, basketball, golf, soccer, football, tennis, track and volleyball.

Upper Iowa University

Upper Iowa University is a private, not-for-profit liberal arts university located in Fayette, Iowa. Upper Iowa University was founded in 1875. Today, Upper Iowa University has approximately 4,740 undergraduate students in attendance. The school is best known for its education programs and is accredited in several states including Wisconsin, Iowa, Louisiana and Kansas. Upper Iowa University has football, soccer, basketball, wrestling and other teams and is the only university in Iowa to participate in NCAA Division II.

Popular Schools

  • Online Programs Available
    1. Georgetown University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Professional Studies in Sports Industry Management
      • Master of Science in Finance
      • Masters of Professional Studies in Technology Management
      • Master of Professional Studies in Real Estate
  • Online Programs Available
    2. Kaplan University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Master of Science - DNP Executive Leader
      • Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
      • Master of Science - DNP Path (Doctor of Nursing Practice)
    Master's
      • Master: Legal Studies
      • MS in Psychology
      • Master : Business Admin
      • Master: Psychology/General Psychology
      • MSPY - Industrial/Organizational Psychology Specialization
      • Master of Public Health
    Bachelor's
      • Undergraduate in Legal Studies
      • Bachelor: Liberal Studies
      • Bachelor of Business Admin
      • BSBA - Investment
      • BS in Liberal Studies Leadership
      • Bachelor: Nutrition Science
    Associate's
      • AASBA in Business
      • AAS in Legal Support and Services
      • Associate: Business Admin.
      • Associate: Business Admin. - Office Mgmt
      • Associate: Criminal Justice
      • Associate: Accounting
    Certificate
      • Psychology
      • Medical Assisting Certificate
      • Certificate in Human Services
      • Medical Office Administration Certificate
      • Human Services Certificates in Child and Family Services
      • Postbaccalaureate Certificate - Pathway to Paralegal
  • Online Programs Available
    3. Baker College Online

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Business Administration - DBA (Doctorate)
    Master's
      • General Business (MBA)
      • Human Resource Management - MBA
      • Information Systems - MBA (Master's)
      • Accounting - MBA (Master's)
      • Finance - MBA (Master's)
      • Information Systems - MSIS (Master's)
    Bachelor's
      • Criminal Justice - Bachelor
      • Psychology - Bachelor
      • Business Administration - Accelerated Program - Bachelor
      • Accounting - Bachelor
      • Finance - Bachelor
      • Law Enforcement Academy (Police) - Bachelor
    Associate's
      • Business Administration - Associate
      • Accounting - Associate
      • Information Technology - Associate
  • Online Programs Available
    4. Herzing University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MBA
      • MBA Dual Concentration: HR & Project Mgmt.
      • MBA Dual Concentration: BS Mgmt. & HR
      • MBA Dual Concentration: Business Mgmt & Project Mgmt.
      • MBA: Technology Management
      • MBA Dual Concentration: Accounting and Project Management
    Bachelor's
      • B.S. - Business Management With No Concentration
      • B.S. - Business Management: Entrepreneurial Studies Concentration
      • B.S. - Information Technology: Security Technology Concentration
      • Bachelor: Health Care Management
      • Bachelor: Accounting
      • B.S. - Information Technology: Network Management Concentration
    Associate's
      • Associate of Science - Business Management
      • Associate of Science - Business Studies
      • Associate: Health Information Management
      • Associate: Healthcare Management
      • Associate of Science - Information Technology Admin and Management
      • Associate of Science - Accounting
    Certificate
      • Diploma: Medical Office Admin
      • Diploma: Medical Assisting
      • Diploma: Bookkeeping and Payroll Accounting
      • Networking Systems Certificate
  • Online Programs Available
    5. Purdue University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Science in Communication
      • Master of Science in Education in Special Education
      • Master of Science in Engineering Technology
      • Master of Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management
      • Master of Public Health
      • Master of Science in Education in Learning Design and Technology
  • Campus and Online Programs
    6. Full Sail University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Science - Film Production
      • M.S. - Entertainment Business
      • M.S. - New Media Journalism
      • Master of Fine Arts - Creative Writing
      • M.S. - Public Relations
      • M.S. - Internet Marketing
    Bachelor's
      • BS - Sportscasting (Campus)
      • Bachelor of Science - Software Development
      • BS - Cloud Technologies (Campus)
      • BS - Creative Writing for Entertainment (Campus)
      • BS - Film (Campus)
      • BS - Media Communications (Campus)
    Certificate
      • Cert - English As A Second Language (Campus)
      • Cert - Instructional Design and Technology
  • Online Programs Available
    7. Northcentral University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Doctor of Business Admin - Applied Computer Science
      • PhD in Business Admin - Applied Computer Science
      • Doctor of Business Admin - General Business
      • PhD-TIM - Computer Science
      • Doctor of Business Admin - Management
      • Ed.D. - Sports Management
    Master's
      • M.A. in Psychology - General Psychology
      • MBA - Applied Computer Science
      • Master of Business Admin - General Business
      • M.Ed. - General Education
      • Master of Business Admin - Accelerated General MBA
      • MS - Organizational Leadership: Criminal Justice
    Certificate
      • Education Specialist - Organizational Leadership
      • Education Specialist - Special Education
      • Education Specialist - International Education
      • Education Specialist - Early Childhood Education
      • Education Specialist - Curriculum and Teaching
      • Education Specialist - Instructional Leadership
  • Online Programs Available
    8. Grand Canyon University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • DBA - Management
      • Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
      • EdD in Organizational Leadership - Health Care Administration
      • EdD in Organizational Leadership - Special Education
      • Ph.D. in General Psychology - Cognition and Instruction
      • Ph.D. in General Psychology - Industrial and Organizational Psychology
    Master's
      • M.S. Psychology with an Emphasis in Gerontology
      • M.S. in Psychology with an Emphasis in Human Factors
      • MA in Curriculum and Instruction
      • MS in Criminal Justice: Legal Studies
      • MS in Psychology: General Psychology
      • M.A. in Communication with an Emphasis in Education
    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor of Science in Business for Secondary Education
      • BS in Psychology
      • B.S. in Psychology with an Emphasis in Performance and Sports Psychology
      • BS in Early Childhood
      • BS in Health Care Administration
      • BS in Health Sciences: Professional Development & Advanced Patient Care
  • Online Programs Available
    9. Colorado State University Global

