The state of Iowa maintains several public institutions of higher education throughout the state, primarily in the form of community colleges, as well as a large number of private schools that are either not-for-profit or for-profit institutions. The state is the thirtieth in terms of population. The state's largest city, Des Moines, is also its, and along with other large cities such as Cedar Rapids and Davenport, are primary locations for institutions of higher learning. The state is bordered by Minnesota to the north, Wisconsin to the northeast, Illinois to the east, Missouri to the south, Nebraska to the west, and South Dakota to the northwest. The state’s shape and proximity to large cities in bordering state’s allows for ease of travel, particularly for the purposes of sport.
Iowa has several public institutions of higher learning that confer bachelor’s degrees or higher. Public institutions tend to support high student enrollment and low tuition. Public institutions receive their primary funding from the state, which is augmented for several sources, including tuition, grants, private donations, and federal support. The state of Iowa maintains three such institutions, one of which, the University of Northern Iowa, is master’s institution, which means it offers over 50 master degree programs and less than 20 doctoral programs. The state’s oldest public institution is the University of Iowa,a research university separated into eleven different colleges and considered a public ivy institution.
Public universities in Iowa:
- University of Iowa (Iowa City)
- University of Northern Iowa (Cedar Falls)
- Iowa State University (Ames)
Private institutions in the state of Iowa provide education for admitted students, generally at a higher cost. The higher cost allows the college or university to operate without aid from the state, providing its own curriculum and focus for students. These institutions also tend to have low enrollment and excellent student to teacher ratios, allowing for a more personal educational experience and a greater focus on an individual’s academic success. Many of these school’s utilize a liberal arts curriculum, with a large portion of those schools having a background and history related to a specific Christian denomination. Some schools continue their ties, while others acknowledge the connection as part of the school’s founding but have chosen more secular approaches to education.
Private colleges and universities include:
- Vatterott College (Des Moines)
- Buena Vista University (Storm Lake)
- Central College (Pella)
- Drake University (Des Moines)
- Emmaus Bible College (Dubuque)
The state is home to large number of private career colleges and schools along with a number of public community college. These schools provide career training opportunities for individuals interested in entering the workforce rather than pursuing often expensive and long term education. These school usually offer courses and programs for high demand fields, with programs lasting less than a year or two years. Community college programs tend to cost less, and offer certificate or associate degree programs. Associate degree programs also provide transferable credits in the form of general education courses, and the school’s also have specific programs aimed at academic transfer to four year institutions.
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