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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Graceland University-Lamoni Photo - 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.
Coe College Photo - A snapshot of Coe's Christmas Convocation with the concert chior.
Loras College Photo - Athletic and Wellness Ctr
Mount Mercy University Photo - Mount Mercy welcomes students of all beliefs and strives to enhance the surrounding community through living out the call to serve wherever human neeed exists.
Cornell College Photo - Located in the town of Mount Vernon, the entire campus of Cornell College is listed on the National Historic Registrar.
Iowa Wesleyan College Photo
Buena Vista University Photo - If you're looking for a college where what you learn excites you, where your curiosity comes alive, and every day is filled with a new discovery about the world, about life, about yourself. Find out more about BVU!
Central College Photo - Newly renovated Vermeer Science Center is home to the natural sciences and computer sciences where students learn through hands-on research with faculty.
Luther College Photo - True Student-Athletes While Luther has won a staggering 229 Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (IIAC) titles and produced 312 All-Americans, our student-athletes have also earned 38 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships, 56 CoSIDA Academic All-American awards, and 1,673 IIAC All-Academic Team honors. Athletics at Luther support and strengthen our academic program.
Northwestern College (Orange City) Photo - Northwestern College athletes have captured six national championships in the last seven years, including the NAIA title in women's basketball in 2008.
Wartburg College Photo - The Wartburg Chapel is one of the signature buildings on the Wartburg campus. It is flanked by the Classroom Technology Center and Bachman Fine Arts Center. All academic buildings on the campus are connected through a skyway system.

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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