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2021 Best Value Colleges for Education in Iowa

18 Colleges
1,839 Bachelor's Degrees
$29,284 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Education School for You

Best Value Colleges for Education in IowaOut of the majors we analyze each year, education was ranked 3rd in Iowa. In fact, 1,839 were awarded in the state in 2018-2019. This means that colleges and universities in the state were responsible for awarding 2.1% of all the education bachelor's degrees in the country.

This year's Best Value Colleges for Education in Iowa ranking analyzed 18 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree in education. To us, 'best value' doesn't just mean the school with the lowest overall costs. For this ranking, we are identifying those education schools that provide their students with a hiqh quality education at a price that is lower than other colleges and universities of the same caliber.

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.

One Size Does Not Fit All

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

In addition to our rankings, you can take two colleges and compare them based on the criteria that matters most to you in our unique tool, College Combat. Test it out when you get a chance! You may also want to bookmark the link and share it with others who are trying to make the college decision.

2021 Best Value Education Schools in Iowa

Check out the education programs at these schools if you want to get the best value for your money.

Top 10 Best Value Education Schools

#1

Wartburg College

Waverly, IA

The #1 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Wartburg College. Wartburg is a small private not-for-profit school located in the town of Waverly. Wartburg also took the #1 spot in our Best Colleges for Education in Iowa rankings.

At Wartburg, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.1 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $26,205. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Wartburg is about $106,916. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#2

University of Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls, IA

Our rankings recognize University of Northern Iowa as the #2 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Cedar Falls, UNI is a public school with a fairly large student population. In addition to being on our best value list, UNI has also earned the #2 rank in our Best Colleges for Education in Iowa ranking.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at UNI is 4.4 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $24,198. This means that the average student pays around $107,439 to get a bachelor’s degree from UNI. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#3

Morningside College

Sioux City, IA

Our rankings recognize Morningside College as the #3 school in this year's rankings. Morningside is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Sioux City. Morningside also took the #3 spot in our Best Colleges for Education in Iowa rankings.

At Morningside, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.1 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $26,567. This means that the average student pays around $109,722 to get a bachelor’s degree from Morningside. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#4

Luther College

Decorah, IA

Luther College earned the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the town of Decorah, Luther is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. Luther also took the #5 spot in our Best Colleges for Education in Iowa rankings.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Luther is 4.1 years, and it costs about $29,834 per year to attend the school. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Luther is $122,319. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#5

Central College

Pella, IA

Central College landed the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value education schools. Central is a small private not-for-profit school located in the distant town of Pella. Central also made our Best Colleges for Education in Iowa list, coming in at #9.

It takes about 4.1 years for the average student at Central to complete their degree, 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. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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Iowa State University comes in at #6 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Ames, Iowa State is a public school with a fairly large student population. Iowa State not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #6 on our Best Colleges for Education in Iowa list.

The average student at Iowa State graduates in less than 4.4 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $26,749. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Iowa State is about $118,231. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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#7

Dordt College

Sioux Center, IA

The #7 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Dordt College. Dordt is a small private not-for-profit school located in the town of Sioux Center. Dordt also took the #7 spot in our Best Colleges for Education in Iowa rankings.

It takes the average student at Dordt about 4.1 years to graduate, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $28,468. This means that the average student pays around $115,580 to get a bachelor’s degree from Dordt. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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#8

Loras College

Dubuque, IA

Loras College comes in at #8 in this year's ranking. Loras is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Dubuque.

The average student at Loras graduates in less than 4.1 years, and it costs about $25,100 per year to attend the school. This means that the average student pays around $103,663 to get a bachelor’s degree from Loras. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#9

Simpson College

Indianola, IA

Our rankings recognize Simpson College as the #9 school in this year's rankings. Simpson College is a small private not-for-profit school located in the fringe town of Indianola. Simpson College not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #8 on our Best Colleges for Education in Iowa list.

At Simpson College, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.1 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $30,430. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Simpson College is $124,459. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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#10

Drake University

Des Moines, IA

Drake University landed the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value education schools. Drake is a small private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Des Moines. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Drake, the school also landed the #4 rank in our Best Colleges for Education in Iowa ranking.

It takes the average student at Drake about 4.1 years to graduate, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $37,202. 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 Drake is $152,900. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Best Education Colleges in the Plains States Region

Explore all the Best Education Colleges in the Plains States Area or other specific states within that region.

State Degrees Awarded
Missouri 2,707
Minnesota 2,494
Kansas 1,678
South Dakota 747
Nebraska 1,365
North Dakota 667

Education Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Teacher Education Grade Specific 1,392
Teacher Education Subject Specific 360
General Education 33
Special Education 32
Teaching English or French 19

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Social Sciences 1,473
Psychology 1,329
Communication & Journalism 1,157
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences 344
History 281

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 18 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 Horadrim.

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