Visiting Schools During Iowa Private College Week? “Your Course To College” Offers School Financial, Enrollment Info

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As families explore the 25 Iowa schools that participate in Iowa Private College Week through Aug. 7, they’ll have the opportunity to learn first hand some of the benefits that students find in choosing a smaller private college compared to larger public universities, including more intimate class sizes and smaller student populations. According to the U.S. Department of Education, qualifying Iowa private college students receive an average of $21,000 in grants (financial aid that does not need to be repaid) and 94% of their students get financial aid from the college itself.

To help understand both what colleges offer and the cost of those schools, Iowa College Aid publishes the annual “Your Course” guide, featuring profiles of every college in Iowa, including student enrollment numbers and tuition, boarding and supply cost estimates provided by each school. Coinciding with Iowa Private College Week, we are highlighting the profiles of participating schools and giving an early look at some of the college profiles featured in the upcoming “Your Course to College Guide” for the 2015-16 school year. To see the previous schools featured, check out our blog posts from Monday and Tuesday.

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.

Grand View University
Enrollment: 2,200
Tuition & Fees: $24,544
On-Campus Room & Board: $7,866
Est. Books and Supplies: $880
Highest Offering or Degree: Master’s
Types of Programs: 40 majors including: Education, Nursing, Business, Art & Design, Biology, Pre-Professional
About the School: Grand View is a private liberal arts university founded in 1896.  We offer 40 majors, including evening/weekend programs and four masters programs.  For more than two decades, nearly 100% of our graduates have been placed within six months of graduation.

At Grand View, we’ll personally guide you to a quality education that’s affordable — in fact, at a cost comparable to or less than the published prices of state schools. Our Financial Empowerment Plan is a personal program tailored to your circumstances.  It helps you plan and finance an entire four-year degree and graduate on time.  You won’t find this level of personal attention to both finances and academics anywhere else.

Innovation at Grand View doesn’t stop there.  Our new core curriculum will transform you into a thinker who can find and interpret information, come to conclusions, and communicate those verbally and in writing. You’ll be able to solve problems in and outside of the workplace, and in your personal life as an informed citizen who connects with community needs.  You’ll become aware of yourself and be able to relate to and understand our diverse and changing world. You’ll be equipped to engage with the tasks of life and empowered to pursue your goals.

Grinnell College
Enrollment: 1,600
Tuition & Fees: $46,990
On-Campus Room & Board: $11,408
Est. Books and Supplies: $900
Highest Offering or Degree: Baccalaureate
Types of Programs: Liberal Arts & Sciences
About the School: Established in 1846, Grinnell College is a world-renowned liberal arts college of 1,600 students. Grinnell’s academic atmosphere is challenging but extremely collaborative. The College imposes no standard core curriculum, and each student works closely with a faculty adviser to develop a curriculum tailored to the student’s own academic and professional goals.

Students come to Grinnell from around the globe: ten percent are from Iowa, another 12 percent come from as many as 50 countries and 25 percent are U.S. students of color. All are warmly welcomed at Grinnell, where student life is further enhanced by the College’s state-of-the-art, sophisticated facilities and annual cultural offerings, which include 100-plus lectures, 70-plus concerts and dozens of plays and performances. Grinnell’s unparalleled resources, rigorous academics and inclusive community result in Grinnell students being some of the most highly satisfied with their college choice.

Iowa-Wesleyan-College-bwIowa Wesleyan College
Enrollment: 500
Tuition & Fees: $27,286
On-Campus Room & Board: $9,576
Est. Books and Supplies: $1,188
Highest Offering or Degree: Baccalaureate
Types of Programs: Liberal Arts, General and Teacher Preparation and Nursing
About the School: Iowa Wesleyan College, established in 1842, is one of the oldest private, coeducational colleges west of the Mississippi River. The mission of Iowa Wesleyan College is to prepare students to succeed in a changing global environment. Iowa Wesleyan is a four-year liberal arts college providing quality individualized learning experiences that combine the development of the intellect with adaptive life skills. The College is affiliated with the United Methodist Church with which it shares a commitment to spiritual values, social justice and human welfare.

Loras College
Enrollment: 1,569
Tuition & Fees: $30,628
On-Campus Room & Board: $7,489
Est. Books and Supplies: $1,100
Highest Offering or Degree: Master’s
Types of Programs: Liberal Arts and General, Teacher Preparation, Pre-Professional Programs
About the School: Established in 1839, the Loras College campus is nestled high atop the majestic bluffs of the Mississippi River in Dubuque, Iowa, and overlooks the states of Illinois, Wisconsin and Iowa. With an enrollment of just under 1,600, Loras is small enough to be personal, yet large enough to provide students a well-rounded academic and co-curricular experience. Relating the rich liberal arts tradition to a changing world, Loras strives to develop active learners, reflective thinkers, ethical decision makers and responsible contributors in their diverse professional, social, and religious roles.

Loras has over 175 years of educational history and embraces its heritage and traditions, while continually evaluating its offerings to reflect current and future student and workplace needs. Loras offers distinctive educational programs, from Modes of Inquiry, designed to help first year students transition into liberal arts learning to January term courses, offering an intensive, accelerated 3-week term featuring a variety of courses, across the disciplines, which emphasize experiential learning. Numerous Loras programs compete against schools like Harvard, Drake and large public universities and are consistently ranked nationally — Sport Management, Media Studies, Mediation, Dance Marathon, Men’s and Women’s Soccer, and other athletic programs, just to mention a few. The educational and personal experiences in and outside of the classroom make Loras a destination for nearly 1,600 students.

Signature programs such as media studies, business analytics, STEM Education and kinesiology/masters of athletic training, differentiate Loras College and allow students to access 21st century work skills at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Luther College
Enrollment: 2,385
Tuition & Fees: $39,190
On-Campus Room & Board: $7,920
Est. Books and Supplies: $1,040
Highest Offering or Degree: Baccalaureate
Types of Programs: Liberal Arts
About the School:Founded in 1861, Luther College is a four-year, liberal arts institution affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. One of the outstanding undergraduate institutions in the Midwest, Luther offers more than 60 majors and pre-professional programs leading to the bachelor of arts degree. Ninety-three percent of Luther’s 180 full-time faculty hold an earned doctorate or terminal degree. A Phi Beta Kappa chapter attests to the academic excellence of the college. The student body represents 40 states and 61 countries. Co-curricular activities include 14 music ensembles and 19 intercollegiate sports, and 75 percent of students study away before graduation. The scenic Decorah campus, with exceptional facilities and vistas of the Oneota Valley and the Upper Iowa River, rivals any in the region.

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