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2020 Best Colleges for Social Work in Iowa

Social Work is a popular major and Iowa is the 36th most popular state for students studying this major. 440 of the 55,945 Social Work degrees earned last year were given by colleges in Iowa. With so many choices it can be a daunting task finding the best fit for you. This year's Best Colleges for Social Work in Iowa ranking analyzed 7 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in social work. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 1 schools for Social Work students in Iowa.

Choosing a Great Social Work School

Best Colleges for Social Work in Iowa The social work program you select can have a big impact on your future. Important measures of a quality social work program can vary widely even among the top schools. Below we explain some of the most important factors to consider before making your choice:

Quality Overall is Important

The overall quality of a school is important to ensure a good education, not just how well they do in a particular major. To take this into account we consider a school's overall Best Colleges ranking which itself looks at a collection of various factors like degree completion, educational resources, student body caliber and post-graduation earnings for the school as a whole.

Graduates Earn More After College

Social Work graduates from colleges on this list tend to earn more after college than those from other schools. A social work bachelors degree from a school in Iowa helped students who graduated in 2015-2017 make $30,567 a couple years later.

Other Factors We Consider

In addition to the above, you should consider some of the following factors:

  • Major Focus - How much a school focuses on Social Work students vs. other majors.
  • Major Popularity - How many other social work students choose this school.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or a recognized social work related accrediting body.

Our full ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best colleges for Social Work students in Iowa.

Best Schools to Study Social Work in Iowa

Below you'll see a list of the best colleges and universities to study social work.

Best Social Work Colleges in Iowa

#1

University of Iowa

Iowa City, IA

Every student pursuing a degree in social work needs to take a look at University of Iowa. Located in the city Iowa City, Iowa is a public college with a fairly large student population.

Graduates of the social work program state that they receive average early career income of $32,500.

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#2

Luther College

Decorah, IA

Luther College is a good decision for individuals pursuing a Social Work major. Luther is a small private not-for-profit school located in the remote town of Decorah.More…

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University of Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls, IA

Every student pursuing a degree in social work needs to look into University of Northern Iowa. Located in the city Cedar Falls, UNI is a public college with a fairly large student population.

Students from the social work program at University of Northern Iowa get $2,533 more than the standard college grad in this field when they enter the workforce.

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#4

Wartburg College

Waverly, IA

It's hard to beat Wartburg College if you wish to study social work. Located in the town Waverly, Wartburg is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

Graduates of the social work program make about $26,100 in their early career salary.

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#5

Dordt College

Sioux Center, IA

Dordt is a small private not-for-profit school located in the town of Sioux Center.More…

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#6

Mount Mercy University

Cedar Rapids, IA

Located in the medium-sized city Cedar Rapids, Mount Mercy is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.More…

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Briar Cliff University

Sioux City, IA

Located in the small city Sioux City, Briar Cliff is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.More…

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Best Social Work Colleges in the The Plains States Region

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

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
Missouri 291 1,049
Minnesota 288 1,576
Kansas 269 656
Nebraska 233 186
South Dakota 210 24
North Dakota 206 209

Social Work is one of 5 different types of Public Administration & Social Service programs to choose from.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Public Administration 16,874
Human Services 14,962
Public Policy 5,550
Community Organization & Advocacy 2,775
Other Public Administration 957

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Notes and References

  • The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
  • 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 Army Medicine.

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