Iowa Liberal Arts Colleges

There are 21 liberalarts colleges located throughout Iowa (2 public colleges and 19 private colleges), serving 114,887 students.
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Our exercise science program offers strong academic majors in strength and conditioning and athletic training.
Northwestern has won national awards for its commitment to service. Each year, more than 200 of its students travel throughout the U.S. and world on Spring Service Project trips.
Within the One Course At A Time academic calendar, learning is not restricted to a classroom or hour-long class period.  Professors are free to take classes on field trips or travel abroad.  Students can completely immerse themselves in each subject for a full month of in-depth learning.
One of the largest NCAA Division III facilities of its kind in the nation, the 200,000-square-foot Wartburg-Waverly Sports & Wellness Center (AKA The W) offers expansive facilities for college health and wellness programs and intercollegiate athletics. At the same time, it provides Waverly with one of the finest community wellness centers in the Midwest.
Need to get some work done?  The library is the place to be with four floors of resources and study rooms.
Our students enjoy the close-knit community that a small campus provides - and allows them to get connected in many campus activities.
College is about learning, growing, and working together.  It's about classes, and fun.  Graceland students often say 'coming to Graceland was the best decision' they ever made.
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Nearly 75% of Luther students study abroad prior to graduation, ranking Luther among the top baccalaureate colleges in the nation for the percentage of students who study abroad. More than 400 Luther students participate in international study each year.

Iowa Liberal Arts College by County:

Town
College
# Students
  
1,400
  Cedar Rapids
Coe College
(Private not-for-profit)
1,367
  Cedar Rapids
Mount Mercy University
(Private not-for-profit)
1,810
  Clinton
Ashford University
(Private for-profit)
77,734
  Decorah
Luther College
(Private, non-profit)
2,519
  Des Moines
Grand View University
(Private not-for-profit)
2,233
  Dubuque
Loras College
(Private not-for-profit)
1,537
  Dubuque
Clarke University
(Private, non-profit)
1,191
  Fayette
Upper Iowa University
(Private not-for-profit)
5,178
  Grinnell
Grinnell College
(Private not-for-profit)
1,674
  Indianola
Simpson College
(Private, non-profit)
2,039
  Lamoni
Graceland University-lamoni
(Private not-for-profit)
2,222
  Mount Pleasant
Iowa Wesleyan College
(Private, non-profit)
650
  Mount Vernon
Cornell College
(Private not-for-profit)
1,174
  Orange City
Northwestern College (orange City)
(Private not-for-profit)
1,241
  Oskaloosa
William Penn University
(Private not-for-profit)
1,847
  Pella
Central College
(Private not-for-profit)
1,486
  Sioux City
Morningside College
(Private not-for-profit)
2,224
  Sioux City
1,150
  Storm Lake
Buena Vista University
(Private not-for-profit)
2,464
  Waverly
Wartburg College
(Private not-for-profit)
1,747

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