Iowa Private College Week Highlights Time, Money Savings of Private Colleges

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From Aug. 1-5, Iowa Private College Week recognizes the independent colleges and universities throughout Iowa that offer students smaller class sizes and more direct interaction with professors (on average at a ratio of 12 students per instructor) than larger Regent universities. This more focused approach can lead to students finishing their degree in less time than Regent Universities. According to Iowa College Aid’s 2016 “Condition of Higher Education Report,” 81% of students at private, not-for-profit colleges finish their degree in four years, while 60% finish their degree in the same time at Regent universities.

Throughout Iowa Private College Week, we’re highlighting Iowa’s private colleges (day one, day two),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.

Grandview University, Des Moines, IA


Enrollment: 2,100; Tuition & Fees: $25,474; On-Campus Room & Board: $8,172; Est. Books & Supplies: $880; Priority Deadline for Aid Filing: March 1; Types of Programs:
40 majors including: Education, Nursing, Business, Art & Design, Biology, Pre-Professional

Grand View is a private liberal arts university founded in 1896. We offer 40 majors, including evening/weekend programs and four master’s 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. GV COMPLETE, a program tailored to your personal circumstances, will help you plan and finance your entire, four-year degree before you even start classes, reduce your costs, and help you graduate on time. You won’t find this level of personal attention to both finances and academic success 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, Grinnell, IA


Enrollment: 1,660; Tuition & Fees: $48,758; On-Campus Room & Board: $11,408; Est. Books & Supplies: $900; Priority Deadline for Aid Filing: February 1; Types of Programs: Liberal Arts & Sciences

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: eight percent are from Iowa, another 15 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 University, Mt. Pleasant, IA


Enrollment: 500; Tuition & Fees: $27,286; On-Campus Room & Board: $9,576; Est. Books & Supplies: $1,188; Priority Deadline for Aid Filing: April 1; Types of Programs: Liberal Arts, General and Teacher Preparation and Nursing

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, Dubuque, IA


Enrollment: 1,569; Tuition & Fees: $31,525; On-Campus Room & Board: $7,700; Est. Books & Supplies: $1,100; Priority Deadline for Aid Filing: April 15; Types of Programs: Liberal Arts and General, Teacher Preparation, Pre-Professional Programs

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, Decorah, IA


Enrollment: 2,337; Tuition & Fees: $40,040; On-Campus Room & Board: $8,500; Est. Books & Supplies: $1,040; Priority Deadline for Aid Filing: February 1; Types of Programs: Liberal Arts

Founded in 1861, Luther College is a four-year, liberal arts institution affiliated with the Lutheran Church (ELCA). 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 177 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 39 states and 65 countries. Co-curricular activities include 14 music ensembles and 19 intercollegiate sports, and nearly 75 percent of students study away prior to 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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