From Sioux Center to Cedar Rapids, Iowa Private College Week Highlights Variety of Choices

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Throughout Iowa, private colleges offer students educational options focused around smaller classes and, often, more specific subjects of study. As Iowa Private College Week continues, we continue our look at the schools, highlighting five more Iowa private colleges with sneak previews of each school’s listing in the upcoming 2016-17 “Your Course to College Guide.” “Your Course to College” is an annual guide published by Iowa College Aid that features tips and advice for students preparing for college as early as their freshman year of high school, as well as featuring updated profiles of all of Iowa’s colleges and universities. For more information on “Your Course to College” visit Iowa College Aid’s website.

Coe College, Cedar Rapids, IA


Enrollment: 1,400; Tuition & Fees: $41,000; On-Campus Room & Board: $8,820
Est. Books & Supplies: $1,000; Priority Deadline for Aid Filing: March 1; Types of Programs: Liberal Arts, Sciences & General, Business Administration & Economics, Fine Arts, Teacher Education, Pre-Professional, Writing.

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, Google, NASA 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, Mt. Vernon, IA


Enrollment: 1,000; Tuition & Fees: $38,475; On-Campus Room & Board: $8,700; Est. Books & Supplies: $1,188; Priority Deadline for Aid Filing: March 1; Types of Programs: Liberal Arts, Pre- Professional, Teacher Education

Cornell College, a highly selective liberal arts college in Mount Vernon, Iowa, is recognized as one of the 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 18-day 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 18 foreign countries, and renowned visiting speakers, faculty and entertainers, Cornell offers the world from its hilltop campus.

Dordt College, Sioux Center, IA


Enrollment: 1,450; Tuition & Fees: $29,130; On-Campus Room & Board: $8,730; Est. Books & Supplies: $1,120; Priority Deadline for Aid Filing: April 1; Types of Programs: Liberal Arts, General, Teacher Education, BSN, BSW, BSE

Dordt College is a comprehensive Christian college 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 successes.

Named a College of Distinction, Dordt College is highlighted on well-respected “best colleges” lists, including U.S. News & World Report, Princeton Review, Washington Monthly, Money Magazine, and Dordt College is a friendly and vibrant community, and most students live on campus.

A Dordt education is affordable, with 98 percent of students receiving financial aid. An average financial aid award for incoming students is $23,765. On average students graduate with less debt than many private colleges and all of Iowa’s public universities, and 99.6% of graduates were employed within six months of graduation.

Drake University, Des Moines, IA


Enrollment: 3,300 undergraduate, 1,500 graduate; Undergraduate Tuition & Fees: $35,206; On-Campus Room & Board: $9,850; Est. Books & Supplies: $1,100; Priority Deadline for Aid Filing: March 1; Types of Programs: Undergraduate Programs: Liberal Arts and Sciences, Fine Arts, Business, Journalism, Education and Health Sciences; Graduate Programs: Law, Pharmacy, Occupational Therapy, Athletic Training, Business, Public Administration, Education and Communication.

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.

Graceland University, Lamoni, IA


Enrollment: 1,956; Tuition & Fees: $27,010; On-Campus Room & Board: $8,280; Est. Books & Supplies: $1,190; Priority Deadline for Aid Filing: March 1; Types of Programs: Liberal Arts, Business, Elementary Education, Nursing and more

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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