Know More About the Schools of Iowa Private College Week With “Your Course to College”

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From August 3-7, Iowa Private College Week highlights the state’s 25 private colleges and encourages prospective students to explore the options available through these independent schools. Often taking a greater focus on classroom learning than the research-driven regent universities, private colleges offer benefits for students looking for more individualized classes thanks to 12-to-1 student-to-teacher ratios in many classes. This more personalized approach leads to faster degree completion, according to Iowa Private College Week sponsor Iowa Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, which states that 78% of private college students complete their bachelor’s degree in four years, as opposed to 40% of students at public, four-year universities.

To help celebrate Iowa Private College Week, we are previewing the profiles of schools participating in Iowa Private College Week which will be included in the upcoming release of the 2015-16 edition of Iowa College Aid’s “Your Course to College” guide. An annual publication, “Your Course to College” offers high school students detailed information on all schools in Iowa, as well as advice and tips on how to prepare, apply and pay for education after high school. Here are the first five profiles of Iowa Private College Week schools. Check back each day this week to see more of these highlighted schools!

For more information on Iowa Private College Week, visit their website. For more information on “Your Course to College” and other student/parent resources available from Iowa College Aid, visit their website.

Allen College
Enrollment: 615
Tuition & Fees: $18,573
On-Campus Room & Board: $7,281
Est. Books and Supplies: $1,200
Highest Offering or Degree: Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), Doctor of Education in Health Professionals (EdD)
Types of Programs: Associate of Science in Radiography (ASR), Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Bachelor of Health Science (Public Health, Nuclear Medicine Technology, Medical Laboratory Science, and Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Dental Hygiene Completion), and a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy. Master of Science in Nursing (Nurse Practitioner tracks in: Acute Care, Psychiatric Mental Health, Family, Adult, and Gerontological, as well as Nurse Educator Community/Public Health Nursing and Nursing Leadership), Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), Doctor of Education-Health Professions (Ed.D.)
About the school: Allen College is a quality, private, multipurpose college for Allied Health, Nursing and Radiography.  As a specialized institution, Allen College does not offer the required general education courses.  Students attend an accredited college of choice prior to attending Allen for this component.  Allen College has partnerships with Central College, Hawkeye Community College, Loras College, Simpson College, University of Northern Iowa and Wartburg College providing smooth transitions.With a tradition of more than 75 years of excellence in healthcare education, Allen College is an excellent collegiate choice. It is located on a beautiful campus in Waterloo, Iowa. The metropolitan area combines the diversity of a large city with the friendliness of a small town.

Briar Cliff University
Enrollment: 1,135
Tuition & Fees: $28,190
On-Campus Room & Board: $8,124
Est. Books and Supplies: $1,188
Highest Offering or Degree: Doctorate
Types of Programs: Bachelor Degrees: Liberal Arts and Sciences, Pre-professional preparation; Graduate Degrees: Management, Behavior Analysis, Nursing, Physical Therapy, Kinesiology and  Human Performance
About the school: Briar Cliff University is a nationally-recognized, academically-rigorous, liberal arts university located in Sioux City, Iowa. With a deep commitment to openness and respect for the individual, which is rooted in our Catholic Franciscan tradition, Briar Cliff shapes the hearts, minds and lives of its students. Because teaching and learning at Briar Cliff focus on outcomes, graduates enjoy an outstanding placement rate and are equipped with the skills and insight to be successful in the workplace and beyond. Small classes ensure that professors know students as individuals, working side-by-side to meet their academic goals and develop their personal values. From the moment you arrive on our safe, scenic, hilltop campus, you will appreciate what our research defines as “an exceptionally welcoming campus.”

Buena Vista University
Enrollment: 2,295
Tuition & Fees: $31,318
On-Campus Room & Board: $9,046
Est. Books and Supplies: $885
Highest Offering or Degree: Master’s
Types of Programs: Communication & Arts; Business; Education & Exercise Science; Science; and Social Science, Philosophy & Religion.
About the School: Buena Vista University’s picturesque campus is nestled on the shore of Storm Lake, adding to the amenities and recreation opportunities available in this medium-sized northwest Iowa town. BVU boasts a 95 percent job and graduate/professional school placement rate within six months of graduation, which is a testament to the quality of the academic programs, faculty-student connections, premier facilities and cutting-edge technology. With 43 majors and 15 pre-professional programs, BVU provides a wide array of academic options which blend the liberal arts with real world applications. The University offers financial support for travel (domestic and international), research, internships and student development. Generous merit and need-based financial aid programs make BVU an affordable option for students from all socio-economic levels.

Central College
Tuition & Fees: $33,345
On-Campus Room & Board: $9,980
Est. Books and Supplies: $1,114
Highest Offering or Degree: Baccalaureate
Types of Programs: Liberal Arts, Pre-Professional, Engineering, Teacher Education
About the School: Central College, founded in 1853, is located in Pella, Iowa, a thriving community just 40 minutes from Des Moines. Central is dedicated to student success, and 93 percent of students are placed within a year of graduation. Additionally, 92 percent of students who graduate do so in four years. And with 99 percent of students receiving financial aid, Central is an affordable choice. Central offers numerous academic and interest-based scholarships and awards for new students. Central’s 73 academic programs are taught by expert faculty and include the college’s newest major, engineering. Academic coursework integrates real-world experience. Students are encouraged to pursue service learning and internships, and 76 percent of Central students complete internships before graduation. Central students also develop a global perspective. A longtime leader in study abroad, Central operates programs around the world. All majors offer the flexibility to study abroad and still graduate in four years or less.  At Central, undergraduates can become a part of campus life by joining one or more of the 100 student organizations. Central’s A.N. Kuyper Athletics Complex is one of the top collegiate facilities in the region, and more than 40 percent of all undergraduates participate in Central’s nationally competitive NCAA Division III program. The connections formed at Central last a lifetime. From friends and classmates to the faculty and alumni who can provide job recommendations and contacts, students form a community of supporters and a strong foundation for the future. Whether their goals include conducting research alongside professors, studying to become an athletic trainer or starting a business through the entrepreneurship program, Central gives students the edge they’ll need to be successful.

Clarke University
Enrollment: 1,200
Tuition & Fees: $29,940
On-Campus Room & Board: $9,000
Est. Books and Supplies: $1,180
Highest Offering or Degree: Doctorate
Types of Programs: Liberal Arts, 3+3 Physical Therapy, Nursing, Fine Arts, Education, Sport Management, Food Science and Environmental Studies
About the School: Clarke University aims to bring out the absolute best in you. Here you will find an air of positivity and encouragement coupled with the connections needed to make you a more dynamic and fully realized you. Clarke does more than train you for a job – we prepare you for your career. Our lively, 55-acre campus is a blend of historic buildings and modern facilities perched along bluffs near the Mississippi River. Clarke boasts more than 40 undergraduate programs, five graduate programs, two doctorate programs and 30 student-run clubs and organizations. Our University provides many scholarship opportunities including athletic talent awards and fine art talent awards. Our campus also supports 18 varsity sports competing in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), including men’s and women’s lacrosse. The University is thrilled to announce (drumroll, please) FOOTBALL will be added to the roster in 2018. Go Crusaders!


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