These Are The 10 Best Colleges For Jobs In Iowa For 2019

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
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One of the biggest things that incoming college freshmen consider when they’re thinking about what school to attend is the likelihood that a school will improve their job prospects.

Jobs are hard to come by nowadays, after all, and the everyday expenses of living in a country like America aren’t cheap.

Compared to a lot of other states, Iowa has some unique advantages as far as attending college here goes. There are impressive research universities, quality state schools, and the ability to study majors that will prepare you well for the job market.

All that made us curious — with so many good colleges to attend in IA, which ones, in particular, were most likely to help their graduates land a job? Using data from IPEDS as well as College Scorecard as a baseline, we created this list of some of the best colleges for jobs in Iowa.

The full list can be found further down, but first, here’s a look at the top ten best colleges for jobs in Iowa:

  1. Wartburg College
  2. Drake University
  3. Clarke University
  4. Luther College
  5. University of Northern Iowa
  6. Loras College
  7. Mount Mercy University
  8. Cornell College
  9. Simpson College
  10. Northwestern College

If you go to one of these schools, chances are, you’re not surprised. After all, you know how great you have it.

But for the rest of you — keep reading and we’ll get to just why these schools have some of the best programs the state of Iowa has to offer.

How We Determined The Best Schools In Iowa For Jobs

Using the College Scorecard Data, we searched for the college in each state with the highest listed job placement ratings, looking specifically at employment levels at year 10 after students have graduated.

We limited the analysis to the 29 public and non-profit, four year institutions colleges in Iowa that offer at least a bachelors degree.

Then, we ranked each college from best to worst on the percentage of graduates with jobs. For the purposes of readability, each school’s rating was then rounded down to the last two decimal places.

The school with the highest percentage of grads with jobs, Wartburg College, earned the distinction of being the ‘Best College For Jobs in Iowa.’

1. Wartburg College

Wartburg College

Source: Wikipedia

Employed: 95.12%

2. Drake University

Drake University

Source: Wikipedia

Location: Des Moines
Employed: 94.72%

3. Clarke University

Clarke University

Source: Wikipedia

Location: Dubuque
Employed: 94.39%

4. Luther College

Luther College

Source: Wikipedia

Location: Decorah
Employed: 94.14%

5. University of Northern Iowa

University of Northern Iowa

Source: Wikipedia

Location: Cedar Falls
Employed: 93.94%

6. Loras College

Loras College

Source: Wikipedia

Location: Dubuque
Employed: 93.93%

7. Mount Mercy University

Mount Mercy University

Source: Wikipedia

Location: Cedar Rapids
Employed: 93.91%

8. Cornell College

Cornell College

Source: Wikipedia

Location: Mount Vernon
Employed: 93.89%

9. Simpson College

Simpson College

Source: Wikipedia

Location: Indianola
Employed: 93.83%

10. Northwestern College

Northwestern College

Source: Wikipedia

Location: Orange City
Employed: 93.79%

There You Have It — The Best Colleges For Jobs In Iowa

If you’re looking to have a career after college, you should consider applying to any one of the universities and colleges on this list. They have some of the highest rates of employment for not only Iowa, but the entire country.

Here’s a look at the full list of colleges in Iowa by their employment rates 10 years after college.

Best Colleges For Getting A Job In Iowa

Rank College Employed
1 Wartburg College 95.12%
2 Drake University 94.72%
3 Clarke University 94.39%
4 Luther College 94.14%
5 University of Northern Iowa 93.94%
6 Loras College 93.93%
7 Mount Mercy University 93.91%
8 Cornell College 93.89%
9 Simpson College 93.83%
10 Northwestern College 93.79%
11 University of Dubuque 93.77%
12 University of Iowa 93.39%
13 Briar Cliff University 93.32%
14 Buena Vista University 93.3%
15 Iowa State University 93.09%
16 Mercy College of Health Sciences 93.04%
17 Central College 92.81%
18 Saint Ambrose University 92.72%
19 Grand View University 91.58%
20 Graceland University-Lamoni 91.4%
21 William Penn University 91.37%
22 Morningside College 91.11%
23 Grinnell College 90.29%
24 Upper Iowa University 90.27%
25 Dordt College 89.84%
26 Iowa Wesleyan University 89.62%
27 Palmer College of Chiropractic 84.15%
28 Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary 75.23%
29 Emmaus Bible College 69.66%
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