Students in Iowa have some of the best colleges in the nation to choose from, including one of the top 50 in the country.

The current school year isn't even two months old, but seniors and even underclassmen in Iowa have likely already started looking into their college plans. If they look at WalletHub's latest survey, the choice is going to be really easy, and they won't even have to leave the state.

Among the Top 50 colleges in the U.S. is Grinnell College in Grinnell, ranking in at #50. Although that was the highest-ranked Iowa college in the survey, it was far from the only one on the list.

The next highest Iowa colleges were Drake at #141, Luther at #228, Central at #229, Simpson at #260, Northwestern College at #267, Clarke University at #369, Wartburg at #409. As far as the other big universities in the state, out of 500 colleges and universities in the nation as reflected in the survey, the University of Iowa came in at #175Iowa State was #275, and the University of Northern Iowa at #415.

What went into determining these rankings? The survey was actually set up to determine the "top performing schools at the lowest cost to undergraduates" based on such factors as Student Selectivity, Cost & Financing, Career Outcome and 27 other key metrics.

In case your'e wondering what the overall Top 5 schools in the nation were, there were very few surprises:

  • Massaachusets Institute of Technology (MIT)
  • Princeton
  • Yale
  • Harvard
  • California Institure of Technology

 

Source: WalletHub

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