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Student Services, Post-College Earnings Highlighted in Overall Ranking of College Excellence

Leading career and higher education resource provider has released its list of Iowa’s Best Colleges for 2017. Using data points such as student’s post-college earnings, graduation rates and more, the site ranks Iowa’s four-year and two-year colleges for overall excellence, with Allen College, Drake University, Saint Ambrose University, University of Iowa and Iowa State University as the highest scoring of 29 total four-year schools. Western Iowa Tech Community College, Northwest Iowa Community College, Hawkeye Community College, North Iowa Area Community College and Kirkwood Community College ranked highest among the 16 two-year schools on the list. A complete list of schools is included below.

“Colleges all across the state of Iowa are providing educational opportunities for those looking to start, advance and change careers to meet the demand,” said Wes Ricketts, senior vice president of LearnHowToBecome.Org. “Schools on our list are showing continued success in preparing students for work in a variety of fields and specializations.”

Schools on Iowa’s “Best Colleges” leaderboard need to meet specific base requirements to be included: all must be regionally accredited, public or private not-for-profit institutions. Additional scoring criteria is also established based on statistics and data points reported by schools annually, including alumni earnings post-graduation, tuition and fees, financial aid availability and graduation rates.

Complete details on each college, their individual scores and the data and methodology used to determine the “Best Colleges in Iowa” list, visit:

Iowa’s Best Four-Year Colleges for 2017 include the following schools:
Allen College
Briar Cliff University
Buena Vista University
Central College
Clarke University
Coe College
Cornell College
Dordt College
Drake University
Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary
Graceland University-Lamoni
Grand View University
Grinnell College
Iowa State University
Iowa Wesleyan College
Loras College
Luther College
Maharishi University of Management
Morningside College
Mount Mercy University
Northwestern College
Saint Ambrose University
Simpson College
University of Dubuque
University of Iowa
University of Northern Iowa
Upper Iowa University
Wartburg College
William Penn University

The Best Two-Year Colleges in Iowa for 2017 include the following schools:
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
Iowa Western Community College
Kirkwood Community College
Marshalltown Community College
North Iowa Area 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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