Iowa Postsecondary Institutions

Community Colleges

  • May offer an associate's (two-year) degree, certificate or diploma program.
  • Specialized occupational preparation.
  • Many students attend before transferring to a four-year college or university.
  • Class size is generally small and students are able to receive individual attention.
  • An affordable option.

Clinton Community College

Des Moines Area Community College

 Ellsworth Community College 

 Hawkeye Community College


 Indian Hills Community College

Iowa Central Community College

Iowa Lakes Community College 

Iowa Western Community College

Kirkwood Community College

Marshalltown Community College

 Muscatine Community Collge 


North Iowa Area Community College  

Northeast Iowa Community College

Northwest Iowa Community College

Scott Community College

Southeastern Community College

Southwestern Community College

 Western Iowa Tech Community College


Heath Profession Institutions

  • May offer several levels of degrees (certificate, associate's, bachelor's, master's, and doctorate).
  • Programs offered may include heath care administration and management; nursing, chiropractic and osteopathic medicine.
  • Class size varies by institution.
  • Length of program varies by major.
Allen College
Des Moines University  

Mercy College of Health Sciences
Palmer College of Chiropractic  

St. Luke's College


Private Colleges/Universities

  • Offer undergraduate students a bachelor's (four-year) or associate's (two-year) degree.
  • Broad base of courses are available (such as social sciences, humanities, sciences and business).
  • Courses of study begin with general education requirements; students choose at least one are of in-depth study as their major.
  • Total enrollment is lower than at Iowa Regent Universities.

AIB College of Business
Ashford University
Briar Cliff University
Buena Vista University
Central College
Clarke College
Coe College
Cornell College
Divine World College
Dordt College
Drake University

University of Dubuque
Emmaus Bible College
Faith Baptist Bible College
Graceland University
Grand View College
Grinnell College
Iowa Wesleyan College
Kaplan University
Loras College
Luther College
Maharishi Univeristy of Management

Morningside College
Mount Mercy College
Northwestern College
Simpson College
St. Ambrose University
Upper Iowa University
Vennard College
Waldorf University
Wartburg College
William Penn University


Regent Universities

  • Offer several levels of degrees (bachelor's, master's and doctorate).
  • Include a liberal arts college as well as professional colleges and graduate programs.
  • Divided into several colleges such as the College of Business or the College of Education.
  • Wide variety of academic programs.
  • In general, universities are larger than liberal arts colleges (although there are smaller universities) with larger classes.
  • Classes are often taught in a lecture format.
Iowa State Univeristy University of Iowa University of Northern Iowa