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Students looking to go to college in Iowa can choose from a variety of public or private colleges and universities. The Iowa Board of Regents oversees the state’s three public universities: Iowa State University, University of Iowa, and the University of Northern Iowa. Iowa State University has more than 28,000 students and offers over 100 majors as well as distance education degree and certificate programs. The smallest public institution in terms of population is the University of Northern Iowa, with just a little more than 13,000 students. However, more than 11,000 students enroll each year in UNI’s continuing education and special programs. In addition, there are 15 public Iowa community colleges online, which offer adult education programs, career programs, and college parallel programs. In 1999, seven of these colleges partnered together to create the Iowa Community College Online Consortium to foster high quality online education. At Iowa online consortium community colleges students are able to take advantage of flexible learning opportunities through a variety of online courses and student support services.

In Iowa, online college is also a possibility for students who are seeking a private education. There are 24 private universities and colleges in the state of Iowa. When it comes to private education, top colleges in Iowa include Drake University, with one of the oldest law schools in the U.S., Iowa Wesleyan College, Luther College, and Northwestern College. Online colleges in Iowa, such as Ashford University, Kaplan University, and the University of Phoenix, also have locations in Iowa, providing residents with the option to take courses in a class or online learning environment.

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Allen College
1990 Heath St
Waterloo, Iowa 50703-1999
(319) 226-2000

Type of School:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Programs Offered:

  • Associate's degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree
  • Post-master's certificate

Accrediting Agency:

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Ashford University
400 North Bluff Blvd.
Clinton, Iowa 52732
(866) 711-1700

Type of School:

Private, 4-year

Programs Offered:

Accrediting Agency:

N/A
Briar Cliff University
3303 Rebecca St
Sioux City, Iowa 51104
(712) 279-5321

Type of School:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Programs Offered:

  • Associate's degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Postbaccalaureate certificate
  • Master's degree
  • Post-master's certificate

Accrediting Agency:

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Buena Vista University
610 W 4th St
Storm Lake, Iowa 50588
(712) 749-2400

Type of School:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree

Accrediting Agency:

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Central College
812 University
Pella, Iowa 50219
(641) 628-5286

Type of School:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelor's degree

Accrediting Agency:

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Clarke College
1550 Clarke Dr
Dubuque, Iowa 52001-3198
(563) 588-6300

Type of School:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Programs Offered:

  • Associate's degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree
  • Post-master's certificate

Accrediting Agency:

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Des Moines Area Community College
2006 Ankeny Blvd
Ankeny, Iowa 50023-3993
(515) 964-6241

Type of School:

2-year, Public

Programs Offered:

  • Less than one year certificate
  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Associate's degree

Accrediting Agency:

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Des Moines University-Osteopathic Medical Center
3200 Grand Ave
Des Moines, Iowa 50312
(515) 271-1400

Type of School:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Programs Offered:

  • Postbaccalaureate certificate
  • Master's degree
  • Doctor's degree
  • First-professional degree

Accrediting Agency:

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Dordt College
498 4th Ave NE
Sioux Center, Iowa 51250-1697
(712) 722-6000

Type of School:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Programs Offered:

  • Associate's degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree

Accrediting Agency:

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Drake University
2507 University Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50311-4505
(515) 271-2011

Type of School:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree
  • Post-master's certificate

Accrediting Agency:

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Eastern Iowa Community College District
306 W River Dr
Davenport, Iowa 52801-1221
(563) 336-3309

Type of School:

2-year, Public

Programs Offered:

  • Less than one year certificate
  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Associate's degree

Accrediting Agency:

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Ellsworth Community College
1100 College Ave
Iowa Falls, Iowa 50126
(800) 322-9235

Type of School:

2-year, Public

Programs Offered:

  • Less than one year certificate
  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Associate's degree

Accrediting Agency:

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Emmaus Bible College
2570 Asbury Rd
Dubuque, Iowa 52001-3096
(563) 588-8000

Type of School:

4-year, primarily associate's, Private not-for-profit

Programs Offered:

  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Associate's degree
  • Two but less than 4 years certificate
  • Bachelor's degree

