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2021 Best Value Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences in Iowa

11 Colleges
1,425 Bachelor's Degrees
$29,207 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Biological & Biomedical Sciences School for You

Best Value Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences in IowaIn 2018-2019, biological and biomedical sciences students earned 1,425 bachelor's degrees from an Iowa school, making the subject the 7th in the state. This means that of the 126,493 bachelor's that were awarded in the country, 1.1% were from a college or university in the state.

For this year's Best Value Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences in Iowa ranking, we looked at 11 colleges that offer a bachelor's in biological and biomedical sciences. To us, 'best value' doesn't just mean the school with the lowest overall costs. We are more focused on biological and biomedical sciences schools that offer a high quality education at a price lower that other schools of similar academic excellence.

To determine the average cost, we look at total expenses - such as tuition, fees, room and board, books, and other related expenses - and then subtract the average financial award a student receives. Knowing this amount can help you determine how much you may have to borrow in loans or take out of savings. Depending on your income and other factors, the cost for you to attend a particular school may be more or less.

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Since picking the right college can be one of the most important decisions of your life, we've developed the Best Value Biological & Biomedical Sciences Schools ranking, along with many other major-related rankings, to help you make that decision.

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2021 Best Value Biological & Biomedical Sciences Schools in Iowa

The following schools top our list of the Best Biological & Biomedical Sciences Colleges for the Money.

Top 10 Best Value Biological & Biomedical Sciences Schools

#1

Central College

Pella, IA

Our rankings recognize Central College as the #1 school in this year's rankings. Central is a small private not-for-profit school located in the town of Pella. Central also made our Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences in Iowa list, coming in at #3.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Central is 4.1 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $27,752. This means that the average student pays around $112,673 to get a bachelor’s degree from Central. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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The #2 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Iowa State University. Located in the small city of Ames, Iowa State is a public school with a fairly large student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Iowa State, the school also landed the #1 rank in our Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences in Iowa ranking.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Iowa State is 4.4 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $26,749. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Iowa State is $118,231. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#3

Wartburg College

Waverly, IA

Wartburg College landed the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value biological and biomedical sciences schools. Wartburg is a small private not-for-profit school located in the town of Waverly. Wartburg also took the #6 spot in our Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences in Iowa rankings.

It takes about 4.1 years for the average student at Wartburg to complete their degree, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $26,205. This means that the average student pays around $106,916 to get a bachelor’s degree from Wartburg. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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#4

University of Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls, IA

The #4 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Northern Iowa. Located in the small city of Cedar Falls, UNI is a public college with a fairly large student population. UNI did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #7 on our Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences in Iowa list.

It takes the average student at UNI about 4.4 years to graduate, and it costs about $24,198 per year to attend the school. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from UNI is $107,439. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#5

Coe College

Cedar Rapids, IA

Coe College landed the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value biological and biomedical sciences schools. Located in the midsize city of Cedar Rapids, Coe is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. Coe also made our Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences in Iowa list, coming in at #8.

At Coe, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.1 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $27,920. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from Coe is $113,076. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#6

Morningside College

Sioux City, IA

Our rankings recognize Morningside College as the #6 school in this year's rankings. Morningside is a small private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Sioux City.

It takes the average student at Morningside about 4.1 years to graduate, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $26,567. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from Morningside is $109,722. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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#7

Luther College

Decorah, IA

The #7 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Luther College. Located in the town of Decorah, Luther is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. Luther also took the #9 spot in our Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences in Iowa rankings.

The average student at Luther graduates in less than 4.1 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $29,834. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Luther is about $122,319. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#8

University of Iowa

Iowa City, IA

The #8 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Iowa. Iowa is a very large public school located in the city of Iowa City. Iowa did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #4 on our Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences in Iowa list.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Iowa is 4.3 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $34,062. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Iowa is $146,807. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#9

Grinnell College

Grinnell, IA

Grinnell College comes in at #9 in this year's ranking. Located in the remote town of Grinnell, Grinnell is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. Grinnell not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #2 on our Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences in Iowa list.

The average student at Grinnell graduates in less than 4.1 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $34,996. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Grinnell is $143,134. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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#10

Drake University

Des Moines, IA

The #10 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Drake University. Drake is a small private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Des Moines. Drake also made our Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences in Iowa list, coming in at #5.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Drake is 4.1 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $37,202. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Drake is $152,900. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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Best Biological & Biomedical Sciences Colleges in the Plains States Region

Explore all the Best Biological & Biomedical Sciences Schools in the Plains States Area or other specific states within that region.

State Degrees Awarded
Missouri 2,187
Minnesota 2,564
Kansas 1,037
South Dakota 361
Nebraska 916
North Dakota 325

Biological & Biomedical Sciences Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
General Biology 890
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 225
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 109
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 67
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 52

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Majors Similar to Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Related Major Annual Graduates
Engineering 2,208
Computer & Information Sciences 870
Agriculture & Agriculture Operations 849
Mathematics & Statistics 466
Physical Sciences 395

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 11 schools only.

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Kelly White.

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