Iowa Colleges

Iowa is home to about 100 colleges and universities including both 2-year and 4-year schools and public and private institutions. Des Moines is both the state’s capital and the largest metropolitan area. However, many of the top colleges in Iowa are located in the state’s smaller cities of Davenport, Waterloo, Dubuque and Iowa City. Even though the state only has three public universities, two of them—the University of Iowa and Iowa State University—are consistently ranked among the top colleges in the nation. The list of private Iowa colleges is much longer with over 30 choices including Drake University. The community college system in Iowa is also strong with about 20 options sprinkled throughout the state including Western Iowa Tech Community College in Sioux City and Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids.

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Iowa College and Degree Offerings

Whether you’re interested in a certificate program or masters degree, Iowa colleges offer every type of degree program. The state’s public universities Iowa State University, University of Iowa and University of Northern Iowa all offer a vast array of majors and degree programs providing a 4-year on-campus college experience. Many liberal art schools and private colleges in Iowa provide additional options for bachelors degree and masters degree students. Technical schools, career colleges and community colleges are widespread around the state as well and many students seeking a career-focused certificate program or 2-year career training degree.

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Iowa Career Opportunities

Iowa is often referred to as the “Food Basket of the World” and even though agriculture remains a major driving force in the economy, other careers are in demand. In fact, Iowa City, often considered the center of the Midwestern heartland, was recently named one of the top cities for jobs in country. Financial services is a growing industry in the state and degrees in Finance, Accounting & Related Services will be valuable to students wishing to work in the state upon graduation. Several Skilled Trades and Technician positions are in high demand as well and graduates from colleges in Iowa can take advantage of careers in Autobody Repari, Welding Technology/Welder and Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer for example. If you’re interested in law, enroll in a Assistant/Paralegal program at one of Iowa’s community colleges. Though, if you do want to explore the world of agriculture, you will find top choices at Iowa colleges—more than 15 schools offer degrees in the subject. Iowa State University for example is the only US graduate program to offer a masters degree and PhD in sustainable Agriculture, which is a growing field as the nation becomes more and more eco-conscious.