Accrediting Agency:

Association for Biblical Higher Education, Commission on Accreditation & North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Graceland University-Lamoni
1 University Place
Lamoni, Iowa 50140
(641) 784-5000

Type of School:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree
  • Post-master's certificate

Accrediting Agency:

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Grand View University
1200 Grandview Ave
Des Moines, Iowa 50316
(515) 263-2800

Type of School:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Programs Offered:

  • Less than one year certificate
  • Associate's degree
  • Bachelor's degree

Accrediting Agency:

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Hawkeye Community College
1501 E Orange Rd
Waterloo, Iowa 50701
(319) 296-2320

Type of School:

2-year, Public

Programs Offered:

  • Less than one year certificate
  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Associate's degree

Accrediting Agency:

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Indian Hills Community College
525 Grandview
Ottumwa, Iowa 52501
(641) 683-5111

Type of School:

2-year, Public

Programs Offered:

  • Less than one year certificate
  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Associate's degree

Accrediting Agency:

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Iowa Central Community College
One Triton Circle
Fort Dodge, Iowa 50501
(515) 576-7201

Type of School:

2-year, Public

Programs Offered:

  • Less than one year certificate
  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Associate's degree

Accrediting Agency:

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Iowa Lakes Community College
19 S 7th St
Estherville, Iowa 51334-2295
(712) 362-2601

Type of School:

2-year, Public

Programs Offered:

  • Less than one year certificate
  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Associate's degree
  • Two but less than 4 years certificate

Accrediting Agency:

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Iowa State University
Ames
Iowa 50011-2030
(515) 294-5836

Type of School:

4-year, Public

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree
  • Doctor's degree
  • First-professional degree

Accrediting Agency:

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Iowa Wesleyan College
601 N Main Street
Mount Pleasant, Iowa 52641
(319) 385-8021

Type of School:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelor's degree

Accrediting Agency:

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Iowa Western Community College
2700 College Rd
Council Bluffs, Iowa 51502-3004
(712) 325-3200

Type of School:

2-year, Public

Programs Offered:

  • Less than one year certificate
  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Associate's degree

Accrediting Agency:

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
ITT Technical Institute–Clive
1860 NW 118th St
Ste 110, Clive, Iowa 50325
(515) 327-5500

Type of School:

4-year, Private for-profit

Programs Offered:

  • Associate's degree
  • Bachelor's degree

Accrediting Agency:

Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools
Kaplan University-Cedar Falls Campus
7009 Nordic Drive
Cedar Falls, Iowa 50613
(319) 277-0220

Type of School:

4-year, primarily associate's, Private for-profit

Programs Offered:

  • Less than one year certificate
  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Associate's degree
  • Bachelor's degree

Accrediting Agency:

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Kaplan University-Cedar Rapids Campus
3165 Edgewood Parkway SW
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52404
(319) 363-0481

Type of School:

4-year, primarily associate's, Private for-profit

Programs Offered:

  • Less than one year certificate
  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Associate's degree
  • Bachelor's degree

Accrediting Agency:

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Kaplan University-Davenport Campus
1801 East Kimberly Road, Suite 1
Davenport, Iowa 52807
(563) 355-3500

Type of School:

4-year, primarily associate's, Private for-profit

Programs Offered:

  • Less than one year certificate
  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Associate's degree
  • Bachelor's degree

Accrediting Agency:

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Kaplan University-Mason City Campus
2570 Fourth Street, SW
Mason City, Iowa 50401
(641) 423-2530

Type of School:

4-year, primarily associate's, Private for-profit

Programs Offered:

  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Associate's degree
  • Bachelor's degree

Accrediting Agency:

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Kirkwood Community College
6301 Kirkwood Blvd SW
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52406-2068
(319) 398-5411

Type of School:

2-year, Public

Programs Offered:

  • Less than one year certificate
  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Associate's degree

Accrediting Agency:

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Marshalltown Community College
3700 S Center St
Marshalltown, Iowa 50158
(641) 752-7106

Type of School:

2-year, Public

Programs Offered:

  • Less than one year certificate
  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Associate's degree

