Top Iowa Colleges and Universities

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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.
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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.

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    1. South College

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    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor of Business Admin w/Con Project Mgt
      • Bachelor of Business Administration
      • Bachelor of Business Administration with a Concentration in Accounting
      • Bachelor of Business Administration with a Concentration in Human Resources Management
      • Bachelor of Business Administration with a Concentration in Marketing
      • Bachelor of Business Admin w/Con Health Care Admin
    Associate's
      • Associate of Science in Criminal Justice
      • Associate of Science in Accounting
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      • Associate of Science in Electrical Engineering Technology
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    2. Post University

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    Bachelor's
      • B.S. in Business Administration / Accounting
      • B.S. in Finance
      • B.S. in Management / Entrepreneurship
      • B.S. in Management / International Management
      • B.S. in Marketing
      • B.S. in Marketing / International Marketing
    Associate's
      • A.S. in Criminal Justice
      • A.S. in Legal Studies
      • A.S. in Marketing
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    3. The George Washington University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MSHS Medical Laboratory Sciences
      • MSHS in Immunohematology and Biotechnology
      • MSHS in Molecular Diagnostic Sciences
      • MSHS in Translational Microbiology
      • Masters in Interdisciplinary Secondary Transition Services
      • Master of Arts in Education and Human Development in Special Education for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners
    Bachelor's
      • BSHS in Clinical Operations and Healthcare Management
      • BSHS in Medical Laboratory Sciences
      • BSHS in Biomedical Informatics
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    4. CDI College

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    Certificate
      • Diploma in Business Administration Management
      • Diploma in Business Management
      • Diploma in Legal Assistant
      • Diploma in Accounting and Payroll Administration
      • Diploma in Accounting and Payroll Administrator
      • Diploma in Assistance in Health Care Facilities - Assistance la Personne en tablissement de Sant
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    5. Universal Technical Institute

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    Certificate
      • Collision Repair and Refinish Technology
      • Marine Technician Specialist
      • Diesel Technology
      • Motorcycle Technician Specialist
      • Automotive Technology
      • NASCAR Technology
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    6. Penn Foster High School

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    High School Diploma
      • HS Diploma
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    7. Saint John's University

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    Master's
      • Master of Business Administration: Interdisciplinary Business
      • Master of Business Administration: Taxation
      • Master of Science in Accounting
      • Master of Science in Taxation
      • Master of Science in Library and Information Science
      • Master of Science in Library and Information Science: Academic Librarianship
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    8. Johns Hopkins University

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    Master's
      • Master of Arts in Communication
      • Master of Liberal Arts
      • Master of Arts in Science Writing
      • Master of Science in Applied Economics
      • Master of Science in Geographic Information Systems
      • Master of Science in Bioinformatics
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    9. Regent University

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    Doctorate
      • Doctor of Strategic Leadership - Healthcare Leadership
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    Master's
      • Master of Arts in Communication
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      • Master of Arts in Journalism
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    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies
      • Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies - Rhetoric and Public Culture
      • Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies - Strategic Communication
      • Bachelor of Arts in English - Communication
      • Bachelor of Arts in Leadership Studies - Criminal Justice
      • Bachelor of Science in Business
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    10. 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

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South College

  • Bachelor of Business Admin w/Con Project Mgt
  • Bachelor of Business Administration
  • Associate of Science in Criminal Justice
  • Associate of Science in Accounting

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Post University

  • B.S. in Business Administration / Accounting
  • B.S. in Finance
  • A.S. in Criminal Justice
  • A.S. in Legal Studies

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The George Washington University

  • MSHS Medical Laboratory Sciences
  • MSHS in Immunohematology and Biotechnology
  • BSHS in Clinical Operations and Healthcare Management
  • BSHS in Medical Laboratory Sciences

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CDI College

  • Diploma in Business Administration Management
  • Diploma in Business Management
  • Diploma in Legal Assistant

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Universal Technical Institute

  • Collision Repair and Refinish Technology
  • Marine Technician Specialist
  • Diesel Technology

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Penn Foster High School

  • HS Diploma

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Saint John's University

  • Master of Business Administration: Interdisciplinary Business
  • Master of Business Administration: Taxation
  • Master of Science in Accounting

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Johns Hopkins University

  • Master of Arts in Communication
  • Master of Liberal Arts
  • Master of Arts in Science Writing

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