Top Universities in Iowa

According to the US News & World Report's National Universities Rankings, two Iowa universities are ranked among the Top 100 Tier 1 National Universities in the country, with University of Iowa rated the highest in the state (66th nationally), followed by Iowa State University (89th).

University of Iowa is a major public research university in the USA, and is a member of the American Association of Universities, the Big Ten Conference, and the Committee on Institutional Cooperation. It is rated 66th overall and 26th among best public universities in the nation by US News 2009. It is one of only two public universities in the Midwest listed as "best buys", according to the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2008.

Iowa State is placed 89th in the "Best National Universities" category (consists of 164 public and 98 private), and rated 40th among 164 best national public universities in U.S. News & World Report's 2009 "America's Best Colleges" annual rankings. Iowa State's engineering program is ranked 38th nationally.

Ashford University has been named to the Top 50 Military Friendly List by Military Times Edge Magazine. It offers online degree programs leading to the award of Associate's, Bachelor's and Master's degrees.

Kaplan University is one of the top 20 online universities in the country. The School of Business and Management has been validated by the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS).

The University of Iowa is one of the world's leading institutions. It operates one of the nation's most advanced and comprehensive university-owned teaching hospitals.

Upper Iowa University is a 'Military-Friendly' university, offering credit for military training, military spouse scholarship opportunities, and tuition discounts for the Total Military Family.

Clarke University is consistently recognized for excellence in education. It was named to the "Colleges of Distinction" guidebook.

University of Dubuque is fully accredited by the North Central Association - Higher Learning Commission (NCA-HLC). It offers courses in a range of areas including: The Social Sciences of History, Political Science, & Economics, The Fine Arts of Music and Art Languages, Mathematics and Chemistry, etc.

William Penn University received the prestigious Templeton Award, which named its Leadership Core a premiere program in the nation.

The University of Northern Iowa accounting program has consistently ranked in the top 10 universities in the nation for the pass rate of first-time candidates on the CPA Exam.

Drake University is ranked among the top universities for educational quality (consistently named at the top by U.S. News and World Report).

List of universities and colleges in Iowa:
  • Ashford University
  • Buena Vista University
  • Clarke College
  • Des Moines University
  • Divine Word College
  • Drake University
  • Emmaus Bible College
  • Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary
  • Graceland University
  • Iowa State University
  • Iowa Wesleyan College
  • Kaplan University
  • Maharishi University of Management
  • Saint Ambrose University
  • University of Dubuque
  • University of Iowa
  • University of Northern Iowa
  • Upper Iowa University
  • Waldorf College
  • William Penn University
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