Accrediting Agency:

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Mercy College of Health Sciences
928 Sixth Ave
Des Moines, Iowa 50309-1239
(515) 643-3180

Type of School:

4-year, primarily associate's, Private not-for-profit

Programs Offered:

  • Less than one year certificate
  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Associate's degree
  • Bachelor's degree

Accrediting Agency:

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
North Iowa Area Community College
500 College Dr
Mason City, Iowa 50401
(641) 423-1264

Type of School:

2-year, Public

Programs Offered:

  • Less than one year certificate
  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Associate's degree
  • Two but less than 4 years certificate

Accrediting Agency:

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Northeast Iowa Community College-Calmar
1625 Hwy 150
Calmar, Iowa 52132-0400
(563) 562-3263

Type of School:

2-year, Public

Programs Offered:

  • Less than one year certificate
  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Associate's degree
  • Two but less than 4 years certificate

Accrediting Agency:

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Northwest Iowa Community College
603 W Park St
Sheldon, Iowa 51201
(712) 324-5061

Type of School:

2-year, Public

Programs Offered:

  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Associate's degree

Accrediting Agency:

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Saint Ambrose University
518 W Locust St
Davenport, Iowa 52803-2898
(563) 333-6000

Type of School:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Programs Offered:

  • Less than one year certificate
  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Two but less than 4 years certificate
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Postbaccalaureate certificate
  • Master's degree
  • Post-master's certificate
  • Doctor's degree

Accrediting Agency:

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Southeastern Community College
1500 West Agency Road
West Burlington, Iowa 52655-0180
(319) 752-2731

Type of School:

2-year, Public

Programs Offered:

  • Less than one year certificate
  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Associate's degree

Accrediting Agency:

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Southwestern Community College
1501 W. Townline Street
Creston, Iowa 50801
(641) 782-7081 x420

Type of School:

2-year, Public

Programs Offered:

  • Less than one year certificate
  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Associate's degree
  • Two but less than 4 years certificate

Accrediting Agency:

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
University of Dubuque
2000 University Ave
Dubuque, Iowa 52001
(563) 589-3000

Type of School:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Programs Offered:

  • Associate's degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree
  • Doctor's degree
  • First-professional degree

Accrediting Agency:

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
University of Iowa
101 Jessup Hall
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1316
(319) 335-3500

Type of School:

4-year, Public

Programs Offered:

  • Two but less than 4 years certificate
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Postbaccalaureate certificate
  • Master's degree
  • Post-master's certificate
  • Doctor's degree
  • First-professional degree
  • First-professional certificate

Accrediting Agency:

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
University of Northern Iowa
1222 W 27th St
Cedar Falls, Iowa 50614
(319) 273-2311

Type of School:

4-year, Public

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree
  • Doctor's degree

Accrediting Agency:

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
University of Phoenix-Des Moines Campus
6600 Westown Parkway
West Des Moines, Iowa 50266-7724
(515) 267-8218

Type of School:

4-year, Private for-profit

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree

Accrediting Agency:

University of Phoenix is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association. University of Phoenix was placed on Notice by The Higher Learning Commission, effective June 27, 2013. For additional information, contact The Higher Learning Commission, ncahlc.org
Upper Iowa University
605 Washington St
Fayette, Iowa 52142-1857
(563) 425-5200

Type of School:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Programs Offered:

  • Less than one year certificate
  • Associate's degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree

Accrediting Agency:

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Wartburg Theological Seminary
333 Wartburg Pl
Dubuque, Iowa 52003-7797
(563) 589-0200

Type of School:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Programs Offered:

  • Master's degree

Accrediting Agency:

Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools & North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Western Iowa Tech Community College
4647 Stone Ave
Sioux City, Iowa 51102-5199
(712) 274-6400

Type of School:

2-year, Public

Programs Offered:

  • Less than one year certificate
  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Associate's degree

Accrediting Agency:

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
William Penn University
201 Trueblood Ave
Oskaloosa, Iowa 52577
(641) 673-1001

Type of School:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Programs Offered:

  • Associate's degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree

Accrediting Agency:

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission