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Colleges in Iowa

  • Categories & Sub-groupings for sorting and understanding Iowa's 55 plus colleges
  • "Your 2017-18 Course to College", publication by Iowa College Aid, lists Iowa's colleges with descriptions include costs, shares planning guide for various paths of continuing education after high school. 
    • Funding Subgroups (Des Moines Register Archives list per college's average student debt): 
      • PUBLIC - tax dollars help pay for costs at U of IOWA, ISU, & UNI & 15 Community Colleges
      • PRIVATE - tax dollars do not help pay for costs, Iowa's Private College examples in Des Moines are Grandview & Drake
        • - private colleges of Iowa created organization to have families tour the private colleges in Iowa, some years they include prizes like free transportation to campus tours, textbooks, or scholarship
        • Iowa College Foundation is promotional organization for Iowa's Private College - see map of these 23 member colleges and more at
      • FOR PROFIT - companies own these and they make money delivering college, For Profit College examples in Iowa are Vatterot, Kaplan, ITT, & Waldorf/Forest City
    • Athletic Membership:
      • NCAA 
        • List of Division 1 - Drake U/Des Moine, UNI/Cedar Falls, ISU/Ames, U of Iowa/Iowa City
        • List of Division 2 - Upper Iowa/Fayette
        • List of Division 3 - Iowa has 11 D3 colleges
          • Buena Vista U/Storm Lake, Central/Pella, Cornell/Mt.Vernon, Coe/CedarRapis, University Dubuque, Grinnell, Iowa Weslyan/Mt.Pleasant, Loras/Dubuque, Luther/Decorah, Simpson/Indianola, Wartburg/Waverly
      • NAIA (Level 1 & 2)
        • Iowa has 12 NAIA colleges
          • Ashford/Clinton, Briar Cliff/Sioux City, Clarke/Dubuque, Dordt/Sioux Center, Graceland/Lamoni, Grand View/Des Moines, Morningside/Sioux City, Mount Mercy/Cedar Rapids, Northwestern/Orange City, St. Ambrose/Davenport, Waldorf/Forest City, William Penn/Oskaloosa
      • JUNIOR COLLEGE, we also call them Community Colleges
        • Iowa has 15 community colleges
          • Des Moines Area, Eastern Iowa, Ellsworth, Hawkeye, Indian Hills, Iowa Central, Iowa Lakes, Iowa Western, Kirkwood, Marshalltown, North Iowa Area, Northeast Iowa, Northwest Iowa, Southeastern, Southwestern, Western Iowa Tech
    • Types of colleges: College/University, Community College, and Institutes 
    • Vocational Awards - Certificate (1 yr or less), Diploma (1 yr), Associate Degree (2 yr)
    • College/University Degrees - Bachelor (4yr), Master (BA + 2yr), Specialist (MA + 1yr), & Doctorate (BA + 4 yr or MA + 2 or more yr)