Bordered by Minnesota to the north, Missouri to the south, Nebraska and South Dakota to the west and Wisconsin and Illinois to the east, Iowa is located in the Midwestern region of the U.S. Des Moines is the state capital and largest city. Other large cities in the state include Cedar Rapids, Davenport, Sioux City and Iowa City. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, Iowa has a population of 3,046,355 (2013 estimate - 3,090,416).
Iowa's economy is diverse with manufacturing, biotech, finance and insurance services, and agriculture all contributing significantly to the economy. Manufacturing accounts for 21 percent of the state's gross state product and 16 percent of employment. Many companies are attracted to Iowa by its low cost of doing business. Today, Iowa is a major insurance services hub with over 80 insurance companies headquartered in the state, including the Fortune 500-listed Principal Financial Group.
The Iowa Board of Regents oversees higher education in the state. With three public universities, 73 private colleges and 15 community colleges, Iowa offersplenty of options for higher education.
Below are some of the popular colleges in the state. You can also use our college finder search tool to find the right college for you based on your preferred area of study.
For a full list of accredited colleges and universities in Iowa, contact the Iowa Board of Regents.
|College||Popular Majors||Type of Institution||Enrollment|
|Grinnell College||Biology,English,Psychology||Private||>10,000||Request Info|
|Luther College||Business,Communications,Visual/Performance Arts||Private||>10,000||Request Info|
|Drake University||Business,Education,Psychology||Private||>10,000||Request Info|
|Wartburg College||Business,Health,Social Sciences||Private||>10,000||Request Info|
|University of Northern Iowa||Business,Interdisciplinary Studies,Social Sciences||Public||>10,000||Request Info|
|University of Iowa||Business,Education,Health||Public||>10,000||Request Info|
|Iowa State University||Finance,Marketing,Mechanical Engineering||Public||>10,000||Request Info|