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  1. #1 Best Value Colleges in Iowa.

    Drake University

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    4 Year,

    DES MOINES, IA,

    945 Niche users give it an average review of 3.7 stars.

    Featured Review: Alum says The best part of my Drake experience is that they catered to the phase of my life I was in. For the first two years, I was provided a lot of hands-on experience and guidance from trusted advisors.....

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    Overall Niche Grade: A minus,

    Acceptance Rate: 68%,

    Net Price: $30,321,

    SAT Range: 1110-1340,

  2. #2 Best Value Colleges in Iowa.

    Iowa State University

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    4 Year,

    AMES, IA,

    3803 Niche users give it an average review of 3.8 stars.

    Featured Review: Junior says I have had a great experience being a student at Iowa State University. I am currently a student majoring in Kinesiology & Health with a minor in Psychology. I have been able to take coursework that....

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    Overall Niche Grade: A,

    Acceptance Rate: 92%,

    Net Price: $16,105,

    SAT Range: 1010-1310,

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  5. #10 Best Value Colleges in Iowa.

    University of Northern Iowa

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    4 Year,

    CEDAR FALLS, IA,

    1398 Niche users give it an average review of 3.7 stars.

    Featured Review: Alum says Recent alumni and current employee at the university. UNI is a beautiful campus and is the perfect size that isn't too intimidating when walking from building to building. Professors here are hit or....

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    Overall Niche Grade: B+,

    Acceptance Rate: 79%,

    Net Price: $16,166,

    SAT Range: 1030-1230,

  6. #11 Best Value Colleges in Iowa.

    Simpson College

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    4 Year,

    INDIANOLA, IA,

    343 Niche users give it an average review of 3.6 stars.

    Featured Review: Freshman says I really enjoy the atmosphere at Simpson College. Everyone from the professors to the kitchen staff are all very kind and helpful, especially as a first year this was very much appreciated. The....

    Read 343 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B minus,

    Acceptance Rate: 87%,

    Net Price: $20,457,

    SAT Range: 1070-1200,

  7. #13 Best Value Colleges in Iowa.

    Luther College

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    4 Year,

    DECORAH, IA,

    748 Niche users give it an average review of 3.7 stars.

    Featured Review: Alum says Luther College is nestled in beautiful Decorah, Iowa. The campus is absolutely wonderful! Buildings are all easy to get to and kept up wonderfully. It is a smaller college and teachers/ professors...I transferred in my Junior year and they worked well with my Community college. Due to my excellent grades, I was able to obtain scholarships and pay less for two years at Luther than I would have...I was also easily able to transfer some credits into my Graduate program so that I could take the Advanced standing MSW degree.I would highly recommend Luther College! Decorah has so much to offer and the scenery is breathtaking!.

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    Overall Niche Grade: A minus,

    Acceptance Rate: 64%,

    Net Price: $25,291,

    SAT Range: 1030-1280,

  8. #15 Best Value Colleges in Iowa.

    Cornell College

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    4 Year,

    MOUNT VERNON, IA,

    737 Niche users give it an average review of 3.4 stars.

    Featured Review: Sophomore says I am from San Francisco, and it was a very big change going from California to Iowa but Cornell College really made it feel easy, except for the snow and the cold! I love most of the professors and....

    Read 737 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B+,

    Acceptance Rate: 82%,

    Net Price: $25,028,

    SAT Range: 1060-1280,

  9. #18 Best Value Colleges in Iowa.

    Mount Mercy University

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    4 Year,

    CEDAR RAPIDS, IA,

    284 Niche users give it an average review of 3.7 stars.

    Featured Review: Sophomore says Love the small school setting. It is easier to get to know people . Quiet campus , perfect for studies. Ace center is awesome if you need help with classes. There are lots of organizations you can....

    Read 284 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B minus,

    Acceptance Rate: 76%,

    Net Price: $25,182,

  10. #21 Best Value Colleges in Iowa.

    Graceland University

    4 Year,

    LAMONI, IA,

    325 Niche users give it an average review of 3.6 stars.

    Featured Review: Junior says I LOVE GRACELAND! Being an International student, my decision in which college I chose was crucial as it would be my home for the next 4 years. As I am so far away from home (UK), I needed somewhere with a small...Graceland ensures that each student has a comfortable and fun life when enrolled as a student. As Lamoni is a small town, people often think that there will be nothing to do but Graceland ensures...I have met the most amazing people here and it has changed my life forever. If I was to go through the recruitment/enrollment process again, I would pick Graceland again..

    Read 325 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B minus,

    Acceptance Rate: 68%,

    Net Price: $18,434,

    SAT Range: 920-1080,