Private colleges are usually smaller in size, more expensive than public schools and often academically rigorous. If you feel you may have difficulty fitting into the large class sizes which are common on many public campuses, take a look at Iowa private colleges.

There are 45 Private colleges in Iowa on our list. Explore the the schools below to get an idea if any are a match for you.


List of Private colleges in Iowa
College Location
AIB College of Business Des Moines, Iowa
Allen College Waterloo, Iowa
Briar Cliff University Sioux City, Iowa
Brown Mackie College Quad Cities Bettendorf, Iowa
Buena Vista University Storm Lake, Iowa
Central College Pella, Iowa
Clarke University Dubuque, Iowa
Coe College Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Cornell College Mount Vernon, Iowa
Divine Word College Epworth, Iowa
Dordt College Sioux Center, Iowa
Drake University Des Moines, Iowa
Emmaus Bible College Dubuque, Iowa
Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary Ankeny, Iowa
Graceland University Lamoni Lamoni, Iowa
Grand View University Des Moines, Iowa
Grinnell College Grinnell, Iowa
Hamilton Technical College Davenport, Iowa
Iowa Wesleyan College Mount Pleasant, Iowa
ITT Technical Institute Cedar Rapids Cedar Rapids, Iowa
ITT Technical Institute Clive Clive, Iowa
Kaplan University Cedar Falls Campus Cedar Falls, Iowa
Kaplan University Cedar Rapids Campus Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Kaplan University Council Bluffs Campus Council Bluffs, Iowa
Kaplan University Davenport Campus Davenport, Iowa
Kaplan University Des Moines Campus Urbandale, Iowa
Kaplan University Mason City Campus Mason City, Iowa
Loras College Dubuque, Iowa
Luther College Decorah, Iowa
Maharishi University of Management Fairfield, Iowa
Mercy College of Health Sciences Des Moines, Iowa
Morningside College Sioux City, Iowa
Mount Mercy University Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Northwestern College Orange City, Iowa
Palmer College of Chiropractic Davenport Davenport, Iowa
Saint Ambrose University Davenport, Iowa
Simpson College Indianola, Iowa
St Luke's College Sioux City, Iowa
University of Dubuque Dubuque, Iowa
University of Phoenix Des Moines Campus West Des Moines, Iowa
Upper Iowa University Fayette, Iowa
Vatterott College Des Moines Des Moines, Iowa
Waldorf College Forest City, Iowa
Wartburg College Waverly, Iowa
William Penn University Oskaloosa, Iowa