Top Rated Iowa Private Colleges

The Best Private Colleges in Iowa for 2022

These are the top ranked private four-year colleges in Iowa. Leading the rankings for 2022 as the highest ranked private college in Iowa is Grinnell College. Learn how the Best Colleges rankings are calculated on our ranking methodology page.


14 results

Grinnell College
G
Grinnell, IA
Grinnell College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#1 Best Private Colleges in Iowa

  • 1,493enrollment
  • $32,091net price
  • 19%acceptance rate
  • 1353-1538SAT range
  • 30-34ACT range
  • 3.89Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

Drake University
D
Des Moines, IA
Drake University

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

#2 Best Colleges in Iowa

  • 4,774enrollment
  • $30,321net price
  • 68%acceptance rate
  • 1110-1340SAT range
  • 23-30ACT range
  • 3.68Avg GPA

Luther College
L
Decorah, IA
Luther College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#3 Best Private Colleges in Iowa

  • 1,802enrollment
  • $25,291net price
  • 64%acceptance rate
  • 1030-1280SAT range
  • 23-29ACT range
  • 3.6Avg GPA

Applications Due Mar 1

Dordt College
D
Sioux Center, IA
Dordt College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#4 Best Private Colleges in Iowa

  • 1,662enrollment
  • $25,982net price
  • 72%acceptance rate
  • 1060-1283SAT range
  • 22-28ACT range
  • 3.65Avg GPA

Applications Due Apr 1

Central College
C
Pella, IA
Central College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#14 Best Value Colleges in America

  • 1,120enrollment
  • $21,690net price
  • 64%acceptance rate
  • 993-1173SAT range
  • 19-25ACT range
  • 3.52Avg GPA

Cornell College
C
Mount Vernon, IA
Cornell College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#6 Best Private Colleges in Iowa

  • 1,002enrollment
  • $25,028net price
  • 82%acceptance rate
  • 1068-1280SAT range
  • 23-29ACT range
  • 3.5Avg GPA

Saint Ambrose University
S
Davenport, IA
Saint Ambrose University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#7 Best Private Colleges in Iowa

  • 3,003enrollment
  • $26,497net price
  • 74%acceptance rate
  • 980-1170SAT range
  • 20-25ACT range
  • 3.34Avg GPA

Applications Due Jun 1

Simpson College
S
Indianola, IA
 
Simpson College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#8 Best Private Colleges in Iowa

  • 1,267enrollment
  • $20,457net price
  • 87%acceptance rate
  • 1070-1200SAT range
  • 20-26ACT range
  • 3.72Avg GPA

Northwestern College
N
Orange City, IA
Northwestern College

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

#9 Best Private Colleges in Iowa

  • 1,496enrollment
  • $24,513net price
  • 74%acceptance rate
  • 1010-1210SAT range
  • 20-26ACT range
  • 3.6Avg GPA

Wartburg College
W
Waverly, IA
 
Wartburg College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#10 Best Private Colleges in Iowa

  • 1,563enrollment
  • $23,248net price
  • 72%acceptance rate
  • 970-1200SAT range
  • 19-25ACT range
  • 3.53Avg GPA

Graceland University Lamoni
G
Lamoni, IA
 
Graceland University Lamoni

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#11 Best Private Colleges in Iowa

  • 1,517enrollment
  • $18,434net price
  • 68%acceptance rate
  • 920-1080SAT range
  • 15-26ACT range
  • 3.22Avg GPA

Upper Iowa University
U
Fayette, IA
 
Upper Iowa University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#12 Best Private Colleges in Iowa

  • 3,610enrollment
  • $23,187net price
  • 65%acceptance rate
  • 860-1046SAT range
  • 18-23ACT range
  • 3.13Avg GPA

Grand View University
G
Des Moines, IA
 
Grand View University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#13 Best Private Colleges in Iowa

  • 1,874enrollment
  • $19,423net price
  • 97%acceptance rate
  • 910-1120SAT range
  • 18-23ACT range
  • 3.3Avg GPA

Applications Due Jun 15

University of Dubuque
D
Dubuque, IA
 
University of Dubuque

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#14 Best Private Colleges in Iowa

  • 2,180enrollment
  • $27,043net price
  • 79%acceptance rate
  • 828-1070SAT range
  • 17-23ACT range
  • 3.02Avg GPA