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2021 Best Affordable Colleges in Iowa for Students from Nepal

9 Colleges
$33,326 Avg Tuition & Fees*
47% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

With all of the options international students have for higher education today, it can be tough to choose which direction to take. Our mission at College Factual is to arm you with as much information as we can to help you make that decision. Our Best Value Colleges for Nepali Students in Iowa ranking is one tool we have developed to help in this regard.

We analyzed 9 colleges and universities across Iowa to determine which were the best for Nepali students in Iowa. Instead of depending on subjective information, we focus on objective factors to determine this ranking. These factors include such things as the total number of international students at the school and the school's overall value.

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Top Value Colleges in Iowa for Students from Nepal

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

Iowa State University

Ames, Iowa

Iowa State University tops this year’s ranking as the best value school for Nepali students in Iowa. Iowa State is located in Ames, Iowa and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 7,380 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Of the total number of students at the school, 10.5% are international. Students from as far away as China, India, and Malaysia come to Iowa State to study. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at Iowa State is about $24,508 a year, on average. Graduate students pay around $25,952 a year in average tuition and fees.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 87%.

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#2

University of Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls, Iowa

Out of the 9 schools in Iowa that were part of this year’s ranking, University of Northern Iowa landed the #2 spot on the list. UNI is a public institution located in Cedar Falls, Iowa. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 2,500 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 4.1% are international. The top three countries sending students to study at UNI are Saudi Arabia, China, and Mexico. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at UNI is about $21,222 a year, on average. Graduate students pay around $22,648 a year in average tuition and fees.

UNI not only placed well in this ranking, but it is also #3 on our overall value list.

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Out of the 9 schools in Iowa that were part of this year’s ranking, Maharishi International University landed the #3 spot on the list. Located in Fairfield, Iowa, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 115 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 61.3% of the total student population at the school is international. Students studying at MIU come from such countries as Nepal, Ethiopia, and China. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at MIU is about $16,530 a year, on average. Graduate students pay around $28,530 a year in average tuition and fees.

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#4

University of Iowa

Iowa City, Iowa

A rank of #4 on our list means University of Iowa is a great place for Nepali students in Iowa working on their bachelor’s degree. Iowa City, Iowa is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 5,811 students in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 8.8% are international. The top three countries sending students to study at Iowa are China, South Korea, and India. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at Iowa is about $31,569 a year, on average. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $30,613 per year.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 86%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year.

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#5

Luther College

Decorah, Iowa

A rank of #5 on our list means Luther College is a great place for Nepali students in Iowa working on their bachelor’s degree. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Decorah, Iowa, and it awarded 591 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 8.8% are international. Students studying at Luther come from such countries as Vietnam, Swaziland, and Zimbabwe. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at Luther runs, on average, about $44,070.

Luther also took the #4 spot in our overall best for the money rankings.

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With a ranking of #6, Graceland University - Lamoni did quite well on the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Nepali Students in Iowa. Graceland Lamoni is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Lamoni, Iowa. It awarded 401 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

International students make up 2.5% of the total student body at the school. The top three countries sending students to study at Graceland Lamoni are Canada, Venezuela, and Colombia. Out-of-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at Graceland Lamoni is about $30,420 a year, on average. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $17,580 per year.

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#7

Coe College

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Coe College did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Nepali Students in Iowa ranking, coming in at #7. Located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 411 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Around 3.1% of the total student population at the school is international. Students from as far away as Japan, China, and Germany come to Coe to study. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at Coe runs, on average, about $45,580.

On top of its placing in this ranking, Coe also did well on our overall best for the money list. It’s in the top 20% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#8

Upper Iowa University

Fayette, Iowa

Upper Iowa University ranked #8 on this year’s Best Value Colleges for Nepali Students in Iowa list. Located in Fayette, Iowa, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 1,155 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

International students make up 2.4% of the total student body at the school. Students from as far away as Malaysia, United Kingdom, and Nigeria come to UIU to study. Yearly tuition and fees (out-of-state) for undergraduates at UIU runs, on average, about $31,685. The average tuition and fees for graduate programs is $21,060 per year.

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#9

Grinnell College

Grinnell, Iowa

Grinnell College did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges for Nepali Students in Iowa ranking, coming in at #9. Grinnell, Iowa is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 524 students in 2018-2019.

Of the total number of students at the school, 18.8% are international. Students from as far away as China, India, and South Korea come to Grinnell to study. International students at Grinnell can expect to pay, on average, about $54,354 a year to attend the school.

The student-to-faculty ratio of 9 to 1 is a sign that students will have more opportunities to engage with their professors one-on-one.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Tuition and Fees and Avg 4-Year Grad Rate are for the top 9 schools only.

References

  • 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 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).
  • Information about the national average student loan default rate is from the U.S. Department of Education and refers to data about the 2016 borrower cohort tracking period for which the cohort default rate (CDR) was 10.1%.

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