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List of the Largest Colleges in Iowa

Iowa's big colleges boast great financial advantages and offer high-quality education for both in-state and out-of-state students. These schools have the necessary resources students need to thrive, and also have amazing sports programs for the athletes. Students enrolled in big colleges have a dizzying array of major choices and student activities to choose from as well. If you are looking to attend a big college in the state, we have crafted a list of Iowa's biggest colleges. Check it out below and start narrowing down your choices based on your financial situation, lifestyle, and career goals.

Rank School Name City State Net Cost School Level Retention Rate Details
1

Kaplan University-Davenport Campus

Davenport

IA

N/A

4 year

33.33%

# of Students 81,909

2

Des Moines Area Community College

Ankeny

IA

$10,370

2 year

54.18%

# of Students 36,879

3

Iowa State University

Ames

IA

$13,899

4 year

86.39%

# of Students 36,563

4

University of Iowa

Iowa City

IA

$14,315

4 year

86.11%

# of Students 34,176

5

Kirkwood Community College

Cedar Rapids

IA

$11,347

2 year

57.75%

# of Students 21,889

6

University of Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls

IA

$14,026

4 year

84.82%

# of Students 14,795

7

Eastern Iowa Community College District

Davenport

IA

$9,126

2 year

57.58%

# of Students 13,591

8

Iowa Western Community College

Council Bluffs

IA

$9,858

2 year

49.61%

# of Students 9,586

9

Hawkeye Community College

Waterloo

IA

$10,078

2 year

73.57%

# of Students 9,144

10

Upper Iowa University

Fayette

IA

N/A

4 year

66.53%

# of Students 8,985

11

Western Iowa Tech Community College

Sioux City

IA

$6,812

2 year

56.44%

# of Students 8,538

12

Iowa Central Community College

Fort Dodge

IA

$7,471

2 year

54.3%

# of Students 7,669

13

Northeast Iowa Community College

Calmar

IA

$10,438

2 year

58.23%

# of Students 7,153

14

Drake University

Des Moines

IA

N/A

4 year

88.59%

# of Students 6,690

15

Indian Hills Community College

Ottumwa

IA

$8,317

2 year

54.18%

# of Students 6,480

16

Southeastern Community College

West Burlington

IA

$7,238

2 year

50.8%

# of Students 4,040

17

North Iowa Area Community College

Mason City

IA

$7,593

2 year

67.13%

# of Students 4,014

18

Saint Ambrose University

Davenport

IA

N/A

4 year

77.36%

# of Students 3,877

19

Iowa Lakes Community College

Estherville

IA

$9,772

2 year

55.31%

# of Students 3,806

20

Buena Vista University

Storm Lake

IA

N/A

4 year

73.41%

# of Students 3,613

21

Graceland University-Lamoni

Lamoni

IA

N/A

4 year

59.69%

# of Students 3,403

22

Morningside College

Sioux City

IA

N/A

4 year

74.79%

# of Students 3,400

23

Marshalltown Community College

Marshalltown

IA

$9,884

2 year

53.06%

# of Students 2,906

24

Northwest Iowa Community College

Sheldon

IA

$9,928

2 year

69.03%

# of Students 2,578

25

Palmer College of Chiropractic

Davenport

IA

N/A

4 year

N/A

# of Students 2,570


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