“Your Course To College” Offers Students School Info During Iowa Private College Week

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Iowa Private College Week continues through Aug. 7, giving students the opportunity to learn more about, and visit, Iowa’s 25 private colleges. For students looking to learn more about these schools, we are highlighting these schools and giving an early look at some of the college profiles featured in Iowa College Aid’s upcoming “Your Course to College Guide” for the 2015-16 school year. To see the first group of schools featured, check out our previous blog post.

Independent colleges can offer students a greater focus on classroom learning with many schools offering a 12-to-1 student-to-teacher ratio 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.

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.

Coe College
Enrollment: 1,400
Tuition & Fees: $39,080
On-Campus Room & Board: $8,510
Est. Books and Supplies: $1,000
Highest Offering or Degree: Baccalaureate
Types of Programs: Liberal Arts, Sciences & General, Business Administration & Economics, Fine Arts, Teacher Education, Pre-Professional, Writing
About The School: Founded in 1851, Coe College redefines the liberal arts with a hands-on component. In addition to major and general education coursework, Coe students are guaranteed an internship, research project, practicum or off-campus study program. Coe College is one of the few liberal arts institutions in the country to promise hands-on learning.  In recent years, Coe students have interned at places like the Chicago Board of Trade, Mayo Clinic, GreatAmerica Leasing and Rockwell Collins. Others have completed research on Coe’s campus through the National Science Foundation’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates program or the Department of Business and Economics’ Spellman Summer Research Program. Still others have combined travel with an internship in South Africa or student teaching in Tanzania for an unforgettable off-campus experience. In addition, the College is home to the country’s largest undergraduate, student-run writing center and a writing-across-the-curriculum structure that provides students with the written communication skills needed to be successful after graduation.

Cornell College
Enrollment: 1,200
Tuition & Fees: $38,475
On-Campus Room & Board: $8,700
Est. Books and Supplies: $1,188
Highest Offering or Degree: Baccalaureate
Types of Programs: Liberal Arts, Pre-Professional, Teacher Education
About the College: Cornell College, a highly selective liberal arts college in Mount Vernon, Iowa, is recognized as one of 40 colleges in “Colleges That Change Lives.” The academic immersion of its One Course At A Time curriculum allows students to focus on a single academic subject per 3.5-week block. Since there is never more than one course to focus on, faculty can take classes on field trips for a day or an entire block. With a student body from 45 states and 19 foreign countries, and renowned visiting speakers, faculty and entertainers, Cornell offers the world from its hilltop campus.

Dordt College
Enrollment: 1,450
Tuition & Fees: $27,460
On-Campus Room & Board: $8,000
Est. Books and Supplies: $1,120
Highest Offering or Degree: Master’s
Types of Programs: Liberal Arts, General, Teacher Education, BSN, BSW, BSE
About the School: Dordt College is a comprehensive Christian college located in Sioux Center, Iowa. With an impressive 14:1 student to faculty ratio, Dordt professors get to know students by name and care about their individual success.
Named to the best colleges lists of U.S. News & World Report, Princeton Review, Washington Monthly, Money Magazine and Forbes.com, Dordt College has a friendly and vibrant community with approximately 85 percent of students living on campus. A Dordt education is affordable, with 98 percent of students receiving financial aid. An average financial aid award for incoming students is $23,200. On average, students graduate with less debt than many private colleges and all of Iowa’s public universities, and 99 percent of graduates are employed within six months of graduation.

Drake University
Enrollment: 3,364 undergraduate, 1,698 graduate
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees: $33,696
On-Campus Room & Board: $9,596
Est. Books and Supplies: $1,100
Types of Programs: Undergraduate Programs: Liberal arts and sciences, fine arts, business, journalism, education and health sciences; Graduate Programs: Law, pharmacy, business, public administration, education and communication.
About the School: Drake University is a private, master’s university in Des Moines, the state’s center for business, publishing, government and culture. Drake offers a mix of liberal arts and professional preparation with more than 70 undergraduate majors across its colleges and schools: Arts and Sciences, Business and Public Administration, Education, Journalism and Mass Communication and Pharmacy and Health Sciences, as well as joint degree programs with the Law School. More than 98 percent of Drake graduates find professional employment or enter graduate school within six months of earning their degrees.

GracelandGraceland University
Enrollment: 1,956
Tuition & Fees: $25,420
On-Campus Room & Board: $8,100
Est. Books and Supplies: $1,164
Highest Offering or Degree: Doctorate
Types of Programs: Liberal Arts, Business, Elementary Education, Nursing and more
About the School: At Graceland University, our passion is your success. Since 1895 Graceland University has challenged students to embrace learning as a lifestyle. Our students are empowered to pursue diverse academic, social, religious and personal interests within the context of a liberal arts tradition. The University’s proud heritage began on “the Hill,” our Lamoni campus in southern Iowa. Graceland’s reach now includes an urban campus in Independence, Missouri; additional regional locations; and numerous around-the-world online programs. Graceland students hail from more than 46 states and 26 countries. We bring the world to Graceland, and our students take the campus to the world by traveling on exciting internship opportunities. Students choose from more than 50 academic majors and programs, including master’s programs and a doctorate program. We offer 22 varsity teams, a variety of performing arts ensembles and over 40 clubs and organizations. Graceland students excel in athletics, Enactus competitions for young entrepreneurs, theatre, visual arts, computer science, robotics and music regionally, nationally and internationally.

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