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Universities & Colleges in Iowa

University City
University of Iowa Iowa City
Iowa State University Ames
Grinnell College Grinnell
Drake University Des Moines
Cornell College Mount Vernon
Luther College Decorah
Dordt College Sioux Center
University of Northern Iowa Cedar Falls
Coe College Cedar Rapids
Clarke University Dubuque
Northwestern College Orange City
Central College Pella
Wartburg College Waverly
Waldorf College Forest City
Iowa Wesleyan College Mount Pleasant
Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary Ankeny
Grand View University Des Moines
Loras College Dubuque
University of Dubuque Dubuque
William Penn University Oskaloosa
Graceland University-Lamoni Lamoni
Simpson College Indianola
Saint Ambrose University Davenport
Morningside College Sioux City
Buena Vista University Storm Lake
Upper Iowa University Fayette
Mount Mercy University Cedar Rapids
Briar Cliff University Sioux City
Divine Word College Epworth
Mercy College of Health Sciences Des Moines
Palmer College of Chiropractic Davenport
Kaplan University-Davenport Campus Davenport
Emmaus Bible College Dubuque
University of Phoenix-Des Moines Campus West Des Moines
Kaplan University-Des Moines Campus Urbandale
Allen College Waterloo
Kaplan University-Cedar Falls Campus Cedar Falls
Kaplan University-Mason City Campus Mason City
Kaplan University-Cedar Rapids Campus Cedar Rapids
Ashford University Clinton
Des Moines University-Osteopathic Medical Center Des Moines
AIB College of Business Des Moines
Maharishi University of Management Fairfield
Wartburg Theological Seminary Dubuque
Kaplan University-Council Bluffs Campus Council Bluffs

Located in the American heartland Iowa is named after one of the local Indian tribes that resided here. With capital Des Moines, the state is one of the safest places to live in the world.

Climate
The winter in the state is severe with around 50 days a year having thunderstorms. The winter temperature is generally low and snowfall is also common. Similarly, the summer is quite harsh.

Higher Education
Iowa has some of the top ranking universities in the world with total students in the range of 100,000. The higher education system of Iowa consists of approximately 19 public and 45 private institutions. The state university rank among the US universities is 71 and this can be considered a respectable one when there is able competition to this ranking in the home turf. The other colleges and universities are also in competition with this one and they make a healthy balance.

This state is also known for advanced degree programs such as offered engineering, journalism accounting, etc. In fact, sixteen of these programs is recognized as the Top 10 degree programs of their kind in the country. For international students many universities in Iowa also offer ESL (English as a Second Language). This helps the students develop their English skills as they pursue their degree.

With more of urban campus in most of the universities, the students at the universities choose to stay in dorms and makes for an international cultural extravaganza. There are a lot of scholarships, some of, which are sponsored by the collective association of universities or individual universities and some external. This list does not include the general merit scholarships a non resident gets but are quite centric to Iowa and its educational institutions.

Expense
The cost of education in Iowa is much lower than the national average. This may be due to little less ranking but the combination of great education with an international student crowd and low expense makes this an ideal place for foreign students to pursue their higher studies. Due to the urban ambience though the stay and other expenses match and sometimes exceed the national average by 10%. The Iowa cumulative expense ranges from $ 38000-$ 42000 whereas the national average is in the range of $50000+. This is a saving of nearly 20% if we do not consider the high cost of staying.

Economy
Iowa was dominantly an agricultural state. Manufacturing, biotechnology, insurance and financial services and some of the high ranking government services today is the main ways earning livelihood in Iowa. In the recent times the state has risen in developing alternative sources of energy and has done really well with it. The state stands at a respectable position of 6th among the other states in the country where growth and financial strength is concerned. Among so many high profile industries it is warming to know that by another five years more than 60% jobs in the state will need a college education or the state will be obliged to import qualified hands from outside. The state has a per capita income of in the range of $32000 compared to a national average of $23000.

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