2018 Best Online Colleges in Iowa

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The seven schools on this list represent Iowa's best offerings in in onlien education, based on academic strength and affordable tuition rates. University of Iowa holds the top ranking with an academic ranking of 73% and a low tuition rate of $9,360 per year. Buena Vista University and Upper Iowa University have similar annual tuition rates of about $13,000 per year. Buena Vista University's academic score is 62%, and Upper Iowa University's score is 57%.

View our methodology for more details or learn more about SR Education Group. To see all online schools in Iowa, view our comprehensive list.

Rank School Annual Tuition Academic Strength
#1 #1 University of Iowa Annual Tuition $9,360 Academic Strength 73%
#2 #2 Iowa State University Annual Tuition $10,830 Academic Strength 69%
#3 #3 University of Northern Iowa Annual Tuition $9,710 Academic Strength 62%
#4 #4 Waldorf University Annual Tuition $8,700 Academic Strength 56%
#5 #5 Buena Vista University Annual Tuition $13,472 Academic Strength 62%
#6 #6 Graceland University Annual Tuition $10,830 Academic Strength 54%
#7 #7 Upper Iowa University Annual Tuition $13,620 Academic Strength 57%
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2018 Online Colleges in Iowa Ranking Details

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  • Annual Tuition: $9,360
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Acceptance Rate: 81%
  • Academic Strength: 73%
  • Locations: Iowa City

Online Bachelor's Degrees (15)

Online Master's Degrees (10)

Online Doctoral Degrees (1)

Online Certificate Programs (14)

  • Annual Tuition: $10,830
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Acceptance Rate: 87%
  • Academic Strength: 69%
  • Locations: Ames

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  • Annual Tuition: $9,710
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Acceptance Rate: 80%
  • Academic Strength: 62%
  • Locations: Cedar Falls

Online Bachelor's Degrees (6)

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,700
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • Acceptance Rate: 66%
  • Academic Strength: 56%
  • Locations: Forest City

Online Associate Degrees (17)

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  • Annual Tuition: $13,472
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Acceptance Rate: 68%
  • Academic Strength: 62%
  • Locations: Storm Lake

Online Bachelor's Degrees (19)

Online Master's Degrees (8)

Online Certificate Programs (7)

  • Annual Tuition: $10,830
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Acceptance Rate: 48%
  • Academic Strength: 54%
  • Locations: Lamoni

Online Bachelor's Degrees (5)

Online Master's Degrees (13)

Online Doctoral Degrees (2)

Online Certificate Programs (4)

  • Annual Tuition: $13,620
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Acceptance Rate: 66%
  • Academic Strength: 57%
  • Locations: Fayette

Online Associate Degrees (4)

Online Bachelor's Degrees (37)

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Online Master's Degrees (24)

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Online Certificate Programs (16)

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Comprehensive List of Accredited Online Schools in Iowa (37)

The state of Iowa offers distance students affordable online degree programs in a wide number of subjects, including criminal justice, public administration, sports administration, and education. Organizational leadership is one of the most popular areas of study, with Waldorf University offering six bachelor's of arts and six bachelor's of science degrees for $8,700 a year, and Buena Vista University and Graceland University both offering multiple bachelor's degrees in the field. Western Tech Community College offers students the most affordable education, at $4,128 per year. Waldorf University receives the strongest recommendation rate at 100%.

At a Glance:

  • 49% of accredited online universities in Iowa have tuition of under $10,000.
  • The ICSAC Iowa Tuition Grant Program awards $6,000 to eligible full- and part-time resident students enrolled at one of Iowa's eligible private colleges and universities, based on greatest financial need.
  • Iowa's Matthew Shepard Scholarship Program is divided into two separate categories. The Silver Scholarship is an award of up to $9,000 over four years and may be applied towards tuition, books and fees at any college or university in the United States. The Gold Scholarship is an award of up to $40,000 over four years and pays tuition, books, and fees at Iowa State University, the University of Iowa or the University of Northern Iowa. All scholarships are renewable annually for up to four years upon evidence of academic achievement and continued service to the LGBTQ community.

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