Best Online Schools in Iowa Ranked by AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org

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Top Four-Year, Two-Year Colleges Highlighted for Overall Online Program Quality

The Community for Accredited Online Schools, a leading resource provider for higher education information, has ranked the best colleges and universities with online programs in the state of Iowa for 2017. Of the 17 four-year schools that were ranked, University of Iowa, Iowa State University, Buena Vista University, Saint Ambrose University and University of Northern Iowa came in as the top five institutions. Iowa’s top 14 two-year schools were also included, with Western Iowa Tech Community, Kirkwood Community College, Iowa Lakes Community College, Eastern Iowa Community College and Des Moines Area Community College taking the top five spots.

“By 2025, 68 percent of all jobs in Iowa will require postsecondary training or education, according to research from the Iowa College Student Aid Commission,” said Doug Jones, CEO and founder of AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org. “The online programs at schools on our list provide the best opportunities for students to meet their educational and career goals.”

To earn a spot on the Best Online Schools list, Iowa colleges and universities must be institutionally accredited, public or private not-for-profit entities and have a minimum of one online certificate or degree program. Each college is also scored based on more than a dozen unique data points that include graduation rates, student/teacher ratios, employment services and financial aid availability.

For more details on where each school falls in the rankings and the data and methodology used to determine the lists, visit:

http://www.accreditedschoolsonline.org/iowa/#best-college-ranking

The Best Online Four-Year Schools in Iowa for 2017 include the following:
Allen College
Briar Cliff University
Buena Vista University
Dordt College
Graceland University-Lamoni
Iowa State University
Iowa Wesleyan University
Maharishi University of Management
Morningside College
Mount Mercy University
Northwestern College
Saint Ambrose University
University of Dubuque
University of Iowa
University of Northern Iowa
Upper Iowa University
William Penn University

Iowa’s Best Online Two-Year Schools for 2017 include the following:
Des Moines Area Community College
Eastern Iowa Community College District
Ellsworth Community College
Hawkeye Community College
Indian Hills Community College
Iowa Central Community College
Iowa Lakes Community College
Kirkwood Community College
Marshalltown Community College
Northeast Iowa Community College-Calmar
Northwest Iowa Community College
Southeastern Community College
Southwestern Community College
Western Iowa Tech Community College

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About Us: AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org was founded in 2011 to provide students and parents with quality data and information about pursuing an affordable, quality education that has been certified by an accrediting agency. Our community resource materials and tools span topics such as college accreditation, financial aid, opportunities available to veterans, people with disabilities, as well as online learning resources. We feature higher education institutions that have developed online learning programs that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources, and online support services to help students achieve educational success.

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