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Project Management
      • Master of Finance
      • Master of Professional Accounting
      • Master - Information Technology Management
      • Graduate Specialization - Healthcare Administration
      • Master - Human Resource Management
    Bachelor's
      • BS - Communication
      • BS - Human Services
      • BS - Accounting
      • BS - Project Management
      • BS - Marketing
      • Undergraduate Specialization - Criminal Forensics
    Certificate
      • Graduate Certificate - Human Resource Management
      • Undergraduate Certificate - Project Management
      • Graduate Specialization - Accounting
      • Graduate Certificate - Cyber Security
  • Online Programs Available
    10. Argosy University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Teaching and Learning (EdD)
      • Advanced Educational Administration (EdD)
      • Advanced Educational Administration (EdS)
      • Clinical Psychology (PsyD)
      • Counselor Education & Supervision (EdD)
      • Initial Educational Administration (EdD)
    Master's
      • Teaching & Learning: Integrated Concentration (MAEd)
      • School Psychology (EdS)
      • Clinical Psychology (MA)
      • Counseling Psychology (MA)
      • Educational Administration (MAEd)
      • Educational Psychology (MA)
    Bachelor's
      • Medical Technology (BS)
      • Nursing (BSN)
      • Bachelor - Business Administration
      • Liberal Arts (BA)
      • Psychology (BA)
      • Bachelor - Business Administration
    Associate's
      • Diagnostic Medical Sonography (Ultrasound) (AAS)
      • Histotechnology (AAS)
      • Medical Assisting (AAS)
      • Medical Laboratory Technology (AS)
      • Radiation Therapy (AS)
      • Radiologic Technology (AAS)
    Certificate
      • Client-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapy (C)
      • Clinical Health Psychology (C)
      • Forensic Psychology (C)

Featured Schools

Georgetown University

  • Master of Professional Studies in Sports Industry Management
  • Master of Science in Finance
  • Masters of Professional Studies in Technology Management

What is your highest level of education completed?

Kaplan University

  • Master of Science - DNP Executive Leader
  • Master: Legal Studies
  • Undergraduate in Legal Studies
  • AASBA in Business
  • Psychology

Which subject are you interested in?

Baker College Online

  • Business Administration - DBA (Doctorate)
  • General Business (MBA)
  • Criminal Justice - Bachelor
  • Business Administration - Associate

What is your highest level of education?

Herzing University

  • MBA
  • B.S. - Business Management With No Concentration
  • Associate of Science - Business Management
  • Diploma: Medical Office Admin

What is your highest level of education?

Purdue University

  • Master of Science in Communication
  • Master of Science in Education in Special Education
  • Master of Science in Engineering Technology

What is your highest level of education?

Full Sail University

  • Master of Science - Film Production
  • BS - Sportscasting (Campus)
  • Cert - English As A Second Language (Campus)

What is your highest level of education?

Northcentral University

  • Doctor of Business Admin - Applied Computer Science
  • M.A. in Psychology - General Psychology
  • Education Specialist - Organizational Leadership

What is your highest level of education?

Grand Canyon University

  • DBA - Management
  • M.S. Psychology with an Emphasis in Gerontology
  • Bachelor of Science in Business for Secondary Education

What is your highest level of education?