The Best Value Iowa Colleges

Best Value Colleges in Iowa for 2022

Explore the colleges that provide the best value for your money in Iowa based on academic quality, outcomes, net price and financial aid. The rankings are calculated using ratings from the 2022 CollegeSimply Best Colleges ranking but additionally factors in the typical price paid by students to identify the colleges that offer the best deals. Leading the list for 2022 as the overall best value college in Iowa is Central College. The highest value public state college is University of Iowa. Learn how the Best Value Colleges are calculated and ranked on our methodology page.


17 results

Central College
C
Pella, IA
Central College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#1 Best Value in Iowa

  • 1,120enrollment
  • $21,690net price
  • 64%acceptance rate
  • 993-1173SAT range
  • 19-25ACT range
  • 3.52Avg GPA

Grinnell College
G
Grinnell, IA
Grinnell College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#2 Best Value in Iowa

  • 1,493enrollment
  • $32,091net price
  • 19%acceptance rate
  • 1353-1538SAT range
  • 30-34ACT range
  • 3.89Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

Drake University
D
Des Moines, IA
Drake University

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

#3 Best Value in Iowa

  • 4,774enrollment
  • $30,321net price
  • 68%acceptance rate
  • 1110-1340SAT range
  • 23-30ACT range
  • 3.68Avg GPA

Luther College
L
Decorah, IA
Luther College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#4 Best Value in Iowa

  • 1,802enrollment
  • $25,291net price
  • 64%acceptance rate
  • 1030-1280SAT range
  • 23-29ACT range
  • 3.6Avg GPA

Applications Due Mar 1

Simpson College
S
Indianola, IA
 
Simpson College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#5 Best Value in Iowa

  • 1,267enrollment
  • $20,457net price
  • 87%acceptance rate
  • 1070-1200SAT range
  • 20-26ACT range
  • 3.72Avg GPA

University of Iowa
I
Iowa City, IA
University of Iowa

Public 4 Year

2 reviews

#6 Best Value in Iowa

  • 30,318enrollment
  • $17,452net price
  • 84%acceptance rate
  • 1110-1310SAT range
  • 22-29ACT range
  • 3.78Avg GPA

Applications Due Mar 1

Graceland University Lamoni
G
Lamoni, IA
 
Graceland University Lamoni

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#7 Best Value in Iowa

  • 1,517enrollment
  • $18,434net price
  • 68%acceptance rate
  • 920-1080SAT range
  • 15-26ACT range
  • 3.22Avg GPA

Cornell College
C
Mount Vernon, IA
Cornell College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#8 Best Value in Iowa

  • 1,002enrollment
  • $25,028net price
  • 82%acceptance rate
  • 1068-1280SAT range
  • 23-29ACT range
  • 3.5Avg GPA

Iowa State University
I
Ames, IA
Iowa State University

Public 4 Year

4 reviews

#9 Best Value in Iowa

  • 31,822enrollment
  • $16,105net price
  • 88%acceptance rate
  • 1010-1310SAT range
  • 21-28ACT range
  • 3.71Avg GPA

Applications Due Jul 1

Wartburg College
W
Waverly, IA
 
Wartburg College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#10 Best Value in Iowa

  • 1,563enrollment
  • $23,248net price
  • 72%acceptance rate
  • 970-1200SAT range
  • 19-25ACT range
  • 3.53Avg GPA

Dordt College
D
Sioux Center, IA
Dordt College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#11 Best Value in Iowa

  • 1,662enrollment
  • $25,982net price
  • 72%acceptance rate
  • 1060-1283SAT range
  • 22-28ACT range
  • 3.65Avg GPA

Applications Due Apr 1

Northwestern College
N
Orange City, IA
Northwestern College

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

#12 Best Value in Iowa

  • 1,496enrollment
  • $24,513net price
  • 74%acceptance rate
  • 1010-1210SAT range
  • 20-26ACT range
  • 3.6Avg GPA

Saint Ambrose University
S
Davenport, IA
Saint Ambrose University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#13 Best Value in Iowa

  • 3,003enrollment
  • $26,497net price
  • 74%acceptance rate
  • 980-1170SAT range
  • 20-25ACT range
  • 3.34Avg GPA

Applications Due Jun 1

University of Northern Iowa
N
Cedar Falls, IA
University of Northern Iowa

Public 4 Year

3 reviews

#14 Best Value in Iowa

  • 9,507enrollment
  • $16,166net price
  • 79%acceptance rate
  • 1030-1230SAT range
  • 20-26ACT range
  • 3.61Avg GPA

University of Dubuque
D
Dubuque, IA
 
University of Dubuque

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#15 Best Value in Iowa

  • 2,180enrollment
  • $27,043net price
  • 79%acceptance rate
  • 828-1070SAT range
  • 17-23ACT range
  • 3.02Avg GPA

Grand View University
G
Des Moines, IA
 
Grand View University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#16 Best Value in Iowa

  • 1,874enrollment
  • $19,423net price
  • 97%acceptance rate
  • 910-1120SAT range
  • 18-23ACT range
  • 3.3Avg GPA

Applications Due Jun 15

Upper Iowa University
U
Fayette, IA
 
Upper Iowa University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#17 Best Value in Iowa

  • 3,610enrollment
  • $23,187net price
  • 65%acceptance rate
  • 860-1046SAT range
  • 18-23ACT range
  • 3.13Avg GPA