College Choice Releases 2017 Ranking of the 25 Best Colleges in Iowa

EUGENE, Ore., May 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — College Choice, a leading authority in college and university rankings and resources, has published a ranking of the 25 Best Colleges in Iowa for 2017.

Iowa can boast some top-notch public institutions, as well as a very wide array of private colleges and universities. And recently, their economy has really begun to take off. Iowa’s unemployment rate traditionally tracks lower than the national average—at the beginning of the year it was a full 1.5 percent lower (3.3 percent versus the national 4.8 percent). In addition, while the U.S. median household income still hasn’t recovered fully from the Great Recession, Iowa’s median household income has bounced back and then some, posting a gain of over $6,000 per family.

“So clearly, Iowa is a good place to look for a job. But what about going to college? Well, the two are closely connected,” Christian Amondson, Managing Editor of College Choice, said of the ranking. “Where you go to college will affect where your networks will be, which will make it easier to find a job later on. Iowa, then, might be a strong option for where you want to connect with classmates, professors, and alumni who can help you boost your career.”

College Choice developed its list by looking at academic quality along with return on investment—the differential between tuition costs and average early career earnings.

The ranking for the 25 Best Colleges in Iowa finds Grinnell College in the top spot. Coe College is in second, and University of Iowa rounds out the top three.

The entire ranking, listed in alphabetical order, is as follows:

Briar Cliff University

Buena Vista University

Central College

Clarke University

Coe College

Cornell College

Dordt College

Drake University

Graceland University-Lamoni

Grand View University

Grinnell College

Iowa State University

Loras College

Luther College

Morningside College

Mount Mercy University

Northwestern College

Saint Ambrose University

Simpson College

University of Dubuque

University of Iowa

University of Northern Iowa

Upper Iowa University

Wartburg College

William Penn University

College Choice is an independent online publication dedicated to helping students and their families find the right college. The site publishes rankings and reviews that make finding the best colleges for different interests easier and more fun, as well as resources to help students get into, pay for, and thrive at the college of their choice.


Christian Amondson, Managing Editor, College Choice
Phone: (541) 255-3801

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