Celebrating the Diverse Schools of Iowa Private College Week

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Iowa Private College Week is an annual celebration of the wide variety of colleges around the state of Iowa. Each day from Aug. 1-5, we’ll be taking a look at five different schools that take part in Iowa Private College Week, including a sneak preview of each school’s listing in the upcoming 2016-17 “Your Course to College” guide. “Your Course to College” is an annual publication published by Iowa College Aid that features tips and advice for preparing, applying, affording and succeeding in education after high school. For more information on “Your Course to College,” visit our website.

Allen College, Waterloo, IA


Enrollment: 615 ; Tuition & Fees: $17,769; On-Campus Room & Board: $7,281; Est. Books & Supplies: $1,200; Priority Deadline for Aid Filing: May 1
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: 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, Sioux City, IA


Enrollment: 1,149; Tuition & Fees: $28,788; On-Campus Room & Board: $8,348; Est. Books & Supplies: $1,253; Priority Deadline for Aid Filing: March 15
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: At Briar Cliff University, getting an education is about more than choosing a major, it’s about chasing your dream. With over thirty undergraduate degrees, or the option to create a multidisciplinary degree that combines two or three areas of study, every student gets a personalized experience. Plus, small class sizes mean your professors know you as an individual. That’s why Briar Cliff alumni are successful adults that continue to experience outstanding job placement.

Rooted in a Catholic Franciscan heritage, Briar Cliff University puts a focus on faith, service, caring and openness to all. From the moment you arrive on our safe, scenic, hilltop campus in Sioux City, Iowa, you will appreciate our exceptionally welcoming community. Be part of a tradition of academic excellence. Visit Briar Cliff University to find your home away from home.

Buena Vista University, Storm Lake, IA


Enrollment: 2,322; Tuition & Fees: $32,210; On-Campus Room & Board: $9,304 ; Est. Books & Supplies: $999; Priority Deadline for Aid Filing: June 1
Types of Programs: Communication & Arts, Business, Education & Exercise Science, Science and Social Science, Philosophy & Religion.

About: 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 98 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 preprofessional 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, Pella, IA


Enrollment: 1,400; Tuition & Fees: $34,612; On-Campus Room & Board: $9,980; Est. Books & Supplies: $1,114; Priority Deadline for Aid Filing: January 15
Types of Programs: Liberal Arts, Pre-Professional, Engineering, Teacher Education

About: 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 College, Dubuque, IA


Enrollment: 1,075; Tuition & Fees: $30,900; On-Campus Room & Board: $9,200; Est. Books & Supplies: $1,200; Priority Deadline for Aid Filing: April 15
Types of Programs: Liberal Arts, 3+3 Physical Therapy, Nursing, Fine Arts, Education, Sport Management, Food Science and Environmental Studies

About: 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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